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By Biggers Family Medicine, P.A.
July 08, 2020
Category: Family Medicine
Tags: mental health  

Emotional well-being is significant because it permits you to live completely. You see individuals unmistakably, and you can convey your needs and desires to other people. The capacity to assemble connections and create support groups corresponds to better physical wellbeing and improved personal satisfaction. Therapists by and large concur that there are a few things that an individual should be sincerely and mentally satisfied in this life. Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL is the ideal spot to share any psychological well-being matter with your primary care physician. Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers are here for you.

Talk to Someone

Once you meet with a physician in primary care, you will get referred to a specialist to talk about your concerns. Individuals who are in emotional torment or have suffered trauma, and lamentably have not had the option to get satisfactory treatment, are bound to encounter these equivalent injuries once more. Patients that experience injury from parental figures and caregivers unwittingly distrust those in power and react to life occasions in a manner that reproduces the underlying injury. This affects a patient's earning potential, sexual coexistence, and other aspects of their life. It's one of the main reasons to talk to your primary care physician in Brandon.

More Empathy

We at Biggers Family Medicine can help. Psychological well-being can be accomplished by anyone. Basic activities like going out for a walk, drawing, conversing with a trusted companion or cherished relative, or tuning in to music can be alleviating to somebody who might be battling with a challenge to their existence. Significant life changes like death, divorce, moving out of the family home may call for additional help and compassion. These transitional stressors are just one of the many reasons to talk to your primary care physician in Brandon FL.

It's critical to visit a specialist who can point you in the correct direction. Emotional wellness often requires seeking and executing demonstrated treatments that help sadness, anxiety, and other mental concerns. Your primary care physician in Brandon FL is standing by. Contact (813) 655-4646 to plan an arrangement and keep up your bliss. Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers are professionals that can help.

By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE, P.A.
July 08, 2020
Tags: Acute Disease  

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.

By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE, P.A.
June 09, 2020
Tags: Pacemaker  

A lot of individuals with a pacemaker can easily go back to their day-to-day activities following their recovery from the implantation surgery. But there are particular situations that your physician will instruct you to avoid.

Besides going to routine checkups with a primary care physician here in Biggers Family Medicine, P.A. in Brandon, FL, Dr. Joel Biggers or Dr. Elizabeth Biggers, to ensure that the pacemaker is functioning properly, here are general guidelines you must observe when living with a pacemaker.

Safe Physical Activity

While most patients are able to resume exercising and sexual activities following recovery, you need to avoid rough activities that might result in you hitting or falling on your implantation site since this could damage your pacemaker. When in doubt, ask your physician about specific physical activity guidelines.

Dental and Medical Tests and Procedures

Prior to undergoing any procedure or test, always inform the doctor, technician, nurse, or dentist that you have a pacemaker. They might have to confer with your primary care physician before doing the test or procedure, particularly if the procedure is something unusual or new. These might potentially impact your pacemaker’s function and would need extra precautionary measures to reduce or prevent any negative effects on your pacemaker.

Travel With Confidence

The majority of individuals who have pacemakers could travel safely provided that no other underlying health issue is restricting them from doing so. The most important thing to remember when traveling is advanced and thorough planning. So before leaving, discuss the following with your primary care physician in Brandon, FL:

  • Specific instructions, care, and recommendations for activity
  • What you should do when you experience symptoms or discomfort
  • How to get emergency services or find a physician in your destination

The American Heart Association also recommends bringing a pacemaker ID card with you at all times.

Going Through Security With Ease

Before walking into places with security checks, particularly those with metal detectors or wands, show your ID card to inform them about your pacemaker. In the event that you feel rapid heartbeats or dizziness, stay back away from the detector and walk at your usual pace. These detectors won’t damage your pacemaker, but will set off when it detects the device.

A Crucial Warning on Magnets and Electricity

The energy fields surrounding certain equipment that utilize magnets and electricity might negatively impact your pacemaker’s normal operation. Although most electromagnetic fields are weak and small and won’t harm your pacemaker, electrical equipment with strong energy fields such as gas-powered chainsaws or welders, might wreak havoc on your pacemaker’s functioning.

Need More Information or Have Questions About Your Pacemaker? Call Us

Dial (813) 655-4646 to set an appointment with your primary care physician here at Biggers Family Medicine, P.A. in Brandon, FL, Dr. Joel Biggers or Dr. Elizabeth Biggers.

By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE, P.A.
May 13, 2020
Category: Family Medicine
Tags: Smoking  

Find out the many ways smoking can impact your overall health.

So, you’re thinking about quitting smoking, but you’re not sure where to begin. Our Brandon, FL, primary care physicians, Drs. Joel & Elizabeth Biggers, are glad to hear that you want to ditch this seriously unhealthy habit. They can even provide you with programs, treatment options, and other recommendations to ensure that you finally kick smoking to the curb. Wondering why you should quit? Here are the many ways smoking can affect your health:

Smoking Affects Your Heart

Cigarettes have a profound effect on your cardiovascular health. For instance, smokers are far more likely to develop heart disease or experience a stroke than non-smokers. Smoking causes the blood vessels to thicken and narrow, which increases blood pressure and causes the heart to beat faster. You don’t even have to be a heavy smoker in order to develop heart disease (even less than five cigarettes a day is enough to increase your risk). After just one year of quitting you can cut your risk for coronary heart disease in half.

Smoking Damages Lungs

Smoking can cause long-term damage to the airways and increase the likelihood of dealing with conditions such as:

  • Chronic bronchitis
  • COPD
  • Emphysema
  • Lung cancer

If you have asthma, just being around secondhand smoke alone can trigger an asthma attack. While smoking can cause detrimental effects to your respiratory system, the good news is that even in as little as one month after quitting, your lung function will improve. You may suddenly notice that it’s easier to take a full breath, you may not get as winded going up stairs or you may cough less.

Smoking Increases Your Risk for Cancer

Smoking isn’t just responsible for lung cancer, it can also increase your risk for developing cancer anywhere in the body including the liver, pancreas, stomach, colon, and esophagus. Smoking also increases your risk for cancer-related death. Fortunately, by quitting smoking, you can reduce your risk for different cancers including lung cancer. In as little as five years, your risk for certain cancers, such as esophagus and mouth cancer, are cut in half, and cervical cancer risk is the same as a non-smoker.

Prioritize Your Health

Stub that cigarette out and take control of your life; it’s never too late. If you are dealing with any health concerns or issues, know that the team at Biggers Family Medicine are still here for you, even during these challenging times. We can provide drive-up appointments to minimize exposure and to keep patients healthy. To schedule an appointment please call (813) 655-4646.

By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE, P.A.
May 13, 2020
Category: Family Medicine
Tags: Heart Disease  

Discover some key changes you can make to your current lifestyle to prevent heart disease.

The goal of our Brandon, FL, primary care physicians, Drs. Joel & Elizabeth Biggers, is to help patients lead long, healthy lives that support good general health. With heart disease being incredibly common in both American men and women, it’s important that everyone understands what lifestyle factors play a role in their heart health and how they can change them for the better. Here are some ways to prevent heart disease,

Make Healthier Lifestyle Choices

There are many factors that can predispose you to heart disease. Fortunately, just by making heart-healthy habits, you can greatly reduce your risk of developing the condition. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Maintain a healthy weight: Those who are overweight or obese are more likely to deal with heart disease. If you are overweight or having trouble losing weight talk with our Brandon, FL, doctors to find out ways to safely but effectively shed those unwanted pounds. Even just losing 10-15 pounds can improve heart health.
     
  • Choose heart-healthy foods: Your diet has a significant influence on your health. It’s important that your body is receiving the vital nutrients it needs through healthy, whole foods. Avoid packaged and processed foods, as well as foods high in sodium, cholesterol, trans fat, and sugar. If you do drink alcohol do so in moderation, as drinking too much alcohol can elevate your blood pressure.
     
  • Exercise regularly: Exercising most days of the week will not only go a long way to helping you maintain a healthy weight, but it can also improve your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels. It’s recommended that all adults receive around 2 and a half hours of moderately intense exercise every week, while children and teens should receive about one hour of exercise each day.

Get Health Conditions Under Control

Another way that you can take charge of your health is to know your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. All of these can affect the health of your heart. While you can monitor blood pressure and sugar from the comfort of your own home, you should also visit your primary doctor at least once a year to make sure that your cholesterol and blood pressure are in check. If there is a problem, we can prescribe medication to help improve these conditions to prevent heart complications.

We want you to know that the medical team at Biggers Family Medicine will still be providing medical care during this Covid-19 pandemic. If you are concerned about your health, dealing with an urgent health problem, or if you are worried that you might have coronavirus, please contact our office at (813) 655-4646 to schedule a drive-up appointment.





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