Rehydration therapy is the cornerstone to treatment following dehydration. It is common practice for the treatment of diarrhea, where a person has lost fluids and electrolytes.
Extracellular fluid is lost mostly during dehydration, so the main aim of rehydration therapy is first to restore the circulating blood volume, if required, secondly to restore the interstitial fluid volume, and lastly to maintain hydration by replacing electrolyte losses.
The easiest way to know if you have dehydration is if you are thirsty. However, there are other signs of dehydration to watch out for. These include:
Feeling uncontrollably thirsty
Dark yellow, strong-smelling pee
Peeing less often than usual
Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
A dry mouth, lips, and tongue
To treat dehydration and bring your electrolytes back up to their correct level, we would recommend rehydration therapy. The type of rehydration therapy that we would recommend depends on your degree of dehydration, the duration of diarrhea, your electrolyte loss, water loss, frequency of vomiting, and fluid rates.
Forms of Rehydration Therapy
Most of the time a healthcare provider will need to use intravenous fluids and electrolytes to treat dehydration. This depends on the level of dehydration a patient is suffering from.
Intravenous rehydration therapy is the procedure by which a specially formulated IV solution is administered through a tube attached to a needle, which is inserted into a vein. IV solutions vary in the amounts of salt (sodium chloride) or sugar (dextrose, glucose, or levulose) that are dissolved in sterile water.
Intravenous therapy is used in cases of severe dehydration, stupor, coma, uncontrollable vomiting, or extreme fatigue that prevents drinking, or in other medical emergencies.
Rehydration Therapy Results
Skin goes back when pinched
Normal electrolyte levels
Thirst has subsided
Vital signs back to normal
Urine has been passed
Hydration status normal
Pulse is strong
Generally feeling better
How Alium Health Can Help with Rehydration Therapy
Alium Health offers Total Women's Care. We focus on health and wellness for women and the issues they face, including rehydration therapy. With a team at your side, our patient-centered approach to care addresses all aspects of your health. Our warm, supportive staff work hard to integrate physical and mental health into a care plan that maximizes success and minimizes stress.