We get this question all the time – “Who is your most commonly seen patient?”
The winner? 🏆 Most people assume that most of our business is for hangovers, but in reality it all depends on the season!
In the winter it’s viruses & stomach bugs, while in the summer it’s heat exhaustion! But hangovers and migraines are always some of our most common calls for, no matter what the season.
Here’s a breakdown:
We might have mild weather during the winter in Phoenix, but that doesn’t mean that cold & flu season hits any less hard. In fact, it might even hit HARDER here due to the warmer air – no freezing temps to slow down those viruses & bacteria (yup, that’s why hospitals are always FREEZING!)
Migraines are also common in the winter. We are eating more trigger foods around the holidays (hello there cheese, chocolate & wine!) and have much more stress during the holidays as well! Some people’s migraines are also triggered by the fluctuating temps we can see… freezing one day, 70s the next. Finally, illnesses like a cold or the flu often can trigger a migraine, giving sufferers a double whammy.
In the winter, here’s what makes up the majority of our calls:
Spring heats up in Phoenix, and the reasons people book our IV fluids service change with the season!
The flu has typically started to wane, disappearing altogether by May, but colds are still floating around. Seasonal allergies become a staple complaint – IV fluids and vitamins can boost your immune system and help with seasonal allergies.
Allergies can also trigger migraines – migraine sufferers really don’t get a break all year! Luckily many have found that a boost of IV fluids and medicines will usually kick their migraine to the curb.
Hangovers are also a big part of spring in Phoenix. Spring break, spring training, March Madness, bachelor party season… all reasons why we get more calls for hangover IV fluids in the spring
In the spring, here’s what makes up the majority of our calls:
I’m sure you can guess what our most common summer IV call is – dehydration & heat exhaustion! When the temps hit 100 degrees, the heat exhaustion calls come rolling in.
We see heat exhaustion due to a variety of circumstances. Our most common patients are those who have to work outside, such as construction workers, contractors, landscapers, painters, roofers, golf course employees, homeowners doing their own landscaping – the list goes on!
Athletes – especially outdoor athletes like runners, bikers and triathletes – are another client we see a lot of in the summer. It’s so easy to become dehydrated in the sun – once you’re sweating it doesn’t take long! It’s almost impossible to keep up with your hydration needs when you’re sweating outdoors in the desert sun… many people choose to quickly rehydrate with IV fluids instead of feel crappy all day while they wait for their body to slowly get back to baseline with oral hydration.
Here are our most popular summer treatments:
Fall is still pretty hot here in the valley of the sun, so the reasons people need IV fluids is pretty similar to summer – with the beginnings of the cold & flu season popping in as the weather cools off!
With temps in the 100s well into October some years, heat exhaustion & dehydration are still common complaints. Many sport start back up in the fall, so we see many athletes who just can’t stay on top of their hydration in the sun. We are able to also treat youth athletes, as long as they are 100 pounds or 12 years of age with no heart or kidney issues.
Fall is another major allergy season in Phoenix. Our immune boosters can help with seasonal allergies, as well as with additional complaints related to allergies such as migraines or insomnia.
Once Back to School season hits, the flu is on everyone’s mind. We always recommend that people get the flu shot if they can, especially if they have to work around people! But a series of immune-boosting IV fluids sessions is another great tool in a flu & cold prevention arsenal!
Here are our most common IV calls during fall:
Whatever the season, AZ IV Medics is always ready to help!
More questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page!