What is Saline IV Used For?

Hydration is essential for the human body, which is composed of 60% water. When fluids are low, we may experience dehydration and risk symptoms of fatigue, headache, nausea, and lightheadedness. Your risk of dehydration is greater if you are suffering from a hangover, cold or flu, athletic recovery, or morning sickness.

Saline IVs offer a quick and targeted solution to replenish fluids and relieve symptoms. A combination of sterile water and sodium chloride, or salt, saline IVs work to restore fluid balance and hydrate tissues. Sodium also assists with muscle contraction, while chloride maintains acid-base balance. Furthermore, saline IVs can be offered on their own or combined with other compounds for additional nutrients and benefits.

Who needs a saline IV? 

Saline IVs are commonly given to patients as an IV when they require hydration. A simple concoction of fluids and sodium chloride, saline IVs are also an excellent option for people with allergies or sensitivities to specific compounds.

Can’t you just drink water to rehydrate? 

The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published that the recommended daily fluid intake is:

  • ~15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day for men
  • ~11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women

Drinking water is an excellent source of hydration, but more often than not, people do not consume enough fluids or hydrating foods in a day. Additionally, when we finally grab a bottle of water, it is usually during peak dehydration. However, when only rehydrating by drinking water, it can take hours before the benefits take effect.

Meanwhile, saline IVs are administered intravenously with nutrients and electrolytes delivered directly to the bloodstream. Whereas you may find yourself drinking water for a couple of hours, saline IV treatments take only 30-60 minutes and will have you back on your feet in no time.

Other ways to rehydrate quickly

Drinking fluids and eating foods with high water content are essential in maintaining hydration and preventing dehydration. Some high-water content foods to try include watermelon, berries, lettuce, carrots, oranges, grapes, spinach, and soup.

Another helpful way for combating dehydration is Pedialyte. Most commonly used for helping hydrate babies and toddlers, Pedialyte can aid hydration in adults as well. Pedialyte is a mixture of water, potassium, chloride, zinc, and sugar used to restore fluids and support body functions.

Drip Hydration’s Dehydration IV treatment offers the benefits of a saline IV with maximum convenience. We know you may not be feeling like yourself, and to avoid exacerbating your symptoms, Drip Hydration’s mobile IV treatment can be delivered straight to you at home, work, or in a hotel and administered by a certified nurse. Dehydration IVs, amongst other IV treatments, can be scheduled online and at your leisure for hydration made easy.

In-Home IV Treatments With Drip Hydration

Drip Hydration offers mobile IV treatments in the comfort of your home. Once you book your appointment, a certified nurse will come to your desired location and administer the treatment, which usually takes less than an hour. During this time, you can do anything you’d like, such as relax under a warm blanket or watch TV. Drip Hydration will also go to hotels, worksites, or other locations upon request.

You can either browse our treatment options and decide which is best for you or speak to a representative who can help you choose what you need based on your health goals. To schedule your appointment or learn more, contact us today!