Nothing is worse than having to cancel plans because flu season has you tucked away with a box of tissues by your side. While over-the-counter medications can help relieve symptoms of a cold or flu, more efficient treatment requires hydration and time. That’s why infusion therapy may be your solution to kicking out the cold and rejoining society. But, how does it work, and what do you need to know before scheduling an appointment?
Causes of the Cold & Flu
The common cold and seasonal flu are typically caused by viruses. You can pick it up through contact with another person, or with a surface area that an infected person has touched — including doorknobs, keyboards, or toilet handles. When you have the common cold or seasonal flu, your most common symptoms include:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Muscle soreness
Over-the-counter medications can alleviate most of these symptoms, but in some cases, a doctor may prescribe antibiotics. The problem with antibiotics is that they need to be taken to completion, or the virus can come back stronger. They’re also commonly prescribed unnecessarily.
What is infusion therapy?
Infusion therapy uses an infusion pump, catheter, and syringe to drip vitamins, nutrients, and medicine into the bloodstream. When used for dehydration, hangovers, or sickness, IV therapy is typically the solution. This helps to flush out toxins and restore hydration — putting you on the fast track to recovery. While infusion therapy is helpful for the cold and flu, it’s also critical for life-threatening conditions. It’s most commonly used for:
- Dehydration caused by vomiting, pregnancy, or other applicable medical conditions
- Autoimmune disorders – including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis
- Neurological disorders – including multiple sclerosis and ALS
- Enzyme deficiencies or genetic disorders – including Pompe disease, Gaucher disease, and Fabry disease
- Immune deficiencies
- Osteoporosis, bone disorders, or hypercalcemia
- Iron deficiency or anemia
- Anemia of chronic kidney disease
- Infections – including cellulitis, bacteremia, osteomyelitis, UTI, pneumonia, MRSA, and other bacterial, fungal, or viral infections
How Infusion Therapy Works
Infusions are administered using an infusion pump that’s connected to a catheter. The catheter is connected to a syringe that is inserted directly into your vein. The syringe is then secured with medical tape and gravity causes the treatment to drip down into the IV. How long treatment lasts depends on the type of medication you’re receiving — but IV therapy can take as little as 30 minutes.
A cold or flu can typically take weeks to go away, but it doesn’t have to. When you schedule an IV treatment at an infusion facility — such as Infusion Associates — you’ll get the treatment you need to feel better and return to your daily routine. You’ll experience a variety of amenities that make you feel like you’re at home — from recliner chairs, heated blankets, and pillows to movies and free Wi-Fi.
What treatments are included?
Unlike other life-threatening conditions, IV therapy doesn’t necessarily include any prescribed medication for treating a cold or flu. Instead, the patient receives a combination of vitamins and other nutrients. This includes:
- IV fluids
While medicines for life-threatening conditions come with a variety of risks and side effects, IV therapy is typically minor to risk-free. In some cases, patients experienced allergies. You should talk to your doctor before scheduling an appointment for infusion therapy to make sure that it’s the right solution for you. IV therapy won’t cure infections or other conditions that require antibiotics. Infusion therapy can — however — be used for those cases.
If Your Doctor Has Recommended IV Therapy, Let Infusion Associates Help You
At Infusion Associates, we provide medically-prescribed infusion therapy for patients with chronic conditions in a welcoming and friendly environment. Our team of healthcare professionals is fully committed to making the experience as comfortable as possible for you or your patients. We always inform patients of any potential side effects and answer all their questions before starting treatment. In addition, we have a Registered Pharmacist on-site to make the process as seamless as possible.