How does a patient go into respiratory acidosis and alkalosis

Asked by on May 6th, 2013
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Thanks you to ask this question,here is a simple answer for you.Not Medical Advice: Alkalosis occurs when blood pH rises above 7.45. It can be due to electrolyte disturbances caused by, for example, prolonged vomiting. Here I think it is only for your reference and maybe not an answer you want or sometimes there could be a variety of answers for the same question. Continue to refer to the following information.

What about respiratory acidosis?

Respiratory acidosis is a condition in which the lungs can’t remove all of the carbon dioxide that is produced by the body. This causes bodily fluids, and especially the blood, to become too acidic. The patient of respiratory acidosis will be ill and may lapse in and out of consciousness as they increasingly find it impossible to make the energy required for metabolism to function.It may even cause the patient becoming comatose since the brain is extremely sensitive to PH levels. Commonly the most notable symptom of acidosis will be slowed or difficult breathing. Headache, drowsiness, restlessness, tremor, and confusion may also occur. And treatment focuses on correcting the underlying condition that caused the alkalosis. One of the treatment methods doctors prescribe is continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP. This medical device is generally used to treat people with conditions such as sleep apnea.

What about respiratory alkalosis?

Respiratory alkalosis is a condition marked by low levels of carbon dioxide in the blood due to breathing excessively. If you are experiencing dizzy symptoms or numbness of hand or feet or light-headedness, you may have respiratory alkalosis. This is when you have low levels of carbon dioxide in your blood because you have been breathing quite a lot or excessively.

Can you explain respiratory acidosis versus metabolic acidosis?

Respiratory acidosis or alkalosis is caused by various malfunctions of the lungs. Metabolic acidosis or alkalosis is caused by various metabolic disorders which result in an excessive build up or loss of acids or bases.

What is the difference between acidosis and alkalosis reulting from respiratory and metabolic factors?

The changes in the carbon dioxide concentration resulting to either respiratory alkalosis or acidosis are due to the alteration in the normal breathing caused by lung diseases. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, an imbalance in the bicarbonate concentration in the body typically results to either metabolic acidosis or alkalosis.

What is the easiest way to determine Respiratory Alkalosis, Respiratory Acidosis, Metabolic Alkalosis?

Firstly you can tell by PH,if the PH is high then it’s alkalosis and if the PH is low then it’s acidosis. Comparing to metabolic alkalosis,if the PH is low (Acidosis) and the CO2 is not high then the acidic condition in not from the lungs but is metabolic. If the PH is high (alkalosis) and the CO2 is not low then the alkalosis is metabolic.


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