What Is Acute Illness?
An acute illness is a condition that lasts for a short amount of time. Typical examples of acute illness include, but are not limited to, colds, the flu, and stomach bugs. Though distressing, these conditions are generally not life-threatening and rarely pose any risk of long-term complications. Still, treating these conditions is important for the sake of attaining comfort and returning back to regular activity. Dr. Trippe and our staff here at WPC are well-equipped to identify and address a range of acute illnesses, helping you return to your daily routine fast.
What Causes Acute Illness?
Acute illnesses come on rapidly and are accompanied by distinct symptoms that require urgent or short-term care. Acute conditions are often caused by a virus or a bacterial infection. In some cases, they can also be caused by an injury resulting from a fall or other type of accident, or by the misuse of drugs or medications. Some illnesses, such as the flu, tend to be seasonal and may occur at a higher rate during bouts of hot or cold weather. Self-care is an important part of recovering from an acute illness.
Treating Acute Illness
At WPC Wellness & Aesthetics, we have been providing primary care services for the Waco community for over 21 years. In that time, we have learned to identify and distinguish acute illnesses quite easily and deliver fast health care results. When you come in for a visit, Dr. Trippe will take the time to assess your condition through a physical exam and diagnostic testing, if necessary. Once your acute illness is identified, we will offer a range of treatment options including general health advice, medications, and lifestyle measures.
Most acute illnesses such as colds and influenza generally go away on their own after a short period of time. If you are sick with these conditions, you can expect to feel better in a matter of days or weeks depending on your symptoms. With medication and guidance, ailments often quickly subside. Age can also play a role in determining the speed of your recovery. Younger patients tend to feel better faster than older ones due to having a stronger immune system.