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What are the Different Types of Acidosis Treatment?

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In order to successfully treat acidosis, the pH of the body must be raised. This can be done through a number of methods, including increasing water consumption, using prescription medications, and administering intravenous fluids or bicarbonate. The use of intravenous fluids or bicarbonate is usually reserved for the short-term care of the most serious cases of acidosis. Patients who receive these treatments must typically follow up with their primary physicians in order to ensure the complete treatment of their condition.

Acidosis is a condition in which the concentration of acid in the blood increases dramatically. While the most common symptoms of acidosis include nausea and fatigue, in some cases, coma or death can develop. Individuals who are seeking acidosis treatment are often encouraged to increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables. These foods have a naturally high concentration of water, which has been proven effective in the treatment of acidosis. Those who have a difficult time eating high amounts of raw vegetables may want to consider consuming other foods rich in water, such as milk, soups, and fruit juices; honey is also relatively high in water.

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The use of certain medications has been found to be a viable form of acidosis treatment. The most common types of medications used in the treatment of this condition are bronchodilators. These medications are typically used when acidosis has been caused by decreased lung function. Bronchodilators are effective at opening the air passages of the lungs, increasing oxygenation of the blood, and lowering the acid concentration of the body. A prescription is typically required to obtain these medications, along with close physician supervision.

In the most severe cases, those seeking acidosis treatment may require the administration of intravenous fluids. These fluids much be administered with the help of a medical professional in order to avoid serious complications. In most cases, those who undergo intravenous fluid treatment for acidosis require hospitalization in order to supervise the course of treatment.

The administration of intravenous bicarbonate is another effective form of acidosis treatment. As with intravenous fluids, the use of bicarbonate is typically reserved for only the most serious cases of acidosis. It is important for those receiving this form of treatment to know it's not used for very long. These patients will likely require continual visits to their physician for managed care.

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