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Minor Illnesses

Allergies

Allergies is very common and can range in severity.

What causes allergies? 

An allergic reaction occurs when a person’s immune system becomes hypersensitive to certain foreign substances, such as food, pollen, medications, etc.

What are the symptoms of allergies? 

Some include but are not limited to:

  • A past history of allergic reactions
  • Asthma
  • Frequent ear, respiratory, sinus infections
  • Sensitive skin

 How do you treat allergies?

  • Allergen avoidance – we will help you identify your food triggers.
  • Over the Counter (OTC) or prescription medications, depending on your allergy.
  • Emergency epinephrine – if you have a severe allergy, such as peanut or tree nut, you will need to carry an EpiPen at all times. This shot can help reduce symptoms until you get emergency treatment.
  • Simple blood allergy test – we can order this test to help you identify your allergy triggers.

Cough/Acute Bronchitis 

A chest cold or acute bronchitis persists for 2-3 weeks and causes the airways of the lungs swell and produce mucus.

What causes acute bronchitis? 

Acute bronchitis is usually caused by a virus and often occurs after an upper respiratory infection.

What are the symptoms of acute bronchitis? 

  • Coughing with or without mucus
  • Soreness in the chest
  • Feeling tired
  • Mild headache and body aches
  • Sore throat

How do you treat acute bronchitis?

Since it is a viral infection, there is no treatment for acute bronchitis; it usually gets better on its own with plenty of fluids and rest.

Ear Infection 

An ear infection occurs when a bacterial or viral infection affects the area of the eardrum. They can be painful and either chronic or acute.

What causes an ear infection? 

  • Allergies
  • Sinus infections
  • Excess mucus
  • Smoking
  • Changes in air pressure

What are some symptoms of ear infections?

  • mild pain or discomfort inside the ear
  • a feeling of pressure
  • fussiness in young infants
  • hearing loss

How do you treat ear infections?

Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics and recommend pain relievers.

Sinus Infection

What causes a sinus infection? 

Sinus infections happen when fluid builds up in the air-filled pockets in the face. Infections can be viral or bacterial.

What are the symptoms of a sinus infection?

  • Runny/stuffy nose
  • Facial pain or pressure
  • Mucus dripping down the throat
  • Sore throat
  • Cough

How do you treat a sinus infection?

For bacterial infections, you doctor will prescribe antibiotics. Overall, the best way to recover is to drink plenty of fluids and rest.

Strep Throat

 What causes strep throat? 

  • Bacterial infection
  • Allergies
  • Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke

What are the symptoms of strep throat?

  • Painful swallowing
  • Fever
  • Red and swollen tonsils
  • White spots on tonsils
  • Swollen lymph nodes

How do you treat strep throat?

Your doctor will prescribe antibiotics and recommend staying home from work, school, or daycare until symptoms resolve.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

What causes a UTI? 

Some factors that can cause a UTIs, but are not limited to:

  • Bacterial infections
  • A previous UTI
  • Changes in the bacteria that live inside the vagina
  • Pregnancy
  • Poor hygiene

What are the symptoms of a UTI?

  • Burning while urinating
  • Frequent urination
  • Pressure or cramping in the groin or lower abdomen

How do you treat a UTI?

Your doctor will prescribe antibiotics.