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IV hydration clinic opens in Asheville

The Fourth of July holiday can leave you dehydrated from travel, playing sports or even drinking too much alcohol. But a new IV hydration clinic has options to help you feel like your old self. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

The Fourth of July holiday can leave you dehydrated from travel, playing sports or even drinking too much alcohol.

But a new IV hydration clinic has options to help you feel like your old self.

"I am hung over. I over-indulged last night."

That is what brought Genene Curry to Hydrate Medical in Asheville, seeking IV fluids with vitamins and minerals to relieve too much partying.

"I had a mixture of things," Curry confessed. "I had mainly vodka drinks, beer and then some more vodka drinks."

"We get a few patients with hangovers about 25 percent or less," explained Medical Director Dr. Linda Dula. "We're starting to see bikers, runners and more people who just want to feel better."

One of those is 39-year-old Jen Zyla.

"I have just been working all the time, and I'm really rundown," explained Zyla. "The B complexes help with energy levels."

Typically, an IV infusion takes 30-45 minutes.

"Can you tell a difference when you leave here?" asked News 13's Jay Siltzer

"Oh yeah, and it's even better the next day," Zyla replied.

"Before, I was sweaty and couldn't make eye contact, and I was nauseous," said Curry. "But, now, I feel great."

Clinical coordinator Kara Tebaldi, RN, added, "You will notice the effects of it when you're feeling at your worst ... not at your best."

That is precisely why Dr. Dula also prepares the fluid for people with everything from jet lag to chronic pain to digestive issues.

The hydration options run $89-$300. Still, the medical director says that's much cheaper than a visit to the emergency room, which can easily top $1,000.

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