Use IV Therapy for Relief from Dehydration Headaches
You may be tempted to reach for the aspirin when you have a headache, but if it’s a dehydration headache, you’re only addressing the symptoms, not the source of the problem. For profound relief when you’re really dehydrated, IV therapy offers an effective, fast-acting solution. Learn more about the signs and causes of this type of headache—and how to treat it so you can feel better.
Can Dehydration Cause Headaches?
You get dehydrated when your body loses fluids—and that’s a problem when your body is about 60% water. There are many causes of dehydration:
- Vomiting, fever, or diarrhea caused by an illness such as food poisoning or flu
- Sweating heavily during prolonged sun exposure or intense physical activity
- Medication where dehydration is a side effect
- Chronic health conditions, such as Addison disease or certain types of diabetes
- Not consuming enough water over a long period of time
You’re likely to feel a headache once you’re dehydrated. That’s because the loss of fluids in your body makes the brain tissues contract, moving away from the skull.
What Does a Dehydration Headache Feel Like?
Dehydration headaches may feel different for each person. You may have pain in the back of your head while someone else feels it in the front. You generally won’t have pain in the neck, jaw, or face because the source of the headache is caused by the shrinking of the brain.
The intensity of the pain may also vary. It can be mild, like a normal headache, or it could be severe, almost migraine-like, in the vise-like grip it has on you.
Dehydration headache symptoms may also include other typical signs that your body lacks fluids. Some common dehydration symptoms:
- Dryness in the mouth or on your skin
- Extreme thirst
- Low urine output or dark-colored urine
- Lowered blood pressure
- Elevated heart rate
- Brain fog
Symptoms get worse if dehydration goes untreated. Signs of severe dehydration include fever, delirium, shock, and seizures. To treat serious dehydration and the headaches that ensue, you need a powerful solution.
How to Get Rid of Dehydration Headaches
IV therapy offers the best relief for these types of headaches. That’s because IV fluids are rich in vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes your body lacks when it’s dehydrated. Your brain tissues return to normal when you restore these nutrients and fluids to the body, which reduces headache symptoms.
Consuming water may be helpful in curbing dehydration, but in some cases, you may be too dehydrated and can’t make up the lost fluids with a few glasses of water. Plain drinking water also doesn’t have the electrolytes and nutrients found in IV fluids. Additionally, IV therapy gets to work quickly because the fluids are infused into your bloodstream. A sports drink or oral pain medication, on the other hand, would first need to travel through the digestive system, which lessens absorption and effectiveness.
How long a dehydration headache lasts depends on several factors, including the extent of your dehydration and your overall health. An IV can offer prompt relief from headache symptoms, so you feel better as soon as possible. You can also shorten the duration of your symptoms if you get plenty of rest and stay indoors if you live in a hot climate. You may want to consult with your IV provider to see if an over-the-counter pain reliever will help, too. Apply a cooling ice pack or wet washcloth to your forehead while you rest for extra comfort. Your sense of well-being will improve when you let your body relax and let the IV fluids do their job.
To avoid future dehydration headaches, make sure you have an adequate water supply on hand at all times. Buy a large, refillable bottle that you can sip on throughout the day. This is especially critical if you will be spending a lot of time outdoors in hot weather. Athletes will also want to stay hydrated, and they may want to look into IV therapy for rebounding from intense workouts where they sweat a lot.
Count on Mobile IV Nurses for Dehydration Headache Relief
Mobile IV Nurses is known for its exceptional service and IV treatments. We make it easy to get IV therapy whenever and wherever you need it.
We understand how difficult it is to drive anywhere when you have a headache and how uncomfortable it is to sit in a waiting room until a doctor or nurse is ready to see you. That’s why we provide speedy, mobile IV therapy.
Our team of trained professionals comes to your home and takes care of you. They will review your vital signs and symptoms and get an accurate picture of your health history. They use this information to formulate an individualized treatment plan designed to get you the results you need. You’ll find Mobile IV Nurses at locations throughout the state, including Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tucson, as well as many other areas.
We offer a variety of IV packages that treat a range of symptoms. For dehydration, try a Myers’ Cocktail. This popular drip IV features a sterile saline solution; vitamins B and C, B Complex; magnesium; and the antioxidant glutathione. You may also customize your IV with extra vitamins, supplements, or medications. Our medical professionals can help you create an individualized IV treatment depending on your symptoms.
Headaches are never fun, especially when dehydration is the root cause. Ease the pain with Mobile IV Nurses. Contact us to book an appointment.