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Acute and Chronic Illnesses

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Acute and Chronic Illnesses services offered in Coppell, TX

Acute and chronic illnesses are at the opposite end of the illness spectrum but both require prompt attention and expert care. At Healthcare at the Grove, experienced nurse practitioners Margaret Cusack, FNP, Brittany Lob, DNP, FNP, and the team provide exceptional acute and chronic illness care in their Coppell, Texas, office. If you need help with a minor injury or ongoing health issue, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Acute and Chronic Illnesses Q & A

What are acute illnesses?

Acute illnesses are those that require immediate medical care. This type of illness appears suddenly, with the most common examples including:

  • Colds
  • Flu
  • COVID-19
  • Strep throat
  • Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
  • Sinus infections
  • Stomach bugs
  • Ear infections

The Healthcare at the Grove team also treats acute injuries, including cuts, scrapes, strains, and sprains. 

What are chronic illnesses?

Chronic illnesses require ongoing medical care, with examples including: 

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer 
  • Arthritis
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

There are many other chronic illnesses as well. The team can help you prevent and manage a variety of long-term conditions. 

What is the main difference between acute and chronic illnesses?

The main difference between acute and chronic illnesses is the duration. Acute illnesses generally go away in just a few days or, at most, a few weeks. 

Chronic illnesses are manageable, so you can control the symptoms and prevent progression. But they don’t generally go away. 

When do acute and chronic illnesses require treatment?

Both acute and chronic illnesses generally require treatment as soon as you know you’re sick. Taking action now can prevent your condition from worsening or becoming a health-threatening issue.

Healthcare at the Grove always makes time for acute and chronic illness care, so don’t hesitate to contact the office if you need help.

How are acute and chronic illnesses treated?

Healthcare at the Grove uses traditional and functional medicine techniques to help you heal or manage health problems. 

Acute illnesses 

With acute care, the Healthcare at the Grove team stabilizes you and provides immediate care to bring on recovery. 

Acute care may include in-office treatments, prescriptions like antibiotics, or in-office procedures like sutures to close an open wound. 

Chronic illnesses

With chronic care, you have regular appointments to monitor and manage your illness. Chronic illness care includes lifestyle counseling, medication (where needed), and other types of medical services to help you become as healthy as possible while managing your disease.

Healthcare at the Grove also offers remote patient monitoring (RPM), in which you use special medical devices like scales, pulse oximeters, and blood pressure cuffs to monitor your health in your home.

The devices relay readings to your provider automatically so they know about any new issues or concerning trends.  

For the highest standard of expert acute and chronic illness care, call Healthcare at the Grove or schedule an appointment online today.