Acute Health Problems Specialist

The Art of Medicine Direct, PLLC

Direct Primary Care located in Charlotte, NC

Even the healthiest individuals aren’t immune to the occasional illness or injury, such as a cold, the flu, strep throat, urinary tract infection, minor lacerations, sprains and injuries, and certain gynecological conditions. At The Art of Medicine Direct, PLLC, our board-certified direct primary care providers specialize in treating acute health problems, so you can resume your daily activities as soon as possible. To visit their practice in Charlotte, North Carolina, book an appointment online or call the office directly.

Acute Health Problems Q & A

The Art of Medicine Direct, PLLC

Is it a cold or the flu?

Both are caused by viruses, and affect your breathing, but the flu is more intense and can lead to pneumonia or a bacterial infection. Symptoms for both include:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Fever

Symptoms of a flu occur abruptly and frequently include fever.  The flu also may cause chills and body aches. We can test for the flu virus with a rapid test in the office.

Do I have strep throat?

Symptoms come on quickly and can be quickly diagnosed by an in-office test. Symptoms include:

  • Painful swallowing
  • Red and swollen tonsils
  • White patches or pus on tonsils
  • Fever
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Symptoms usually come on quickly and can be diagnosed by a test.

Do I have a urinary tract infection?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) can affect your urethra, bladder, ureters and even kidneys, but is most commonly called a “bladder infection”.  They are more common in women. When men get a UTI it often involves the prostate and is called a prostate infection or “prostatitis”. Symptoms for men and women can include:

  • Burning sensation when urinating
  • Frequent urination
  • Incontinence
  • Strong -smelling urine
  • Blood in urine
  • Cloudy urine
  • Pelvic pain and/or back pain.

Symptoms may vary depending on which part of the urinary tract is infected. Always seek treatment if you have a fever.  It is very important to treat a UTI promptly to prevent further complications including damage to the kidneys.

Is it a sprain or a strain?

Sprains and strains differ by which part of your connective tissue has been injured. Both cause pain and inflammation, resulting in limited range of motion.

Sprain

A sprain happens when your ligament stretches or tears. Ligaments are the tough bands of fibrous tissue in your joints that connect the two bones together. The most common is an ankle sprain.

Strain

A strain happens when your muscle or tendon stretches or tears. Tendons are the tough fibrous cords of tissue that connect your muscles to your bones. Most strains occur in the lower back or hamstring,

What is a minor laceration?

A laceration is an open tear in your skin.  A minor laceration is typically shallow, small and has little to no bleeding.   It typically just needs to be cleaned well and bandaged as long as you have had a Tetanus vaccine in the past 10 years.   Lacerations that are bigger deeper or bleeding need medical attention. Some lacerations need sutures to stop bleeding and heal properly.  We can suture lacerations in the office and help you avoid an emergency room visit.

What are some acute gynecological conditions?

Acute gynecological conditions can occur at any age and include:

  • UTI
  • Vaginitis
  • Yeast infection
  • Vaginal or pelvic pain
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding

The family doctors at The Art of Medicine Direct, PLLC, are trained to manage acute gynecological conditions.

A sudden change in your health is not something to ignore. Schedule an evaluation with The Art of Medicine Direct, PLLC, online or by phone today.