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By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE, P.A.
July 22, 2020
Category: Family Medicine
Tags: Proper Weight   Weight  

Maintaining a proper weight is essential for your health. It can even help you prevent and control various medical conditions and diseases. If you live in Brandon FL, Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers can help you maintain good health and proper weight. At Biggers Family Medicine, we provide medical treatment for the whole family. Read on to learn what you can do to manage your weight.

Eat the Right Foods

A huge part of managing your weight is eating the right foods. Aim to eat foods that keep you feeling full. Foods high in fiber like fruits and vegetables help stave off hunger. Other high-fiber foods include whole grains and lean protein. If you live in Brandon FL, talk with Dr. Joel Bigger or Dr. Elizabeth Bigger to learn more about healthy eating plans.

Watch Your Carb Intake

You can maintain a healthy weight if you watch the kind and amount of carbohydrates you consume daily. Fruit juice, white bread, and white pasta are refined carbs. These kinds of carbohydrates cause weight gain. Stick with fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and whole grains. These complex carbs contain high amounts of fiber. They also digest more slowly, which makes you feel full longer.

Eat the Right Kinds of Late-Night Snacks

Eating unhealthy snacks late at night can cause you to eat even when you don't feel hungry. Eventually, it will lead to weight gain. If you find yourself hungry at night, choose snacks with high amounts of fiber and protein.

Exercise Regularly

Doctors recommend that you get thirty minutes of exercise five days a week to stay healthy. If you want to lose weight, you need to spend more time engaged in physical activity. Whether you head to the gym, go outside for a walk, or exercise with an at-home exercise video, physical activity is important if you want to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.

Schedule an Appointment

If you live in Brandon FL, schedule an appointment with us at Biggers Family Medicine. We can help you with your overall health and your goal of reaching and maintaining a proper weight. Schedule your appointment today. Call us at 813-655-4646.

By Biggers Family Medicine, P.A.
July 21, 2020
Category: Family Medicine

An annual women's exam offers a simple way to protect your health and discuss issues or symptoms that may concern you. Your Brandon FL primary care physicians, Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers, provide the exams at Biggers Family Medicine.

The Benefits of Women's Health Exam

Changes in your health aren't always obvious but can cause serious illness if they're aren't detected and treated promptly. When you visit your primary care physician every year for a well-care exam, your doctor will check for signs and symptoms that can occur if you have breast, uterine or ovarian cancer; gynecological conditions; infections; and sexually transmitted diseases.

Annual exams are recommended for women who are 21 and over. Although you may visit the doctor other times during the year if you're ill or injured, these visits focus solely on your injuries or symptoms. Well-woman visits are designed to evaluate the unique health problems that can affect women throughout their lives.

During your visit to the Brandon FL primary care office, you'll discuss your medical history, risk factors for diseases, previous pregnancies, contraception choices, and lifestyle factors that may affect your health.

Your doctor can help you handle the changes that occur during perimenopause and menopause, order blood tests and mammograms, and discuss the management of endometriosis and other chronic gynecological conditions.

What Happens During Your Exam?

Your visit may include:

  • Examinations: Breast examinations can detect lumps that might occur if you have breast cancer. (Lumps are often non-cancerous but must be evaluated to determine if treatment is needed). During your pelvic examination, your doctor will look for abnormalities, such as abnormal discharge, rashes, warts, fibroids, sores, lumps, or cysts.
  • Pap Test: Pap tests detect abnormal cells in your cervix that may or may not be cancerous. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, women 21 to 29 need a Pap test every three years, and women 30 to 65 should have a Pap test and human papillomavirus (HPV) test every five years or a Pap test every three years. You probably won't need a pap test if you're over 65.
  • Screenings: Your weight and blood pressure will also be measured during your examination. Even slightly high blood pressure can increase your risk of heart and kidney disease. If you do have high blood pressure, your doctor can recommend lifestyle changes or medication.

Have you scheduled your annual woman's exam? Call your primary care physicians in Brandon FL, Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers, at (813) 655-4646 to schedule your appointment.

By Biggers Family Medicine, P.A.
July 08, 2020
Category: Family Medicine
Tags: mental health  

Emotional well-being is significant because it permits you to live completely. You see individuals unmistakably, and you can convey your needs and desires to other people. The capacity to assemble connections and create support groups corresponds to better physical wellbeing and improved personal satisfaction. Therapists by and large concur that there are a few things that an individual should be sincerely and mentally satisfied in this life. Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL is the ideal spot to share any psychological well-being matter with your primary care physician. Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers are here for you.

Talk to Someone

Once you meet with a physician in primary care, you will get referred to a specialist to talk about your concerns. Individuals who are in emotional torment or have suffered trauma, and lamentably have not had the option to get satisfactory treatment, are bound to encounter these equivalent injuries once more. Patients that experience injury from parental figures and caregivers unwittingly distrust those in power and react to life occasions in a manner that reproduces the underlying injury. This affects a patient's earning potential, sexual coexistence, and other aspects of their life. It's one of the main reasons to talk to your primary care physician in Brandon.

More Empathy

We at Biggers Family Medicine can help. Psychological well-being can be accomplished by anyone. Basic activities like going out for a walk, drawing, conversing with a trusted companion or cherished relative, or tuning in to music can be alleviating to somebody who might be battling with a challenge to their existence. Significant life changes like death, divorce, moving out of the family home may call for additional help and compassion. These transitional stressors are just one of the many reasons to talk to your primary care physician in Brandon FL.

It's critical to visit a specialist who can point you in the correct direction. Emotional wellness often requires seeking and executing demonstrated treatments that help sadness, anxiety, and other mental concerns. Your primary care physician in Brandon FL is standing by. Contact (813) 655-4646 to plan an arrangement and keep up your bliss. Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers are professionals that can help.

By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE, P.A.
July 08, 2020
Tags: Acute Disease  

See your primary care physician at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, annually for a check-up or more often if you are managing a chronic condition such as diabetes or asthma. Additionally, Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers see patients for acute diseases. We give undivided attention to these sudden, more short-lived problems to prevent complications and get you back to your normal routine. Your Brandon FL primary care physician is the one to turn to in any medical situation.

What is an acute disease?

An acute disease or condition comes on quickly but resolves within no more than a few weeks. Typically, symptoms appear relatively suddenly and may include pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, cough, sneezing, wheezing, itching, and more.

Acute diseases affect many body systems including the respiratory system, ear, nose and throat, skin, skeletal system, muscles, and the brain. Common acute illness includes:

  • Colds, flu, pneumonia and sinus infections
  • Rashes
  • Eye and ear infections
  • Tonsillitis and strep throat
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Bacterial and viral pneumonia
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gall stones
  • Appendicitis
  • Sprains, fractures and muscle strains

Getting the care you need

Fortunately, your Brandon FL primary care physician at Biggers Family Medicine can treat most non-urgent acute diseases right in the Brandon, FL, office. However, more pressing, emergent concerns, such as acute appendicitis or compound leg fracture, need life-saving care at your local hospital.

When you come into the office with an acute disease, expect Dr. Biggers to ask you about your symptoms, take vital signs and examine your area of concern (such as your throat and chest if you have a severe cold). The doctor will order any additional tests, such as a Strep culture, urinalysis, or blood work as needed, and then, prescribe the interventions you need to get well.

Be sure to tell the doctor about your symptoms in detail, including when they started, where they are located, and what, if anything, helps. Expect Dr. Biggers to outline a care plan for you and your specific condition. He or she may wish to see you for follow-up care in a week or two or ask you to follow-up with a phone call or on the patient portal.

When you're at home

With any acute illness, you should get plenty of rest. Stay home from work or school. Drink plenty of fluids, and refrain from smoking. Take your medications as prescribed, and get help with housework and errands as needed.

We're here to help

The National Council on Aging says that acute diseases can be worsened when you have a chronic condition such as hypertension or asthma. Fortunately, Dr. Elizabeth Biggers and Dr. Joel Biggers know their regular patients well and how ongoing medications, therapies, and pre-existing conditions impact individual patients.

So, if you develop an acute condition, such as a UTI or pink eye, contact your Brandon FL primary care physician at Biggers Family Medicine. Your doctor will give you the personalized care you need. Call us at (813) 655-4646.

By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE, P.A.
June 09, 2020
Tags: Pacemaker  

A lot of individuals with a pacemaker can easily go back to their day-to-day activities following their recovery from the implantation surgery. But there are particular situations that your physician will instruct you to avoid.

Besides going to routine checkups with a primary care physician here in Biggers Family Medicine, P.A. in Brandon, FL, Dr. Joel Biggers or Dr. Elizabeth Biggers, to ensure that the pacemaker is functioning properly, here are general guidelines you must observe when living with a pacemaker.

Safe Physical Activity

While most patients are able to resume exercising and sexual activities following recovery, you need to avoid rough activities that might result in you hitting or falling on your implantation site since this could damage your pacemaker. When in doubt, ask your physician about specific physical activity guidelines.

Dental and Medical Tests and Procedures

Prior to undergoing any procedure or test, always inform the doctor, technician, nurse, or dentist that you have a pacemaker. They might have to confer with your primary care physician before doing the test or procedure, particularly if the procedure is something unusual or new. These might potentially impact your pacemaker’s function and would need extra precautionary measures to reduce or prevent any negative effects on your pacemaker.

Travel With Confidence

The majority of individuals who have pacemakers could travel safely provided that no other underlying health issue is restricting them from doing so. The most important thing to remember when traveling is advanced and thorough planning. So before leaving, discuss the following with your primary care physician in Brandon, FL:

  • Specific instructions, care, and recommendations for activity
  • What you should do when you experience symptoms or discomfort
  • How to get emergency services or find a physician in your destination

The American Heart Association also recommends bringing a pacemaker ID card with you at all times.

Going Through Security With Ease

Before walking into places with security checks, particularly those with metal detectors or wands, show your ID card to inform them about your pacemaker. In the event that you feel rapid heartbeats or dizziness, stay back away from the detector and walk at your usual pace. These detectors won’t damage your pacemaker, but will set off when it detects the device.

A Crucial Warning on Magnets and Electricity

The energy fields surrounding certain equipment that utilize magnets and electricity might negatively impact your pacemaker’s normal operation. Although most electromagnetic fields are weak and small and won’t harm your pacemaker, electrical equipment with strong energy fields such as gas-powered chainsaws or welders, might wreak havoc on your pacemaker’s functioning.

Need More Information or Have Questions About Your Pacemaker? Call Us

Dial (813) 655-4646 to set an appointment with your primary care physician here at Biggers Family Medicine, P.A. in Brandon, FL, Dr. Joel Biggers or Dr. Elizabeth Biggers.





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