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    Initial Treatment Options for GERD

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Gastro-esophageal reflux disease—or GERD—is a common condition. It occurs when stomach acids enter the lower esophagus and cause inflammation. Patients with GERD often experience heartburn, chest pain, shortness of breath, and a dry cough. If you have GERD symptoms, report them to your doctor right away. GERD is most treatable with early intervention.

    The initial treatment of GERD usually revolves around lifestyle modifications. Sleeping propped up on a stack of pillows to prevent stomach acid from traveling further up the esophagus can help. If you smoke, ask your doctor for help quitting, as the habit can exacerbate GERD symptoms. Eating smaller meals throughout the day and having your last meal earlier can be helpful, as can avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and carbonated drinks. Talk to your doctor about using over-the-counter medications to control your symptoms.

    The Reflux Center at Brandon Regional Hospital can help get your GERD under control with a wide range of treatment options. Find out more about our Hillsborough County hospital and our comprehensive range of services, including orthopedics and pediatrics, by calling (888) 327-2636. 

    Handling a Pediatric Emergency

    Last updated 3 years ago

    A pediatric emergency can be a scary time for parents, but the way you react to the situation will have a great deal to do with how the situation is ultimately resolved. Although no one relishes the thought of taking his or her child to the emergency room, there are several things you can do to make the process easier. The next time you’re facing a pediatric emergency, keep these tips in mind.

    Have an Emergency Kit

    When your child is experiencing a medical emergency, it’s not a good time to be scrambling to gather information the doctors may need to make a diagnosis. Be ready to face whatever happens by keeping a kit prepared that you can grab as needed. Include a list of your child’s current medications, any allergies, the dates of any past surgeries or major health incidents, and the name and phone number of his or her pediatrician. You may also want to include things that could make a trip to the emergency room a little easier for your little one, like a stuffed animal, a blanket, or coloring books.

    Choose the Right Emergency Room

    All emergency rooms can provide care for kids, but if possible, choose an ER that offers pediatric services. These ERs have pediatricians on staff and specialized equipment designed for kids. Pediatricians are generally better equipped to recognize common childhood illnesses than a regular ER doctor, and the child-friendly equipment can make treatment more comfortable for kids.

    Know What to Expect

    Keep your anxiety under control by knowing what to expect in the emergency room. After an initial evaluation, the ER staff triages patients. This means that your child will be seen in an order based on the severity of his or her condition compared to other patients. Your child will then be evaluated by a doctor, his or her condition will be diagnosed, and he or she will receive treatment and be discharged or admitted to the hospital.

    Our emergency room at Brandon Regional Hospital has pediatricians on staff to provide your child with the best care possible. You can find out more about our Hillsborough County hospital’s pediatric services by calling us at (888) 327-2636. 

    Coping with the Emotional Aspects of Cancer Treatment

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Cancer isn’t something that just impacts you physically. It can also have serious emotional impacts. Caring for yourself emotionally as well as physically can play an important role in your treatment experience.

    Watch this video to hear from an oncology psychiatry expert about the things cancer patients can do to care for themselves emotionally. Focusing on healthy thoughts while silencing harmful ones, keeping a journal, walking daily, and getting good, consistent rest can all help people with cancer build the necessary emotional wellbeing to focus on their fight.

    If you need help coping with the emotional side effects of your cancer treatment, visit a behavioral health specialist at Brandon Regional Hospital or ask for assistance in our cancer center. Call our Hillsborough County hospital today at (888) 327-2636 to learn about all of our services, from pediatrics to emergency care. 

    An Overview of Neck Sprains

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Neck sprains occur when the ligaments that surround the cervical spine stretch or tear. The symptoms of neck sprains often send people to the emergency room for care. The good news for neck sprain sufferers is that treatments are usually effective in controlling pain and most people heal completely. Here is what you need to know about this condition.

    What Causes Neck Sprains?

    Neck sprains often occur after a sudden movement forces the neck to hyperextend. This extreme movement can stretch the ligaments, leading to the injury. Most neck sprains occur during car accidents and falls in which the neck is thrown into an unnatural position.

    What Are the Symptoms?

    Pain in the back of the neck is the main symptom of a neck sprain. In most cases, the pain gets worse the day after the accident instead of immediately after the injury. You may also experience spasms and pain in the upper shoulder, as well as a headache that is centered in the back of your head. More extreme symptoms include sore throat, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and numbness in the arms.

    How Are Neck Sprains Treated?

    If you experience the symptoms of a neck sprain, go to the emergency room for care. There, doctors will perform a physical exam and talk to you about how the injury happened. They may also order an X-ray to rule out other causes of your neck pain, including spinal fractures. When your sprain is diagnosed, you may be given a soft collar to wear to support your neck while you heal. Ice and heat can help relieve pain, as can over-the-counter pain medicines. Most neck sprains heal within four to six weeks.

    For all of your bumps and bruises, trust the emergency room at Brandon Regional Hospital. We provide services ranging from pediatric treatments to stroke care, as well as orthopedic treatments, a NICU, and much more. Learn more about our Hillsborough County hospital by calling (888) 327-2636. 

    What to Expect from Balloon Sinuplasty

    Last updated 3 years ago

    If you suffer from chronic sinusitis, you’re not alone. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, an average of 37 million Americans face this condition annually. It causes fatigue, congestion, and chronic headaches that interfere with daily activities and overall quality of life. While some people find relief with medication, about 20% of sufferers do not. For these patients, surgery, such as balloon sinuplasty, may be the solution.

    During this procedure, a balloon catheter is inserted into the sinus cavity via the nostril. Once in place, the balloon is gently inflated, widening the sinus passage area to relieve blockages and allow drainage to occur. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and only minimal swelling is experienced during recovery. Most patients experience relief from their sinusitis symptoms after healing is complete.

    Balloon sinuplasty is one of the treatments offered in Brandon Regional Hospital’s Sinus Center. Our full-service hospital offers an array of medical care services, including a 24-hour emergency room, a pediatrics department, and a NICU. Call our Hillsborough County hospital today at (888) 327-2636 for more information.


Disclaimer: The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials do not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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