IV Therapy is a way to deliver fluids, vitamins, and other medications into the bloodstream quickly. It is done by inserting a needle attached to a small tube, called a cannula, into a vein in the arm or hand. This is usually done by a healthcare professional. Then the cannula is connected to a larger tube that is hooked up to a bag of fluid. The healthcare professional will use a pump or a valve to control how much liquid is coming in and out of the tube.
People who get IV drips report improved mood, better sleep, and more energy. They also report being able to drink water and other fluids more easily without feeling discomfort or pain.
Rehydration therapy can help relieve dehydration caused by fever, sweating, excess urination, or vomiting. It can help prevent kidney problems in people with diabetes or chronic illnesses. It can also reduce nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea from some conditions like the flu or hangovers.
Some IV drips include add-on medicines like anti-nausea drugs, antacids, and pain medications. Others, such as the Myers Cocktail, contain multiple vitamins and minerals that can speed recovery from illness or reduce the severity of symptoms like body aches.
The only risks of IV therapy are a blood clot in the vein (called phlebitis), or an air bubble that travels from the vein to the heart or lungs (called an air embolism). These complications are rare, and the healthcare professional will watch carefully for any signs or symptoms that this is happening.
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