Some companies operate from glamorous salons, others from posh hotels or even backstage at fashion shows (stock image)

Some companies operate from glamorous salons, others from posh hotels or even backstage at fashion shows (stock image)

One of the trends I’ve noticed recently is vitamin drips — offered, according to online advertisements, by clinics that look more like beauty spas.

Some companies operate from glamorous salons, others from posh hotels or even backstage at fashion shows.

But this is not a service offered by beauticians — it is often performed by doctors, nurses and paramedics.

As a doctor, I am familiar with drips — where a needle is inserted into the back of the hand or arm to put in a cannula and attached to a bag of fluid — and they are common in hospitals.

Drips should not be given lightly — complications include bruising and infection. More rarely, they can cause nerve damage — I still have pain in my hand six months after being on a drip in hospital.

Yet these…

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