Intravenous (IV) hydration therapy quickly replenishes fluids to maintain your health, boost your energy, and restore the electrolytes your muscles and heart need to keep working. The team at Neu Urgent Care in Hazel Park, Michigan, is proud to be the first and only clinic in the region offering IV hydration therapy. If you’d like to learn more about IV hydration or suspect you’re dehydrated, call the office, walk into the clinic, or schedule an appointment online.
You can become dehydrated if you don’t consume enough fluids or when you lose more fluids than normal due to sweating, vomiting, or diarrhea. In many cases, both problems contribute to dehydration.
Intense athletic activities, being outside on a hot day, and chronic health conditions such as diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease often cause dehydration that’s serious enough to benefit from IV hydration. It’s also common for patients receiving chemotherapy or going through alcohol withdrawal to become dehydrated.
By the time you feel thirsty, you’re already on the road to dehydration. As more serious dehydration develops, you may feel tired, dizzy, or lightheaded. You’ll also urinate less frequently and your urine appears darker than normal. As your dehydration worsens, you may develop muscle cramps, become confused, have a fast heartbeat, or faint.
Dehydration affects every cell and organ in your body. These are only three examples of what happens when you’re dehydrated:
The amount of fluids you consume affects your blood volume and blood pressure. If you’re dehydrated, blood volume drops and your heart works harder to pump enough blood through your body.
Losing just 2% of your body weight due to fluid loss such as sweating affects your endurance and causes muscle fatigue. That makes dehydration a significant problem because you can quickly lose 6-10% of your body weight during intense activities.
Mild dehydration limits your ability to concentrate, while moderate dehydration affects short-term memory.
Your ability to naturally rehydrate is a slow process that’s limited by the amount you can comfortably drink. In some patients, gastrointestinal problems may also affect oral rehydration.
IV hydration therapy overcomes those problems, quickly rehydrating your body by delivering fluids directly into your bloodstream. Additionally, your doctor at Neu Urgent Care can include electrolytes in your IV hydration therapy to restore the nutrients lost due to dehydration and provide the balance your body needs to stay healthy.
If you’d like to learn more about IV hydration or you have symptoms of dehydration, call Neu Urgent Care or schedule an appointment online.