What is the Purpose of IV Hydration?

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Find out what intravenous hydration is used for.

One of the first things to happen when you’re admitted to a hospital is being hooked up to an IV, sometimes called a ‘drip’. Have you ever wondered about the fluids in the plastic bag, and what makes this treatment so helpful?

What is the purpose of an IV to hydrate?

Dehydration can occur quickly in humans. It impairs many body processes, hindering functions from healing to concentration to digestion. When one becomes dehydrated, one loses fluids from their body. These fluids contain water and dissolved salts, called electrolytes. To treat severe cases of dehydration, IV therapy may be required.

How does an IV help?

An IV is packed full of essential vitamins and minerals needed for basic body functions. It bypasses the digestive tract so that the large intestine can quickly absorb the fluid, helping to hydrate the body quicker than drinking several glasses of water. An IV solution contains salt, sugar and electrolytes that replenish what the body has lost through sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, and frequent urination.

Other instances where IV hydration can help:

IV hydration is also used to treat the following:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Severe inflammation
  • Seizure disorders
  • Infections
  • Stomach disorders

For your medical needs, visit Sand Canyon Urgent Care in Irvine and Stanton. We can help you with your IV hydration needs. Call us at (949) 536-7892 or visit us here to get started!