Acute Disease Management in Longview, TX
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ACUTE DISEASE MANAGEMENT
The expert practitioners at Brookridge Internal Medicine Associates in Longview, TX are dedicated to providing the best course of treatment when acute diseases arise. Founded by Dr. Brenda Vozza, the clinic has been a long-standing partner to patients in East Texas for over 20 years. To get the quality, personalized care you need for acute disease management, call or book online to schedule your appointment today.
Brookridge Internal Medicine Associates, P.A. Reviews
They were kind and great with my mom and was very thorough…we like this aspect because not to many doctors will take the time to spend with there patients…
Always called back within minutes of checking in for appointments! All staff are very caring & courteous! Couldn’t ask for a better doctor! My PA, Marla English-Pickett is absolutely amazing! Never feel like I’m just another patient!
Very caring and takes time to hear you out.
I enjoyed meeting Dr. Vozza. Dr. Vozza is a great doctor and I am glad she is treating me
I saw Dr. Vozza recently to establish care. I was very impressed with everything her office has to offer. From the ease of check in, to the professionalism of the staff (Keke, you're awesome!), I was very pleased. Highly recommend this physician and all of her associates to anyone!
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WHAT IS AN ACUTE DISEASE?
An acute disease is a general term for a medical issue with symptoms that usually resolve in the short term, from a few hours to a few weeks. Acute diseases can be mild or severe, depending on your body’s reaction to the disease and the symptoms that you experience. Acute diseases include:
- Asthma attacks
- Acute bronchitis
- Ear infections
- Muscle strains and injuries
- The common cold and flu
- Upper respiratory infection
- Urinary tract infection
HOW CAN I PREVENT AN ACUTE DISEASE?
You can lower your risk of suffering from an acute disease by practicing good hygiene in your everyday life, including activities, such as:
- Washing your hands before preparing or eating food
- Eating nutritious foods
- Exercising regularly
- Getting recommended immunizations, such as a flu shot
- Getting enough sleep
- Scheduling annual checkups with your doctor
Additionally, when you are sick, stay at home. You need rest to recover, and you don’t want to infect anyone else.
WHERE SHOULD I GET TREATMENT FOR ACUTE DISEASE?
If you have an acute disease, such as the common cold, contact Brookridge Internal Medicine Associates if your symptoms don’t resolve within a few days.
Your primary care practitioner may be able to provide antibiotics or other over-the-counter remedies to improve your symptoms. Make sure to follow the dosage instructions exactly as prescribed. You can also speed up your recovery by drinking plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and resting your body.
ARE ACUTE DISEASES DANGEROUS?
Some acute diseases are mild and resolve without medication while others may require emergency services. If your symptoms are especially uncomfortable and worsen to include episodes, such as headaches, vomiting, or diarrhea, contact your primary care practitioner at Brookridge Internal Medicine Associates and keep them updated on your symptoms.
If you experience severe pain, loss of motor functions, difficulty breathing, or become extremely dehydrated, you should call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. It’s always better to stay on the safe side and seek treatment early for your symptoms, especially if you have an underlying chronic disease.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of an acute illness, call the practice or book online to schedule an appointment today.
Acute Disease Mangement FAQ
What are the most common acute diseases?
- Common cold
- Strep throat
- An acute asthma attack
- Sprained wrist/ankle
- Broken bones
- Heart attack
- UTI (urinary tract infection)
What’s the difference between an acute disease and a chronic disease?
An acute disease tends to appear rapidly, lasting only for a short duration, resolving on its own or with medical care. A chronic disease is long-lasting and often a lifelong condition. Examples of chronic diseases include diabetes, heart disease, cancer, lupus, asthma, etc.
Do you always have to go to the doctor for an acute disease?
Not always. Many acute diseases from the common cold and allergies to minor sprains and burns can be safely treated at home. However, if you are experiencing a high fever, extreme pain or swelling, nausea, vomiting, or other serious symptoms, you should get medical attention.