WHAT ARE ACUTE ILLNESSES?
Lawrence Family Practice Center is pleased to provide acute illness care and management to kids, teens, and adults in Lawrence, KS. Acute illnesses, also called acute symptoms, are usually brought on by sudden sickness or injury. These types of illnesses often come about unexpectedly and usually only last for a short period of time. Most of the time, acute illnesses work themselves out on their own or with the help of OTC (over-the-counter) medication. However, for more serious cases, short-term treatment might be required for your health. Our seasoned team of family physicians and medical professionals is able to diagnose your condition and provide you with the best solution to reduce your symptoms and restore your comfort.
"I have had a great experience with Dr. Alana Ryan and her nurse. Dr. Ryan has actually listened to my concerns and I can tell that she truly cares about my entire well-being."- S.L. / Google / Jul 12, 2022
"All I can say is, if you are looking for a doctor that takes your concerns seriously, treats you with the highest level of kindness, who is adaptive and thorough, go see Dr. Blake Phipps and his nurse Tina. I have never before in my life experienced the high level of care that I have received from them. Not only was I taken seriously, my concerns were addressed right away, I was seen immediately, and I felt comfortable being treated. I cannot begin to express my gratitude to Dr. Phipps and his team."- J.“. / Google / Apr 15, 2022
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"They have a wonderful staff. And they listen to their patients questions and they answer their questions. And they are prompt when it comes to scheduling for appointments either there or to specialists for tests or labs."- G.F. / Google / Feb 26, 2022
"I've always had wonderful experiences with the nurses and providers, they always make me feel safe and welcome. The front desk staff has been dismissive, and has forced some fairly embarrassing interactions - like having me state my health concerns in front of other patients, being unwilling to work with me to explain payment information when I was contacting my insurance, etc. I was late once, and instead of telling me yes or no as to whether the provider would still see me they made it seem like it was a huge deal and seemed very exasperated and borderline rude. I'd rather get a no than be treated like that to be honest. I get that COVID is hard and everyone is stressed but I shouldn't be leaving the front desk getting choked up from stress and embarrassment in most of my visits. I guess I didn't really think it was a big deal and sort of a universal experience until I started working at a hospital and have seen very positive and nonjudgemental interactions between patients and staff there, even when the news wasn't great. The good news is that you can do most of your check-in virtually. Again, the providers have been nothing but kind so it's not enough to make me look for healthcare elsewhere, but I am disappointed."- J.M. / Google / Feb 19, 2022
types of acute conditions
There are various kinds of sicknesses and bodily traumas that cause an immediate surge of issues or symptoms. Some of the most frequently occurring types of acute illnesses are:
- Heart attacks
- Broken bones
- Sinus infections
- Asthma attacks
- Common colds
Acute Illnesses FAQ
What is the difference between an acute illness and a chronic illness?
Acute illnesses typically arise quickly, lasting for a shorter time. Chronic illnesses are ongoing and may be life-long conditions like diabetes, asthma, or heart disease that require daily management and care.
When should you go to the doctor for an acute illness?
Some common signs that you need to seek a doctor's care include:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Persistent high fever
- Sudden unexplained weight loss
- Severe body pain (chest, pelvic area, or abdominal area)
- Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Bright flashes in your vision
- Difficulty concentrating or staying awake
- You have a cold or flu that become very bad
- Unexplained mood changes
What are the most common symptoms of an acute illness?
Common acute illness symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, fever, sore throat, nausea, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and earache.
fast, reliable care
If you find yourself unexpectedly sick or hurt, reach out to our team at Lawrence Family Practice Center in Lawrence, KS to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians. Our team specializes in comprehensive care for your whole family, and we take the time to properly diagnose and address your issue.