What other symptoms might occur with salt craving?

Salt craving may accompany other symptoms, which will vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the need for salt intake may also involve other body systems.

Dehydration symptoms that may occur along with salt craving

Salt craving may accompany symptoms related to dehydration including:

  • Cold skin
  • Decreased urine output
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Headache
  • Irritability and mood changes
  • Muscle spasms
  • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)

Addison’s disease symptoms that may occur along with salt craving

Salt craving may accompany Addison’s disease symptoms affecting multiple systems. These symptoms include:

  • Chronic or persistent diarrhea
  • Dark patches on the skin
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mouth sores on inner sides of cheeks
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Pale skin or pallor
  • Severe fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss

Other symptoms that may occur along with salt craving

Salt craving may accompany other symptoms, which can affect other systems. These symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Missed menstrual periods
  • Muscle cramping
  • Muscle weakness
  • Perspiration

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

Salt craving that accompanies dehydration may be so severe that a life-threatening situation can develop. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of the following symptoms:

  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
  • Cold skin
  • Decreased urine output
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Severe dizziness or sudden loss of balance
INTRODUCTION

What is salt craving?

Salt craving is a demanding or extreme desire to consume salt or salty foods. Craving for salt results from a decrease in sodium in the body either from inability to retain salt or the excess loss of sodium from the body. Salt craving is common during pregnancy. Craving for salt is also a common symptom of Addison’s disease (decreased production of hormones by the adrenal glands), de... Read more about salt cravingintroduction

CAUSES

What causes salt craving?

Salt craving is a demanding or extreme desire to consume salt or salty foods. Craving for salt is a common symptom of Addison’s disease (decreased production of hormones by the adrenal glands), dehydration, and electrolyte imbalances. Craving for salt results from a decrease in sodium in the body from either an inability to retain salt, such as with Addison’s disease, or the loss of sodium, such as occurs with excessive sweating and fluid loss or dehydration. Salt craving is common during pregnancy.... Read more about salt cravingcauses

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