FAQs - Treatment of Acute Diseases

Everyone gets sick. When they do, we’re here to help.

Acute diseases are medical conditions that temporarily impact your health but go away with time, whether on their own or with treatment. If you are sick, the last thing you want to worry about is where you’re going to turn to for care. Our Houston, TX, internists Dr. Tomas Rios and Dr. Nicolin Neal and the team at Rios Healthcare Associates are here to make sure you get the immediate medical care you need. Here are some of the top questions we get about treating acute diseases.

What is an acute disease?

An acute disease is any illness or injury that usually appears rapidly but is short-lived. Some acute diseases may go away in a few days while others may take weeks to resolve; some may go away on their own without treatment while other acute diseases may require getting treatment from our Houston, TX, doctors. Common types of acute diseases include,

  • Cold and flu
  • Sinus infections
  • Ear infections
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Broken bones
  • Urinary tract infections

Many minor acute diseases such as menstrual pain or a headache don’t require medical attention; they will just go away on their own. In this case, you may find that a simple over-the-counter pain reliever is all that’s needed to manage symptoms in the meantime; however, there are certain acute diseases and symptoms such as a very high fever or persistent abdominal pain that warrant seeing a doctor.

What should I expect when I see the doctor for my acute disease?

When you come into our office, the goal is for our Houston, TX, doctors to be able to identify the cause of your symptoms and determine the best course of action for treating the condition. Most acute diseases respond effectively to the medications and treatments we provide. Of course, some conditions may require additional testing and treatments, or the patient may need to go to the hospital for more aggressive care (in rare cases).

How can I care for an acute disease at home?

It’s important that you rest as much as possible, get enough fluids, get quality sleep and eat a healthy diet. These practices can all go a long way to helping you recover faster. If we’ve prescribed antibiotics or other medications, it’s also important that you follow all instructions exactly. If you have questions about your medication or treatment plan do not hesitate to call us for clarification.

If you have questions or concerns about your health, our Houston, TX, team is always here for you. To schedule an appointment, call Rios Healthcare Associates today at (832) 323-9230.