During the flu season, I get asked a lot of questions about this predictable and sometimes deadly disease. Two of the most common questions are how long does the flu last and how long am I contagious. How Long Does It Last? On average, if you come down with the flu, you can expect to deal with the effects for about one to two weeks. The most severe symptoms tend to last 2 to 3 days but the accompanying weakness, fatigue, dry cough, and a reduced ability to exercise can linger much … [Read more...] about How Long Does The Flu Last?
Guess what… flu season is already BACK! I know that it is not in full swing, but we are already seeing cases of confirmed flu in the emergency room at Elite Care in Rice Village. It seems to be coming earlier and earlier each year. In fact, there are some communities and regions of the world where flu can occur year-round. If you recently visited the tropics you might be at risk of this. And I have seen communities where factory workers seem to … [Read more...] about 2019-20 Flu Season Starts Early
Most people who develop bronchitis recover at home. However, there are times where this condition requires a trip to the emergency room. Bronchitis is an inflammatory condition of the bronchial tubes of your lungs that typically results from viral or bacterial infections. Should I Go To The ER? If you notice wheezing, difficulty breathing, or your body temperature dips to below 95 degrees or is higher than 104, you should consider visiting us here at Elite Care. If your resting … [Read more...] about Bronchitis Symptoms
We’ve all had a small cut or laceration before. They aren't fun, but they are easy to clean, put a band-aid on and take care of at home. But when is a cut serious enough that it requires a trip to the emergency room? One of the top reasons we see patients here in the emergency room is for cuts. But the truth is, not all cuts and lacerations require a visit to the ER. When it comes to cuts and lacerations, here are a few instances where I would recommend a quick visit to Elite Care 24 Hour … [Read more...] about When Should I Visit the ER For a Cut?
It won’t be long now... Summer is right around the corner. School will be out and the call of the outdoors will ring loud in everyone’s ears. But, summertime in Texas also means heat...a lot of heat. That’s why it’s important to both take precautions to avoid the dangerous effects of the sun and to understand when you’ve pushed it too far and a trip to the emergency room may be in order. I too am looking forward to some time in the pool or hanging out at the beach with friends and family, … [Read more...] about Avoiding Heat-Related Injuries
Pink Eye, or Conjunctivitis, is a condition where you suffer inflammation of a thin membrane that coats the surface of your eye and eyelid. If you are infected by pink eye you will notice redness, pain or itchiness, and discharge from your eye. How Do You Get Pink Eye? Not only is it quite common, but it is also incredibly contagious. Something as simple as touching a contaminated surface, or shaking hands with someone who is infected and passes the infection on to you. … [Read more...] about Pink Eye Treatment and Prevention
Pediatric Fever Can Be Scary Let’s just all agree... kids get sick... It’s one of those things they are just born naturals at. But when not feeling well is accompanied by a fever, our level of caution as parents should rise exponentially. Seeing your child suffering from an illness and realizing they have a fever can be a very scary and lonely moment. Common Question Asked By Parents How high is too high of a temperature? Can my child develop brain damage from their fever?Can a fever … [Read more...] about Is My Child’s Fever an Emergency?
Pneumonia is an infection of the air sacs in either one or both of your lungs that causes inflammation. Fluid or pus may fill the air sacs in your lungs and cause coughing, fever, chills, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms of Pneumonia If you begin to experience any of the following conditions, it is time to take a trip to an emergency medical facility. High Fever Chills & SweatsChest PainsShortness of BreathDehydrationRust-colored Phlegm Pneumonia takes the life of about … [Read more...] about Pneumonia Symptoms
Every June, we celebrate Men’s Health Month. It is a time to take a moment and remember and recommit to things that can lead to a longer, more productive, and happier life for men around the world. Let’s face it, the average man avoids talking about health and going to see their doctor like the plague. In fact, men are 24% less likely to have seen their primary care doctor in the last year than women. Commit To A Healthier Lifestyle But guys , the truth is that your family and friends … [Read more...] about Men’s Health