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Salt craving

Salt craving: Introduction

Salt craving is an intensive or excessive desire to ingest salt or foods that are salty. Salt craving can be a symptom of a variety of mild to serious disorders, diseases or conditions.

Salt craving can result from a relatively mild condition that is easy to resolve, such as mild dehydration. Salt craving can also occur during pregnancy. Salt craving can also accompany a serious condition, disease or disorder, such as Addison's disease and other adrenal disorders, and moderate to severe dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.

Depending on the cause, salt craving can be short-term and disappear quickly, such as when salt craving occurs during mild dehydration due to sweating that is treated by drinking oral rehydration fluids, such as Gatorade.

Salt craving often occurs in conjunction with other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Other common symptoms include dizziness, dry mouth and thirst. Complications of a salt craving that leads to a high intake of salt include fluid overload and hypertension. The underlying disorder, disease or condition can also cause complications. For more details about symptoms and complications, see symptoms of salt craving.

Diagnosing a root cause of a salt craving begins with taking a thorough personal and family medical history, including symptoms, and completing a physical examination. Diagnostic blood tests include a chemistry panel, which measures the levels of important electrolytes in the blood, including sodium (salt) and can evaluate if dehydration and electrolyte imbalance are present. An urinanalysis can also help to determine dehydration. A blood or urine pregnancy test may also be done.

If Addison's disease or other adrenal disorders or adrenal diseases are suspected, additional blood and urine tests can be done to measure the health of the kidneys and the levels of corticosteroid hormones in the body. Antibody and aldosterone testing may also be done.

Making a diagnosis may also include performing a variety of other tests, depending on the suspected cause of a salt craving.

A diagnosis of the disease, disorder or condition that underlies a salt craving can easily be delayed or missed because salt craving may be mild or not believed to be a symptom of a serious condition. For information on misdiagnosis, refer to misdiagnosis of salt craving.

Treatment of salt craving involves diagnosing and treating the underlying disease, disorder or condition that is causing it. Some conditions can be easily and successfully treated and cured, while others may require more intensive treatment. For more information on treatment, refer to treatment of salt craving....more »

Salt craving: Misdiagnosis

Diagnosing salt craving and its underlying cause may be delayed or missed because in some cases, salt craving may not be severe enough for a person to seek medical care. It is not unusual for some people, such as athletes, the elderly, and people who live at high altitudes, to be chronically dehydrated.

Salt craving can be a sign of a serious ...more misdiagnosis »

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Salt craving: Symptom Checker

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Salt craving Treatments

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.

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Salt craving: Comorbid Symptoms

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Detailed list of causes of Salt craving

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How Common are these Causes of Salt craving?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Salt craving. Of the 9 causes of Salt craving that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 0 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 1 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 9 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Salt craving:

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Causes of Salt craving Based on Risk Factors

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    Medical Conditions associated with Salt craving:

    Cravings (32 causes), Food symptoms (1907 causes), Eating symptoms (2462 causes), Digestive symptoms (5299 causes), Psychiatric symptom (971 causes)

    Symptoms related to Salt craving:

    Eating symptoms (2462 causes), Food symptoms (1907 causes), Pregnancy symptoms (699 causes), Cravings (32 causes), Addison's Disease, Adrenal Cortex Diseases, Adrenal disorders, Gitelman syndrome, Hypoadrenocorticism, Hypoaldosteronism, Normokalemic periodic paralysis

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