What other symptoms might occur with electrolyte imbalance?

Electrolyte imbalances may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the digestive tract may also involve other body systems.

General symptoms that may occur along with electrolyte imbalance

Electrolyte imbalance may accompany other symptoms affecting your general health including:

Other symptoms that may occur along with electrolyte imbalance

Electrolyte imbalance may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:

  • Constipation
  • Dark urine
  • Decreased urine output
  • Dry mouth and foul breath
  • Dry skin
  • Lack of perspiration
  • Muscle weakness
  • Stiff or aching joints

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, electrolyte imbalances can cause severe and sometimes life-threatening dehydration. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Change in mental status or sudden behavior change such as confusion, delirium, lethargy, hallucinations or delusions
  • Poor skin elasticity
  • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Sunken eyes

What is electrolyte imbalance?

Electrolytes are essential minerals in your body that are necessary for nerve and muscle function, the body-fluid balance, and other critical processes. They are particles that can carry an electrical charge and are present in your blood, plasma, urine, and other fluids. Electrolytes exist in the form of calcium, chlorine, magnesium, phosphate, potassium, and sodium that can be obtained from fl... Read more about electrolyte imbalanceintroduction


What causes electrolyte imbalance?

The balance of electrolytes is constantly shifting due to fluctuating fluids in your body. For example, when you sweat as a result of exercise, hot weather, or illness, levels of certain electrolytes may be low. Vomiting and diarrhea are other causes of electrolyte imbalances, as they result in excessive fluid loss.
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Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 1, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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