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A 46-year-old member asked:

when is dextrose vs normal saline iv fluids given to patients? whats, diff.significance of each fluid?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Sugar vs salt: Saline by itself is used to keep blood volume up. It doesn't contain any nutrients, unlike dextrose, which is essentially glucose. Every cell in the body depends on glucose for fuel. It may be given alone, though often it's combined with other solutions containing various concentrations of sodium and sometimes potassium as well as whatever else might be needed.

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Is it practical to dilute the blood with saline to avoid clog during hemodialysis?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
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No: Use Heparin (blood thinner give IV during dialysis) or start taking Coumadin (warfarin) (blood thinner pill) if you have a lot of clotting issues during dialysis. Adding saline/water is not affective to keep the blood from clotting and is not practical as the whole purpose of dialysis is to get rid of the water from the body.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

What causes red streaks up the arm where IV fluids were given?

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Lymphangitis: Lymphangitis is infection along lymphatic vessels, usually following skin trauma. It typically tracks from the site of injury toward the torso. It is likely that bacteria got into the IV site and caused a skin infection which develops into this condition. It's very important that you talk to your doctor and get this examined. If it is lymphangitis, you may need antibiotic treatment.
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A 31-year-old male asked:

Are saline rinses for my sinuses a good idea to use periodically?

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If they help.: Some people find them helpful and some do not.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can I use anything besides saline drops if I have a cold and am in first trimester?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Yes: There are homeopathic remedies that are safe while pregnant. There are chinese herbs that are safe (see a practitioner tho). Saline is a great choice as it keeps the swelling down in your nose and mucous clearing.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Invanz (ertapenem) (anti-infective drug) states "do not administer with dextrose". Why?

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Dr. Gregory Fehr
Emergency Medicine 45 years experience
Invanz (ertapenem): It probably reacts with dextrose, therefore recommended with normal saline.

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