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Treatments for Salt craving

Treatments for Salt craving:

Treatment plans for a salt craving are individualized depending on the underlying cause, the presence of coexisting diseases, the age and medical history of the patient, and other factors. Treatment generally involves a multifaceted plan that addresses the cause and decreases the risk of developing serious complications.

The first step in treating a slat craving due to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance is prevention. For healthy adults this includes drinking eight eight ounce glasses of water every day. Water needs will be higher for certain people, such as athletes or people who live at high altitudes or in hot, dry climates. Athletes may benefit from drinking a solution that is fortified with the electrolytes that are lost through sweating, such as Gatorade.

Mild dehydration due to morning sickness of pregnancy and other causes can often be treated with drinking fluids. For infants and children who have had vomiting and/or diarrhea, an oral rehydrating solution, such as Pedialyte, is often recommended. Any drink or fluid that contains caffeine, such as coffee or soda, is not effective for treating dehydration. Fluids that contain caffeine can actually make dehydration worse, because they cause the body to lose more water, which results in increased urination and more dehydration.

Moderate to severe dehydration generally requires hospitalization and possibly intensive care. Intravenous fluids are administered to correct the dehydration. Electrolyte replacement may also be necessary. Electrolytes and other important parameters, such as vital signs, are frequently or continuously monitored.

Treating Addison's disease includes taking prescribed oral corticosteroid medication. This medications may need to be given intravenously if Addison's disease is severe. In this case, hospitalization is necessary.

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