An acute illness or accident develops suddenly and typically without warning, unlike chronic illnesses which build up and intensify slowly over a longer period of time. Depending on the severity and type of illness or injury, acute health problems usually require immediate and timely medical attention. The primary care physicians at Biggers Family Medicine, Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers, offer treatment for both acute and chronic illnesses in Brandon, FL.
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Some acute health problems are more serious than others. For example, if you are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, or a traumatic life or limb threatening injury, you should seek immediate emergency treatment. Some of the most common non-life threatening acute illnesses include:
- Cold and flu
- Seasonal allergies
- Sore throat/strep throat
- Sprained ankle or wrist
- Cuts and scrapes
- Stomach flu
In many cases, acute illnesses and injuries have a sudden onset but resolve quickly with treatment, depending on the problem. One of the most common acute illnesses is the flu, which can strike seemingly out of nowhere and force you to stay in bed for a week, but with rest and symptom management most people are up and about within a week or so and back to normal. Injuries like a sprain or seasonal allergies may take a little longer to clear up, but they generally resolve with treatment. Chronic conditions on the other hand (like diabetes) require ongoing, long-term care.
While accidents happen and many injuries and illnesses cannot by prevented, primary care physicians also offer preventive care to help maintain and improve your health.
Find a Primary Care Doctor in Brandon, FL
For more information about treatment options for acute injuries and illnesses, contact Biggers Family Medicine, by calling (813) 655-4646 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joel or Dr. Elizabeth Biggers today.