Knowing how to handle illnesses when they arise is crucial for maintaining good health.
From influenza to diabetes, there are a multitude of acute and chronic conditions that can affect our health if we aren’t careful. Of course, one of the best things you can do for your health is to visit a regular doctor for annual checkups, screenings, and vaccinations. From our office in Brandon, FL, primary care physicians Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers find out what you can do to manage your health and treat any problems that might come your way.
Acute vs. Chronic
As you might already know, acute infections or diseases are ones that will go away either on their own or with the proper treatment. Common acute infections include the common cold, the influenza virus, and the “stomach flu”. Chronic conditions, on the other hand, are ones that can last the rest of your life. Even though chronic illnesses do not have a cure, our Brandon, FL, doctors can help you manage your symptoms to improve your quality of life. Common chronic conditions include diabetes, heart disease, and asthma.
Handling Acute Illnesses
While the goal should always be to prevent illnesses whenever possible by maintaining good hygiene and a healthy lifestyle, we know that it isn’t always possible to prevent all infections. Additionally, the way you manage your acute illness will depend on the illness itself. Many patients may be able to manage their symptoms or treat the actual infection with simple at-home care.
If symptoms get worse then it’s time to call one of our primary doctors to find out whether you or your child will require additional care. Don’t hesitate to call us anytime that you have questions about the symptoms you are experiencing.
Handling Chronic Illnesses
Now, chronic diseases are a different animal altogether and will require continued support from our medical team to make sure that you remain healthy. Millions of Americans are dealing with a chronic disorder and still lead long, healthy lives. The goals of the treatments that we offer are to reduce symptoms and improve your health and quality of life. Coming in for regular checkups will ensure that you are doing everything you can to manage your condition for the long term.
Here at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, we believe that everyone deserves quality and comprehensive medical care. Prevention is key to good health. If you need to get a routine checkup or if you are dealing with health problems, call our office today to schedule your next appointment! (813) 655-4646