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By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE, P.A.
May 10, 2021
Category: Healthcare

When you or your child are dealing with a rash, fever, or flu-like symptoms, who are you going to turn to? If you don’t have a primary care doctor, then you may not know exactly where to turn. Choosing a family doctor is incredibly important, and is something every person should have. After all, our Brandon, FL, doctors, Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers, can provide you with preventive care, a variety of treatment options for both acute and chronic conditions, and provide diagnostic testing and services to meet all of your health needs.

We Grow with You

Our Brandon, FL, physicians care for your whole family, from toddlers to seniors. We have worked with some of our patients for decades. This is typical of most family doctors. Since we can diagnose and treat a wide range of symptoms and conditions, most people can benefit from turning to us for traditional medical treatment and care. We build strong rapport and lasting relationships with our patients.

We know your personal and medical histories, which means that we can easily tailor treatments to meet your needs and also provide preventive care and screenings based on your specific and unique risk factors.

We Offer a Variety of Services

Most people don’t realize just how much family doctors can do for their health and the health of their family. Some of the medical services we offer include:

  • Immunizations: We provide a full range of immunizations for children and adults, including influenza and shingles vaccines
  • Annual visits and preventive care: Everything from your child’s sports physicals to your annual checkup can be performed right here in our office
  • Acute and chronic care: From sore throats and broken bones to asthma management, our medical team can provide you with the treatment you need to get acute and chronic injuries, diseases, and disorders under control

We also offer in-house lab and X-ray services. We provide same-day testing for rapid strep and rapid flu testing, glucose testing, and more. We perform imaging and radiology services without contrast to diagnose fractures, dislocations, and other musculoskeletal injuries.

Avoid that trip to urgent care and turn to a team of doctors here in Brandon, FL, that can provide you and your family with the quality, custom medical care you need for a healthy life. To schedule an appointment, simply call Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers of Biggers Family Medicine at (813) 655-4646.

 

By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE, P.A.
April 22, 2021
Category: Healthcare

If you’ve ever dealt with a urinary tract infection, or UTI, before, you know the pain that comes with it. It’s important to treat a UTI quickly because if left untreated, it has the potential to spread to your kidneys and cause more serious, long-lasting issues. It’s important to be able to identify the symptoms of a UTI and to see your primary care physicians at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, if you notice any symptoms of a UTI appearing.

Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection

It’s important to look out for any common symptoms and signs of a urinary tract infection so that your primary care physicians in Brandon, FL, can guide you through treatment before the infection spreads and causes long-lasting problems with your health. Some common symptoms to be aware of are:

  • A strong and constant urge to urinate
  • Burning sensation while urinating
  • The urge to urinate and then only passing small amounts of urine frequently
  • Cloudy urine
  • Bright pink or brown urine
  • Urine with a very strong and unusual odor

Women may also experience pelvic pain around the area of the pelvic bone and also in the center of the pelvis. UTIs are most common in women but can appear in anyone. Often, a UTI is mistaken for a different condition and is overlooked and left untreated. That is one of many reasons why it is important for you to be aware of any symptoms you may have. If you are currently experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your doctors to find relief.

Contact Your Primary Care Physician Today!

If you’ve noticed any of the signs of a urinary tract infection, it’s important that you contact Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, as soon as possible to treat your urinary tract infection immediately. You can reach us at (813) 655-4646.

By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE, P.A.
April 21, 2021
Category: Healthcare
Tags: Obesity  

In the United States especially, many adults and children struggle with obesity at some point in their lives. When steps aren’t taken to lose weight and stay healthy, obesity can be a huge risk factor for other problems in the future. Your family medicine doctors at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, can warn you about any issues you may be at risk for and help you develop a plan to get back to a healthy weight.

The Health Risks of Obesity

Obesity is associated with many of the leading causes of death in the United States and has a high chance of increasing your odds of having to deal with serious diseases and health conditions. Everyone’s bodies hold weight differently, and where your body holds its weight can also be a factor in what diseases and health conditions you may be at risk for.

Some examples of more serious issues that are associated with obesity include:

  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Gout
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Asthma
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Mental Illness
  • High Cholesterol

In order to lower your risk of any serious diseases or health conditions, your doctor in Brandon, FL, may recommend some lifestyle changes to get your health back on track. Some of the main lifestyle changes your doctor may recommend are healthier eating habits, regular physical activity, and finding a support system to help you through this new journey. Obesity also can affect your quality of life and you may find that once you get to your desired weight, your quality of life will improve greatly.

Contact Your Doctor Today!

If you or anyone in your family struggle with obesity, it’s best to take action sooner rather than later. Contact  Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. You can reach us at (813) 655-4646.

By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE, P.A.
April 02, 2021
Category: Healthcare
Tags: Abscess  

An abscess can be a dangerous site of infection which, if not cared for, can lead to inflammation, pain, and fever. If you have already developed an abscess, your infection is well on its way to causing you serious harm. Be careful of cuts around your armpits, spine, tooth, or groin because that is where an abscess is most likely to form. At Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, we treat every issue with gentle compassion. Learn about how you can prevent and treat abscesses with your Florida family doctors. Only a professional can properly care for an abscess. Visit Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers to get the help you need.

What Is An Abscess?

An abscess is a pus-filled mass formed from a bacterial infection in a tender cut. Abscesses most commonly form in soft areas of the body more prone to infection. They occur because the white blood cells in your body are working to fight bacteria that have entered a wound. When these cells and bacteria enter a pocket of soft tissue it creates pus and forms an abscess. Skin abscesses develop under the skin, while internal abscesses form inside the body. In any case, minor surgery is usually required to correct it.

There are many types of abscesses your Brandon, FL, family doctors want you to know about. A dental abscess can form around your tooth, a pilonidal abscess can form at the base of your spine, and a Bartholin gland abscess can form around your anus. All of these high-risk areas can create infections that lead to serious medical issues. Be on the look-out for common symptoms associated with an abscess.

Common Symptoms of An Abscess:

  • Boil on the skin
  • Pus leaking from a cut
  • Inflammation in the affected area
  • Chills
  • Fever

Abscess Treatment

To deal with an abscess, your doctor will have to drain the pus out of the infected area. Once this infectious bacteria is removed the wound can be cleaned further to stop the spread. Antibiotics are also useful to prevent the infection from harming your body, but they cannot defeat an abscess alone. For skin infections, the abscess can be drained with a local anesthetic and minor incision. For internal abscesses, a needle and stronger anesthetic may be required for drainage. More invasive surgery may be required to access hard-to-reach internal abscesses. After a short recovery, you will begin to feel much healthier and your body will be free of toxic pus.

If you are at risk of an abscess, call Biggers Family Medicine at (813) 655-4646 or visit our office in Brandon, FL. An abscess only gets worse if you wait, so call today to schedule an appointment with the Biggers family doctors.

By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE, P.A.
February 08, 2021
Category: Healthcare
Tags: Colonoscopy  

You might be one of the many people questioning the importance of a colonoscopy. Here's something that might change your mind: Colorectal cancer is the third most leading cause of cancer in men and women, according to the CDC. A colonoscopy is the only colorectal cancer screening that can actually prevent cancer while screening for it. If you are over 50 it is crucial to get a colonoscopy because you are more likely to develop polyps past that age. To schedule a colonoscopy in Brandon, FL call Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers at Biggers Family Medicine.

How does a Colonoscopy Prevent Cancer?

A colonoscopy can actually prevent colorectal cancer because your doctor can remove the precancerous symptoms during the procedure. Colon cancer is preventable because it develops from polyps inside your colon or rectum. By removing these polyps during a colonoscopy you decrease the risk of colon cancer significantly.

There are other tests that screen for colon cancer, such as stool and DNA tests. However, those screenings can produce false positives and your doctor will recommend a colonoscopy anyway. It is helpful to get multiple tests, but do not avoid a colonoscopy if you receive another type of test. A colonoscopy is the only colorectal cancer screening that can remove potential cancer from your body. Consider scheduling your next colonoscopy appointment with Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL.

When Should You Get a Colonoscopy?

The American Cancer Society recommends people should start screening for colorectal cancer at 50 years old. Others who are high risk may need to be screen younger and more frequently. Be sure to follow the recommendation of Dr. Biggers on when to schedule your next test. Irregular screening can increase the chances that the polyps develop into colon cancer before they can be removed.

Modern colonoscopies are safer and more subdued than before. The exam is often done while you are under conscious sedation, which feels like light sleep, but you are awake. The test is less intrusive with the advancements made to endoscopy technology, and the preparation is less burdensome, too. Nothing compares, however, to the security you get when getting a colonoscopy. It is estimated that 1 in 18 people will develop colon cancer in their lifetime. Wouldn't you want to be safe from this unfortunately common cancer?

Call Dr. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers at (813) 655-4646 to schedule your colonoscopy in Brandon, Florida. Biggers Family Medicine will always be dedicated to your health. You should be too, by getting a colonoscopy.