Acute Diseases

At Reno Health Institute, we diagnose and treat many minor acute illnesses. While some will go away on their own, there are health issues that require medical attention, and it's important to know when to seek proper treatment.

What Is An Acute Disease?

An acute disease appears suddenly and lasts for a short amount of time. This is different from chronic diseases, which develop gradually and remain for months on end. Some examples include the influenza virus and the common cold.

Acute diseases can include these common symptoms/conditions:

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Cough/bronchitis
  • Sneezing & runny nose
  • Earache
  • Sinus infection
  • Rash
  • Pink eye
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Yeast infections

Through a physical examination and identifying your symptoms, Dr. Bachman can provide a diagnosis and individualized treatment plan to care for your acute illness. Depending on the illnesss, treatment may consist of a combination of any or all of the following: supportive measures, evidence-based natural therapies such as immune boosting nutrients and herbal medicines, over-the-counter medications, and prescription medications when needed, such as antibiotics.

An Integrative Approach to Acute Illness

At Reno Health Institute, we are committed to antibiotic stewardship (appropriate antibiotic prescribing). Many infections do not require antibiotics. Unnecessary use of antibiotics leads to antibiotic resistance, meaning the antibiotics no longer work against the infectious organisms they were designed to kill. This occurs when the organism has adapted to the drug due to the antibiotic being so widely used for so many years. There are many other treatments Dr. Bachman can recommend to help you combat acute illnesses and decrease symptoms, such as targeted natural medicines and other supportive measures.

Serious Acute Illnesses

Many acute diseases may be self-limiting and go away on their own, or can be treated with natural medicines or a simple course of antibiotics or other prescription medications. There are some acute diseases, however, that come on suddenly and can be life-threatening.

Please call 911 if you are experiencing the following symptoms, including but not limited to:

  • Chest pain
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Asthma attack
  • Numbness or weakness
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Severe headache
  • Head injury
  • Fractures
  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Burns
  • Trauma or severe injury
  • Seizures
  • Suicidal or homicidal thoughts

These more serious acute diseases require urgent medical care. If you suspect you may have a severe acute illness, it's important that you call 911 and go to your local emergency room.