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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.

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.

February 24, 2020
Tags: Osteopathic  

How osteopathic wellcare from your doctors in Brandon, FL, can make a difference in your health

If you think medicine is all about prescription medications, you need to discover the difference that osteopathic wellcare can make in your life. A method focusing on your whole person, not just individual parts, osteopathic wellcare is all about keeping you well by preventing disease.

Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, offer osteopathic wellcare that can make a difference in your health.

What osteopathic medicine can do for you

Osteopathic medicine uses all of the tools and techniques of conventional medicine including x-rays, laboratory testing, and other diagnostic tools, combined with a different approach. Osteopathic wellcare focuses on your body as an interrelated organism, with all parts of your body dependent on each other to create an environment of optimal health and vitality.

Osteopathic wellcare is designed with the goal of preventing illnesses and diseases before they can occur. Osteopathic treatments are proactive to prevent disease, not reactive, as in reacting to disease after it has happened.

Taking a holistic approach, osteopathic medicine uses all the best knowledge and techniques from Eastern and Western medicine. Your osteopathic doctor will perform regular examinations to keep you healthy, including taking blood pressure and other vital stats, dietary counseling, current medication regimen, lifestyle factors, the amount of exercise you add into your life, and your stress levels.

If you do get sick, your doctors at Biggers Family Medicine also treat all types of illnesses and diseases including:

  • Viruses and bacterial infections like colds, the flu, or pneumonia
  • Strains and sprains of muscles, tendons, and ligaments
  • Chronic pain from an injury, accident, or other cause

You can rely on the doctors at Biggers Family Medicine for all of your medical needs including physicals for work, sports, or school, vaccinations against infectious diseases, and to answer any questions you have about medical care.

Contact us

If you want more than conventional medicine has to offer, it’s time to discover what osteopathic wellcare can do for you. To learn more, call Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, today by dialing (813) 655-4646.

By Biggers Family Medicine, P.A.
January 24, 2020
Tags: Diabetes  

If you had diabetes, would you know it? Sadly, many diabetics are not diagnosed for early on, this chronic disease may not present any identifiable symptoms. Here at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers watch their patients carefully for signs of diabetes, particularly if they have risk factors. Read on to learn more about diabetes, its dangers, and how you can manage it:

What is diabetes? Diabetes is a chronic endocrine disease that elevates glucose levels in the blood. According to the University of Iowa, 40 million Americans have something called pre-diabetes, and a full 20 million have the full-blown diagnosis.

What are the symptoms of diabetes? A fasting blood sugar blood test tells your physician at Biggers Family Medicine if you have diabetes or may be at risk for developing it. Sadly, many diabetics don't display any symptoms whatsoever. However, others experience excessive urination, extreme thirst, weight loss, fatigue, blurry vision, slow healing, numbness, and tingling in the lower extremities.

What causes diabetes? Heredity plays a significant role, especially in juvenile, or Type 1, diabetes. Additional factors are obesity, high cholesterol, a rich diet, inactivity, and pregnancies in which an infant weighs 9 pounds or more. Some women also experience gestational diabetes in which their blood sugars are high while they are pregnant but return to normal in the postpartum period.

How do the doctors at Biggers Family Medicine treat diabetes? Much depends on weight reduction, healthy eating, medications (such as insulin), and raising your activity level. Many patients test their blood sugars at home to maintain good control.

What other health factors affect my blood sugars? High cholesterol and hypertension increase blood glucose levels and the body's ability to manage them. Stress or an acute illness, such as the flu, can impact them as well. Controlling all these factors helps patients avoid complications such as peripheral artery disease, diabetic retinopathy, stroke, heart attack and more.

What is normal blood glucose? Typically, it is 100 mg/dl or lower as revealed by routine blood work ordered by your physician. Higher levels may indicate pre-diabetes or diabetes, and your doctor may want additional tests for a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan.

Find out more

Do you suspect you have diabetes? Contact your friends at Biggers Family Medicine for an appointment with Dr. Joel Biggers or Dr. Elizabeth Biggers. They'll help you stay on top of your condition, avoid complications, and feel your best. Phone our Brando, FL, office today at (813) 655-4646.

By Biggers Family Medicine
December 30, 2019
Tags: Healthcare  

Here in Brandon, FL, we provide preventive health care to women of all ages.

Women’s health is a complex issue, and it constantly changes as patients grow older. Fortunately, here in Brandon, FL, our primary care physicians, Drs. Joel & Elizabeth Biggers, provide women of all ages with the medical care they need, treating everything from reproductive problems to arthritis, depression, and migraines. From young teens to seniors, we offer comprehensive healthcare that women living in Brandon, FL, can trust time and time again.

Learn about the various treatment options that are offered for women of all ages.:

Hormone therapy

When we think of hormone therapy, we often think of women who are going through menopause or premenopause; however, the trust of the matter is, that women of all ages can deal with hormonal imbalances. Common symptoms of a hormonal imbalance include,

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Breast tenderness
  • Irregular periods
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Indigestion
  • Trouble concentrating

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then it’s a good idea to call our Brandon, FL, office to schedule an evaluation. Based on your medical history and the symptoms that you are experiencing, we can run a simple blood test to check everything from hormone and blood sugar levels to thyroid functionality. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help balance out low estrogen levels to reduce symptoms.


A mammogram is another important screening tool that takes x-rays of the breast to look for early signs of breast cancer. It's important to note here that you don’t have to be experiencing symptoms in order to undergo a mammogram. In fact, women between the ages of 45 to 54 should start getting annual mammograms while women between the ages of 40 to 44 should consider doing the same (this is particularly important for women who are at an increased risk for breast cancer). Women 55 years and older can continue to get annual screenings or come in every two years.

Gynecological Treatments and Preventative Healthcare

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that young girls have their first gynecological visit between the ages of 13 and 15. This normally coincides with puberty, when they have their first menstrual periods. The first pap smear (a preventative test to check the cells on their cervix) will usually happen around age 21 or when the patient becomes sexually active. Another important preventative gynecological treatment for parents to consider is immunization for HPV, a sexually transmitted disease that could put some women at risk for cervical cancer.

Call us at our new office

Women of all ages can benefit from establishing a relationship with a primary care physician who also takes care of a wide range of women’s health needs. You’ll find that at Biggers Family Medicine, P.A. in Brandon, FL. To schedule an appointment, call our office at (813) 655-4646.