What Is a Chloride Test?

A chloride testing is performed through a simple blood test to check the level of chloride. It helps the doctors find out the problem with the acid-base (pH) balance. It helps them use proper medication based on the report. A chloride testing can also be a part of a routine health checkup.   

Chloride is one of the most essential electrically charged minerals in our body. It is necessary to keep our body healthy and hydrated for always. It is also an important mineral that takes fluid to your cells. If the level of chloride comes down, it can dehydrate your body and you become sick in a few days. And on the hand, if the level is higher than the optimal level, your kidney has developed a problem.

When Your Doctors Order for this Test?

A chloride testing is generally prescribed along with other blood tests when you are undergoing other tests for cholesterol, blood sugar, sodium and potassium. It may also be suggested by your doctor if he/she wants to check the health of your heart and kidney.

Below are some acute health conditions or symptoms that you may have to undergo the chloride testing:

  • Prolonged vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Weakness, fatigue
  • Difficulty breathing

How to Get Prepared for the Test:

There is no need to do any special thing before the diagnostic procedure. But you need to avoid consuming alcohol for at least 24 hours before the test if you are ordered for the urine chloride test.

On the other hand, you should tell your doctor if you had vomiting or diarrhea. It can lower the level of chloride. If you are under any medication, provide your doctor with all details including the prescriptions. There are some sorts of medicines that may change the level of chloride in your body.

Finding out the level of chloride in your blood or urine is painless with no downtime. The details your doctor find out in the report can help you start a proper medication before you develop some chronic health problems.