Unlike a chronic disease, which is ongoing and lasts or re-occurs for three or more months, an acute disease is a short-term condition that has a particular set of (sometimes severe) symptoms. Examples of acute diseases include things like appendicitis, gastroenteritis, ear infections, urinary tract infections, and pneumonia. These kinds of diseases are usually short-lived, whether they are relieved by treatment, disappear on their own, or, in some unfortunate cases, result in death.
Acute Disease Management and Treatment at Baylor, Scott & White MedProvider
At BSW MedProvider, we treat acute disease just as seriously as we treat the management of chronic disease. Though the treatment for an acute disease is different from what it would be for chronic conditions, they have equally specialized needs.
In some cases, such as with appendicitis, immediate treatment is absolutely essential to protect the patient's life. For this reason, it is important for a doctor to have intimate knowledge of the symptoms of various acute diseases and be able to diagnose them promptly and accurately.
Some acute conditions are marked by significant pain and discomfort. For patients struggling with painful symptoms, our health clinic offers appropriate pain management. Back pain treatment, for example, might include a combination of pain medications, rest, support braces, and/or physical therapy.
In some cases, acute diseases become long-term chronic diseases that require specialized management. When this happens, our doctors are there to provide valuable patient information and guidance and develop an appropriate chronic care management plan.
Regular Health Screenings at BSW MedProvider Can Help Identify Signs of Disease
Whether a disease is an acute, short-term condition or eventually becomes a chronic condition, one of the best ways to keep an eye on your internal health is to have regular physical exams and health screenings.
The doctors and nurses at Baylor, Scott & White MedProvider can provide a variety of imaging, blood testing, and other screenings to keep track of patients' overall health. We regularly perform pap smears, EKGs, x-rays, bone density scans, and heart stress testing, as well as screenings for breast, colon, prostate, and skin cancer.
Whether you need care for the onset of an acute disease or simply need to find a trustworthy primary care doctor, the dedicated medical professionals at BSW MedProvider can help you stay healthy and happy. With our convenient electronic records system and online web portal, you'll be able to manage your personal information, keep track of immunizations, check for test results, and much more. Together, our technology resources and reliable team of healthcare professionals seek to provide adult patients across the Dallas area with the best possible medical care and experience.
If you're concerned about symptoms that you believe may be caused by an acute disease, make an appointment with one of our doctors today by calling us at (469) 701-9075.