Intravenous (IV) Fluid Rehydration Therapy at Emerald Coast Urgent Care
The human body continually loses water through perspiration and urination. When the volume of water lost exceeds the volume of water being taken in, dehydration occurs.
Causes of dehydration include not drinking enough fluids, increased urination, excessive sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. In addition, some medications and medical conditions can cause dehydration.
The most common cause of dehydration is not drinking enough fluids. This water loss can occur in hot weather, during strenuous exercise, or when a person is ill and unable to drink enough fluids. Drinking alcohol, coffee, and other caffeinated beverages can also increase the risk of dehydration, as they act as diuretics and cause the body to lose more fluids.
Recognize dehydration symptoms.
People who are extremely physically active can become dehydrated easily. Learning the symptoms of dehydration can help you avoid potentially serious medical complications.
Dehydration symptoms include thirst, dark-colored urine, headache, and constipation. If left untreated, dehydration can lead to serious health complications, including kidney stones, heat exhaustion, and even seizures.
Advanced dehydration can cause worrying symptoms, including the following:
- Lowered blood pressure
- Sunken eyes
- Elevated heart rate
- Skin elasticity loss
- High fever
- Inability to sweat
- Infrequent urination
How IV fluid therapy rehydrates the body.
Although minor dehydration can be corrected by sipping water or electrolyte-supplemented sports drinks, severe dehydration should be addressed by a medical team.
Intravenous (IV) fluid hydration is an effective way to help with dehydration. It works by replacing the lost fluids with a balanced saline solution of salts and minerals, restoring the body’s proper chemical balance, organ function, and tissue health.
Two types of fluids are commonly used to treat dehydration. One fluid is saline, a solution that contains chlorine and sodium, which addresses mineral imbalances. The other fluid is a solution of water and dextrose, which delivers fluids and carbohydrates in the event of low blood sugar.
The fluids are administered directly into the bloodstream by a qualified medical professional. This treatment helps to quickly rehydrate the body, immediately reducing some symptoms of dehydration, like dizziness and fatigue.
In addition to helping with dehydration, saline IV fluid hydration can help flush harmful bacteria and toxins from the body.
Emerald Coast Urgent Care clinics offer IV fluid hydration to meet every patient’s medical needs. If you are experiencing significant dehydration, please visit an Emerald Coast Urgent Care walk-in clinic nearest you. For more information about our services, please call our helpful representatives at 850-654-8878 for the Destin clinic, 850-236-8655 for the Panama City Beach clinic, or 850-588-1843 for the Inlet Beach clinic.