I.V. Fluid Hydration Helps Reverse the Effects of Dehydration
Dehydration can be caused by losing too much fluid, not drinking enough water or fluids, or both. The human body loses water by sweating and producing urine, so you must replace the lost fluids constantly, by drinking water and other beverages.
Frequent urination, persistent diarrhea and vomiting, excessive sweating, and burns 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.
Know the symptoms of dehydration.
- Dry mouth
- Muscle weakness
Drinking fluids is usually enough to reverse mild dehydration. In more severe cases, however, intravenous (I.V.) fluid hydration is necessary to rehydrate the body and avoid potentially serious health consequences.
Severe dehydration may cause additional symptoms.
- Low blood pressure
- Sunken eyes
- Reduced perspiration
- Dry, shriveled skin
- Increased heart rate
If you have any of the symptoms of persistent or severe dehydration, come in to Coastal Urgent Care of Baton Rouge for immediate treatment any day of the week. We offer IV fluid therapy for severe dehydration.
Fluid replacement via intravenous hydration.
With intravenous fluids, your Coastal Urgent Care of Baton Rouge provider can replace fluids 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.
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. We may also use a solution of dextrose and water 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.
You may also need to replace lost fluids by drinking sports drinks or sipping clear broths or plain water. Because caffeinated beverages promote fluid excretion, you should avoid them if you have any symptoms of dehydration.