Lynn Urgent Care can provide treatment for dehydration seven days a week, 365 days a year, including holidays. We’re open early and stay open late. There’s no need for an appointment. Just walk in to your local clinic, or check in online first, if you prefer.
We’ll provide the dehydration evaluation you need—quickly, conveniently, and affordably. And, without the long wait for a doctor’s appointment or long wait time at a hospital ER.
Dehydration occurs when the body has too little water. It usually results from not drinking enough water, particularly when working or exercising outside in the heat.
Small amounts of water are depleted from our bodies every time we exhale or sweat, as well as through the urine and stool. When we don’t drink enough water to replace what is lost, we become dehydrated. Dehydration in its severest form can be deadly.
Simply put, your body is not getting the water it needs to maintain the proper fluid balance in your cells. Whether this is caused by not drinking enough water or as the result of a fever, excessive sweating on a hot, summer day, or by acute illness involving vomiting and/or diarrhea, the result is that the body’s cells don’t receive the necessary water to work properly.
What are IV Fluids and Antibiotics Used for?
While treatment with IV fluids can vary significantly from case to case, it’s most commonly used to address symptoms of dehydration from conditions below :
- Gastrointestinal illnesses, virus infections such as the flu can result in dehydration
- Heat stroke
- Hung over
- Excessive sweating
In cases where oral dehydration has failed, patients may benefit from IV rehydration. Symptoms of dehydration include:
- Dark, discolored urine
- Decreased Urination
- Dry Mouth
- Excessive Thirst
- Exhaustion, Fatigue, Weakness
- Extreme thirst, especially accompanied by a dry mouth or a swollen tongue
- Heart palpitations
- Muscle Weakness
What are IV Fluids and Antibiotics?
At Lynn Urgent Care, we’re proud to offer IV fluids right on site. Intravenous therapy (IV) delivers substances directly to the veins, which are often regulated as “drips”. Saline is the most common solution used in IV fluid therapy.
IV Fluids: What to Expect
With typical IV fluid treatment, an area of the skin (usually on the arm) is disinfected before an IV catheter is inserted into the vein. Catheter insertion can sting, but it should not be painful past the initial few seconds. From there, fluids are delivered via the IV at a set rate of flow, and the equipment is regularly checked for proper functionality throughout the procedure.