If you want to quickly recover from flu symptoms like pain, congestion, and dehydration, IV therapy may be the perfect solution.
Cold and flu IV treatments are specially formulated to provide you with essential nutrients and replenish the lost fluids so that you can get back to your feet in no time. Read on for more details about using intravenous therapy for fighting off the flu and other useful tips for fast recovery.
Cold and Flu Symptoms
Both the common cold and seasonal flu (influenza) are typically caused by viruses. The two respiratory illnesses have very similar symptoms, including:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Dry and persistent cough
- Chest pressure and pain
- Headache or migraine
- Muscle and body aches
- Chills and sweating
- Nausea and vomiting.
While a cold appears gradually and is rarely accompanied by a high fever and muscle aches, the flu progresses rapidly and has more severe symptoms. A cold can make you feel sick for a few days, however, if you have the flu, you may feel unwell for several weeks.
Here’s how our specially designed cold and flu IV packages can help relieve your symptoms.
Do IV Fluids Help With the Flu?
A cold and flu IV therapy is an effective option for boosting your immune system and alleviating cold and flu symptoms. It replenishes your fluid levels and delivers a powerful mixture of essential vitamins and nutrients to your system. Because the solution is administered directly into your bloodstream, it completely bypasses the digestive system. This allows your body to quickly absorb the fluids and vitamins and help you feel better much faster than when you’re taking over-the-counter medicines.
What’s more, an infusion guarantees 100% absorption of nutrients. This is not possible with oral vitamins or medications that are broken down by your digestive system. Their absorption rate will also depend on your gut health, as well as your deficiencies, and hormone balance.
Let’s have a look at what an immune booster package consists of.
What Ingredients Are Inside an IV Bag That Will Help Against the Flu?
Reset IV cold and flu packages are filled with potent ingredients that will ease your flu symptoms and help you quickly get back to normal.
The base of our cold and flu package is normal saline. This mixture of water and sodium chloride replenishes the fluids and electrolytes that you lose when you are sick, loosens the mucus, and relieves your nasal congestion.
Vitamin C (super dose)
Vitamin C is a key element in maintaining a strong immune system. It wards off inflammation and infections and helps reduce the flu symptoms, making the illness less severe. Taking at least 200 mg of vitamin C per day has even been shown to shorten the duration of the cold. An IV therapy is an ideal way to deliver high doses of vitamin C directly into your bloodstream, allowing fast and complete absorption.
A multivitamin provides all the necessary micronutrients to maintain a healthy immune system. The multivitamin portion of our cold and flu IV package quickly replenishes vitamin C, A, B, B1, B6, D3, E, and K1, as well as niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3) and dexpanthenol (provitamin B5) in your body. These vitamins are essential in fighting infections and relieving symptoms of a common cold or the flu.
A combination of anti-inflammatory and pain medication in our cold and flu IV package contributes to easing muscle aches and discomfort associated with the flu and provides added relief. The medication works by blocking your body's production of natural substances that cause inflammation which helps decrease fever, swelling, and pain.
At Reset IV, we can further customize your IV treatments according to your specific needs, which is a great way to ensure you are receiving everything that your body needs when you’re sick. We also offer stomach flu and immune boost packages, as well as several optional add-ons to choose from in addition to your treatment.
Here’s what you can expect from your IV immune booster sessions.
What Is the Process of Getting an IV Flu Treatment Like?
A concierge service like Reset IV is the perfect option for delivering IV therapy when you’re sick with a cold or the flu and can’t muster the energy to leave home. Our nurses can deliver therapy wherever you are, at any time of day or night, including weekends and holidays. There is no need for you to drive to a clinic, wait for treatment, or have any special equipment at home. We have everything you’ll need and will be at your door within an hour of booking, depending on availability.
The nurse will administer the fluid IV solution through a tube, called a catheter, that is attached to a needle that enters your bloodstream. You will need to keep your arm still for the duration of the treatment so you don’t move or dislodge the catheter. Otherwise, you can read, browse on your phone, or watch your favorite show while relaxing on your sofa or bed.
How long will an IV flu shot take?
The cold and flu IV therapy takes between 30 and 45 minutes. The entire process, from a Reset IV nurse arriving at your home or other location of your choice, setting up the equipment, and administering the IV to payment and cleanup, will take around 90 minutes.
How long does it take for IV fluids to work?
The main benefit of receiving a cold and flu IV treatment is the fast rate of nutrient absorption. After receiving your IV treatment, you will often start feeling better almost immediately. Check out Reset IV user reviews to see how IV therapy helped our customers quickly get over their flu symptoms.
How well trained is the staff?
The Reset IV staff is composed of board-certified physicians and registered nurses who have extensive experience in administering IV therapy in hospitals and clinics. They are fully licensed under the strict standards of the states we operate in (California, Florida, and Nevada).
Is cold and flu IV therapy safe?
IV therapy is for the most part perfectly safe. However, you should avoid any treatments that provide high-dose vitamin C, including cold and flu therapy, if you have a history of kidney disease, heart or blood pressure conditions, a deficiency of the G6PD enzyme, or hemochromatosis.
To ensure the safety of your IV therapy, the Reset IV physicians and nurse practitioners will provide a free medical consultation and approve your treatment before you start your cold and flu IV therapy. They will also offer recommendations based on the initial assessment and your specific needs.
You should keep in mind that, as is the case with any type of infusion, IV procedures are never completely risk-free. In rare cases, complications such as vein inflammations and infections may occur. At Reset IV, our priority is ensuring that you are receiving a treatment that meets the highest safety standards using only top of the line sterile equipment. In addition, our nurses have all the necessary supplies readily accessible and are trained to quickly respond in case an allergic reaction occurs.
Will the IV therapy hurt?
The needle insertion during IV therapy is fast and virtually painless. Most of our customers report feeling nothing more than a pinch. However, we do understand that some people have a lower tolerance for pain and that you may get nervous around needles. The members of our medical team are here to reassure you, address your concerns, and answer all the questions you may have before, during, and after your cold and flu IV treatment.
Although IV therapy may be the fastest and most efficient way to replenish your fluids and nutrients, there are several ways in which you can naturally boost your immune system and fight off the flu.
Additional Ways to Help Your System Fight off the Flu
There are several easy strategies you can implement to help ease your flu symptoms and start feeling better in no time.
It’s easy to get dehydrated when you’re ill. Not only do your eating and drinking habits change, but running a fever and experiencing digestive problems can cause fluid loss and dehydration. Your body needs extra fluids to keep your nose and throat moist and turn any phlegm or mucus into a thin liquid that you can cough out. If they build up in your lungs, they could lead to an infection.
Drinking plenty of liquids is essential when you’re fighting the flu, but it doesn’t have to be just water. Fruit juices, sports drinks, herbal teas, and soups are also excellent alternatives. Just make sure to avoid caffeinated drinks like coffee and sodas as well as alcohol that can dehydrate you and make your symptoms even worse.
Eat the right foods
When you are sick, eating small portions of easily digestible foods is not only easier than having large meals, but it also gives your body more energy to keep fighting the virus. Here are some foods that can alleviate your symptoms and speed up your recovery from the flu:
- Garlic. You can take advantage of the antiviral and antimicrobial properties of garlic by making it an essential part of your diet. Garlic is known to support the immune system and help combat infection, including a cold or the flu.
- Ginger. Drinking hot water with honey, lemon, and ginger may ease nausea that often accompanies the flu and help with the digestive process.
- Leafy greens. Vegetables such as kale, spinach, and watercress have antibacterial properties and anti-inflammatory effects. Plus, they contain plenty of fiber, which aids digestion.
- Foods rich in vitamin C. Fruits and vegetables like sweet or hot peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, oranges, strawberries, and kiwi, will reduce the severity of your symptoms and help you recover faster.
- Foods rich in potassium. Fever, diarrhea, and vomiting can deplete levels of potassium and other electrolytes when you’re sick, so eating foods rich in potassium like bananas, avocados, and sweet potatoes, is especially beneficial when you have the flu.
- Oatmeal. Oatmeal is a great source of prebiotic fiber that can help feed healthy bacteria in your body and fight infection.
- Yogurt. Yogurt is a good source of protein and contains live bacteria that may help fight off the flu.
Keep in mind that spicy, processed, or fried food, as well as dairy products, can upset your stomach and you should avoid them until your flu symptoms subside.
Have a bowl of soup
Drinking warm chicken or beef bone broth will help you stay hydrated and loosen your nasal congestion. Besides, bone broth is naturally high in protein and minerals like sodium and potassium, so drinking it is a good way to replenish these nutrients and rebuild your immune cells.
Take a zinc supplement
Zinc is an essential mineral that is crucial for the normal development of germ-fighting white blood cells. Zinc can help your body fight off a flu virus by slowing the speed at which the virus multiplies in your body. Studies have shown that taking zinc supplements can ease cold and flu symptoms and shorten the duration of a cold by as much as 50%.
You can easily get plenty of zinc from a balanced diet. Foods high in zinc include red meat, shellfish (particularly oysters), lentils, chickpeas, beans, nuts, seeds, dairy, and eggs.
Take a hot shower
Taking a hot shower can help alleviate your flu symptoms. The warm moist air will relieve swelling in your nose and lungs, and loosen mucus congestion. Steam inhalation may also soothe a dry cough, irritated nose, and chest tightness.
Get plenty of rest
Your body needs more rest than usual when you’re down with the flu. The cytokine proteins that are released during sleep play a crucial role in your body’s inflammatory response and its ability to fight infections. Getting plenty of sleep will boost your immune system and help your body fight off the flu virus.