Do you know the difference? Pollen during this time is common and may cause several symptoms that look very similar to cold, flu, and even COVID-19. Allergies often cause nasal symptoms such as a runny nose and sinus congestion but do not usually result in a fever, as is found with coronavirus or the flu. While some symptoms of the coronavirus overlap with allergies, there are several differences. What are the symptoms of Coronavirus? According to the CDC, reported … [Read more...] about Allergies, Flu, Cold, or COVID-19
COVID-19 UPDATE July 29, 2020 We are aware of concerns about the use of emergency rooms for emergency COVID-19 testing. We are particularly aware of the lack of available options to patients in our community for immediate and emergency COVID testing, including very long lines, poorly controlled social distancing, and dangerous levels of heat in the Texas climate in many of the testing sites that are available. Additionally, many sites do not offer rapid testing with patients sometimes … [Read more...] about Coronavirus COVID-19 Update
What is Coronavirus? Coronaviruses cause diseases in mammals and birds that include diarrhea in cows and pigs, upper respiratory disease in chickens and rare, but potentially lethal, human respiratory infections although these are often mild. There are no vaccines or antiviral drugs that are approved for prevention or treatment. (CDC 2019) There is a new strain of Coronavirus discovered in China recently. This particular strain has been more lethal, meaning that normally healthy humans who … [Read more...] about Coronavirus Symptoms
Flu symptoms are elusive. We hear symptoms of illness described as “flu-like”. What does that mean? How can you know if what you are feeling is a cold, or something more serious like the flu? If you’ve ever had the flu virus, you know. Fever, body aches, sneezing, cough, weakness, and sometimes even vomiting are part of what makes up the flu. That sounds pretty awful. Anyone surviving a bout of the flu feels like they should have gotten a t-shirt to commemorate their accomplishment. There are … [Read more...] about What Are The Symptoms of The Flu?
When it comes to the flu vaccine, there are decisions to make. As a community healthcare provider, we are often asked questions about flu vaccine effectiveness, when to get the flu vaccine, what ages are affected most by the flu and what are flu vaccine side-effects. The most vulnerable populations when it comes to illness are the very young and the elderly. Infant bodies are working hard to build immunities. The elderly may have compromised immunities as a result of other illness or may be … [Read more...] about Flu Vaccine Facts
As a parent, sometimes it can be difficult to know when a trip to the emergency room is needed. Hi, I’m Doctor Joseph Burkett ER Physician here locally with Elite Care 24 Hour Emergency Room in Plano. When your child is sick, injured, or suffering in any way, our natural instinct as parents is to do everything we can for them immediately. But, when do these instances require an emergency room visit? Sore throats or minor burns, for instance, can be handled by a child’s primary care … [Read more...] about When To Bring Your Child to the ER
We have all been sick with a viral illness at one time or another in our lives. As a matter of fact, viruses are one of the most common causes of fever in children. So you may be wondering exactly what a virus is. It is a molecule with genetic material, it can only replicate inside of the living cells of another organism. The virus’s genetic material takes control of the host cell and forces it to reproduce. Viruses can infect all types of life forms, including plants, … [Read more...] about What’s The Difference Between Bacteria and Viruses?