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May 22, 2019
Category: Family Medicine
Tags: Acute Diseases  

From the flu to seasonal allergies, it isn’t always an easy call to figure out when you can handle your symptoms yourself and when you may have to turn to our Brandon, FL, primary care physicians Drs. Joel & Elizabeth Biggers for care. Read on to gain some guidance onCoughing this issue, and give our office a call if you need any treatment!

More about Acute Diseases

An acute disease is one that will often go away on its own either without treatment or with rest and at-home care. Here are some of the most common acute diseases that occur in both children and adults:

  • Common cold
  • Influenza
  • Gastroenteritis (“stomach bug”)
  • Upper respiratory infections (e.g. bronchitis; pneumonia)
  • Strep throat
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Ear infection
  • Migraine

Sometimes you won’t really know what’s going on but you may be able to pinpoint the symptoms you are experiencing. Common symptoms of acute diseases include,

  • Runny or stuffed nose
  • Facial pain and pressure
  • Earache
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rash
  • Body aches
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

If you or your little one is experiencing any of these symptoms and you are concerned, it’s a good idea to call our office in Brandon, FL. That way, you can tell us what’s going on and we will be able to assess the symptoms to determine whether it’s worth making a trip into our office as soon as possible.

You should see a doctor right away for care if,

  • You have a cough that lasts more than 10 days
  • Your symptoms get worse
  • You are experiencing chest pain (this could be a medical emergency)
  • You have a high fever
  • There is blood in your stool or vomit
  • You are experiencing symptoms of dehydration
  • Your ear pain is severe or accompanied by hearing loss or changes in your hearing
  • You are wheezing or experiencing shortness of breath
  • You are experiencing severe abdominal pain
  • You have burning or pain with urination
  • You have lost weight suddenly and unexpectedly
  • You have diarrhea that has lasted more than 2 days

Contact us!

If in doubt, give our office a call and explain the symptoms that you are experiencing. The sooner you seek treatment, the sooner you will experience relief. Call our medical team here at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, today to schedule an immediate appointment for you or your little one. Our number is (813) 655-4646.

May 13, 2019
Category: Family Medicine

But our attentive, friendly medical care serving Brandon, FL, has stayed the same.

We are proud to announce that Biggers Family Medicine has found a new home in Brandon, FL, as of March 15 (just in time for spring). doctor visitNow our dedicated patients can find us at 538 Wilbur St, Brandon, FL, 33511. Of course, if you are a brand new patient looking for primary care physicians like our own Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers who can provide you with a full spectrum of medical care then you’ve come to the right place.

Here at Biggers Family Medicine, the focus is on preventive medicine. Everyone should have a primary care doctor that they work with in Brandon, FL, to provide them with checkups, screenings, vaccinations and more to keep illnesses, both acute and chronic, at bay. The key to healthy living is to prevent illness rather than just treating the problem once it arises.

Remember, a primary care physician is by your side throughout your life, helping you determine the best choices for your health. Whether that includes changing your diet, losing weight or quitting smoking, our doctors can help you make those simple lifestyle changes that can also make a great impact on your life.

We provide comprehensive and continuous care to patients of all ages living within the Brandon, FL, area. We take a proactive approach to preventing illness, as well as managing chronic conditions and improving your quality of life. As a family practice, we treat patients of all ages, from toddlers to seniors. We work with you and your medical history to make sure that you get the individualized and compassionate care you are looking for so you always know where to turn when it comes to getting medical care.

The benefits of having a primary physician that you can turn to all the time for everything from routine checkups and flu vaccinations is vital for long-term health. With our most recent move, we hope to make our services even more accessible and convenient for our patients, both new and loyal. Find Biggers Family Medicine at our new address 538 Wilbur St, Brandon, FL, 33511. Call us today at (813) 655-4646 to schedule an appointment. And also note, we have a new fax number too: (855) 366-8430.

May 13, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

The following question: answer section is taken directly from the CDC - Center for Disease Control’s website regarding measles as of April 2019

Q: Am I protected against measles?

A: CDC considers you protected from measles if you have written documentation (records) showing at least one of the following:

    •       You received two doses of measles-containing vaccine, and you are a(n)—

                ◦       school-aged child (grades K-12)

                ◦       adult who will be in a setting that poses a high risk for measles transmission, including students at post-high school education institutions, healthcare personnel, and international travelers.

    •       You received one dose of measles-containing vaccine, and you are a(n)—

                ◦       preschool-aged child

                ◦       adult who will not be in a high-risk setting for measles transmission.

    •       A laboratory confirmed that you had measles at some point in your life.

    •       A laboratory confirmed that you are immune to measles.

    •       You were born before 1957.

The recent Measles outbreaks have made a lot of people very wary.  The Biggers Family Medicine team wanted to make sure that our staff, patients, and families understood their risks.   

Outbreaks have been increasing in recent years, typically the outbreak starts from an overseas source and then spreads into an unvaccinated niche in a community.  The communities affected have been an Amish community in Ohio (unvaccinated), a Somali - American community in Minnesota which was primarily unvaccinated, and most recently in the Orthodox Jewish communities of New York which is largely unvaccinated.  The most widespread outbreak started at a theme park in California, but again, those affected were primarily unvaccinated - despite different backgrounds. 

Insurance MAY not cover re vaccination and MAY not cover the cost of titers (test for whether or not you are immune).  The pricing for the Vaccines and the Titers are listed below. 

Measles titer / Rubeola Titer : (to find out if you are immune) $34

MMR Vaccine: ( to get immune ) $75, + admin fee

We would be happy to re vaccinate you or test you if it would ease your mind regarding the outbreaks.  If you would like to make an appointment to discuss, we can do that as well.  Our lab is open 8:30 - 4 pm with a lunch from 12-1:30.  We will administer the vaccine or draw the titer in our lab. 

April 29, 2019
Category: Family Medicine

It is important to have a primary care physician for several reasons. Primary care physicians conduct routine medical checkups, monitor primary care physicianyour health, diagnose and treat certain illnesses and conditions, and make referrals to specialists when needed. In general, a primary care physician can help you maintain better health. Biggers Family Medicine, Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers are your primary care physicians in Brandon, FL.

Medical Services

Primary care physicians are family doctors who provide a wide range of medical and health services for children, teens, and adults. Primary care physicians provide routine care, such as physical exams and annual checkups, as well as preventative care, such as immunizations. They also treat acute conditions, such as illness and minor injuries. Additionally, primary care physicians can help patients manage chronic conditions, such as arthritis and diabetes, and refer patients to specialists for further diagnosis and treatment when needed.

The Brandon primary care physicians at Biggers Family Medicine provide a wide range of medical and health services. Some of the services offered include:

  • Annual checkups
  • Immunizations
  • Women’s health care
  • Mental health care
  • Health screenings
  • Treatment of chronic conditions
  • Treatment of acute conditions

Importance of Regular Checkups

An important aspect of seeing a primary care physician on a regular basis is that a medical history will be established that can be used to monitor your overall health. Annual checkups with a primary care physician allow the doctor to better monitor your health and identify potential concerns, such as changes in blood pressure, cholesterol, or weight. If there are any potential concerns, the primary care physician can help you remedy those or refer you to a specialist if appropriate. In general, a primary care physician can help you maintain better health.

It is important to have a primary care physician who is familiar with your medical history and can help you maintain good health. For a primary care physician in Brandon, contact Biggers Family Medicine at (813) 655-4646 to schedule an appointment with Drs. Joel or Elizabeth Biggers.

April 18, 2019

Do you remember the last time you had a physical? If you only visit the doctor when you're sick or injured, you may be neglecting your Doctorhealth. Luckily, osteopathic wellcare offered by Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers of Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, can help you maintain your good health and even prevent common illnesses and conditions.

What is osteopathic wellcare?

Osteopathic wellcare is offered by doctors of osteopathic medicine. If your doctor has attended an osteopathic medical school, he or she will use the initials "D.O." after his name.

Just like medical doctors (M.D.s), D.O. treat a variety of illnesses and injuries, but focus on the whole person, not just a specific body part or symptom. They may also use hands-on osteopathic manipulative treatment to diagnose and treat ailments and promote self-healing.

Wellcare focuses on preventing illnesses and diseases before they can significantly impact your life. Like most things in life, it's often easier and less expensive to prevent a problem than correct or treat it.

During wellcare visits, your Brandon doctor will consider all of the factors that affect your physical and mental health, including family, career, and environment.

How can you benefit from osteopathic wellcare?

Osteopathic wellcare visits can:

  • Identify Potential Health Issues: Diabetes, high blood pressure, and other diseases may not produce any symptoms during the early stages. Screenings performed during wellcare visits help your doctor diagnose these diseases and ensure that you receive appropriate treatment.
  • Make Managing Chronic Conditions Easier: Wellcare is essential if you have a chronic disease or condition. Although medication may be needed, your D.O. will also consider other approaches to control your disease or symptoms.
  • Reduce Stress: Stress can affect your body and plays a role in many health conditions ranging from asthma to heart disease to gastrointestinal problems. Your doctor can offer recommendations that will help you decrease your stress level.
  • Help You Develop a Partnership with Your Doctor: You're much more likely to follow recommendations and make changes to your health if you're an active participant in your care.

Would you like to improve your health with osteopathic wellcare? Call Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers of Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, at (813) 655-4646 to schedule an appointment.

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