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Acute Illnesses

Fulshear Medical Associates -  - Internal Medicine

Fulshear Medical Associates

Primary Care Physician & Psychiatry located in Houston, TX

If you have an acute illness or an illness that goes away over time with proper treatment, you probably want relief fast so you can feel better and lower your risk of complications. At Fulshear Medical Associates in Houston, board-certified internal medicine physician Syed Abrar, MD, treats acute illnesses, such as infections, colds, the flu, and injuries, to ease symptoms and speed up recovery. The next time you feel sick or are injured, book an appointment with Fulshear Medical Associates by phone or online.

Acute Illnesses Q & A

What are acute illnesses?

Acute illnesses come and go and may last a few days or several weeks. These illnesses might be caused by a virus, parasites, or bacteria that you ingest or inhale. Illness-causing organisms can also enter your body through an open cut or sore in your skin.

What are examples of acute illnesses?

Examples of common acute illnesses you might experience at some point during your lifetime include:

  • Asthma attacks
  • Bronchitis
  • Burns
  • Deep lacerations
  • Common colds or the flu
  • Broken bones
  • Heart attacks
  • Pneumonia
  • Respiratory infections
  • Strep throat

Some acute illnesses go away on their own but treatment often helps reduce symptoms, speed up recovery time, and prevent the illness from getting worse.

How are acute illnesses diagnosed?

To determine which type of acute illness you have, Dr. Abrar reviews your medical history and discusses symptoms. He examines your throat, eyes, ears, nose, and breathing to look for signs of an acute illness or chronic disease. He might recommend blood, imaging, or other diagnostic tests to confirm or rule out a diagnosis.

What is the treatment for acute illnesses?

The best treatment for an acute illness depends on the type and severity of your condition. Dr. Abrar might recommend:

  • Getting lots of rest
  • Drinking plenty of fluids
  • Stitches or other wound care
  • Prescription antibiotics or other medications
  • Over-the-counter medicines
  • Injections, nasal sprays, or an inhaler
  • Heat, ice therapy, or a brace for injuries
  • Ointments or creams for skin conditions

Dr. Abrar admits you to a local hospital if an acute illness becomes severe.

How can I avoid getting sick?

You can’t always prevent acute illnesses, but there are several things you can do to lower your risk. Examples include:

  • Wash your hands often with antibacterial soap
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Take multivitamins or other dietary supplements as needed
  • Avoid exposure to people who are sick
  • Reduce stress
  • Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol

Don’t let illness symptoms make you feel miserable when simple solutions for relief are within reach. Call Fulshear Medical Associates the next time you’re sick or injured, or make an appointment online today.

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