Acute illnesses come on suddenly, and though they’re not long-lasting, their symptoms can be overwhelming or disrupt your life at the very least. At Premier Health Consultants of Northern Virginia, Kavita Namjoshi, MD, and the team treat a full range of acute illnesses at the office locations in Reston, Virginia. To get treatment for an acute illness, call or use the online booking tool today.
Acute Illnesses Q&A
What are acute illnesses?
An acute illness develops quickly and rapidly gets worse, has a course of less than one month, and comes from a single cause, such as a virus or infection. Unlike chronic illnesses, which have often have multiple causes and require a complex treatment approach, there’s usually a straightforward treatment for acute illnesses.
It’s clear when an acute illness has been resolved. For example, taking antibiotics will help clear up an infection. With chronic illness, on the other hand, a full recovery is not always possible, so treatment usually focuses on managing symptoms and preventing complications.
You can manage many acute illnesses — such as a cold or the flu — with over-the-counter medication, or the illness will go away on its own. However, your recovery may be quicker if you see Dr. Namjoshi at Premier Health Consultants of Northern Virginia.
What are examples of acute illnesses?
Dr. Namjoshi treats a wide range of acute illnesses. Common acute illnesses include:
- Common cold
- Ear infections
- Strep throat
- Upper respiratory infections
- Urinary tract infections
Dr. Namjoshi will perform a physical exam to diagnose your condition and create a treatment plan. She will make sure your illness is not actually a sign of something more serious that requires emergency care or treatment for a chronic condition.
What steps do I need to take to treat my acute illness?
Dr. Namjoshi will instruct you on how to follow the proper course of treatment for your acute illness. This will include how long you’ll need to rest, what over-the-counter medicines to take, and when you can safely return to work and other activities. If she prescribes antibiotics, it’s important that you take the entire amount — even after you start feeling better — to get rid of all the bacteria.
If you’re sick and need medical attention, call Premier Health Consultants of Northern Virginia or schedule an appointment online. The staff will make every effort to see you right away.