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By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE
May 22, 2019
Category: Family Medicine
Tags: Acute Diseases  

From the flu to seasonal allergies, it isn’t always an easy call to figure out when you can handle your symptoms yourself and when you may have to turn to our Brandon, FL, primary care physicians Drs. Joel & Elizabeth Biggers for care. Read on to gain some guidance onCoughing this issue, and give our office a call if you need any treatment!

More about Acute Diseases

An acute disease is one that will often go away on its own either without treatment or with rest and at-home care. Here are some of the most common acute diseases that occur in both children and adults:

  • Common cold
  • Influenza
  • Gastroenteritis (“stomach bug”)
  • Upper respiratory infections (e.g. bronchitis; pneumonia)
  • Strep throat
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Ear infection
  • Migraine

Sometimes you won’t really know what’s going on but you may be able to pinpoint the symptoms you are experiencing. Common symptoms of acute diseases include,

  • Runny or stuffed nose
  • Facial pain and pressure
  • Earache
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rash
  • Body aches
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

If you or your little one is experiencing any of these symptoms and you are concerned, it’s a good idea to call our office in Brandon, FL. That way, you can tell us what’s going on and we will be able to assess the symptoms to determine whether it’s worth making a trip into our office as soon as possible.

You should see a doctor right away for care if,

  • You have a cough that lasts more than 10 days
  • Your symptoms get worse
  • You are experiencing chest pain (this could be a medical emergency)
  • You have a high fever
  • There is blood in your stool or vomit
  • You are experiencing symptoms of dehydration
  • Your ear pain is severe or accompanied by hearing loss or changes in your hearing
  • You are wheezing or experiencing shortness of breath
  • You are experiencing severe abdominal pain
  • You have burning or pain with urination
  • You have lost weight suddenly and unexpectedly
  • You have diarrhea that has lasted more than 2 days

Contact us!

If in doubt, give our office a call and explain the symptoms that you are experiencing. The sooner you seek treatment, the sooner you will experience relief. Call our medical team here at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, today to schedule an immediate appointment for you or your little one. Our number is (813) 655-4646.

By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE
May 13, 2019
Category: Family Medicine

But our attentive, friendly medical care serving Brandon, FL, has stayed the same.

We are proud to announce that Biggers Family Medicine has found a new home in Brandon, FL, as of March 15 (just in time for spring). doctor visitNow our dedicated patients can find us at 538 Wilbur St, Brandon, FL, 33511. Of course, if you are a brand new patient looking for primary care physicians like our own Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers who can provide you with a full spectrum of medical care then you’ve come to the right place.

Here at Biggers Family Medicine, the focus is on preventive medicine. Everyone should have a primary care doctor that they work with in Brandon, FL, to provide them with checkups, screenings, vaccinations and more to keep illnesses, both acute and chronic, at bay. The key to healthy living is to prevent illness rather than just treating the problem once it arises.

Remember, a primary care physician is by your side throughout your life, helping you determine the best choices for your health. Whether that includes changing your diet, losing weight or quitting smoking, our doctors can help you make those simple lifestyle changes that can also make a great impact on your life.

We provide comprehensive and continuous care to patients of all ages living within the Brandon, FL, area. We take a proactive approach to preventing illness, as well as managing chronic conditions and improving your quality of life. As a family practice, we treat patients of all ages, from toddlers to seniors. We work with you and your medical history to make sure that you get the individualized and compassionate care you are looking for so you always know where to turn when it comes to getting medical care.

The benefits of having a primary physician that you can turn to all the time for everything from routine checkups and flu vaccinations is vital for long-term health. With our most recent move, we hope to make our services even more accessible and convenient for our patients, both new and loyal. Find Biggers Family Medicine at our new address 538 Wilbur St, Brandon, FL, 33511. Call us today at (813) 655-4646 to schedule an appointment. And also note, we have a new fax number too: (855) 366-8430.

By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE
April 29, 2019
Category: Family Medicine

It is important to have a primary care physician for several reasons. Primary care physicians conduct routine medical checkups, monitor primary care physicianyour health, diagnose and treat certain illnesses and conditions, and make referrals to specialists when needed. In general, a primary care physician can help you maintain better health. Biggers Family Medicine, Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers are your primary care physicians in Brandon, FL.

Medical Services

Primary care physicians are family doctors who provide a wide range of medical and health services for children, teens, and adults. Primary care physicians provide routine care, such as physical exams and annual checkups, as well as preventative care, such as immunizations. They also treat acute conditions, such as illness and minor injuries. Additionally, primary care physicians can help patients manage chronic conditions, such as arthritis and diabetes, and refer patients to specialists for further diagnosis and treatment when needed.

The Brandon primary care physicians at Biggers Family Medicine provide a wide range of medical and health services. Some of the services offered include:

  • Annual checkups
  • Immunizations
  • Women’s health care
  • Mental health care
  • Health screenings
  • Treatment of chronic conditions
  • Treatment of acute conditions

Importance of Regular Checkups

An important aspect of seeing a primary care physician on a regular basis is that a medical history will be established that can be used to monitor your overall health. Annual checkups with a primary care physician allow the doctor to better monitor your health and identify potential concerns, such as changes in blood pressure, cholesterol, or weight. If there are any potential concerns, the primary care physician can help you remedy those or refer you to a specialist if appropriate. In general, a primary care physician can help you maintain better health.

It is important to have a primary care physician who is familiar with your medical history and can help you maintain good health. For a primary care physician in Brandon, contact Biggers Family Medicine at (813) 655-4646 to schedule an appointment with Drs. Joel or Elizabeth Biggers.

By Biggers Family Medicine
March 15, 2019
Category: Family Medicine

How your doctors in Brandon, FL, can help you stay healthy

Family At The DoctorFamily medicine plays an important part in keeping you healthy. Your primary care physicians are there when you and your family members need them. They can help you avoid becoming sick, and treat you when you are suffering an illness or injury. Family medicine doctors treat all members of your family, from infants to seniors. Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, offer a full range of family medicine services.

Family medicine for children includes well-child visits to ensure good health and normal development in your child. Your primary care physicians will make sure your child is up-to-date on immunizations, which are required for your child to attend daycare or school.

Family medicine for teens includes routine physicals for school, sports physicals for activities, and a variety of medical services to keep your teen active and healthy.

Family medicine for adults includes routine annual physicals, reproductive health services for women, recommended vaccinations for the flu and other illnesses, and many other medical services.

Your primary care physicians will keep a comprehensive record of your health, including blood pressure readings, weight, bone density, heart sounds, and other health factors. Your doctor may also order needed lab tests to determine cholesterol levels and other early indicators of health risk. If you need medications, you can count on your primary care physicians to provide with prescriptions to keep you healthy.

Family medicine for seniors may include testing for conditions like heart disease, diabetes, atherosclerosis, arthritis, and other serious and chronic conditions. Seniors deserve to live a happy, active life no matter what their age, and a family medicine doctor can help.

You and your family need to discover the importance of family medicine. You need to discover what a family medicine doctor can do for you and the people you love. To find out more about family medicine, talk with the experts. Call Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, today!

By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE
February 27, 2019
Category: Family Medicine

Thanks to preventive care, it's possible to identify health issues or potential problems before they can damage your health. Primary care Medical Preventive Carephysicians, Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers of Biggers Family Medicine offer preventive care services in their Brandon, FL, office.

How can preventive care protect my health?

Some diseases and conditions can affect your health without causing any symptoms initially. For example, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes may not cause noticeable signs and symptoms in the early stages but may still affect your health.

Early detection not only ensures that you receive the treatment you need to remain healthy but can also encourage you to improve your eating or exercise habits if you're at risk for developing a health problem if you don't make a few lifestyle changes.

What types of screenings are part of preventive care?

Preventive care screenings include blood pressure measurements, height and weight checks, heart and respiration rate, prostate exams for men, and pelvic and breast exams for women. Your Brandon primary care physician may also recommend urine or blood tests to screen for diabetes, high cholesterol, or liver, kidney or blood issues.

Although some screenings are offered if you schedule a visit due to an illness or injury, you'll need to make an appointment for a physical to fully take advantage of health screenings.

What other services are considered part of preventive care?

Your primary care physician also wants to hear about your concerns about your physical and mental health. If you would like to become healthier by losing weight, he or she can advise you how to drop those extra pounds safely. When depression or anxiety affects your enjoyment of life, your physician can provide advice, discuss the possible use of medication, or make a referral to a psychologist or psychiatrist.

Has it been a while since you scheduled a preventive care visit with your doctor? Call your Brandon, FL, primary care physicians, Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers of Biggers Family Medicine, at (813) 655-4646 to schedule your next appointment.