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What’s the difference between pneumonia, asthma and bronchitis?

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There are many different respiratory diseases that we treat at Urgent Care in Spring Hill. Some of them have similar symptoms, making it hard for a typical person to identify which is which. Sometimes, one disease may lead to another, leaving the patient even more confused. In today’s article, we are sharing the main differences between pneumonia, asthma, and bronchitis to help you understand your symptoms better, give you some ideas on how to treat your respiratory issue, and offer advice about when to seek medical help.

Pneumonia

When your doctor tells you that you have pneumonia what he actually means is that the air sacs in the lungs are inflamed, most likely due to an infection, and usually filled with fluid. There are different causes of this respiratory issue: viruses, bacteria or fungus. Among the most common symptoms are coughing, fever, shortness of breath, chills, fatigue, low appetite, chest pain, and excessive sweating.

 

Of course, if you suffer from any of the following it should be a warning sign that you need to go to the hospital immediately: heart rate of 125 beats per minute or higher while at rest, fever above 105F, or blue lips and fingernails. Pneumonia can be fatal; that’s why it shouldn’t ever be ignored. Pneumonia complications include sepsis, pleural effusion, and empyema.

 

The treatment greatly depends on the cause. We always recommend antibiotics for a bacterial infection, whereas for viral pneumonia we usually suggest antiviral medications. Remember at Urgent Care in Spring Hill, we strive to provide the best quality care to all of our patients; if your pneumonia is severe, we may recommend you go to the hospital to receive appropriate treatment.

Asthma

People suffering from asthma have difficulty breathing due to their airways being inflamed, narrowed, and swollen, which leads to the production of an extensive amount of mucus. As a result, the lungs receive less air. Unfortunately asthma, unlike pneumonia and bronchitis, is a chronic disease and will not pass within a week or two. The symptoms usually include coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, fast heart rate, and wheezing. Keep in mind that neglected asthma symptoms may be fatal. The good news is that asthma is manageable. The attacks are always triggered by something: When you avoid the trigger, you decrease the possibility of having an asthma episode.

 

But what are the triggers? Again, it depends. Some people will be more resistant to certain triggers than others. It may be an allergen (pollen, animal fur, dust, or indoor mold), irritant (smoke, chemical fumes, strong odors), exercise, stress, or even weather. It’s important to reduce your exposure to those as much as possible. Apart from that, patients who suffer from this disease often choose to use inhalers to treat and control their symptoms. At Urgent Care in Spring Hill, we work with our patients to come up with an individualized plan to help them manage their asthma symptoms and increase the quality of their lives.

Bronchitis

Another respiratory disease that we treat at Urgent Care in Spring Hill is bronchitis. When patients’ tubes in their lungs (bronchial tubes) become inflamed, it blocks the air and causes a persistent cough. Bronchitis is quite easy to self-diagnose. There are two kinds of bronchitis:

  • Acute – this lasts for several weeks and goes away on its own; it is very contagious and is usually caused by a virus from a cold or the flu.
  • Chronic – this one is more serious and includes coughing with mucus, lasting anywhere from several months to a year; it’s not contagious and usually results from exposure to irritants such as smoke or dust.

Dealing with bronchitis doesn’t require any expensive treatments. All you need to do is get some rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take cough medicine. Aspirin or ibuprofen can be used to reduce fever. Using humidifiers is also a good idea to in order to loosen up the mucus.

The difference between Bronchitis and Asthma

Since the symptoms of both are similar, i.e., coughing, wheezing and chest tightness, it’s quite easy to confuse them. Unfortunately, people with asthma are at more risk of developing bronchitis, and bronchitis in turn may cause an asthma attack. However, there are certain differences between these you should bear in mind. First of all, asthma doesn’t cause fever, chills or body aches. If you aren’t sure which it is or if you suffer from chronic bronchitis or asthma, it’s important to see a physician as soon as possible.1

The difference between Bronchitis and Pneumonia

Bronchitis and pneumonia might be a little bit harder to tell apart. They both cause shortness of breath, coughing, fever, and chest pain. The main difference is that bronchitis affects the tubes in the lungs whereas pneumonia affects the lungs directly. The latter will affect your ability to breathe much more severely. Additionally, bronchitis causes a mild fever whereas pneumonia may lead to a dangerously high fever. Still, the symptoms of these two diseases are very similar, so it’s easy to misdiagnose them. It’s important to see a qualified physician who will be able to recognize what respiratory disease you’re suffering from.2

Are you suffering from a respiratory disease? Visit Urgent Care in Spring Hill!

If you have symptoms of any of the aforementioned respiratory diseases, don’t wait until your condition worsens. Our team of doctors and clinicians will be happy to take care of you and bring you back on your feet in no time. You don’t have to call ahead, simply walk in and you will receive medical help. For your convenience we are open 365 days a year from 8am to 8pm! You don’t have to take any time off work or skip school; simply swing by whenever is best for you!

1 https://acaai.org/asthma

2 http://www.treatingbronchitis.org/bronchitis-vs-pneumonia-and-other-respiratory-diseases/

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Urgent Care in Spring Hill: The 4 most common sports-related injuries

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Were you ever told in your childhood that sports are good for your health? Did your dad ever take you to the backyard to play catch? Or maybe your mom was pushing you to join cheerleading in high school? No matter what sport your parents tried to get you involved in, they were doing the right thing. There are lots of benefits to being active, such as improving bone and muscle strength, controlling weight, managing stress, releasing endorphins, and regulating blood pressure. Nevertheless, those benefits can be overshadowed by injury. Some injuries require only a few days of rest to heal; others require surgery for full recovery. Every week, Urgent Care in Spring Hill is visited by multiple people who are suffering from sports-related injuries. In today’s article, we share the most common injuries our patients experience.

1.   Strains and sprains

The winners are definitely strains and sprains. People suffer from those no matter what sport they play. Even though their names sound similar, and they share some common symptoms, these are two different injuries. Sprains occur when ligaments, which connect bones together, stretch or tear, whereas strains are the stretching or tearing of muscles or tendons. The American College of Sports Medicine differentiates three degrees of strains and sprains1:

Strains:

  1. First degree (mildest) – minor tissue tearing; mild tenderness; full range of motion
  2. Second degree (medium) – torn muscle or tendon tissues; painful, limited motion; possibly some swelling or depression at the spot of the injury
  3. Third degree (severe) – limited or no movement; severe pain at first, although it may subside after the initial injury.

Sprains:

  1. First degree (mildest) – minor tearing; pain or swelling; joint stability is good
  2. Second degree (medium) – broadest range of damage, with moderate instability and moderate to severe pain and swelling
  3. Third degree (severe) – ligament is completely ruptured, joint is unstable, severe pain and swelling, other tissues are often damaged;

At LifeGuard Urgent Care in Spring Hill, we always recommend RICE – rest, ice, compression and elevation – for the initial treatment of strains and sprains. If your case is minor, you can successfully treat your injury at home. If it’s severe, you should immediately contact your physician, as surgery may be necessary.

2.   Knee Injuries

You must have heard at some point in your life about ‘runner’s knee’, but have you ever wondered what it really means? First, the injury doesn’t just happen to runners. This term is used for the pain that comes from above, under or below the kneecap, which might be a result of knee overuse, a direct hit to the knee, or even weak or unbalanced thigh muscles. At Urgent Care in Spring Hill, we often see non-runners who are suffering from it. In order to determine whether a patient has runner’s knee, it is very common to use an X-ray to look inside the joint. If it turns out that you do indeed suffer from this issue, don’t get too upset, as this health condition often improves on its own over time and with appropriate treatment. By resting your knee, wrapping it in an elastic brace, wearing orthotic shoes, using ice a few times per day, and simply doing stretching and strengthening exercises, you can bring your knee back to life. Keep in mind that if the pain doesn’t go away after a longer period of time, you may need to see an orthopedic specialist, who will remove and replace the damaged cartilage.

3.   Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder injuries are very common in sports like tennis, golf, swimming, weightlifting or baseball. In brief, these types of injuries are caused by any sport that requires overhead motion. Typical symptoms of an injured shoulder involve stiffness, limited motion, pain, swollen lymph nodes, pus in the shoulder area, and redness. Among the most common shoulder injuries are:

Rotator cuff tears – a tear in the group of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint;

Frozen shoulder – characterized by stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint;

Shoulder arthritis – inflammation of the shoulder joint;

Dislocated shoulder – when the arm bone pops out of the socket;

SLAP tear – a tear of the labrum, the ring of cartilage surrounding the socket of the shoulder joint;

To avoid getting a shoulder injury, it’s important to strengthen the muscles through exercising, weight training, etc. It is especially important for athletes who perform any of the previously mentioned sports. Preparing for the season is a crucial part of preventing shoulder issues. However, if you do get injured anyway, regardless of your thorough preparations, don’t hesitate to visit LifeGuard Urgent Care in Spring Hill. Here, we will be happy to help ease your pain and provide you with the best treatment for your needs.

4.   Fractures

Last but not least are fractures. If you have never had anything broken, you are incredibly lucky! The average person breaks a bone at least twice in their lifetime! Fractures happen in almost every sport for multiple reasons. The bone may break due to overuse, trauma or a disease like low bone density. Fractures are categorized as displaced, non-displaced, open (compound), and closed. Certain fractures are visible right away, especially the open ones; others, however, are tricky to detect. A good example might be a fracture of the carpal bones in your wrist. Those are easy to miss. Sometimes several X-rays are necessary to find the fracture. If you suspect that you have a minor fracture, don’t waste more time, and visit our urgent care center in Spring Hill, where we will determine whether a simple cast, splint or brace is enough, or if you need to set up an appointment with an orthopedist.

It doesn’t matter if you’re in a lot of pain or if you only feel minor yet persistent discomfort from a sports injury, we are here to help you! Don’t hesitate to contact LifeGuard Urgent Care in Spring Hill or simply swing by to have your injury checked. Why would you suffer even one day more? If you are interested in our services, please visit our website.

1 https://www.acsm.org/docs/brochures/sprains-strains-and-tears.pdf

 

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