We Texans love our sports. We love to watch them and cheer on our favorite teams and players. But we also love to play them ourselves. And sometimes on the field, on the court, or in the rink, accidents happen. Sports-related injuries range from very minor bruises to potentially life-threatening accidents. When an injury is serious enough to require emergency medical treatment it’s imperative that you know that it’s time to go. There are 5 major types of sports-related injuries that should raise a red flag and result in a visit to the emergency room. Head Injuries Chest Pain Neck … [Read more...] about When Is a Sports Injury an Emergency?
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Let’s just all agree... kids get sick... It’s one of those things they are just born naturals at. But when not feeling well is accompanied by a fever, our level of caution as parents should rise exponentially. Hi, I’m Dr. Joseph Burkett ER Physician here locally at Elite Care 24 Hour Emergency Room in Plano. Seeing your child suffering from an illness and realizing they have a fever can be a very scary and lonely moment. What do you do? Can you treat it yourself? Should you call the doctor? Or is a trip to the Emergency Room necessary? Some of the questions most asked by … [Read more...] about What To Do When You Child Has a Fever
Urinary tract infections are not uncommon. They potentially affect your bladder, urethra, and kidneys. Most people who have experienced them will tell you they come with pain and are very disruptive to daily life. Drinking plenty of water can help reduce your chances of contracting a UTI. While women tend to be more susceptible to them, the truth is that both men and women get UTI’s. When bacteria, viruses, or fungi that cause urinary tract infections enter the urinary system and bypass your body’s natural defenses, you tend to end up with a UTI. At times you may experience some … [Read more...] about Urinary Tract Infections
Pink Eye Pink eye is a condition where you suffer inflammation of a thin membrane that coats the surface of your eye and eyelid. It is also referred to as conjunctivitis. Not only is it quite common, but it is also incredibly contagious. If you are infected by pink eye you will notice redness, pain or itchiness, and discharge from your eye. How can you get pink eye? Something as simple as touching a contaminated surface, or shaking hands with someone who is infected and passes the infection on to you. Simple steps can help you reduce your chances of catching it. First, … [Read more...] about Pink Eye Treatment and Prevention
We’ve all had a small cut or laceration before. They aren't fun, but they are easy to clean, put a band-aid on and take care of at home. But when is a cut serious enough that it requires a trip to the emergency room? Hi, I'm Dr. Joseph Burkett, ER Physician here locally at Elite Care 24 Hour Emergency Room in Plano, Texas. One of the top reasons we see patients here in the emergency room is for cuts. But the truth is, not all cuts and lacerations require a visit to the ER. When it comes to cuts and lacerations, here are a few instances where I would recommend a quick visit to Elite … [Read more...] about Lacerations and the Emergency Room
Cellulitis is a fairly common but potentially serious bacterial skin infection. Your skin begins to appear red and swollen and is accompanied by pain. Your skin also tends to feel warm to the touch. It can occur on any part of the body. When a crack or break in your skin occurs the bacteria responsible for cellulitis has the potential to enter. It can spread to your lymph nodes and enter your bloodstream, thus becoming life-threatening if left untreated. Signs and symptoms Redness of the skin that may begin to expand Swelling and boils Tenderness and Pain A warm feeling on your skin … [Read more...] about Cellulitis Symptoms and Treatment
Every June, we celebrate Men’s Health Month. It is a time to take a moment and remember and recommit to things that can lead to a longer, more productive, and happier life for men around the world. Let’s face it, the average man avoids talking about health and going to see their doctor like the plague. In fact, men are 24% less likely to have seen their primary care doctor in the last year than women. Commit To A Healthier Lifestyle But guys , the truth is that your family and friends want you to be healthy and would like you to be around as long as possible. So this month, commit … [Read more...] about Men’s Health Month
It won’t be long now...Summer is right around the corner. School will be out and the call of the outdoors will ring loud in everyone’s ears. But, summertime in Texas also means heat...a lot of heat. That’s why it’s important to both take precautions to avoid the dangerous effects of the sun and to understand when you’ve pushed it too far and a trip to the emergency room may be in order. Hi, I’m Dr. Burkett, ER Physician here locally at Elite Care 24 Hour Emergency Room in Plano I too am looking forward to some time in the pool or hanging out at the beach with friends and family, but I also … [Read more...] about Staying Safe In The Summer Heat
Countless Americans deal with high blood pressure every day. But, when do the effects of hypertension require a visit to the emergency room? Extremely high blood pressure can cause severe life-threatening issues including stroke, aneurysms, heart attacks, and heart failure. Situations that can cause hypertensive emergencies include: Forgetting to take your blood pressure medication Worsening kidney failure An interaction between medications or supplements that you are taking Complications related to pregnancy Certain endocrine diseases such as thyroid storm or pheochromocytoma … [Read more...] about High Blood Pressure Symptoms