What are the symptoms of acidosis?
Symptoms of acidosis include your body attempting to decrease its level of acid, such as through rapid breathing. Other symptoms will depend on the underlying cause of acidosis.
Common symptoms of acidosis
Acidosis symptoms vary widely depending on the underlying cause. A variety of illnesses that cause acidosis do share some common symptoms including:
- Rapid breathing
- Shortness of breath
Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition
In many cases, acidosis can be life threatening. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms in the setting of an underlying cause of acidosis:
What is acidosis?
Acidosis is a condition in which there is an excess of acidic molecules in the body. This can occur as a result of overproduction, underexcretion, or both. With overproduction, the body makes too much acid. This can occur in sepsis, a life-threatening widespread infection in which the body makes too much lactic acid. With underexcretion, the body is unable to rid itself of excess acid. Thi... Read more about acidosisintroduction
What causes acidosis?
Acidosis is caused by an accumulation of acid in your body. Normally, your body effectively excretes or eliminates acid through normal breathing and kidney function. If these functions are perturbed, or if the amount of acid your body produces increases significantly, acidosis can result.... Read more about acidosiscauses
How is acidosis treated?
Treatment for acidosis depends on the underlying cause. Treatments for respiratory acidosis target the lungs to improve efficiency so you can exhale carbon dioxide more effectively. Treatment for metabolic acidosis targets the underlying cause, though agents that decrease acidity may be given.... Read more about acidosistreatments