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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
What do I need to know about metabolic acidosis?
Metabolic acidosis occurs when you have too much acid in your blood. It can increase your risk for infection and heart problems, and can worsen kidney problems. Metabolic acidosis may become severe or life-threatening.
What increases my risk for metabolic acidosis?
- Diabetes that is not controlled
- High levels of alcohol or drugs in your blood
- Health conditions such as seizures, liver disease, kidney failure, or muscle disease
- Chronic diarrhea
- Poisonings by carbon monoxide or other chemicals
What are the signs and symptoms of metabolic acidosis?
- Uncontrolled, deep breathing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Weakness or confusion
- Not able to be woken easily
How is metabolic acidosis diagnosed?
Blood and urine tests are done to check oxygen, carbon dioxide, and acid levels. They may also check kidney function and get information about your overall health.
How is metabolic acidosis treated?
Treatment is based on what is causing your metabolic acidosis. If your symptoms are severe, you may need IV medicine to balance acid levels in your blood.
When should I contact my healthcare provider?
- You have nausea and vomiting.
- Your symptoms return or get worse.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
When should I seek immediate care or call 911?
- You have uncontrolled, deep breathing.
- You become weak or confused.
- You cannot be woken easily.
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