Do you know the difference? Pollen during this time is common and may cause several symptoms that look very similar to cold, flu, and even COVID-19. Allergies often cause nasal symptoms such as a runny nose and sinus congestion but do not usually result in a fever, as is found with coronavirus or the flu. While some symptoms of the coronavirus overlap with allergies, there are several differences. What are the symptoms of Coronavirus? According to the CDC, reported illnesses … [Read more...] about Allergies, Flu, Cold, or COVID-19
How Elite Care keeps you safe during COVID-19! | As the spread of COVID-19 continues, Elite Care 24 HR Emergency Center has implemented a few extra steps to keep Houston Thriving and most of all safe. We have provided a completely separate entrance for respiratory patients to avoid the spread of any virus or illness. Each patient is given a mask and required to clean their hands before entering our facility. We have required all staff to wear a mask and practice hand hygiene. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus COVID-19 Update
What is Coronavirus? Coronaviruses cause diseases in mammals and birds that include diarrhea in cows and pigs, upper respiratory disease in chickens and rare, but potentially lethal, human respiratory infections although these are often mild. There are no vaccines or antiviral drugs that are approved for prevention or treatment. (CDC 2019) There is a new strain of Coronavirus discovered in China recently. This particular strain has been more lethal, meaning that normally healthy humans who … [Read more...] about Coronavirus Symptoms
Flu symptoms are elusive. We hear symptoms of illness described as “flu-like”. What does that mean? How can you know if what you are feeling is a cold, or something more serious like the flu? If you’ve ever had the flu virus, you know. Fever, body aches, sneezing, cough, weakness, and sometimes even vomiting are part of what makes up the flu. That sounds pretty awful. Anyone surviving a bout of the flu feels like they should have gotten a t-shirt to commemorate their accomplishment. There are … [Read more...] about What Are The Symptoms of The Flu?
When it comes to the flu vaccine, there are decisions to make. As a community healthcare provider, we are often asked questions about flu vaccine effectiveness, when to get the flu vaccine, what ages are affected most by the flu and what are flu vaccine side-effects. The most vulnerable populations when it comes to illness are the very young and the elderly. Infant bodies are working hard to build immunities. The elderly may have compromised immunities as a result of other illness or may be … [Read more...] about Flu Vaccine Facts
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
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
A cough in and of itself is nothing to worry about. However, if your cough is accompanied by difficulty breathing an emergency room visit may be a good decision. Furthermore, if you can’t walk but a few steps without losing your breath, or if your cough is accompanied by a fever and/or chills, and weakness you should consider coming to see us. Upper respiratory issues are nothing to dismiss lightly. Be smart and if you need emergency attention our team at Elite Care 24 Hour Emergency … [Read more...] about Upper Respiratory Infection: Should I Go To The ER?