Hydration therapy is the process of providing liquids to patients through IV for patients experiencing dehydration. Hydration therapy was first used back in the 1832 in Scotland. At that particular time hydration therapy was administered by way of salt water solution. Glucose solutions were also developed which were administred to patients suffering dehydration. Dehydration can be caused by a variety of illness. Something as simple a staying outdoors too long on a warm day may cause dehydration.
Hydration Therapies Improved
Soon as the medical profession began to advance Glucose type solutions were replaced by saline solutions. Saline solution became the most popular for of rehydrating a person suffering dehydration. A bag of saline solution would be inserted into the vein of a patient through an IV. The IV solution would then gradually run into the system of the patient until they began to feel better.
Dehydration can be caused by:
- Excessive exposure to the heat.
- Cardiovascular Disease.
- Excessive intake of Alcohol.
- Kidney Disease.
- Prescription Medication Intake.
Other therapies include high dose Vitamin C. High doses of Vitamin C can help boost the immune system. Vitamin C can help a person to lessen the severity of cold or flu. Some people who take Vitamin C in high doses may notice they get fewer colds. Vitamin C can also be good for the skin. Glutathione benefits may include helping rid the body of toxins and impurities. Glutathione helps bind free radicals and helps rid the body of harmful toxins that can adversely effect the health. Glutathione also helps to regenerate vitamins C and E.
Plasma rich platelet therapy can help a patient with a low platelet count. Platelets are important for overall health. A low platelet account may be caused by diseases such as Cancer. Platelet therapy can help platelet count to return to a normal and safe level. Sometimes blood transfusions are given along with platelet therapy. Hydration therapy is a common practice especially in hospital emergency rooms. Keeping the body well hydrated can help a patient from going into shock. Therefore, hydration therapy is routinely administered within the hospital setting.