Acute Illness

Acute Illness services offered in Alpharetta, GA

Acute Illness

When you have an acute illness or injury, Alpha Medical Clinic provides same-day appointments to help you recuperate quickly. With their combined 50 years of internal medicine experience, board-certified physicians Dhiraj Patel, MD, and Neil Patel, MD, offer full-service primary care for sinusitis, strep throat, stomach viruses, asthma attacks, minor lacerations, and other issues in the Alpharetta, Georgia, office. Call the office or schedule your appointment online today.

What is an acute illness?

An acute illness is one that begins and worsens rapidly. Chronic illness is generally the opposite: it tends to develop over many months or years and doesn’t usually cause severe symptoms in the beginning. 

What are examples of acute illnesses?

Acute illnesses that the Alpha Medical Clinic team often treats are:

  • Upper respiratory infections (sinusitis, strep throat, and common cold) 
  • Lower respiratory infections like bronchitis and pneumonia
  • Asthma exacerbations (attacks)
  • Viruses like COVID-19 and stomach flu
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Rashes
  • Ear infections

The Alpha Medical Clinic team also treats acute injuries, for example, minor lacerations, sprains, strains, and fractures. 

What symptoms indicate an acute illness?

Acute illness symptoms vary with the disease, but some of the most common symptoms you may experience include: 

  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramping
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Fever

With an acute injury, you could experience swelling, redness, tenderness, and an inability to use the affected part of your body.  

Symptoms of acute illnesses and injuries usually start very suddenly. You might feel completely normal one day but wake up feeling terrible the next. Acute illnesses can also intensify very fast. 

How is an acute illness treated?

Treatment of acute illnesses can relieve discomfort and encourage your body to heal faster. The 

Alpha Medical Clinic team provides diagnosis and treatment in the same visit. You may need over-the-counter medication, prescription drugs, or an office-based treatment, and home care.

The team will let you know when it’s safe to return to work and be out in the public if you have a contagious illness. 

Some illnesses could require a follow-up appointment in a few days or a week. For example, you might need to schedule an appointment after you complete a course of antibiotics. 

How can I get help for an acute illness?

Alpha Medical Clinic believes in treating acute illnesses immediately. When you have a sudden illness or injury, just call the office for help. They can arrange a same-day visit on any day the office is open for business.

If you’re sick or injured, there’s no need to wait for expert medical care. Call Alpha Medical Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.