Have an acute disease? From the common cold and the flu to a sports injury and pneumonia, adults experience it all. Why? Because as we get older, our bodies go through changes, sometimes making us more susceptible to illness. Acute diseases develop suddenly and last a brief time. Led by Dr. Nicolin Neal and Dr. Tomas Rios, Rios Healthcare Associates (located in Houston, TX) provides a full range of internal medicine services to our patients.
About Acute Diseases
Acute conditions are severe and sudden in onset. They generally last a short time, often only a few days or weeks. This is different from chronic conditions, which develop gradually and remain for months. Examples of acute diseases include colds, the flu, strep throat, minor cuts, and respiratory infection.
When to See a Doctor
Many minor acute illnesses- such as the common cold or allergies- are manageable with OTC medications. Any disease, infection or sudden onset of serious symptoms warrant a visit to a physician. Even seemingly harmless symptoms should be evaluated if they worsen or persist.
What to Expect During the Visit
The primary goal of your healthcare provider's visit will be to diagnose your condition and initiate a plan for treatment. Most acute conditions respond well to therapies and treatments, but the extent of your treatment will depend on the severity of your condition. Your treatment plan could be as simple as prescribing medication antibiotics for strep throat.
What to Do After Your Visit
If you are sent home after your appointment, you may be instructed to drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest. You may also need to follow specific directions for taking and storing medications or returning to work. The most important thing is to deal with your condition and get healthy again.
Take charge of your health. Call Rios Healthcare Associates at 832-323-9230 today to schedule an appointment in Houston, TX. From minor health problems such as indigestion and aches and pains, we can help you get back on your feet. Making a commitment to taking care of your body can have a far-reaching payoff.