Common Illnesses Treated at Midwest Express Clinic

You may be wondering what some of the most common illnesses are that we see and treat at Midwest Express Clinic. While we do treat any urgent matter such as burns, scrapes, cuts & more; we also help to diagnose illness in our patients and provide a treatment for them which will have them headed to the road of recovery and feeling better in no time!

Diarrhea

If you are experiencing loose and watery stool, or have a frequent urge to have a bowel movement, you may be experiencing diarrhea. There are two types of diarrhea: acute and chronic. Acute diarrhea is the most common type and occurs when symptoms last several days and disappear without any treatment. This could be related to food poisoning, viral or bacterial infection. You can also be exposed to parasites while traveling. Chronic diarrhea is may be related to those suffering from a chronic intestinal disease such as Crohn’s or Celiac disease.

Bladder Infections – UTI

Bladder infections are most common in women but can be present in men as well. These infections can also be known as a urinary tract infection (UTI). For more detailed information on causes, symptoms and treatments for this infection, please visit the UTI section of our website.

Sinus Infections

When you have swelling of your sinuses and they become blocked by fluid and bacteria, this is known as a sinus infection. A sinus infection can be caused by a virus, bacteria, nasal polyps and allergies. Symptoms may include congestion, fever, cough, nose blockage, pain around your face and eyes, a foul smelling discharge from your nose and even post-nasal drip. Treatments may include medication such decongestants, antihistamines and other drugs that will help to take down the swelling in your nose and sinuses.

Hemorrhoids

Also known as piles, are caused by a variety of conditions.  Risk factors for developing hemorrhoids include obesity, pregnancy, constipation, or even straining during regular bowel movements. Genetics also play a role in hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids may cause pain around the anus, severe itching near your anus, fecal leakage, and pain with sitting down. When wiping, you may see blood on the tissue used to wipe. There are internal and external hemorrhoids. Internal hemorrhoids are developed within your anus or rectum whereas external hemorrhoids are found on the outside of the anus.

Mononucleosis or Mono

Mono is a virus that is passed through saliva and symptoms can remain active for up to several months. Mono is sometimes known as the “kissing disease”. The most common symptoms include feeling more fatigued than normal, fever, headache, skin rash, swollen lymph nodes, swollen tonsils, and a sore throat. More severe complications that can occur include an enlarged spleen and liver complications. You may have been treated for strep throat by a medical practitioner but if your sore throat has not gotten better with the antibiotics prescribed, you may have mono. At Midwest Express clinic, the health care provider will perform an assessment and may take a small blood sample to test you for mono.

Ear Infections

Congestion from a cold or allergies may cause your Eustachian tubes in your inner ear to be blocked preventing air from being able to reach the middle of your ear.  This causes germs to be pulled from your nose and sinuses in to the middle of your ear. How do you know if you have an ear infection? Mild to severe ear pain may be present, along with fever, yellow or bloody drainage from ear, trouble sleeping and even loss of appetite or vomiting.

Pink Eye

Did you wake up with your eyes “glued” shut? Are your eyes red, feel gritty, or itchy? Pink eye is a bacterial infection that can affect both eyes or only one. While pink eye can be very irritating, the good news is that it rarely interferes with the quality of vision. If you are diagnosed by a health care provider, it is important to know that you are highly contagious and should avoid touching your face.

Pneumonia and Bronchitis

Both of these acute respiratory illnesses have inflammation; the difference is where in the body the inflammation is located. With bronchitis, the inflammation is in the upper airway of the bronchi whereas with pneumonia, the inflammation is located in the lungs. Pneumonia is the more serious of the two. While both illnesses inhibit a person’s ability to breathe comfortably, pneumonia can be life threatening.

Bronchitis symptoms: painful coughing, wheezing, fever, chills, muscle aches, sore throat, stuffy nose and tiredness.

Pneumonia symptoms: body chills, high fever, chest pain, coughing, nausea and shortness of breath.

Hypertension

High blood pressure may last for years or even be a lifetime illness.  It is important to have your blood pressure checked regularly because high blood pressure may have little to no symptoms.  Hypertension can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, and a stroke. Your health care provider at Midwest Express Clinic may counsel you on how to eat a heart healthy diet such as lowering your salt intake and exercising regularly.

Acid Reflux

This occurs when acid from your stomach travels up into your esophagus causing a burn or chest pain. If this happens to you often you should visit Midwest Express Clinic so treatment options can be planned out for you.

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