Hangovers are like a rite of passage if you want to have a fantastic night out. But still, it can be frustrating to lose an entire day of productivity because your head is pounding, and you don’t feel like leaving your bed.
The good news is that there are plenty of ways to treat a hangover and reduce the symptoms so you can get back to your daily life without much downtime. Here is everything you need to know about getting hangover treatments in Chicago to rejuvenate and revitalize your senses.
What Is a Hangover?
If that extra Bloody Mary at your bottomless brunch sent you over the edge, you might expect to feel a little nasty the next day. A hangover refers to the group of symptoms you might feel after a night of drinking too much.
The feeling of a hangover doesn’t really have to do with the alcohol itself. Instead, these symptoms are a response to severe dehydration caused by excessive drinking. Alcohol is a diuretic, so it causes you to remove fluids from your kidneys and bladder at a much quicker rate than other liquids. If you’re not drinking water alongside your alcohol, you’ll likely feel hungover the next day.
While there is no such thing as a hangover cure, most hangovers will go away on their own within 24 hours. You can take various approaches to manage the symptoms within that time as well to help enhance your comfort throughout the day.
Symptoms of a Hangover
Hangover symptoms usually start to develop when your blood alcohol content drops and is at or near zero. You’ll usually feel a hangover the morning after heavy drinking.
Common symptoms include:
- Excessive thirst
- Nausea and stomach pain
- Increased sensitivity to light or sound
- Rapid heartbeat
- Headaches or migraines
- Decreased ability to concentrate
- Irritability or anxiety
Even though hangovers sometimes feel like the end of the world, they’re usually not. With that said, certain symptoms, like seizures, excessive vomiting, confusion, low body temperature, slow breathing, or difficulty remaining conscious, might be a sign of alcohol poisoning. In this case, contact 911.
In general, however, hangovers just make you want to lay in bed — and while there’s nothing wrong with a rest day, it can be tough when you feel like you didn’t even drink that much, but you still woke up with a hangover.
How Can I Ease a Hangover With an I.V.?
Since dehydration is the main culprit behind a hangover, it’s important to rehydrate the body in order to feel better. Intravenous, or I.V., solutions are one of the best ways to do this.
When you consume liquids or medicines orally, your body metabolizes certain vitamins and minerals before they can be absorbed into the bloodstream. This means that when you consume something orally, like water or electrolytes, you only get a percentage of the benefits.
I.V. solutions, on the other hand, absorb directly into your bloodstream, meaning that your body can use 100% of the vitamins and minerals inside of it. For that reason, rehydrating hangover I.V.s are the most effective ways to get back on your feet when dehydration takes its toll.
The I.V. Doc has hangover I.V. treatments loaded with electrolytes for hydration and thirst stimulation, as well as B vitamins and essential nutrients. And unlike most I.V. treatments where you need to go to a specialist in-office, the I.V. Doc comes directly to your home. You don’t even need to leave the comfort of the couch to experience the benefits of I.V. infusion.
Schedule an appointment in the Chicago area today to get one of the best I.V. drips in Lakeview and West Loop.
What Are Some Other Tips for Soothing a Hangover?
Getting I.V. therapy for a hangover is a great way to start feeling better after your hangover has set in — but plenty of other home remedies can help supplement your treatment to enhance its effects.
Even though drinking liquids won’t get you as hydrated as getting them infused into your body with an I.V., it is still important to sip some water or juice to get back to where you need to be. And as much as the “hair of the dog” treatment by drinking more alcohol might feel like it works, you’re only going to worsen the symptoms in the long run by making yourself more dehydrated.
Your blood sugar tends to lower after a night of drinking, making you feel tired and weak. Eating bland food like toast or crackers can boost your blood sugar while also replacing lost salt and potassium, stimulating thirst and forcing you to drink more liquids.
Use Pain Relievers
If your hangover headache is too much to bear, you can use an over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol or Advil for some relief. Remember that pain relievers don’t actually treat the underlying problem – they just reduce your symptoms.
Additionally, NSAIDs can irritate your stomach if it’s empty. Be sure to take these medications alongside some food, especially if vomiting is one of the symptoms you’ve been experiencing.
Sleep It Off
They say time heals all wounds, and in the case of hangovers, this is often true. If you go back to bed, your hangover might be gone by the time you wake up.
Drinking heavily can affect your sleep cycle and make you have a poor night’s sleep, so some of your symptoms might just be a byproduct of exhaustion. Regardless, giving your body the rest it needs is important to feel a bit more refreshed when you wake up.
Other Types of I.V. Treatments in Chicago
Before your next walk to Irving Park or N Lincoln Avenue, why not treat yourself to an I.V. treatment right from the comfort of your home? The I.V. Doc has intravenous solutions for pretty much every single situation.
Wellness I.V. Treatments
Wellness I.V. treatments aim to enhance your holistic wellness to combat dehydration and make your body look and feel great. Our antioxidant therapy is just one example that is formed with a powerful cocktail of antioxidants blended into one I.V. treatment.
Our NAD+ I.V. is another popular treatment that can enhance the levels of NAD in the body. NAD is a chemical that can improve mental clarity and concentration, so this I.V. can make you feel like a more productive version of yourself.
Glutathione is a substance made from amino acids, and it is essential for preventing damage to important components of our cells. The I.V. Doc has glutathione treatments to help you defend yourself against signs of aging so you can look and feel your best for longer.
Vitamin D Injection
Outside of typical I.V. treatments, we also have injections that can go directly into the bloodstream and take less time than an I.V. drip. Our vitamin D injection can aid in calcium absorption and lead to good bone density and health.
Vitamin D can also help reduce inflammation, improve cell growth, and improve immune function. Known as the “sunshine” nutrient, this vitamin is crucial, and getting an injection treatment can help you maintain adequate levels.
Hangovers are a common byproduct of drinking a little bit too much. And while the headaches and achiness tend to go away after just a few hours, they can still make your next day a nightmare. Drinking fluids is important to reduce symptoms, but getting an I.V. is a highly effective way to improve your well-being.
The I.V. Doc comes directly to your home to deliver high-quality I.V. treatments at an accessible cost. Schedule a consultation in the Chicago area today to see how you can benefit from a top-of-the-line hangover treatment, wellness treatment, and more.