Acute Illnesses Q & A
What are common acute illnesses?
At New Tampa Internal Medicine Associates, Dr. Farooqui offers personalized treatment for a wide range of acute illnesses. Acute illnesses are conditions that go away quickly with rest and appropriate treatment. For example, some of the illnesses Dr. Farooqui diagnoses and treats include:
Upper respiratory infections
If you have a cold, cough, sinus infection, or the flu, Dr. Farooqui can help. Upper respiratory infections affect your nose, sinuses, and throat. While many of these illnesses go away on their own with rest, Dr. Farooqui can assess your condition and offer treatment to relieve your symptoms and help you fight off your infection.
If you have a sore throat, Dr. Farooqui uses throat cultures and other tests to identify the condition causing it. Adults may not be as likely to get strep throat as children and adolescents, but if you have white or yellow patches in your throat, you should get medical attention and an antibiotic to fight off the illness.
Stomach flu, also called viral gastroenteritis, causes a variety of disruptive symptoms, including stomach pain, diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. The illness is spread through contaminated food or water or by coming into contact with a person who has the virus. Dr. Farooqui can provide treatment to relieve your symptoms and help you fight off the infection.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
A UTI develops when bacteria enter your urethra and travel up through your urinary tract. UTIs cause painful, burning urination, and you might notice that your urine looks cloudy or smells abnormal. You should always talk to a doctor about a UTI and get treatment to help your body flush out the bacteria quickly.
When should I talk to a doctor about an acute illness?
Most acute illnesses subside in a week or so with plenty of rest and at-home care. However, if your symptoms aren’t going away, or you have signs of a bacterial infection, make an appointment with Dr. Farooqui for diagnosis and treatment.
How are acute illnesses treated?
Dr. Farooqui provides customized treatments to alleviate your symptoms and help your body fight off your acute illness. For example, if you have a bacterial infection like strep throat, sinusitis, or a UTI, he can prescribe an antibiotic. Alternatively, if you have cold symptoms that just won’t go away, he may recommend a short course of steroids to reduce inflammation in your sinuses.
If you have an acute illness, call New Tampa Internal Medicine or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment.