Have You Had Your Flu Shot Yet? 3 Reasons You Should

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

It seems like we were all just enjoying the lazy, hazy days of summer, but Florida’s hottest season has been replaced by flu season. If you haven’t yet received your flu shot, these reasons will remind you that it’s one of the best decisions you can make for your health.

1. The Flu Is Dangerous!

You might just think of the flu as an uncomfortable inconvenience that lingers for a few days and disappears, but it’s an extremely dangerous illness for the most vulnerable among us. Babies, the elderly, and those with weak immune systems aren’t just vulnerable to the flu; they are at high risk of serious and dangerous complications as a result of the flu. The flu vaccine is the single most effective way to ward off the flu. Just one shot is all you need to receive the vaccine, and it will immediately go to work developing extra layers of protection for your body.

2. The Flu Shot Is Safe For Pregnant and Nursing Women

There are many things that women cannot do when they are pregnant or breastfeeding, but the flu shot is not on that list of restrictions. In fact, the flu shot is actually one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby!

According to the CDC, the flu shot provides essential protection to your baby in the womb while also keeping you healthier. The antibodies that your body develops are actually passed along to your baby and provide protection for several months after she is born. Since infants under six months of age cannot safely receive the flu shot themselves, the vaccine you receive while pregnant is the best protection they can get! (more...)

Sore Throat vs. Strep Throat: What’s the Difference?

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

A sore throat is an unpleasant feeling, but if it’s been lingering for a few days you might worry that you actually have strep throat. It’s important to know the difference so you can seek medical attention quickly. Here’s what you should know about the difference between a sore throat and strep throat.

Signs You Just Have a Sore Throat

A sore throat, formally known as pharyngitis, is caused by minor irritation of the soft tissues in the throat. You might have developed a sore throat as a result of the common cold or the flu. Most sore throat symptoms occur suddenly and last a few days. It’s also possible for allergies, dry air, heartburn, and polluted air to cause a sore throat.

Symptoms of a sore throat include the following:

  • Red and swollen throat

  • Painful swallowing of food and liquids

  • Inflamed tonsils (more...)

Is It a Cold or the Flu: How to Tell the Difference

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Your nose is running, you can’t stop coughing, and you feel terrible. It’s fall, which means the flu and the common cold are both potential causes of your symptoms. How can you interpret your symptoms to determine the real cause of your misery? Use this guide to help!

Similar Symptoms, Different Virus

According to the CDC, the flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses with similar symptoms, but they are caused by different viruses. In general, colds are usually milder than the flu and rarely result in the serious health problems like pneumonia, bacterial infections, and hospitalizations like the flu can cause.

Track Symptoms

Though symptoms of influenza and the common cold sometimes overlap, track your symptoms and use the guide below to determine which illness you have.

Symptoms of influenza include:

  • Abrupt onset of symptoms

  • Fever with body aches and chills

  • Fatigue and weakness

  • Headache

  • Chest discomfort

Meanwhile, symptoms of the common cold are more likely to include:

  • Gradual onset of symptoms

  • Sneezing

  • Stuffy nose

  • Sore throat

  • Cough (more...)

The Flu is upon us !

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

The CDC has issued an advisory regarding the influenza virus. They are noting that the prevalent form , influenza A (H3N2) has in previous years led to more complications and hospitalizations. Over the past three weeks we are noticing a significant increase in Flu "A" patients.

It is being recommended to start treatment with antiviral medication as soon as possible for patients who have the flu. It is best to start medication within 48 hours, but the sooner the better. The medication makes much more impact when started within hours. We as well as the CDC recommend to all patients if they think they may have the flu get evaluated as soon as possible. This allows us to start treatment quickly and decrease the duration of the illness and potential complications.

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Flu season is here !

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

It is not too late to get your Flu vaccine ! In fact, now is the time. Data shows flu activity is rising rapidly whereas only 39% of the population has received the vaccine.

We see many patients every year with the flu.  Suffering with influenza is not a pleasant experience, it often lasts up to a week, which means missed school or work and often spreads amongst family members.

While vaccines are not 100% effective they are inexpensive and side effects are minor. Consider this shot of prevention worth a pound of cure :)

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Is my sore throat "strep throat" ?

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Pharyngitis is an infection that causes a sore throat and pain when swallowing. It can be the result of a common cold or strep throat. The infection causes inflammation of the throat and sometimes the tonsils as well.

Depending on the cause of the condition, other symptoms of pharyngitis may include :

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Runny nose
  • Difficulty breathing

When pharyngitis is associated with the common cold there is no treatment other than bed rest and over-the-counter medication, while pharyngitis caused by "strep" bacteria should be treated with antibiotics. While strep is most common in kids, adults can certainly get strep throat as well. Unfortunately there is no one "classic" sign that can determine whether or not your sore throat is secondary to a streptococcal infection or just a common cold. If you are worried that you may have strep throat come see us in New Port Richey ( Trinity ) or Spring Hill. Our physician will perform a complete examination and if necessary do a streptococcal diagnostic test to determine whether you need antibiotics.

Is it a Spider Bite ?

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

We have many patients who ask this very question. We often see patients who seek an evaluation due to a skin lesion that is red, swollen and often very painful. Many times the centers of these lesions look like there is a puncture wound and there is sometimes a scab and/or pus.

Most often, this is not a spider bite.  But we are still glad the patient has sought an evaluation, because it is usually a skin infection that needs treatment.

The good news is that most insects and spiders in the Tampa Bay area are neither poisonous nor dangerous to us. Most often these swollen and painful lesions are infections caused by normal bacteria that lives on our skin and has entered the body due to a scratch, wound, or insect bite.

It is not a surprise that it appears the bite is the culprit of the infection. Most often, however, the bite merely provided an opening for the bacteria to get into the skin and create an infection.

Typically, these infections need antibiotics and many need additional treatment,  which may include draining.  Please be careful not to squeeze these infections or attempt to drain them on your own. Squeezing the lesions can cause them to burst open under the skin which may allow the pus to spread further within the body.

If you are experiencing a painful lesion Suncoast Urgent Care is here to evaluate and treat it on site.


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