IV Fluids

IV Fluids for dehydration

Southwest Urgent Care & Family Practice is  committed to provide convenient access to many immediate care services to our patients. Our center is now  providing IV services to patients within Houston, TX and its surrounding areas. We administer IV medications to treat acute illnesses and IV fluid therapy for dehydrated patients.

What is Dehydration?

Dehydration is a medical term when the body loses large amount of fluid than what you are taking. Urinating and sweating are ways of the body to lose water and it should be replaced through drinking water as well as other beverages. Some of the common causes of this condition are persistent vomiting and diarrhea, frequent urination, burns and excessive sweating. Frequent urination with diabetic patients may also cause dehydration.

Common Symptoms of Dehydration

There are many symptoms that you should take note of regarding dehydration. Once you notice the following symptoms, please go to our clinic immediately to avoid further dehydration:

  • Dry mouth
  • Lethargy
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Headache

Aside from these symptoms, severe dehydration can lead to added symptoms like:

  • Sunken eyes
  • Low blood pressure
  • Shriveled and dry skin
  • Reduced perspiration
  • Fever
  • Increase in heart rate

When you experience these added symptoms, it required that you call for immediate medical attention.

Fluid Replacement through IV

Through IV fluids, the lost fluid from the body can be replaced. Such fluids contain glucose, sodium as well as potassium that are considered as electrolytes that helps the body function normally again. Sports drinks, clear broths and most especially plain water can also help in replacing lost fluids. It is recommended that caffeinated beverages should be avoided as it causes fluid excretion.

Different Types of Intravenous Fluids

When you are dehydrated, any of our expert medical staff will identify the appropriate fluid for your condition and allow you to feel better. Normal saline is a type containing chlorine and sodium that not only replaces the lost fluid but also corrects any electrolyte imbalances. The dextrose and water solution is another type that is used for treating dehydration.

Administration of Medication through IV Line

There are various medications that are delivered through an IV line administered by medical professionals as this can deliver medications to the veins quickly than taking a tablet or capsule. It is also being used for those continuously vomiting and is not able to take medications orally. Some of the common conditions where IV medications are used are as follows:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Pain caused by illness, injury or accident
  • Seizure disorders
  • Severe inflammation
  • Stomach disorders
  • Infections

There are medications that are mixed with intravenous fluids and are delivered through an IV drip or IV-push. Patients suffering from allergic reactions and certain conditions posing serious risks to one’s health are given an IV push. On the other hand, medications delivered through an IV drip are antibiotics as well as similar medications to follow the medication administration required.

We are located just 2 miles away from the Galleria mall in Southwest Houston, TX  close to US 59 and Chimney Rock Rd. To access our services, set a schedule online, call us or visit our urgent care center right away at (713)640-5754.