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July 08, 2020
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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.

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!