Monday, December 15, 2008

Home Remedy for Alkalemia

Alkalemia is a condition of excess base or alkali in the body fluids. This is the opposite of excess acid or acidosis, and can be caused by many different conditions. It is also called as a condition reducing hydrogen ion concentration of arterial blood plasma (alkalemia). Generally Alkalemia is said to occur when pH of the blood exceeds 7.45.

Two types

  • Respiratory Alkalemia
  • Metabolic Alkalemia

Causes of Alkalemia

Metabolic Alkalemia develops when the body loses too much acid or gains too much base. When stomach acid is lost during periods of long instance of vomiting. In some cases, metabolic Alkalemia develops in a person who ingested higher base amount from substances like baking soda. This kind of Alkalemia can develop when excessive loss of sodium or potassium that affects the kidneys’ ability to control the blood’s acid and base balance.

Respiratory Alkalemia develops when rapid, deep breathing or hyperventilation which causes too much carbon dioxide to be expelled from the bloodstream. The most common cause of hyperventilation or respiratory Alkalemia, is anxiety.

Other causes of hyperventilation and consequent respiratory Alkalemia include pain, cirrhosis, low levels of oxygen in the blood, fever, and aspirin overdose which can also cause metabolic acidosis, the lungs and kidneys regulate the acid/base status of the body..

Hypokalemic Alkalemia is caused by the kidneys’ reaction to an extreme lack or loss of potassium which may be caused by some diuretic medications.

Compensated Alkalemia is caused when the body has partially compensated for Alkalemia, returning the acid/base balance to normal, even though bicarbonate and carbon dioxide levels remain abnormal.

Symptoms of Alkalemia

Alkalemia may cause the following:

  • Irritability
  • Muscle twitching
  • Muscle cramps
  • Confusion (may progress to stupor or coma)
  • Hand tremor
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Numbness or tingling in the face or extremities
  • Light-headedness
  • Sometimes no symptoms might occur.

If Alkalemia is severe, long instance of contraction and spasms of muscles or tetany can develop.

Natural Treatments Home Remedies for Alkalemia

In respiratory Alkalemia, the only treatment needed is to slow down the rate of breathing.

If pain is causing the person to breathe rapidly, relieving the pain usually subsides.

If it is caused by anxiety, an effort to slow breathing may make the condition disappear.

Breathing into a paper bag may help to raise the carbon dioxide level in the blood as the person breathes carbon dioxide back in after breathing it out.

Oral Rehydration Salt:
It is an OTC drug and can easily be converted into liquid form to replace water and electrolytes in the body

Cranberry Juice:
Drink everyday in either sweetened with honey or unsweetened

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