Alternate Names : Sodium Imbalance, Electrolyte Imbalance, Hyponatremia, Hypernatremia
What can be done to prevent the condition?
A person can take these actions to help prevent salt imbalance:
avoid salty foods, salt tablets, or salty liquids, such as sports drinks
drink plenty of water during exercise
drink plenty of water when taking diuretics
keep follow-up appointments with the doctor for
chronic disease treatment
A person who has the flu
and uncontrollable vomiting
needs to be monitored carefully. He or she may need to be admitted
to a hospital to get fluids to prevent
and salt imbalance.
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
The long-term effects of salt imbalance depend on the
underlying cause. If the imbalance is caught early and treated, there
may be few long-term effects. Severe salt imbalance that is not treated
can lead to extreme weakness,
What are the risks to others?
A salt imbalance itself is not catching, although the underlying
cause may be. For example, if a person has low sodium due to
vomiting and diarrhea caused by the flu,
the flu may be catching. If the sodium imbalance is due to a
kidney disorder, this is not catching.