IV Hydration / IV Vitamin Treatment

Michele Martinho, MD -  - Internist

Michele Martinho, MD

Internist located in New York, NY

Many cases of severe dehydration require more in-depth treatment than oral rehydration. At her Gramercy, New York City office, Dr. Michele Martinho provides intravenous (IV) hydration therapy to restore the body’s valuable nutrients and boost its health. IV hydration therapy can also be used to treat health issues unrelated to dehydration, including chronic fatigue, cold and flu, and even sleep deprivation. If you’re curious to learn more, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule a consultation.

IV Hydration / IV Vitamin Treatment Q & A

Michele Martinho, MD

What is intravenous (IV) hydration?

IV hydration refers to the therapeutic practice of administering a combination of water, minerals, electrolytes, amino acids, and vitamins directly into your bloodstream through one of your veins. This procedure boosts your health and leaves you feeling fresh and rejuvenated, particularly in cases of dehydration.

Especially when you’re ill, your body loses fluids that contain substances like water and electrolytes. That’s why when faced with mild cases of dehydration, you’re often recommended to drink sports drinks that have electrolytes. However, more severe cases of dehydration often call for specialized IV hydration therapy.

Dehydration can lead to serious health issues if left untreated. Things like strenuous physical activity, vomiting, or diarrhea can cause severe dehydration.

IV hydration therapy can replenish your body with more nutrients than oral consumption.

What is IV hydration used for?

The benefits of IV hydration therapy are wide ranging. It’s often used to address severe dehydration and a host of other health issues, including:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Fitness recovery
  • A migraine and headache
  • Hangover
  • PMS
  • Acute and chronic pain
  • Cold and flu

IV hydration provides your body with water and other vital nutrients that help your body with key functions, such as blood flow, body temperature monitoring, digestion, and the overall health of your body’s cells.

How does IV hydration work?

During IV hydration therapy, Dr. Michele Martinho delivers fluids through a small catheter and tubing directly into your bloodstream in a painless procedure. The solution, which is a combination of water, minerals, electrolytes, amino acids, and vitamins, is tailored to address your specific health concerns.  

The drip bag hangs over your head so that gravity, rather than a syringe or other applied force, gently carries the fluid into your veins. Generally, a single IV hydration therapy treatment session should last no more than an hour.

IV hydration is the fastest way to administer supplements to your body when you’re dehydrated.

Is IV hydration safe?

Yes, IV hydration is perfectly safe. However, as is the case with any medical procedure, there are potential side effects, including:

  • Redness or swelling at the injection site
  • A headache
  • Fever
  • Infection

These and other side effects are very rare and generally subside on their own when they do occur.

If you’d like to learn more about IV hydration, call or use the online booking tool today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Martinho.

 

917-563-4105

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