Urgent Care for IV Fluids

IV FluidsAt Physicians Now, we are committed to providing convenient access to urgent care services for anyone who needs them. We are the only urgent care center in this area to offer IV services to our patients, making it easier for people in Rockville and surrounding areas to get the care they need. We administer intravenous medications to treat acute illnesses and injuries, and we also offer IV fluid therapy for those with dehydration.

Dehydration

Dehydration is the medical term for what happens when the body loses more fluid than you take in. The human body loses water by sweating and producing urine, so you must replace the lost fluid 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. People with diabetes also have an increased risk of dehydrated because high blood sugar can cause frequent urination.

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Symptoms of Dehydration

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

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

Severe dehydration may cause additional symptoms. It is especially important to seek medical treatment if you experience any of the following:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Sunken eyes
  • Reduced perspiration
  • Dry, shriveled skin
  • Increased heart rate
  • Fever

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. Because caffeinated beverages promote fluid excretion, you should avoid them 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.

Medication Administration

Many medications are delivered via an intravenous line, commonly called an IV. Medical professionals use intravenous lines to deliver drugs directly into the veins, which helps them reach the bloodstream more quickly than they would if you took a capsule or tablet. IV drugs are also useful for treating people who are vomiting and cannot take oral medications.

Intravenous medications are commonly used to treat the following problems:

  • Pain due to an accident, injury, or illness
  • Allergic reactions
  • Severe inflammation
  • Seizure disorders
  • Infections
  • Stomach disorders

Medications are often mixed with IV fluids and delivered via IV push or IV drip. A rapid IV push is typically used to treat allergic reactions and other conditions that pose a serious risk to a person’s health. Antibiotics and other medications are delivered over a set period of time with an IV drip.