Dehydration occurs when the body loses more fluid than it takes in. The lack of water throws off the balance of minerals in the body, affecting how its systems function and potentially leading to serious health consequences if left unaddressed. For this reason, it’s important to avoid dehydration whenever possible — and if you do become dehydrated, remember that replacing the lost fluids is paramount.

Depending on the severity and cause of your dehydration, drinking water may not be the fastest way to replenish lost fluids. In these cases, IV drips may be used instead of oral rehydration. At Rejuvenate U Wellness Clinic, we know you may not have the energy to take yourself to the doctor’s office or wait around in a hospital emergency room when you’re suffering from dehydration. That’s why we’re ready to bring IV fluids to you.

What Causes Dehydration?

Many factors can lead to dehydration beyond simply failing to drink enough water. Common causes of dehydration include:

Illness: Any illness that causes vomiting or diarrhea can lead to dehydration over time. Possibilities include food poisoning, motion sickness and altitude sickness.

Sweating: Excessive sweating can also lead to dehydration. This factor poses a particular risk to athletes and people who work outside in hot weather, although sweating can lead to dehydration in any weather. If you have a high fever due to the flu or another illness, you may also be at risk of dehydration due to sweating.

Alcohol consumption: Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it causes more frequent urination. A headache as part of a hangover can indicate dehydration.

Diabetes: If you have diabetes, you may also have a higher risk of dehydration because the body attempts to remove high levels of glucose from the blood by creating more urine.
Some groups also have a higher risk of serious dehydration than others — infants and children because they are more sensitive to small amounts of fluid loss and older adults because they may not recognize when they’re becoming dehydrated.

Alleviate Dehydration Symptoms With IV Therapy

Dehydration can become dangerous if left unaddressed, so it’s important to understand the signs and symptoms, which include:

Feeling thirsty: Thirst is often the first noticeable sign of dehydration. When you’re dehydrated, your mouth may also feel dry or sticky.

Lightheadedness: Lightheadedness and dizziness can also indicate dehydration. You may also feel weak or delirious. If you feel dizzy when you stand up and that feeling doesn’t go away after a few seconds, you should contact a medical professional.

Fatigue: In addition to lethargy and unusual tiredness, dehydration may cause confusion, irritability and difficulty concentrating.

Headache: Dehydration may lead to headaches, trigger migraines or prolong existing migraines.

Urinary symptoms: Passing urine less often than usual — or having dark-colored urine — can point to potential dehydration.

It’s a good idea to drink water or fluids with electrolytes as soon as you notice any of these symptoms. That said, in addition to oral rehydration, you might consider an IV for dehydration to address moderate to severe symptoms and restore balance to the body quickly. An IV can be particularly helpful when symptoms like vomiting make it difficult to rehydrate normally.

IV fluids typically include a sterile saline solution, as well as vitamins and minerals to address a patient’s specific needs and medications to manage other symptoms.