Acute pancreatitis

What is acute Pancreatitis?

Acute pancreatitis is a condition where the pancreas becomes inflamed (swollen) over a short period of time.

Common reasons for pancreatitis are gallstones and alcoholism

What are the symptoms of acute Pancreatitis?

Sudden severe discomfort in the center of the tummy

Feeling sick.

Diarrhea.

Fever

What should I do if I have symptoms of acute Pancreatitis?

Consult your healthcare provider immediately.

Serious complications can occur if it is not treated promptly.

Your healthcare provider may ask you to go to the hospital.

How is acute Pancreatitis diagnosed and treated?

Your healthcare provider will order blood tests, imaging.

IV fluids, Medicines to relieve pain are administered.

How can I lower my risk of acute Pancreatitis?

Eat a healthy balanced diet, cut down high cholesterol food to reduce the risk of gallbladder stone formation.

Maintain normal body weight by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.

Alcohol consumption in moderation.

Location of pancreas in the abdomen

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Acute cholecystitis

What is acute cholecystitis?

Acute cholecystitis is inflammation of the gallbladder. It usually happens when a gallstone blocks the cystic duct.

What are the symptoms of acute cholecystitis?

Sharp pain in the right upper part of the tummy.

Fever.

Being sick or being sick.

Sweating

Loss of appetite

Yellowing of the skin, and the whites of the eyes

Nausea, vomiting.

What should I do if I have symptoms of acute cholecystitis?

Consult your healthcare provider immediately.

Serious complications can occur if it is not treated promptly.

Your healthcare provider may ask you to go to the hospital.

How is acute cystitis diagnosed and treated?

Your healthcare provider will order blood tests, imaging.

IV fluids, Medicines to relieve pain are administered.

Surgery maybe recommended for removal of gallbladder.

How can I lower my risk of acute cholecystitis?

Eat a healthy balanced diet, cut down high cholesterol food.

Maintain normal body weight by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.

Avoid abrupt weight loss, talk to your healthcare provider to obtain gradual weight loss plan.

 

Pneumonia

What is pneumonia?

Pneumonia is swelling (inflammation) of the tissue in one or both lungs. It's usually caused by a bacterial infection, but viruses, fungus, inhaling foriegn objects can cause pneumonia.

What are the symptoms of pneumonia?

Cough with phlegm

Difficulty breathing

Rapid heart beat

Fever, Sweating, shivering

Tired, unwell

Loss of appetite

Chest pain

What should I do if I have pneumonia?

Consult your healthcare provider immediately.

Stay hydrated with fluids.

Your healthcare provider will determine if you need chest x-ray, antibiotics.

Your healthcare provider will determine if you need to be hospitalized.

How can I prevent pneumonia?

Cover your cough, sneeze, discard used tissues immediately.

Frequent handwashing with soap and water.

Obtain vaccinations recommended by your healthcare provider.

Avoid smoking.

Pneumonia in the right middle lung.

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Supplemental oxygen therapy

What is home oxygen therapy?

Home oxygen therapy involves breathing in air that contains more oxygen than normal from a cylinder or machine in your home.

Why should I use home oxygen?

If you have a health condition that causes low levels of oxygen in your blood, you may feel breathless and tired, particularly after walking or coughing. 

Breathing air with oxygen increases the amount of oxygen in your blood.

It helps reduce your symptoms, and makes it easier to carry out daily activities.

Oxygen therapy helps prevent brain damage, heart damage.

Who are recommended Home oxygen therapy?

Patients who have low oxygen levels, with the diagnosis of COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, heart failure, obesity related low oxygen, severe asthma, pulmonary hypertension, cystic fibrosis, conditions which affect breathing are advised oxygen therapy.

How can I obtain home oxygen?

Your healthcare provider will determine if you need Home oxygen.

Breathing test, test to measure oxygen levels are done in the healthcare providers office.

A prescription is provided to the oxygen dispensing company. 

The oxygen dispensing company will work with your health insurance to dispense home oxygen.

What are the precautions I should take with home oxygen?

Do not smoke while you're using oxygen.

Keep oxygen at least 6 feet away from flame, heater or any heating devices.

Do not use flammable liquids while using oxygen.

Do not use oil-based creams like Vaseline while using oxygen.

Ensure fire alarms and smoke detectors are working at your house.

Keep oxygen cylinders upright.

Follow instructions from the oxygen company.

Acute bronchitis

What is bronchitis?

Bronchitis is an infection of the main airways of the lungs (bronchi), causing them to become irritated and inflamed.

Bronchitis can be described as being either acute bronchitis or chronic bronchitis.

Acute bronchitis is temporary inflammation of the airways that causes a cough and mucus. It lasts up to 3 weeks.

It can affect people of all ages, but mostly happens in children under the age of 5.

It's more common in winter and often comes on after a common cold, sore throat or flu

Chronic bronchitis is a daily productive cough that lasts for 3 months of the year and for at least 2 years in a row.

What are the symptoms of acute bronchitis?

Sore throat, headache, runny nose or blocked nose, aches and pains, tiredness, cough, chest tightness.

What are the symptoms of chronic bronchitis?

Daily cough with phlegm over three months, wheezing, shortness of breath.

What should I do if I have symptoms of bronchitis?

Consult your healthcare provider.

Obtain plenty of rest. Stay hydrated with oral fluids.

Avoid smoking.

Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines.

Your healthcare provider will determine the appropriate treatment with medications, imaging, breathing test based on your health condition.

Information

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