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Posts for: May, 2019

May 24, 2019
Tags: mental health  

Many patients believe that being physically fit and feeling good is all that’s necessary for good health and wellness. However, another major aspect of being wholly well is to have strong mental health. Both what you think and how you think can have a large bearing on how you feel day-to-day, and can even affect your bodily systems in some cases! That's why here at Biggers Family Medicine, P.A. in Brandon, FL, we offer mental health counseling—read on to learn how these appointments can help you.

What Is Mental Health Care?
As opposed to physical health (which pertains to bodily functions), mental health is concerned with how we feel, think, and act on a daily Familybasis toward both ourselves and others. Mental health care is focused on helping patients maintain good mental health and also treating patients with therapy or medication when something is not quite right. The most common mental health conditions include depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.

Mental Health: As Important as General Health
Many mental health problems are inherited from family members, which is why it’s a good idea to do some research into your family history. A physician at Biggers Family Medicine, P.A. in Brandon, FL can help guide you to the mental health treatments solutions that you need to feel better about yourself and navigate your life successfully. In a number of ways, mental health is just as important as caring for your general health., for when you are mentally well, you fully understand the importance of taking care of yourself by means of eating well, exercising, communicating with others, and participating in self-care activities.

Mental Health Treatment Options
If you or a family member is potentially experiencing issues related to mental illness, early intervention is best. The first step is seeing your trusted family physician to talk about what’s going on, and to receive a referral for mental health care if necessary. Mental health treatments may include medication, talk therapy, or behavioral therapy. Also note that some symptoms may be related to a physical issue that your Brandon, FL, physician can help you address.

Schedule a Mental Health Checkup
Maintaining good mental health should be one of your top priorities. See your primary care physician for a referral to a qualified mental health professional. Biggers Family Medicine, P.A. has moved to a new location in Brandon, FL. Call the new number at (813) 655-4646 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joel Biggers or Dr. Elizabeth Biggers.

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.

May 13, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

The following question: answer section is taken directly from the CDC - Center for Disease Control’s website regarding measles as of April 2019

Q: Am I protected against measles?

A: CDC considers you protected from measles if you have written documentation (records) showing at least one of the following:

    •       You received two doses of measles-containing vaccine, and you are a(n)—

                ◦       school-aged child (grades K-12)

                ◦       adult who will be in a setting that poses a high risk for measles transmission, including students at post-high school education institutions, healthcare personnel, and international travelers.

    •       You received one dose of measles-containing vaccine, and you are a(n)—

                ◦       preschool-aged child

                ◦       adult who will not be in a high-risk setting for measles transmission.

    •       A laboratory confirmed that you had measles at some point in your life.

    •       A laboratory confirmed that you are immune to measles.

    •       You were born before 1957.

The recent Measles outbreaks have made a lot of people very wary.  The Biggers Family Medicine team wanted to make sure that our staff, patients, and families understood their risks.   

Outbreaks have been increasing in recent years, typically the outbreak starts from an overseas source and then spreads into an unvaccinated niche in a community.  The communities affected have been an Amish community in Ohio (unvaccinated), a Somali - American community in Minnesota which was primarily unvaccinated, and most recently in the Orthodox Jewish communities of New York which is largely unvaccinated.  The most widespread outbreak started at a theme park in California, but again, those affected were primarily unvaccinated - despite different backgrounds. 

Insurance MAY not cover re vaccination and MAY not cover the cost of titers (test for whether or not you are immune).  The pricing for the Vaccines and the Titers are listed below. 

Measles titer / Rubeola Titer : (to find out if you are immune) $34

MMR Vaccine: ( to get immune ) $75, + admin fee

We would be happy to re vaccinate you or test you if it would ease your mind regarding the outbreaks.  If you would like to make an appointment to discuss, we can do that as well.  Our lab is open 8:30 - 4 pm with a lunch from 12-1:30.  We will administer the vaccine or draw the titer in our lab. 

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.