What is an Acute Disease?
January 14, 2019
Category: Family Medicine

Find out when even a simple infection requires medical attention.

While not all sicknesses will require a medical visit, it’s important to understand when to turn to our Brandon, FL, primary care physicians A Common ColdDrs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers for care.


What is an acute disease?

An acute condition, unlike a chronic disease, is one that often comes about suddenly but will go away with time. Sometimes the acute disease will attack certain areas of the body, though it can still occur throughout. Many times, acute diseases will go away on their own without treatment; however, sometimes treatment is necessary to treat the infection or to manage your symptoms.

Common types of acute diseases include,

  • Strep throat
  • Common cold
  • Influenza
  • Appendicitis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Pneumonia
  • Broken bones
  • Heart attack

As you can see, acute diseases really run the gamut. For example, a common cold won’t require medication and will run its course all by itself, while appendicitis often requires immediate surgery to remove the appendix. Some acute diseases such as a heart attack also require emergency medical attention.


When should I visit my doctor in Brandon, FL?

First and foremost, it’s important to have a primary care physician that you and your family can turn to for all of your medical needs. After all, having a family doctor who has full knowledge of your medical history will be able to provide you with the proper and individualized care you need in a safe and caring environment.

A good rule of thumb is if your condition is causing you pain that it’s time to turn to a doctor for care. Severe pain, whether it’s back pain or abdominal pain, could be caused by many different things (some of which will require immediate medical attention) so it’s important to play it safe and visit a doctor or to at least call us and find out if your symptoms warrant a trip to the office.

Even for conditions that will go away on their own, our Brandon, FL, physicians can still provide you with at-home care to manage your symptoms more effectively until the infection goes away.



If in doubt, call Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, to find out whether or not you or your child’s symptoms warrant a trip to our office. Dial (813) 655-4646 today to talk to one of our primary care physicians!