Diabetes is a disease that causes sugar to remain in the blood rather than entering the body’s cells to be used for energy. Over time, high blood sugar can damage many of the body’s systems, leading to kidney disease, eye problems, nerve or vessel damage, problems with teeth or skin, foot pain, or other chronic health conditions. What’s more, diabetes medications are costly. If you have diabetes you may be taking several oral medications in addition to insulin injections to control your blood … [Read more...] about Managing Your Diabetes
The kidneys are vital organs of our bodies, which means we can't live without them if they don’t function. They remove waste, control the body’s fluid, and remove the excess waste and water through urination. This process is necessary to maintain a stable balance of body chemicals. And when its function is abnormal for any reason, it can lead to serious, life-threatening complications. 1 in 3 Americans is at a higher risk of developing kidney disease – an alarming statistic reported by the … [Read more...] about 8 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR KIDNEYS HEALTHY
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
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
Countless Americans deal with high blood pressure every day. But, when do the effects of hypertension require a visit to the emergency room? Extremely high blood pressure can cause severe life-threatening issues including stroke, aneurysms, heart attacks, and heart failure. Causes of Hypertension Situations that can cause hypertensive emergencies include: Forgetting to take your blood pressure medication Worsening kidney failure An interaction between medications or supplements … [Read more...] about Blood Pressure Emergencies
Shirley Temple warned us, “If you eat too much, you’ll awake with a tummy ache. But when is abdominal pain serious enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room? Hi, I’m Dr.Fisher, ER Physician here locally at Elite Care 24 Hour Emergency Room in League City. Quite often patients arrive at the ER complaining of a pain in their stomach. Sometimes the cause of this pain is serious enough to warrant a visit to us and other times perhaps a doctor’s visit could have been avoided. When … [Read more...] about Abdominal Pain
Severe Pain If your pain is so severe that you cannot stand up straight, head on over to the emergency room. Another sign of something possibly serious is if your stomach is sensitive to touch or if it comes on suddenly or with a fever. Vomiting If you find yourself in the unlucky position of vomiting and you notice blood in your vomit, you should also seek out medical care. Recent Surgery or Pregnant? It is also important to remember that if you feel abdominal pain and recently … [Read more...] about Abdominal Pain
As a parent, sometimes it can be difficult to know when a trip to the emergency room is needed. When your child is sick, injured, or suffering in any way, our natural instinct as parents is to do everything we can for them immediately. But, when do these instances require an emergency room visit? Sore throats or minor burns, for instance, can be handled by a child’s primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic. Quite often the best thing to do is to pick up the phone and call your … [Read more...] about When Should You Take Your Kids To The Emergency Room?