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Flu and COVID-19 What You Need to Know

Flu and COVID-19 What You Need to Know

So, you are feeling a little under the weather, and panic starts to set in as you ask yourself, is this the flu or COVID-19?  Know the difference between the Flu and COVID-19.

What should you do?

Well, luckily, you are just one swab away from knowing for sure if your symptoms are flu or COVID-19 related. At Altus Emergency Centers, we are always looking for the best way to care for the communities we serve. That is why we are now offering one simple swab test to give you results for both flu and COVID-19.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Know the Symptoms

Both flu and COVID-19 are contagious respiratory infections resulting in serious illness, hospitalization, and death in some unfortunate cases.

Although both diseases share similarities, they are two very different conditions. Let’s explore the similarities and differences of these diseases.

What causes them?

They are both viral infections. The influenza virus is responsible for the flu, while the new coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 is the one that causes COVID-19.

Similarities and Differences

Symptoms

 

COVID-19 and the flu share many symptoms, so it’s sometimes challenging to know which is without testing.

 

Both diseases can cause

  • Fever/chills
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children)

 

However, the main differences are that COVID-19 symptoms tend to be more severe and can cause more serious illnesses in some people.

Some symptoms are specific to COVID-19, such as a change in or loss of taste or smell.

Symptom Manifestation

Symptoms for the flu usually manifest between one to four days after exposure to the virus. The incubation period for COVID-19 is generally five days. However, symptoms can develop anytime between one and 14 days after exposure to the virus.

How Long Can Someone Spread the Virus?

Flu: A person can spread the virus one day before symptoms appear up to 7 days after.

COVID-19: An infected person can be contagious two days before symptoms, up to at least ten days with or without symptoms.

How does the Virus Spread?

Both viruses can spread from person to person or through contact with infected surfaces.

The viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with the illness cough, sneeze or talk.

The main difference is how quickly the viruses spread. COVID-19 is more contagious in some populations and age groups than flu, and it can spread quicker in large gatherings.

What Are the Complications?

Both illnesses can produce severe illness. The most common complications of both the flu and COVID-19 include:

• Pneumonia

• Respiratory failure/ARDS

• Sepsis

• Heart attack/stroke

• Multiple-organ failure

• Worsening of chronic medical conditions

• Inflammation of the brain, heart, or muscle tissues

• Secondary bacterial infections

• DeathAdditionally, COVID-19 can cause blood clots in the lungs, heart, legs, brain, and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).

Should You Get a Flu Shot This Year?

The answer is yes!

Even though the flu vaccine will not protect you against COVID-19, it can reduce flu illness risk. And the flu vaccine does NOT increase your risk of contracting coronaviruses such as SARS-CoV-2.

If you have symptoms and are concerned, they may be related to the flu or COVID-19, please don’t hesitate to visit us and request your Swab test for flu and COVID-19.

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is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Impaired Driving Dangers and Prevention

Impaired Driving Dangers and Prevention

Impaired driving dangers are a serious reality that take precious lives each year.  They are time-sensitive emergencies that can be prevented.  Lives can be saved.  Let’s get to know about this topic and please help us create awareness to help save lives.  In an average year, 30 million Americans get behind the wheel of a car while drunk, while an estimated 10 million drive while under the influence of an illicit drug.

This year has been anything but average. This year more of us have turned to alcohol to help us cope with the pandemic’s challenges.

This surge in alcohol consumption is concerning because it increases the number of fatal accidents, especially during the Holiday Season.

The Real Cost of Impaired Driving in America

Aside from the $44 billion annual costs of alcohol-related crashes, the most significant loss is human lives.

An estimated 29 Americans die in motor vehicle crashes involving an impaired driver every day. This translates to one death every 50 minutes.  Due to these alarming statistics, we are bringing you the Impaired Driving Dangers and Prevention.  Together, we can prevent traffic accidents.

Never forget that under Texas Law, Insurance Companies Must Cover ER Trips Involving Traffic Accidents.

Impaired driving does not necessarily mean drunk driving; it also involves distracted driving and drugged driving. In fact, drugs, both legal and illegal, are involved in about 16% of car crashes.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Dangers of Impaired Driving

Get to know about the impaired driving dangers to help prevent a tragedy.  Any amount of alcohol or drugs can significantly impact our ability to drive. Here are several ways in which drugs and alcohol can influence our driving capabilities:

Slow Reaction Time

When we are under the influence or otherwise distracted while driving, our reaction time decreases. A slower response time makes it harder to avoid obstacles such as pedestrians crossing a street and breaking on time to avoid crashing into another car.

Lack of Coordination

Drinking alcohol or taking drugs affects our motor skills, specifically our eye, hand, and foot coordination. These motor skills are vital when driving. Without these crucial coordination skills, we may not be able to avoid harmful situations.

Reduced Concentration

Driving requires concentration. Anything that causes us to become distracted while driving, including alcohol and drug consumption, can significantly increase our risk of being involved in a serious car crash.

Slow Reaction Time

When we are under the influence or otherwise distracted while driving, our reaction time decreases. A slower response time makes it harder to avoid obstacles such as pedestrians crossing a street and breaking on time to avoid crashing into another car.

Lack of Coordination

Drinking alcohol or taking drugs affects our motor skills, specifically our eye, hand, and foot coordination. These motor skills are vital when driving. Without these crucial coordination skills, we may not be able to avoid harmful situations.

Reduced Concentration

Driving requires concentration. Anything that causes us to become distracted while driving, including alcohol and drug consumption, can significantly increase our risk of being involved in a serious car crash.

Decreased Vision

Alcohol impairs our vision. After a few drinks, you may notice your vision becomes a little blurred. Impaired vision affects our ability to judge the distance between our car and other vehicles or obstacles on the road.

Most Common Impaired Driving Injuries

Thankfully, not all impaired driving-related accidents are fatal; however, they can still cause severe injuries, including:

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can result in partial or complete paralysis. Recovery depends on many factors, such as the extent of the damage and how long it takes a patient to receive treatment. Unfortunately, for many patients, the outcome is permanent.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injury is widespread among crash victims. Severe trauma to the brain can have devastating effects on a person. Traumatic brain injuries can cause changes in a person’s memory, their ability to reason, and their emotional behavior. Additionally, they can result in loss of vision, hearing, and taste,

Severe traumatic brain injuries can result in life-long disabilities.

Internal Injuries

The force of impact can cause internal injuries, including organ damage that can be life-threatening and require immediate emergency medical care.

Organs such as the lungs, kidneys, liver, and spleen are the most common internal organs injured during a car crash.

Orthopedic Injuries

Broken bones are common injuries associated with impaired driving-related incidents. Injury severity varies; some patients will only require a cast while others may lose a limb.

Soft Tissue Injuries

The impact during a crash can cause damage to ligaments, tendons, and muscles. When the injury occurs in a victim’s neck, back, or shoulder, it can limit their ability to move and may result in long-term chronic pain.

Burns

Suppose the crash is severe enough to cause one or more of the vehicles to catch fire. In that case, victims may suffer severe burns that may result in permanent disfigurement and scarring. Burn victims also have an increased risk of infection while healing.

Prevention

The only way to prevent an impaired driving-related accident is not to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

If you plan to drink, make arrangements ahead of time. Either select a designated driver or choose to use a ride-sharing service instead of driving yourself.

Getting Prompt Medical Attention Can Help Save A Life

According to the CDC for every person killed in a road accident,

“8 were hospitalized, and 100 were treated and released from the Emergency Room.”

Anyone who is involved in a severe motor vehicle accident should be taken to the nearest Emergency Room for evaluation, given that some injuries can only be diagnosed with advanced imagining technology.

During a crash, victims might have suffered internal injuries or head trauma that if not treated promptly can lead to long-term disabilities or even death.

Some injuries are more time-sensitive than others, in these cases it is better to transfer the patient to a Free-Standing ER facility such as any of the Altus Emergency Centers where they can be treated by a licensed emergency physician right away, rather than transport them to a Hospital ER where their treatment might be delayed due to overcrowding issues.

It’s important to remember that insurance companies are obligated to offer emergency room coverage in their policies. If you are involved in a car accident and need to go to the emergency room, your insurance policy will cover your visit.

Altus Emergency Centers wishes everyone a Happy and Safe New Year. Stay home if you can, and please don’t drink and drive.

As always, we remain open during the New Year Celebration to help with any medical emergencies.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

Check-In Online

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Flu Season, No Problem! We’re In-Network, Baytown!

GREAT NEWS, YOU HAVE BETTER ER OPTIONS!

Altus Baytown ER is Now In-Network with More Insurance Options.  Together, we can all Fight the Flu.

We should never downplay the dangers of flu season. This year, as the coronavirus continues to spread in our communities, we need to double our efforts to prevent getting sick.  Fortunately, as Baytown ER is in-network with many more insurance options, there’s no reason why you should risk your health – come in for a free medical screening!

Let us explore the many reasons why you should take flu season seriously.

The Effects of Flu Season in America

very year millions of Americans get sick with the flu. This year many experts are hopeful we will have a milder flu season like other countries, including Australia, have had, but nothing is certain.

Last year was a particularly tough season. According to the CDC, this past flu season, we had:

  • 38 million flu-related illnesses
  • 18 million medical visits
  • An estimated 405,000 hospitalizations
  • 22,000 deaths

Last year, the most affected age groups were children under the age of 4 and adults aged 18-49. But the flu can impact everyone’s lives regardless of age, so we all need to take precautions.

Flu Season in the Age of COVID-19

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, continues to spread indiscriminately through our communities.

Viral respiratory illnesses like the common cold, the flu, and COVID-19, although caused by different viruses, can have similar symptoms. So how can you be sure if you have the flu?

The following chart can help you determine the type of illness you may have. However, refrain from auto diagnosing. When you feel sick, you should always speak to a medical professional about your symptoms.

And if your symptoms are severe, don’t hesitate to come to Altus Baytown ER. Remember, we are now an in-network facility for Aetna, Cigna, and BCBS, and we also accept Medicare patients.

Symptom Comparison Chart

Symptoms

Covid-19

Symptoms Can Range from Mild to Severe

Common Cold

Gradual Onset of Symptoms

The Flu

Abrupt Onset of Symptoms

Fever

Common

Rare

Common

Cough

Common

Common

Common

Sore Throat

Common

Common

Common

Shortness of Breath

Sometimes (with mild/moderate infection)

No

No

Fatigue

Sometimes 

Sometimes 

Common

New Loss of Smell or Taste

Common

Common

Common

Aches and Pains

Sometimes

Sometimes

Common

Headaches

Sometimes

Common

Sometimes

Sneezing

No

Common

Sometimes 

Diarrhea

Rare

No

Sometimes (especially in children)

Together We Can Help Prevent the Flu

Altus Baytown ER is proud to support the CDC’s #FightFlu campaign to help stop the influenza virus spread.

There is no cure for the flu, and nobody can guarantee you won’t get sick this year, but these simple steps can help lower your risk.

 

Get Vaccinated!

Getting a yearly flu vaccine is vital to protect ourselves against flu viruses. Vaccination is especially important this year, so make sure to get yourself and your family vaccinated as soon as possible.

The CDC recommends everyone 6-months or older get an annual flu vaccine. Together we can protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors.

 

Maintain Physical Distance

Many respiratory viruses spread through tiny droplets expelled when an infected person speaks, sneezes, or coughs. By staying a safe distance away (at least 6-feet) from people who do not live with you, you can reduce your risk of infection.

 

Wear a Mask When Out in Public

Face coverings help prevent droplets from becoming airborne, and this can help stop the spread of viruses.

 

If You do Get Sick, Ask Your Doctor About Antiviral Medications

If you happen to get sick with the flu, speak to your doctor. Describe your symptoms and ask if antiviral medications are suitable for you.

This type of medication can help relieve symptoms and shorten the time you are sick

When Should You Go to The ER?

If you experience any of the following severe symptoms, please visit our ER:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or severe abdominal pain
  • Confusion
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Vomiting that won’t stop
Altus Baytown ER the location is Now In-Network with Cigna!

Altus Baytown ER is Now In-Network!

At Altus Baytown ER, we offer all the benefits of a hospital ER, including in-network rates for members of Aetna, Cigna, BCBS, and Medicare patients, but with added conveniences such as more personalized care and guaranteed shorter wait times.

Our facility is conveniently located and offers ample parking. We are open 24-hours every day of the year and follow strict sanitizing protocols to ensure our patients’ safety.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

Altus ER. We-Have-Dedicated-Specialists

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best 24 hour ER services in Texas. We’re proud of our top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts, who are here prepped and ready to help save your life in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.

Flu Season, No Problem! We’re In-Network, Baytown!

GREAT NEWS, YOU HAVE BETTER ER OPTIONS!

Altus Baytown ER is Now In-Network with More Insurance Options.  Together, we can all Fight the Flu.

We should never downplay the dangers of flu season. This year, as the coronavirus continues to spread in our communities, we need to double our efforts to prevent getting sick.  Fortunately, as Baytown ER is in-network with many more insurance options, there’s no reason why you should risk your health – come in for a free medical screening!

Let us explore the many reasons why you should take flu season seriously.

The Effects of Flu Season in America

very year millions of Americans get sick with the flu. This year many experts are hopeful we will have a milder flu season like other countries, including Australia, have had, but nothing is certain.

Last year was a particularly tough season. According to the CDC, this past flu season, we had:

  • 38 million flu-related illnesses
  • 18 million medical visits
  • An estimated 405,000 hospitalizations
  • 22,000 deaths

Last year, the most affected age groups were children under the age of 4 and adults aged 18-49. But the flu can impact everyone’s lives regardless of age, so we all need to take precautions.

Flu Season in the Age of COVID-19

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, continues to spread indiscriminately through our communities.

Viral respiratory illnesses like the common cold, the flu, and COVID-19, although caused by different viruses, can have similar symptoms. So how can you be sure if you have the flu?

The following chart can help you determine the type of illness you may have. However, refrain from auto diagnosing. When you feel sick, you should always speak to a medical professional about your symptoms.

And if your symptoms are severe, don’t hesitate to come to Altus Baytown ER. Remember, we are now an in-network facility for Aetna, Cigna, and BCBS, and we also accept Medicare patients.

Symptom Comparison Chart

Symptoms

Covid-19

Symptoms Can Range from Mild to Severe

Common Cold

Gradual Onset of Symptoms

The Flu

Abrupt Onset of Symptoms

Fever

Common

Rare

Common

Cough

Common

Common

Common

Sore Throat

Common

Common

Common

Shortness of Breath

Sometimes (with mild/moderate infection)

No

No

Fatigue

Sometimes 

Sometimes 

Common

New Loss of Smell or Taste

Common

Common

Common

Aches and Pains

Sometimes

Sometimes

Common

Headaches

Sometimes

Common

Sometimes

Sneezing

No

Common

Sometimes 

Diarrhea

Rare

No

Sometimes (especially in children)

Together We Can Help Prevent the Flu

Altus Baytown ER is proud to support the CDC’s #FightFlu campaign to help stop the influenza virus spread.

There is no cure for the flu, and nobody can guarantee you won’t get sick this year, but these simple steps can help lower your risk.

 

Get Vaccinated!

Getting a yearly flu vaccine is vital to protect ourselves against flu viruses. Vaccination is especially important this year, so make sure to get yourself and your family vaccinated as soon as possible.

The CDC recommends everyone 6-months or older get an annual flu vaccine. Together we can protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors.

 

Maintain Physical Distance

Many respiratory viruses spread through tiny droplets expelled when an infected person speaks, sneezes, or coughs. By staying a safe distance away (at least 6-feet) from people who do not live with you, you can reduce your risk of infection.

 

Wear a Mask When Out in Public

Face coverings help prevent droplets from becoming airborne, and this can help stop the spread of viruses.

 

If You do Get Sick, Ask Your Doctor About Antiviral Medications

If you happen to get sick with the flu, speak to your doctor. Describe your symptoms and ask if antiviral medications are suitable for you.

This type of medication can help relieve symptoms and shorten the time you are sick

When Should You Go to The ER?

If you experience any of the following severe symptoms, please visit our ER:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or severe abdominal pain
  • Confusion
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Vomiting that won’t stop
Altus Baytown ER the location is Now In-Network with Cigna!

Altus Baytown ER is Now In-Network!

At Altus Baytown ER, we offer all the benefits of a hospital ER, including in-network rates for members of Aetna, Cigna, BCBS, and Medicare patients, but with added conveniences such as more personalized care and guaranteed shorter wait times.

Our facility is conveniently located and offers ample parking. We are open 24-hours every day of the year and follow strict sanitizing protocols to ensure our patients’ safety.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

Altus ER. We-Have-Dedicated-Specialists

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best 24 hour ER services in Texas. We’re proud of our top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts, who are here prepped and ready to help save your life in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.

Flu Season Is Here, Let’s Prepare!

Flu Season Is Here, Let’s Prepare!

The turn of the season signals the start of the flu season, an illness we should we never take lightly. However, this year we need to prepare even better as we are still battling a pandemic.

Because COVID-19 is still spreading in our communities, we need to do our best to reduce the spread of other respiratory illnesses like the flu.

The Impact of Flu Season in America

Per CDC estimates, last year’s flu season resulted in:

  • 38 million illnesses
  • 18 million doctor visits
  • 405,000 hospitalizations
  • 22,000 flu-related deaths

Although some groups are more vulnerable than others, the truth is that the influenza virus affects all age groups. For example, last season, the most affected age groups were young children (0-4 years) and adults ranging from 18 to 49.

The Flu, A Cold, Or COVID-19, How to Tell the Difference

Different respiratory viruses cause the common cold, the flu, and COVID-19, but they share some symptoms.

The following chart can help you differentiate the symptoms. However, it’s important to always speak to your doctor if you have severe respiratory symptoms or if you think you may have COVID-19.

Symptoms

Covid-19

Symptoms Can Range from Mild to Severe

Common Cold

Gradual Onset of Symptoms

The Flu

Abrupt Onset of Symptoms

Fever

Common

Rare

Common

Cough

Common

Common

Common

Sore Throat

Sometimes

Common

Common

Shortness of Breath

Sometimes (with mild/moderate infection)

No

No

Fatigue

Sometimes

Sometimes

Sometimes

New Loss of Smell or Taste

Common

Common

Common

Aches and Pains

Sometimes

Sometimes

Common

Headaches

Sometimes

Common

Sometimes

Diarrhea

Rare

No

Sometimes (especially in children)

Sneezing

No

Common

Sometimes

COVID-19 Common Cold or The Flu

You Can Help Prevent the Flu

This year, Altus Emergency Centers is joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention #FightFlu campaign to help stop the influenza virus spread.

Preventing the flu starts with each of us, so here is how we can keep ourselves and our loved ones safe:

 

Get Vaccinated!

Getting a yearly flu vaccine is the first line of defense. This year more than ever, it would be best if you got yourself and your family vaccinated.

The CDC recommends everyone 6-months or older get an annual flu vaccine. Together we can protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors.

 

Wash Your Hands

By now, we’ve all gotten into the excellent habit of washing our hands frequently. Harmful bacteria and viruses thrive on surfaces and objects that our hands come in contact with. If we touch our eyes, nose, or mouth with dirty hands, these germs can enter our bodies and make us sick.

The more often we wash our hands, the less risk we have of getting sick.

 

Keep Your Distance

Like the novel coronavirus, the influenza virus spreads through tiny droplets expelled when an infected person speaks, coughs, or sneezes.

Keeping a physical distance of at least 6-feet between you and others will help reduce the risk of getting the virus.

 

Continue to Wear a Mask in Public

Using a mask in public helps reduce the number of droplets we expel. The more people wear them, the less risk we all have of getting infected.

 

If You Get Sick, Speak to Your Doctor About Antivirals

If you get the flu, your doctor may prescribe antiviral medications. Although they won’t cure, these medicines can reduce symptoms, make illness milder, and shorten the time you are sick.

When to Visit Altus Emergency Center

If you happen to get sick with the flu, you should monitor your symptoms. If they are mild to moderate, you won’t need to visit the ER. However, should you develop any of the following signs, you should immediately come to the nearest Altus Emergency Center.

Influenza is a serious viral respiratory illness that should never be left untreated, as it can quickly develop into other more severe conditions.

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or severe abdominal pain
  • Confusion
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Vomiting that won’t stop

 

Altus Emergency Centers is committed to helping our communities stay healthy. We are open 24 hours every day of the year. Rest assured, our facilities follow strict sanitazing protocols to ensure all our patients’ safety.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

Check-In Online

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Common Reasons Men Visit the ER

Common Reasons Men Visit the ER

June is Men’s Health Month, a full month dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of keeping the men in our lives healthy. For this reason, we’ve decided to list the top Common Reasons Men Visit the ER and offer ways to improve the overall health of men in our communities.

These are the top reasons men visit our ER’s

Chest Pains

Every year we treat many patients who come to us complaining of chest pains. Although this type of pain is usually associated with cardiac arrest or heart attack, it can also indicate the presence of other health problems.

Chest pains are of particular concern for anyone who has other chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, or heart disease.

Chest pains that are also accompanied by pressure-like or “burning sensation, nausea, sweating, or shortness of breath needs immediate medical attention.

Abdominal Pain

Altus Emergency Centers is synonymous of excellence among providers of emergency medical care in all the communities they serve.

Their decision to become CIHQ accredited is proof of their continued promise of providing the best care to the residents of Waxahachie and Lake Jackson.

Having accreditation status helps ensure that patients receive excellent emergency care that far exceeds minimum standards for safe, quality healthcare. This way, patients can rest easy knowing they are in the best hands.

Common Reasons Men Visit the ER

Sprains and Broken Bones

Both injuries can happen to anyone regardless of their age or physical condition. Sprains and broken bones are often the results of accidents or twisting of joints while playing sports or doing other physical activities.

Mild sprains don’t require medical attention. By just letting the joint rest for a few days, the injury will usually pass. However, if the injury causes severe pain or it makes moving the joint difficult, you need emergency medical attention.

Likewise, if you suspect you’ve fractured a bone, come to the ER to get evaluated.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Upper Respiratory Infections

Most upper respiratory infections are the result of viral infections, although in some cases, bacteria can also cause infections.

Most of the visits at the ER are due to complications from the common cold and flu viruses, which, if left unattended, could lead to more severe conditions.

Cuts and Contusions

Cuts and contusions are common reasons to visit our ER’s. Most cuts are the result of accidents while handling knives, power tools, and other machinery.

Deep cuts that require stitches or those with severe bleeding need immediate medical attention.

Contusions or bruises are typically the results of trauma. Trauma to the head, neck, or back requires medical attention. Severe injury to other parts of the body should also be evaluated by a medical professional.

Back Pain

Back pain-related ER visits are more common than you might think. Accidents, sport-related injuries, lifting heavy items, and repetitive motion at work are the most common causes of back pain.

Common Reasons Men Visit the ER

5 Ways To Improve Men’s Health

Most men already know that eating well, not smoking, drinking less alcohol, and staying physically active is essential for staying healthy.

Here we offer a few additional tips to help improve the health of the men in the communities we serve.

 

Protect Yourself

 

We know you love to stay active and do handy work around the house but protecting yourself while you do what you love needs to be a priority.

Make sure you use the right protective gear like helmets, safety goggles, and gloves when doing handy work. Also, don’t forget to apply sunscreen and insect repellant when outdoors.

 

Manage Stress

 

Take time every day or at least a couple of days a week to do something you enjoy; you deserve it!

Do your best to keep a positive attitude. This doesn’t mean masking your emotions for the sake of others; it’s about embracing the small blessings we each get every day and see how these simple things help make our lives better.

Get plenty of sleep; experts recommend you get between 7-9 hours of sleep per night.

 

Get Regular Check-Ups and Screenings

 

Regular check-ups and health screenings to address the unique healthcare needs of men can go a long way in protecting your health. Speak to your family doctor about your risk factors for certain diseases and formulate a plan to lower the risk or improve the management of your condition.

Common Reasons Men Visit the ER

At Altus Emergency Centers, we know the best way to save a life is through prevention. We are committed to helping men in our communities improve their overall health so they can live longer fuller lives.

We want to remind you that all our centers remain open 24/7 to attend any emergency you face.

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Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Free Tips to Reopening Your Business Safely & Successfully!

Free Tips to Reopening Your Business Safely & Successfully!

This is a 100% Free Event to Learn to Help Safeguard Your Business!

Tune into our transmission safely from your home or office with our Quality Director, Shannon Seymoure, RN, BC, HACP.

We will be doing a zoom conference please contact us to learn more! This is a joint effort with the Chambers of Commerce in our Communities.

Chambers of Commerce

We are so proud to announce that we are supporting out communities in these days that they need it the most.  We are holding your hand and helping you by getting to know each and every one of you.  Please come on by to the conference Free Tips to Reopening Your Business Safely & Successfully!   View on Event Brite

 

The following are the Chamber of Commerce that we are proud to be working with:

Get to Know Sharron Seymour

Presenting, Shannon Seymour!  She is our dedicated presenter to help your businesses reponen!

 

Shannon Seymour is the Director of Quality Improvement at Altus Lumberton Hospital. She oversees the development, management, implementation and sustainability of all improvement activities and compliance procedures while cultivating exceptional care and services in the healthcare industry.
Shannon obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Sam Houston State University.  She is also a RN with a professional certification in pain management and recently completed the Healthcare Accreditation Certification Program with CIHQ.  With over 25 years of healthcare experience she will tell you, “you never stop learning”.

Shannon calls Beaumont, TX home with her husband Scott, daughter Shelby, two dogs (Jasmine and Winn) and several head of cattle(all with names of course).  When she manages to get away with her family, they enjoy fishing or taking in an Aggie football game.

WE ARE SAFE, OPEN 24/7, WITH NO LINES

 

All Altus Emergency Centers follow strict sanitizing and screening protocols to help protect our patients, their family members, and our staff. If you need medical attention, please don’t hesitate to visit us, you are in good hands.

A prompt diagnosis accompanied by appropriate medical care can lower the risk of permanent organ damage.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

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Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome Temporally Related to COVID-19

Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome Temporally Related to COVID-19

A rare condition likely linked to COVID-19 has been reported in hundreds of children across Europe and North America.

Last month the World Health Organization (WHO) shared the news of several cases involving children and adolescents who required admission to intensive care units (ICU).

The hospitalizations were due to a multisystem inflammatory syndrome that resembled other conditions such as Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome.

These children displayed overlapping symptoms of COVID-19, Kawasaki disease, and toxic shock syndrome. Doctors are calling this new ailment multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children or MIS-C.

Doctors have already identified cases of MIS-C in the United States, and at least three children have died from it in New York.

Although this condition is rare, we should all know what to look out for to protect our children.

Symptoms to Look Out For

Health officials from the World Health Organization as well as doctors in the U.S. and Europe warn parents to look for the following signs:

  • Persistent fever over 101°F
  • Prolonged abdominal pain
  • Skin rash
  • Bloodshot eyes or conjunctivitis
  • Racing heart
  • Diarrhea
  • Inflammation and swelling of hands, feet, lymph nodes and neck
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting

What is Kawasaki Disease?

 

Kawasaki Disease is a severe condition that can cause inflammation of the arteries, and the leading cause of coronary heart disease in children. The effects of the disease can be lifelong, and it can lead to cardiovascular problems, including aneurysms and heart attacks.

The Link Between Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children and Adolescents and COVID-19

 

COVID-19 appears to be a trigger to this new multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children and adolescents. Many of the children who present symptoms of MIS-C also tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, meaning they had the virus at some point.

Doctors now know that COVID-19 infection affects the body’s T-Cells and appears to reduce their ability to contain the inflammatory process.

The main difference between classic Kawasaki Disease and this new illness is that pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome can affect all the organs, not just the blood vessels and heart.

How Concerned Should You Be?

 

According to experts, kids seem to be part of the population least affected by COVID-19, and most have mild symptoms. However, they can develop severe complications, making it extremely important for parents to stay vigilant.

As mentioned before, multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children and adolescents is uncommon. There are few cases reported worldwide, and although parents should be on the lookout for symptoms, there is no reason to panic.

When to Seek Medical Attention

 

If your child shows symptoms compatible with COVID-19, you should have them tested as soon as possible.

If one of your kids also shows any of the signs and symptoms mentioned above, please bring them to the nearest Altus Emergency Center for evaluation.

A prompt diagnosis accompanied by appropriate medical care can lower the risk of permanent organ damage.

WE ARE SAFE, OPEN 24/7, WITH NO LINES

 

All Altus Emergency Centers follow strict sanitizing and screening protocols to help protect our patients, their family members, and our staff. If you need medical attention, please don’t hesitate to visit us, you are in good hands.

A prompt diagnosis accompanied by appropriate medical care can lower the risk of permanent organ damage.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

Check-In Online

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Honor Our Heroes by Celebrating Safely Memorial Day Weekend

Honor Our Heroes by Celebrating Safely

This Memorial Day, we encourage you to join us in paying tribute to our fallen heroes. Traditionally this special celebration is reserved for those courageous men and women in uniform who died protecting our freedom and way of life.

This year we are fighting a silent war against an invisible enemy who has taken the lives of far too many loved ones. The fight against COVID-19 has created a new type of hero in the form of healthcare workers and first responders. This year we would also like to honor them for paying the ultimate price while trying to keep us all safe.

To all our heroes and their families, we are eternally grateful.

Celebrating Memorial Day Safely

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, which means outdoor parties and BBQs are on everyone’s mind.

COVID-19 concerns surround this year’s celebrations. Therefore, we encourage you to use extra precautions and continue to follow all sanitary recommendations and practice social distancing. The good news is you can still have lots of fun.

 

Grill Safely

We are looking forward to spending time with our loved ones, and gathering around the grill to chat is something that comes naturally. However, this year, make sure to keep a safe distance of at least 6-feet between you and any other guests

During the summer months, we see our fair share of grill-related burn injuries. This year, we want to minimize these so please keep in mind these safety tips:

  • Don’t leave the grill unattended while you are using it.
  • Never add charcoal fluid, gasoline or other flammable substances to the coals once lit
  • Don’t grill inside the house, under a tent, inside a camper or any other enclosed area
  • Keep your kids and pets away from the grill once you’ve started the fire
  • Always grill in a well-ventilated area away from the house, trees, and anything that could catch fire
  • Use long-handled utensils made for grilling

How Can I Get Tested for the Coronavirus?

Stay Close to Home

Many of us take advantage of the holiday to go on a long road trip. With the current public health crisis staying close to home is recommended. Instead of visiting friends and family who live far away, schedule a virtual video call to catch up.

Staying close to home can save you money and help lower the risk of infection. So plan to visit a nearby park, or take the family on a bike ride in your neighborhood.

 

Water Safety

If you plan on going to a pool party or tubing in a river, remember to follow all state and local officials’ safety recommendations.

Social distancing rules still apply even in the water. This means you need to be vigilant and keep a safe distance between you and other people who don’t live with you.

Also, don’t share snorkels, goggles, nose clips, or other personal items.

 

Honor Our Fallen Veterans

Memorial Day is the perfect time to pay our respects to our local fallen heroes if you can visit their graves and monuments in or around your community. 

Call their relatives if you know them to let them know you are thinking of them, we guarantee it will mean the world to them.

Need Help?  Rural County Contacts

Altus Emergency Centers remain open to treat any emergency. We follow strict safety protocols and screen anyone who visits our centers. If you need medical attention, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

We are an authorized provider for TRICARE, and it’s an honor for us to be able to provide care for all members of the military. Additionally, our locations in Lumberton and Baytown accept Medicare recipients.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Check-In Online

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Keeping Fit During Lockdown Can Benefit Your Immune System

Keeping Fit During Lockdown Can Benefit Your Immune System

The lockdown measure is crucial in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. However, many of us are feeling the impact both on our mental and physical well-being.

But why should we try keeping fit during lockdown?  We’ve all heard how being sedentary is bad for our health, so staying active during these difficult and strange times is important.

Exercising can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, which in turn can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. When we exercise regularly, we also help maintain muscle mass and bone density.

But what many of us didn’t know is that physical activity can also help boost our immune system, something that is highly important these days.

Here is how keeping fit during lockdown help improve our immune system:

  • It helps flush bacteria out of our lungs and airways
  • Exercise increases white blood cell circulation. White blood cells are the ones who help our body fight disease. While we exercise these cells more quickly and can help detect illnesses faster.
  • During exercise, our body temperature rises. This temporary rise in body temperature may prevent bacteria from growing, and therefore it helps our bodies fight infection better
  • Physical activity slows down the release of stress hormones. Too much stress increases the chance of illness, so reducing our stress levels can help us stay healthy

Keeping Fit During Lockdown Gives You Even More Health Benefits

 

Exercising is also a great way to ward off some of the psychological effects, including depression and anxiety, of being cooped up at home for a long time.

Because of the public health crisis we are facing, going to the gym is not possible. Thankfully, there are many ways to stay active even during the lockdown.

You can try one or several of the following as long as you maintain a safe distance from other people:

  • Bicycling with your kids a few times a week
  • Taking daily 20 to 30-minute walks
  • Going for a run in the park

How Can I Get Tested for the Coronavirus?

If you can’t or don’t feel up to leaving the house to get some exercise, there are also lots of good options to stay physically active at home. Many of these activities don’t even require any special equipment, so don’t worry about having to spend money.

If you already own a stationary bike or a treadmill, then try to use it for 30-minutes at least three times a week. If not, then we have a few suggestions for you to try.

  • Walk briskly through your home for 10 minutes. You can even do this two or three times a day
  • If your home has stairs go and up down them several times in a row
  • Dance, dance, dance! Put on some music and dance around the house, either alone, with your spouse or kids. Dancing will get the blood flowing and help you get in a better mood
  • Borrow your kids skipping rope and skip around the driveway
  • Dust-off those long-forgotten Pilates, fitness, yoga, or tai chi DVDs
  • Subscribe to a YouTube fitness channel or download a free fitness app
  • Do a few sets of squats or sit-to-stands from a sturdy chair, push-ups against a wall, and lunges or single-leg step-ups on the house stairs

Need Help?  Rural County Contacts

While exercising is good for you, you should be careful not to overdo it. If you already exercise regularly, you should not exercise more just to try to boost your immune system.

Heavy, long-term exercise can cause more harm than good as you become more prone to injuries. The good news is Altus Emergency Centers remain open 24/7 even during this health crisis.

We are here to help you recover from simple sports injuries to more severe conditions such as heart attacks. For your peace of mind and protection, we follow the strictest sanitary protocols, so please, if you need medical attention, don’t hesitate to come to our ER’s.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Check-In Online

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

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