Dehydration and IV fluid replacement

Dehydration occurs when your body does not have as much water and fluids as it should and can be mild, moderate, or severe, based on how much of your body’s fluid is lost or not replaced.   The human body loses water by sweating and producing urine, so you must replace the lost fluid by drinking water and other beverages. Vigorous exercise, especially in hot weather; intense diarrhea; vomiting; fever or excessive sweating are some of the most common causes of dehydration in adults. Dehydration in sick children is often a combination of refusing to eat or drink and losing fluid from vomiting, diarrhea, or fever.    Drinking fluids is usually enough to reverse mild dehydration but in more severe cases IV fluid hydration will be needed.

The safest approach is preventing dehydration in the first place. Keep an eye on how much fluid you lose during hot weather, illness or exercise, and drink enough liquids to replace what you’ve lost.

Symptoms of Dehydration

  • Tired and weak

  • Cotton mouth

  • Weak muscles

  • Dizzy

  • Headache

If you have any of the symptoms of dehydration, visit our urgent care clinic for immediate treatment.

Severe dehydration may cause additional symptoms.

  • Low blood pressure

  • Sunken eyes

  • Reduced perspiration

  • Dry skin

  • Increased heart rate

  • Fever

We offer IV fluid therapy for those with severe dehydration. If you have any of the symptoms visit our urgent care clinic for immediate treatment.

Fluid Replacement via IV

Intravenous fluids replace the fluid lost through sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, and frequent urination. These fluids often contain potassium, glucose, and sodium, which are electrolytes your body needs to function normally. You may also need to replace lost fluids by drinking sports drinks or sipping clear broths or plain water.  You should avoid caffeinated beverages if you have any symptoms of dehydration.

Types of IV Fluids

There are different types of intravenous fluids used to treat dehydration. Normal saline contains sodium and chlorine, so it replaces lost fluid and prevents or corrects some types of electrolyte imbalances. A solution of dextrose and water may also be used to treat dehydration. One of our experienced medical professionals will determine the right fluid to treat your condition and help you feel better as soon as possible.