June 2022

Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke: Two Hot Weather Health Risks Never to Ignore

By |2022-06-06T10:32:45-05:00June 20th, 2022|Children & Youth, Daily Living, Emergency Medicine|

How High Temperatures Create Health Risks and How to Handle Heat-Related Emergencies No matter how consistently you slather on a high SPF sunblock before going out, above a certain temperature you remain vulnerable to the health effects of high heat and humidity like heat exhaustion and heatstroke. These hot weather health risks that can sneak [...]

December 2020

Can This Sharp Pain be a Hernia? – Here are 3 Important Questions Answered

By |2022-03-18T13:37:08-05:00December 9th, 2020|Emergency Medicine, Internal Health, Wellness & Nutrition|

Having a hernia can be oh so painful! But how do you know it’s not just a pulled muscle? The most common form of hernias occur in males, where you’ll typically feel it bulging out of the groin or scrotum. It will first feel like a round, small lump, and it may grow in size [...]

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November 2020

Bacterial Meningitis Q & A by an ER Center in Longview

By |2022-03-19T14:38:43-05:00November 21st, 2020|Emergency Medicine, Internal Health|

You’ve heard that meningitis can be a scary thing, and you know it has something to do with the brain and spinal cord, but what is it exactly? Meningitis is an inflammation of the tissues (meninges) that surround the brain and spinal cord. Although it isn’t as common as other illnesses like the flu or [...]

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Allergic Reactions: Is it Anaphylaxis and do you go to the ER?

By |2022-03-19T14:39:01-05:00November 21st, 2020|Children & Youth, Daily Living, Emergency Medicine, Internal Health|

An allergic reaction can range from something as harmless as a rash or watery eyes, to more serious conditions like anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is life-threatening because it causes your blood pressure to drop and narrows your airways. What's the result? You have a hard time breathing. When should you go to the ER? Right away! This [...]

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Bitten By a Venomous Spider? Brown Recluse and Black Widow Explained

By |2022-03-19T14:39:51-05:00November 20th, 2020|Children & Youth, Daily Living, Emergency Medicine, Internal Health, Local Galveston, Local Longview, Local Tyler|

Texas’s climate provides the perfect home for a lot of creepy crawlers, including spiders. Most of them are harmless, but Texas has two species of venomous spiders that can be dangerous, especially if they bite a young child or older adult. The brown recluse spider and the black widow spider aren’t necessarily aggressive, but they [...]

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Muscle Pains and Injuries in Cold Weather: 3 Questions Answered

By |2022-03-24T16:23:19-05:00November 9th, 2020|Daily Living, Emergency Medicine, External Health, Internal Health|

Ever notice that your back pain comes back as the cold weather starts creeping in? No, it’s not just your imagination. Cold weather is proven to increase the risk of muscle strains and tears. The drop in temperature might also seem to be accompanied by an uptick in migraines and arthritic pains. Let’s take a [...]

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October 2020

Is it Gallbladder Stones?

By |2022-03-25T10:57:29-05:00October 26th, 2020|Emergency Medicine, Internal Health|

Having gallstones, or what some refer to as “galls” or “gallbladder stones,” is actually pretty common. In fact, about one fifth of Americans have them without any issues. Gallstones only become problematic when they grow too large or too many develop in your gallbladder. They may also block the bile duct and prevent bile from [...]

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Type 2 Diabetes in Children – When to Seek Help

By |2022-03-25T10:58:49-05:00October 14th, 2020|Children & Youth, Emergency Medicine, Internal Health|

Weight gain seems to be something that almost everyone is dealing with during the pandemic. Being overweight or obese can lead to health conditions, even for children. Diabetes, for instance, can be life-changing and life-threatening. There is no cure for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, so parents shouldn’t take it lightly if their child [...]

What are the Symptoms of Arrhythmia?

By |2022-03-25T10:59:12-05:00October 13th, 2020|Emergency Medicine, Internal Health|

Arrhythmia is worrisome. Which is why it's important to educate yourself on what exactly it is. Lately, you’ve been feeling short of breath and a little dizzy. You try to ignore the symptoms but they don’t go away. Worried something may be really wrong, you go to the doctor who refers you to [...]

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September 2020

Torn Muscle? 4 Steps to Healing

By |2022-03-25T11:00:54-05:00September 25th, 2020|Daily Living, Emergency Medicine, External Health|

It’s wonderful that more people are staying active through sports and other vigorous activities like running 26-mile marathons. But overactivity or a misstep can easily lead to muscle injuries. If you’re feeling unusual muscle pain and think you may have a torn muscle, what can you do to treat it? What Does it Mean to [...]

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