Why Your Student Needs a Yearly Checkup

We make appointments to see our doctors for many reasons, and while most often we see him or her for specific reasons or concerns, our physician can provide much more. A yearly physical exam for your student is an important practice to establish and maintain the overall health of your child. With his or her close proximity to other young and growing children, making sure your student is in good health can help protect them from disease and illness that may be lurking in the schoolyard. Here are some reasons a yearly checkup is important for your student: Prevent health Read More..

Is it a Heart Attack or a Panic Attack?

Chest pains are scary, but just because you are having chest pains does not necessarily mean they are life threatening. If you have ever asked yourself if the symptoms you are experiencing signal a heart attack or a panic attack, there are some distinct differences in the two you will want to make yourself aware of, for your future peace of mind and to know when you need to see a doctor or go to the emergency room. A panic attack and a heart attack can feel very similar. Both may cause you to experience symptoms such as a tightness Read More..

When Are Sinus Infections Serious?

A sinus infection comes with loads of awful and draining symptoms. Of course anyone with a sinus infection is uncomfortable, but how do you know when a sinus infection becomes a serious issue? While it is true that most sinus infections clear up on their own in a few days, if left unchecked, a sinus infection can lead to serious medical complications. Below are some signs to watch out for that may indicate a sinus infection is more serious, and medical attention is required. Accompanied by a High Fever Having a fever when fighting an infection, including a sinus infection, Read More..

Emergency Care for Snake and Spider Bites

Some snake and spider bites are harmless while others are accompanied with venomous that lead to substantial harm, and in some case fatality. To be safe, treat all snake and spider bites as poisonous and before the bitten person is taken or goes to the hospital, it is necessary to give emergency care for snakes or spider bites. Emergency Care for Spider Bites The symptoms of a spider bite include swelling, redness, itching, and pain. Its emergency care includes: Contact a doctor or get emergency medical treatment Clean the bitten area with water and soap Remain calm and still, to Read More..

3 Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke

Stokes are one of the most common and serious health conditions faced by people of all ages. Most strokes occur in seniors, especially those already in poor health. However, strokes can occur in young and seemingly healthy people as well. Because strokes are so dangerous, it is vital that you learn to recognize the signs of a stroke. There are several signs that indicate someone is having a stroke, and this article will cover the three most definitive. If you see someone exhibiting these symptoms, of if you start having them yourself, seek medical attention immediately. The longer you wait, Read More..

When Should I Seek Emergency Treatment for a Migraine?

When you have a migraine you want migraine relief now. But many times the painkillers and prescription migraine medications just don't work. You know you may just have to wait it out - as excruciating as that can be. But, in some cases, a horrible headache can be dangerous and you should seek emergency migraine relief for your throbbing headache. Dangerous migraines should not be ignored. Make sure you know the difference. Make sure you know the answer to the question: When should I seek emergency migraine treatment? Signs that you may need emergency migraine relief Excessive vomiting - Sometimes vomiting makes Read More..

What are CAT Scans used for?

Since their introduction in the 1970s, CAT scans, also known as CTs, have revolutionized the medical world. This non-invasive x-ray test is used in hospitals and outpatient facilities all over the world. CAT scans offer medical professionals deeper insight into their patients’ conditions with the ability to capture difficult angles inside the human body. How Does a CAT Scan Work? CAT stands for computerized axial tomography, whereas CT is simply computerized tomography. A CAT scan is a test that uses a computer and a number of x-ray images from different angles to produce cross-sectional body images. A regular x-ray only Read More..

Why Does the Emergency Room Draw Blood?

Everyone has experienced a blood draw at a family doctor’s office. What many are not aware of is that emergency rooms also draw blood. Why does the emergency room draw blood? Here are a few reasons. Anemia or Infection If there is concern that you may have an infection or that you are experiencing anemia, a CBC will likely be ordered. This stands for Complete Blood Count which checks your white and red blood cells. Chemistry Profile This test can help to quickly determine if you have any number of health problems including the following: Dehydration Heart Attack Diabetes Kidney Read More..

When to go to an Emergency Room for a Headache

Every person gets an occasional headache. In most cases, you can get rid of your headache by taking some ibuprofen, drinking more water, or resting. Even those who get frequent migraines don’t need to run to the hospital every time they feel one coming on. However, there are a few cases where you should take your headache seriously and head to the emergency room.  Sudden and Severe Headaches Most headaches come on gradually, and if you’re paying attention to your body, you can stop the headache from getting worse. Serious headaches come on quickly and are extremely intense. If you Read More..

Life-Threatening Side Effect of Chemical Exposure

Exposure to chemicals, regardless of severity, is not something that anyone wants to experience. Sometimes minor symptoms can result from items such as cleaning agents like bleach. If it is breathed in, it can cause temporary discomfort and coughing, for instance. Other times, chemicals can lead to life-threatening side effects and may require a trip to the emergency room. The reality is that different chemicals affect the body in a variety of ways. Virtually any function of the body can be adversely impacted. Chemicals can be in the form of a solid, liquid or gas. Here are some of the Read More..