Electrolyte imbalance can be diagnosed through urine and blood test samples. Your doctor will probably also take into account your symptoms.
Some companies offer private at home testing - such as this one* which offers both blood and urine electrolyte testing (based in the UK).
How can an electrolyte imbalance be treated?
It is important to replace the missing electrolytes so that you become rebalanced. How this is done will depend on the severity of the imbalance. If you have a minor imbalance then dietary changes may be possible or drinking rehydration solutions is another option. Treatments for more severe cases include fluid replacement intravenously.
People often self-treat dehydration and electrolyte imbalances using hydration tablets - such as these and these.
How can I prevent electrolyte imbalance?
If you are suffering from severe vomiting or diarrhoea it is important that you replace the fluids you are losing. You can help to do this by drinking an electrolyte solution or a rehydration solution (such as the ones suggested above).
You may also choose to drink electrolyte solutions if you are sweating from exercising, are taking corticosteroids, have a restricted diet or are experiencing a flare of your IBD.
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