Acute Disease Management

Brookridge Internal Medicine

Internists located in Longview, TX

The expert practitioners at Brookridge Internal Medicine Associates in Longview, Texas 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.

Acute Disease Management Q & A

Brookridge Internal Medicine

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
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Muscle strains and injuries
  • Tonsillitis
  • The common cold and flu
  • Upper respiratory infection
  • Urinary tract infection

How can I prevent myself from getting sick from 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.

When should I get treatment for acute diseases?

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.