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Most Common Food Allergies

Most Common Food Allergies

It is vital to get to the the most common food allergies to help avoid an emergency.  When we think about food allergies, we tend to limit them to peanuts, shellfish, and gluten, however, there is a long list of food allergy triggers, and because symptoms tend to mild in most cases you may not know you are experiencing an allergic reaction.

Food allergies are a lot more common than we think, this condition affects some 15 million Americans especially children, according to statistics 1 in every 13 kids in America has a food allergy, and every 3 minutes a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room.

As part of Altus Emergency Center’s educational efforts during Food Allergy Action Month, we have compiled a list of the most common food allergies and their symptoms, to help you recognize this potentially deadly condition.

What are Food Allergies

Like other allergic reactions, food allergies are an abnormal immune response; they happen when the immune system wrongfully identify certain proteins found in food as harmful.

The severity of the allergic reaction ranges from mild symptoms to life-threatening ones, and it can be triggered even by very small amounts of the problem food.

In most instances, the symptoms of an allergic reaction happen a few minutes after exposure, but they can also manifest a few hours later, the most common allergic reaction symptoms include:

 

  • – Swelling of tongue, mouth, or face
  • – Itchy rash
  • – Hives
  • – Difficulty breathing
  • – Low blood pressure
  • – Nausea and vomiting
  • – Diarrhea
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Most Common Food Allergies

Because symptoms can manifest hours after the exposure, sometimes the cause of the allergic reaction is not easily recognized, and if the symptoms are mild most people may ignore them.

The following list includes the most common food allergies, however, there are many more triggers, if you suspect you may have a food allergy, schedule an appointment with a specialist to determine which foods are harmful to you.

 

Peanut Allergy

Peanuts are one of the food allergens most commonly associated with anaphylaxis, a sudden and potentially deadly condition that requires immediate emergency medical treatment.

Allergic reactions to peanuts are one of the most common and deadly food allergies, it affects 1 in every 500 individuals and is responsible for more than half of all deaths from food-related allergic reactions.

Symptoms

  • – Itchy skin or hives that can show in small spots or large welts
  • – Itchy or tingling sensation in the mouth or throat
  • – Nausea
  • – Runny or congested nose
  • – Anaphylaxis
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Shellfish Allergy

Shellfish is the most common and most dangerous food allergens, it is responsible for most of the food allergy related ER visits.

Symptoms

– Stomach cramps

– Indigestion

– Vomiting

– Diarrhea

– Hives all over the body

– Shortness of breath and wheezing

– A repetitive cough

– Tight, hoarse throat and trouble swallowing

– Swelling of the tongue and or lips

–  Weak pulse

–  Pale or bluish skin color

– Dizziness and confusion

 

Corn Allergy

This is a tricky one to recognize since corn and corn by-products are widely used in processed foods, and to make matters worse, it is also difficult to diagnose through standard skin or blood tests, this means that in many cases your doctor may recommend eliminating corn products from your diet to see if your symptoms improve.

Symptoms include

– Hives and Skin Rash

– Stomach cramps, nausea, indigestion, vomiting, or diarrhea

– Stuffy or runny nose

– Headaches

– Asthma

– Anaphylaxis in severe cases

Common Food Allergies

Egg Allergy

This type of allergy affects about 2% of children in the United States, the good news is that studies have shown that 70% of these children outgrow the condition by age 16.

Symptoms

-Skin rash or hives

-Respiratory problems

-Stomachache

-And in very rare cases anaphylaxis

 

Fish Allergy

Unlike most food allergies which develop since childhood, the majority of people who suffer from fish allergies report experiencing them for the first time as adults.

Being allergic to fish does not necessarily mean you are also allergic to shellfish.

Symptoms

– Hives or skin rash

– Stomach cramps, indigestion, vomiting and or diarrhea

– A stuffy or runny nose, and or sneezing

-Headaches

– Asthma

– Anaphylaxis

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Cow Milk Allergy

Between 2% and 3% of children under the age of 3 are allergic to cow’s milk, around 80% of them will outgrow the condition by age 16 though.

Symptoms

– Hives

– Stomach upset

– Vomiting

– Bloody stools especially in infants

 

Tree Nut Allergy

Almonds, walnuts, pecans, and pine nuts are all tree nuts, and along with peanuts and shellfish, they are the most common allergens linked to anaphylaxis.

Symptoms

– Difficulty Swallowing

– Itching and or swelling of the mouth, eyes, and throat

– Abdominal pain, cramps, nausea, and vomiting

– Nasal congestion

– Shortness of breath

– Anaphylaxis

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When to Visit Our Emergency Centers

For most people food allergy symptoms are mild and can easily be treated with an antihistamine, however, if you or someone you know experiences, shortness of breath, swelling of the tongue or throat, weak pulse, drop in blood pressure, dizziness, confusion, loss of consciousness, or their skin turns pale or a blueish tone, rush them to the nearest Altus Emergency Center.

We recommend you download the anaphylaxis emergency action plan and have your doctor fill it out, carry this with you at all times, it will help our doctors save your life.

Know Where to Go In the Event of an Emergency

Food allergies are both serious and can be life-threatening.  For this reason, by being aware of the symptoms of a possible allergic reaction, you can help save a life.  It may be your own. If you observe any possible symptoms of a food allergic reaction, please keep in mind that you will not have to wait in line at Altus Emergency Centers.  All of our ERs are fully equipped and open 24/7.

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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, Lufkin, 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.

Get Your High Blood Pressure Under Control

National High Blood Pressure Education Month

Control Your Blood Pressure and Live Longer

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month!  During this month doctors and nurses across the country strive to raise awareness about the importance of keeping your blood pressure under control.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we’re joining the high blood pressure awareness crusade!  We hope to spread the knowledge that uncontrolled high blood pressure is a major factor in the onset of many serious health problems. Fortunately, there is good news. You can control high blood pressure easily with lifestyle changes and medication.

What is Blood Pressure?

The term, blood pressure is usually associated with negativity but it’s very good and necessary.  Our blood is pumped from our heart into our arteries.  It travels to every organ in our body carrying much-needed nutrients and oxygen absolutely necessary for our survival. “Blood pressure” is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of the arteries and other veins.

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Blood pressure is made up of two forces:

  • Systolic Pressure – This is the pressure of the blood as it is pumped out of the heart and into the arteries.
  • Diastolic Pressure – This is the pressure of the blood flowing through the circulatory system during heartbeats.

When you look at your blood pressure reading, the first number indicates the systolic pressure which the second number represents the diastolic pressure, i.e. 120/80.

It is normal for your blood pressure to rise and fall throughout the day, but if it stays high for a long time it can cause damage to your heart and cause other health problems. The condition where blood pressure stays high for extended periods is known as hypertension.

How Does High Blood Pressure Harm the Body?

High blood pressure makes the heart and blood vessels work harder than they should, this, in turn, makes them less efficient.

Over time, high blood pressure will cause damage to the delicate tissues inside the arteries. This creates tiny tears in the artery walls where LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) will start to accumulate forming plaque inside the arteries.  This is a condition known as atherosclerosis. If left untreated, the plaque buildup will create a vicious cycle of high blood pressure as the inside of the arteries become increasingly narrow.

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This cycle can ultimately lead to other conditions such as:

  • – Arrhythmia
  • – Heart Attack
  • – Stroke
  • – Vision Loss
  • – Heart Failure
  • – Kidney Disease
  • – Sexual Dysfunction
Additionally, recent studies have shown that uncontrolled high blood pressure in patients between the ages of 45 and 65 is linked to a higher risk for dementia later in life.

How Can You Know If You Have High Blood Pressure?

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Hypertension or high blood pressure usually has no symptoms unless it reaches extremely high levels.  In that case, you may experience a severe headache, chest pain, shortness of breath, vision changes or a nosebleed.

Because there are no symptoms, the only way to know if your blood pressure is above normal is to get a blood pressure reading. Now, don’t get scared if you get a single high reading. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have hypertension. If your reading is high or moderately higher than normal then you should have a few more readings, try to have them at the same time of day.  Then, if the readings continue to be high then make an appointment with your doctor for evaluation and to determine the best course of treatment.  Remember that if you are concerned about a possible spike in your blood pressure any time of the day or night, all Altus Emergency Centers are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  You will not have to make an appointment or wait in line.

There are 5 blood pressure categories:

Blood Pressure Category Systolic Pressure Diastolic Pressure
Normal Less than 120 Less than 80

 

Elevated 120-129 Less than 80

 

Hypertension Stage 1 130 – 139 80-89

 

Hypertension Stage 2 140 or Higher 90 or Higher

 

Hypertensive Crisis Higher than 180 Higher than 120

 

Hypertension develops slowly over time, and there is no cure for it, however, it can be managed through lifestyle changes and medications if needed.

How to Prevent and Manage High Blood Pressure

It has been proven that you can help control your blood pressure by:

  • – Reducing your salt intake,
  • – Adding plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, low-fat dairy products, and fatty fish such as salmon to your diet,
  • – Exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight.

Studies have shown that blood pressure can drop by as much as 5 points with a weight loss of just 5 or 10%.

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When to Visit the ER

If your blood pressure gets to be 180/120 or higher you are experiencing a hypertensive crisis and should rush to the nearest Altus Emergency Center for treatment.

A hypertensive crisis puts you at a higher risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Altus Emergency Centers are equipped with the necessary medications, equipment, and qualified staff to help all types of medical emergencies. There is no time to lose waiting in line during such time-sensitive moments.  We are open 24/7 with no lines.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

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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, 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.

Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022

Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022

At Altus Emergency we are delighted to announce the Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022! Back in February 2022, we launched our Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022 for each of our four locations.  This initiative was done through the Altus Gives program, which was established to help give back to our local businesses and individuals. 

Each location held an Altus Gives Scholarship awards program awarding a total of $2000 in scholarships as a one-time payment.  The awards were given to each of the recipients to pursue a career in healthcare.  

This award was given to each of the recipients as a check to be exclusively used for expenses related to college such as tuition, fees, books, school supplies, and board.  Individuals could apply through the application form directly from our website up until the March 31st, 2022 deadline.  Then, the winners were selected in April 2022 by a review panel appointed by the management of Altus Emergency Centers.

After having been selected, we coordinated with each of the students’ schools to deliver them the good news.  This is how they reacted to having won the Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022.  Get to know each of the Altus Gives Scholarship Winners of 2022!

Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022 for Baytown

Congratulations to our three Altus Emergency Baytown Scholarship 2022 Winners:

  • Sarah Salinas from Robert E. Lee High School
  • Hannah Wood from Ross S. Sterling High School
  • Mariah Taylor from Goose Creek Memorial High School

The Winners’ Reaction

“I appreciate this reward and look forward to proving that I am a deserving recipient. I plan on using the scholarship to aid my tuition in my future academic career. Your generosity is overwhelming and will allow me to focus on achieving my overarching goal of becoming a physical therapist.”
-Hanna Wood

 

“I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to participate in this scholarship program as it will assist with furthering my education and pursing my career by helping me pay for college tuition.” – Mariah Taylor

Congratulations to the Altus Emergency Baytown Scholarship 2022 Winners!

Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022 for Lake Jackson

Congratulations to our three Altus Emergency Lake Jackson Scholarship 2022 Winners:

  • Lindsey Williams from Brazoswood High School
  • Caitlyn Boswell from Brazoswood High School
  • Lauryn Keenom from Danbury High School
  • Elisha Ullrich from Angleton High School

The Winners’ Reaction

“I am thankful to have received the scholarship from Altus. I will be using the money towards my tuition at Texas Tech University as I pursue a degree in nursing. I am very honored to have been chosen for this scholarship. – Caitlyn Boswell

“This scholarship means so much to me because I have not received many in my academic career. So it really means a lot when someone from an outside source recognizes and appreciates my accomplishments. I will use this scholarship towards books and uniforms for my nursing school starting in May. Thank you so much for letting me have this opportunity! – Lauryn Keenom

“Winning the Altus not only helps me pay for college expenses such as books and other necessities, it inspires and encourages me to excel in school and follow my true passion. Working to help others in need is something I have always wanted to do and with Altus giving me their scholarship, makes me realize that they see something in me too. With that being said, this really drives me to pursue a degree in medical field and I can’t wait to see where I go from here! I would personally like to thank y’all again for the opportunity of winning a scholarship. This will help me tremendously as I go off alone and have to buy everything on my own! – Lindsey Williams

Congratulations to the Altus Emergency Lake Jackson Scholarship 2022 Winners!

Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022 for Waxahachie

Congratulations to our three Altus Emergency Waxahachie Scholarship 2022 Winners:

  • Emily Essl from Waxahachie High School
  • Chase Pope from Waxahachie High School

The Winners’ Reaction

“The scholarship acts as a reassurance that I am on the right path to becoming an orthopedic surgeon. I plan to use the money on lab fees that come with being a pre-med biology major. Thanks again for your generosity and for helping me pursue my education.” – Chase Pope

Congratulations to the Altus Emergency Waxahachie Scholarship 2022 Winners!

Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022 for Lumberton Hospital

Congratulations to our three Altus Lumberton Hospital Scholarship 2022 Winners:

  • Nathan Fox from Lumberton High School
  • Dixie Wooten from Hardin Jefferson High School

The Winners’ Reaction

“This scholarship is so important to me because i will be studying abroad in Panama City, Panama this summer and this scholarship went towards helping me pay for that! ” – Dixie Wooten

“I’d like to thank Altus for awarding me with the scholarship. It is very appreciated. This scholarship means a lot to me because I will be moving away to attend college and it will help me pay for some additional living expenses while being away from home.” – Nathan Fox

Congratulations to the Altus Lumberton Hospital Scholarship 2022 Winners!

We would like to thank everyone for participating in our Altus Gives Scholarship 2022.  A special thanks go out to the staff and schools who helped make this possible.  We could not have done this without your stellar efforts!

To all recent graduates, congratulations on a job well done! At Altus Emergency Centers and Altus Lumberton Hospital we encourage you to strive and accomplish your pursuit of a career of your choice whether it be healthcare or any other path you choose to take. We will be happy to welcome more dedicated and compassionate healthcare professionals to our community. It is an honor to be able to contribute to the future needs of our community through Altus Gives.

 

Altus wishes each and every one of you continued success through your college career and beyond.

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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!

Spring Allergies Survival Guide

Spring Allergies Survival Guide

How to Survive the “April Showers” of Texas

Ah, the joys of spring! We get to enjoy longer warmer days, fresh air, blooming fields, and allergies.

That’s right folks, at Altus Emergency Centers we are getting ready for allergy season. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who experience seasonal allergies, so should you!

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What Causes Spring Allergies

Allergens, those pesky little airborne particles are the ones responsible for sending our immune systems into overdrive causing one or more of the following symptoms: sneezing, a stuffy or a runny nose, watery eyes, coughing and itchy eyes and nose.

The most common allergens this time of year are:

  • – Pollen
  • – Mold Spores
  • – Dust
pollen is the biggest cause of spring allergies

Pollen is by far the biggest spring allergy trigger. It gets wisped into the air by blooming flowers, trees, grasses, and weeds.  Most noteworthy in Spring, these tiny grains get released into the air as part of their pollination process.

This is an entirely natural and beautiful process necessary for the renewal of nature.  Unfortunately, for the countless Americans who suffer from allergies, spring can be a complete torture.  But do you really understand why? First, their immune system mistakenly sees pollen as a dangerous substance. Next, it overreacts by releasing antibodies to combat it.  As a result, you experience those terrible annoying allergy symptoms.

Preventing or Minimizing Your Spring Allergies

Although there are countless medications that can control the symptoms of seasonal allergies, it is always best to avoid getting them in the first place.

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  • – Get a Head Start: If you already know you have spring allergies, then the best thing you can do is to start taking your allergy medication before you show any symptoms. Taking a daily antihistamine or applying nasal spray can reduce the symptoms.
  • – Keep an Eye on Your Local Pollen Count: The level of pollen in the air is higher during breezy days when the wind picks up these microscopic grains, during rainy days the allergens are practically washed away. You can check the pollen count in your area by entering your zip code here.
  • – Avoid the Outdoors: We know this is not the best way to spend these beautiful spring days, but, limiting your time outdoors will help prevent or at least reduce the severity of your allergy symptoms.
  • – Use Your Air Conditioner: Close the windows of your home, office, and car and turn on your air conditioner unit.  You should make sure the filters are cleaned on a regular basis to avoid dust, and mold from accumulating in the vents and filters.
  • – Shower After Any Outdoor Activity: Spring is a lovely time to renew your garden and play outside with your kids. If you know you will be spending time outdoors make sure to take your antihistamine medication before you leave your home, and shower upon returning. Pollen is sticky, and it can cling to your skin, hair, and clothing and then transfer to your couch and rugs where it can continue to cause allergic reactions.
  • – Determine Your Allergy Profile: Pollen from different trees, flowers, grasses, and weeds affect everyone differently, you should make an appointment with an allergy specialist to determine which types of pollen affect you most.

Know When You Need to Visit the ER

For most allergy sufferers spring allergies pose nothing more than annoying symptoms that are usually controlled with some over the counter medications, however, sometimes your antihistamine may not be enough to control them.

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Anytime you experience severe and sudden symptoms especially those that make breathing difficult you should seek immediate emergency medical attention.

You could be experiencing anaphylaxis, a type of allergic reaction that is rapid, severe, and could become life-threatening.

  • – Rashes or hives anywhere on the body
  • – Inability to breathe well or at all
  • – A sense of impending doom
  • – Swelling of throat and mouth
  • – Difficulty in swallowing or speaking
  • – Severe asthma
  • – A sudden feeling of weakness (low blood pressure)
  • – Collapse and unconsciousness

Altus Emergency Centers are equipped with the necessary medications, equipment, and qualified staff to control any type of allergic reaction.There is no time to lose waiting in line during this or any type of emergency.  We are open 24/7 with no lines.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

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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, 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.

Why Kids End up in the ER

Common Reasons Why Kids End Up in the ER

More than 25 million children under the age of 18, visit an emergency room for treatment every year.  The fact that the number of underage patients has been growing steadily makes it vital for parents be aware of the most common reasons why kids end up in the ER and their prevention tips.

One of the biggest challenges for our staff at Altus Emergency Centers is to tend to an injured or sick child as quickly as possible.  It is heartbreaking to see a child in distress, for this reason, we have compiled a list of the most common reasons why kids end up in our ER and offer some helpful advice for parents and caregivers.

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Fevers

The first on our list of reasons why kids end up in the ER is the fever.  While not an actual illness it is an underlying symptom of infection, most fevers are mild and can be treated at home with an over the counter fever reducer medicine. However, if your child has a fever of 104°F or higher or if the fever persists even after administering medication, then you should bring your child to one of our emergency centers for evaluation and treatment.

If you have a baby under 3 months and they have a rectal temperature above 100.4, rush to the nearest Altus ER Center.

Tip: Closely monitor your child’s temperature, if it continues to rise or if you are unable to lower it with over the counter medications, you need to see a doctor. If your doctor’s office is closed keep in mind that we’re Open 24/7 at Altus Emergency Centers.

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Breathing Problems

All year long, for one reason or another, many kids end up in the ER due to breathing problems.  This is of special concern with the usual flu epidemics and Texas Spring pollen allergy outbreaks.  Children are especially vulnerable to suffer complications from the flu, and if your child suffers from asthma then they are at a higher risk.

Breathing problems can be caused by a range of conditions, including pneumonia, whooping cough, allergies or as we mentioned asthma.

Signs of a breathing emergency in children include:

  • – Rapid breathing
  • – Barking cough
  • – Trouble breathing even without physical exertion
  • – Severe wheezing or squeaking sound when breathing
  • – Chest and abdomen going up and down at different paces

Tip:  If your child shows any of the above symptoms, you should seek immediate medical attention.  At Altus Emergency, we’re Open 24/7, No Lines.

Breathing problems are a common reason for a visit to the ER

Injuries & Traumas

Kids are unruly and love to run around without regard for their personal safety.  Due to the little daredevil spirit in most, there will be times when even the most vigilant parents won’t be able to prevent a fall.  For this reason, injuries and traumas are common reasons why kids end up in the ER.

The most common injuries and trauma treated at Altus Emergency Centers are:

  • – Sprains and Strains
  • – Broken Bones
  • – Cuts and scrapes
  • – Concussions
  • – Burns

Tip: You don’t want to prevent your child from playing or practicing a sport, but you should make sure they:

  • – Have all the appropriate gear,
  • – Make them wear a helmet when riding their bikes,
  • – Don’t let them climb onto unsafe structures,
  • – Don’t allow them to play with sharp edge toys,
  • – Never let them play in the kitchen while you are cooking.
Injuries and trauma are a common reason for a visit to the ER

Stomach Bugs

School-aged children are exposed to many viruses during a year, but stomach bugs that provoke nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are especially concerning as they can lead to dehydration.

Sometimes the vomiting and diarrhea are not caused by the stomach flu, but, by food poisoning, or an infection such as gastroenteritis.  While the tummy ache is usually treated at home, keep an eye open as some “stomach bugs” may be a sign of some more serious condition.

Tip: You should head to the nearest emergency center if your child shows any of the following symptoms:

  • – Severe, prolonged, or abrupt abdominal pain,
  • – Pain that radiates to the back,
  • – If the abdomen is tender to the touch.
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Know Where to Go In the Event of an Emergency

Keeping children safe is a priority for every parent and one that is shared by the pediatric emergency staff of all our Altus Emergency Centers, if your child shows any alarming symptoms do not hesitate to bring them in for an evaluation.

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 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, Lufkin, 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.

Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe from Respiratory Illnesses

Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe from Respiratory Illnesses

Flu season is anything but over; in fact, the CDC reported just last week that they’d seen an increase in cases across most of the country.

Flu and other respiratory viruses can attack at any time. However, we usually see a decrease in cases this time of year as the weather warms up, so this rise in cases is unexpected.

As a parent, you want to do everything in your power to protect your child from any harm, including illnesses. So, we’ve prepared a list of helpful tips you can use to keep your children healthy.

Check out our Great Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe from Respiratory Illnesses

Instill Healthy Hygiene Habits

The first order of business needs to be discussing the importance of good hygiene with your children. After this, teach them a few simple ways they can use to keep unwanted germs and viruses from spreading.

Here are some examples:

Sneezing into the Bend of Your Elbow – if your child doesn’t have a tissue, tell them to sneeze into the elbow bend rather than their hands. This way, it will be harder for germs to spread.

 

Throw Tissues Away After Using Them – Paper tissues are single-use! Instruct your child to throw the tissue into the trashcan after blowing their nose, sneezing, or wiping away mucus.secondhand smoke raises the risk of ear infections, lower respiratory infections, other respiratory problems in children.

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Wash Your Hands – Kids need to wash their hands often, especially after playing with other children, riding the bus, or being in public places. Teach your kids to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If handwashing isn’t possible, then use a hand sanitizer.

 

Avoid Touching Your Face Unnecessarily – The average person touches their face 23 times an hour, and children are likely doing so more often. Train your children to avoid touching their nose, mouth, and eyes to help prevent respiratory illnesses.

  • If Possible, Avoid Sharing Toys, Crayons, Scissors, and Other School Materials – If your child must share school supplies, make sure they know to wash their hands once they finish using them.
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Eat a Healthily

Nutrition is the basis for good health. Therefore, make sure your family gets plenty of veggies and fruits which are packed with vitamins to help them stay healthy.

Replace unhealthy snacks with fruits and nuts. You can even combine them; how does a sliced apple with a bit of peanut butter sound? Yum!

children eating healthy food

Keep Your Kids Well Hydrated

When it comes to keeping your child healthy, hydration needs to be a big part.

Here is how much your child should drink each day:

  • 1 to 3 years old – need 3 to 4 cups of liquid
  • 4 to 7 years old – need 5 cups of liquid
  • 8 and older – need 8 cups of liquid

Water is the best option, but you can also offer them milk and fruit juices without added sugar. Please remember, if your child is out playing in the sun, they may need more hydration.

Get Plenty of Sleep

Sleep is the foundation of good health. Children who get adequate sleep have healthier immune systems that help protect them from respiratory illnesses.

child getting good sleep

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

When to go to the ER

Regardless of how much you try to protect your child, viral infections are sometimes inevitable. In most cases, your child can recover safely at home, but you need to seek medical help if complications arise.

Please come to the nearest Altus Emergency Center if you notice any of the following:

  • Your child has trouble breathing
  • They are gasping for air or wheezing when they breathe
  • They have trouble swallowing or are refusing to take any liquids
  • They’ve been sick for a few days, and their symptoms are not improving
  • They have a fever that won’t go down

Altus Emergency Centers is always open and ready to care for your child when you need us to.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we have pediatric examining rooms designed to make the experience of a visit to the ER less scary.

Our doctors and nurses will take care of your child as if it were their own and help get them healthy again.

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!

Tips to Enjoy a Safe & Fun Spring in Texas

Spring in Texas is Simply the Best!

Spring has finally sprung here in our wonderful state of Texas, the days have gotten longer, the weather is turning a little warmer, birds are singing, flowers are blooming, and trees are bearing fruit.

Spring in Texas is the best time of year, the days are warm, but the extreme summer heat is still a few months away, the land is bursting with life, bluebonnets are in full bloom and trees are all green. Simply put this is perfect weather to go out and have some good old-fashioned Texas Fun!

Go Sit in a Field of Flowers

The official flower of the state of Texas the Bluebonnet is overtaking fields and highways all over the state, so why not go out and take a few selfies in a field of blue with your family?

Safety Tips to Keep in Mind:

  • – To wear insect repellant.
  • – Watch where you are going as there could be ants, or snakes lurking in the fields.
  • – If you have known allergies, take precautions, carry antihistamines or epi pens with you.

Visit an Orchard and Pick Your Own Fruits

During March strawberries are in season, find a local grower and go pick your fill. Other fruits like peaches will be ready for picking in May, but, start looking for the best peach orchards now so you can reserve a spot for when they are ripe.

Safety Tips to Keep in Mind:

  • – If you need to climb a ladder to pick the fruit always have someone with you hold the ladder for support.
  • – Wear sunscreen designed to block both UVA and UVB rays, the fairer your skin the higher the SPF protection should be, but regardless of your skin tone, you should wear a sunscreen with an SPF 15.
  • – Take a refillable PBA-free water bottle, so you won’t become dehydrated.

Go Sleep Under the Stars!

Spring in Texas is a great time for families to go camping, the weather is great, and the scenery is breathtaking, you can take advantage of the many parks that offer camping spaces, most of these provide the basic amenities so you won’t have to tough it out so much.

Safety Tips to Keep in Mind:

  • – Stay within the limits of the camping area and follow all the rules and instructions established by the park.
  • – Never leave a fire unattended, always put bonfires out before going to sleep.
  • – Don’t leave food outside as the smell might attract wild animals.
  • – Always be extra cautious and keep a lookout for snakes.

Go on a Nature Hiking Adventure

Texas offers some spectacular hiking trails, and there is no better way to experience the great outdoors than to go for a hike with friends and family.

Safety Tips to Keep in Mind:

  • – Don’t go hiking alone, there is a high risk of falling or injuring yourself during a hike because of this it is better to have a companion who can go get help in case you should injure yourself.
  • – Always let someone know where you will be hiking if possible provide a map of your intended hike as well as estimated return time.
  • – Wear bright colored clothes that will make it easy to find you in case you get lost.
  • – Always carry snacks and a BPA-free water bottle when you go for a hike.

Organize a Picnic

There’s always time for fun during Spring in Texas!  If you can’t find the time to get away for a whole weekend, then organize a picnic.  It’s fun, easy and inexpensive.  First, pick your favorite park, and pack some food and drinks. Next, put the kids and the dogs in the car and enjoy the day!

Safety Tips to Keep in Mind:

  • – Sit in the shade, but still remember to wear sunscreen whenever you are outdoors.
  • – Store food properly.  The consensus is that hot foods that fall below 140°F is safe for about two hours, and cold food which temperature rises above 40°F is safe for about the same amount of time after that food will start to spoil and can cause foodborne illnesses.
  • – Stay hydrated.

Plan an All Out Texas Barbeque

Although anytime is a great time for a barbecue, for some odd reason during Spring in Texas it’s simply magical.  Nothing beats spending time with friends while cooking up juicy brisket, slow cooked BBQ ribs and basically everything that you pile on your plate.  Is it the weekend yet?

Safety Tips to Keep in Mind:

  • – Keep your BBQ or grill away from flammable objects.
  • – Before you turn on the gas, make sure all knobs are turned off.
  • – When using a smoker, set it in an area that’s well-ventilated area away from vegetation, and buildings.
  • – Keep children and pets away from the hot BBQ or grill.
  • – Don’t drink too much alcohol when you are working with fire.

Take a Road Trip

Aborigines in Australia go walkabout, here in Texas we go for road trips! Taking a road trip with your family or friends is a great way to get to know the amazing state we live in.

Safety Tips to Keep in Mind:

  • – Make sure your automobile is in good driving condition before you set out on your road trip.
  • – Buckle up and make sure any children are in age-appropriate safety seats.
  • – Never drink and drive.
  • – Respect all traffic signals and road signs.
  • – Stop frequently to stretch your legs, walk around a little to get the circulation going.
  • – Schedule breaks every 100 miles or 2-hours, it’s a good policy to rotate drivers every few hours.
  • – Don’t drive if you are feeling drowsy or are extremely tired.

Spring in Texas is a lovely time to enjoy outdoor activities, so go and have as much fun as you can.

Altus Emergency Centers will always be available 24/7 to treat any emergency that arises, but, we cannot stress enough how important is to take precautions and be vigilant to prevent injuries from happening.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

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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, 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.

Toddler Ear Infection Prevention, Symptoms

Toddler Ear Infection Prevention, Symptoms & When to go to the ERs

Ear infections in toddlers are extremely common, and they can develop at any moment. Often, they happen during the weekend or late at night, where getting a hold of your pediatrician isn’t so easy.

If your little one develops symptoms of an ear infection, here’s how to make sure you get them the best medical care.

Preventing Ear Infections

The best way to deal with an ear infection is to prevent it from happening. Here are some steps you can take to help decrease the risk of your little one developing an ear infection.

  • Vaccinate your child: Vaccinations help reduce the risk of bacterial infections, including ear infections. So, make sure to keep up to date with your children’s vaccination schedule
  • Breastfeed your baby: Breast milk provides essential antibodies that may help reduce the risk of an ear infection and other illnesses. When feeding your baby, place them in a sit-up position to prevent milk and other fluids from flowing into the middle ear.
  • Wash your hands: Infections result from exposure to viruses and bacteria. The best way to protect your child is by frequently washing your hands and theirs with soap and water for a full 20 seconds.
  • Stay away from sick people: If possible, try to keep your children away from others who are ill.
  • Beware of secondhand smoke: Exposure to secondhand smoke raises the risk of ear infections, lower respiratory infections, other respiratory problems in children.

Symptoms of an Ear Infection in Babies and Toddlers

About 50% of children will have had at least one ear infection by their second birthday. But because they may not be able to express what they are feeling, it’s important to know what symptoms to look out for so you can get them the help they need.

The best telltale sign of an ear infection is a pain in or around the ear. However, that is not the only symptom. The following signs will help you determine if their symptoms are those of an ear infection.

  • Pulling or tugging at their ear
  • Your child is inconsolable, irritable, and continues to cry
  • They have difficulty sleeping
  • They have a fever
  • You notice fluid draining from their ear
  • You see, they are having a hard time hearing
  • Loss of balance

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

When to go to the ER

Your child needs immediate medical attention when:

  • They develop a high fever that won’t go down with medication
  • They are clearly in severe pain
  • They become lethargic – you have a hard time waking them up, they are slow to respond, or seem unusually inactive or sleepy
  • They have trouble eating or drinking or refuse to do so
  • They are dehydrated – They are not urinating normally, they don’t shed tears when crying, or you notice their lips are dry cracked
  • You see bloody or pus-like discharge coming out of their ears

At Altus Emergency Centers, we have pediatric examining rooms designed to make the experience of a visit to the ER less scary.

Our doctors and nurses will take care of your child as if it were their own and help get them healthy again.

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!

What is Croup? Prevention, Signs & When to go to the ER

What is Croup?

Prevention, Signs & When to go to the ER

If you notice your child suddenly develops a barking cough, has trouble breathing, or makes a whistling sound when breathing, it could be croup.

Most cases of this illness are mild, but the condition can be serious, especially in infants and young children.

What Is Croup?

Croup is a respiratory infection caused by different viruses. The illness causes the upper airways to swell, making breathing difficult.

The condition usually affects children under five and can last between five and six days. However, complications such as ear infections and pneumonia can happen.

Way to Prevent the Spread of Croup

Like other viral respiratory infections, croup can spread through physical contact or the air. The following tips can help prevent the spread of croup in your household and community.

  • Wash your hands before and after caring for your baby or young child
  • Wash toys frequently, especially if your children share them with others
  • Urge your child to cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid sending your child to school or daycare if they are ill or when the school informs you of an outbreak
  • Teach your children the proper way to wash their hands and when to wash them
  • Throw away used tissues

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

What are the Symptoms of Croup?

At first, your child may have cold-like symptoms like a runny nose, congestion, and a slight cough. But over time, the cough worsens, sounding like a barking seal. Their voice can become hoarse, and they can also start making a high-pitch, wheezing sound when they breathe in.

The loud cough and wheezing sounds when breathing result from inflammation in the voice box, windpipe, and upper airways, which make it hard to breathe.

Croup can also cause your child to breathe very fast or have what is known as retractions; this happens when the skin pulls tight around their ribs.

In severe cases, the sick child may look pale or have a bluish color around their mouth due to a lack of oxygen; if you notice this, please call 911 immediately.

Croup can cause redness around the eyes, a rash, and swollen lymph nodes in babies. In addition, some children may develop a fever.

Symptoms of croup tend to worsen at night or when your child becomes upset or is crying.

Warning Signs of When to Call 911 or Head to the Nearest ER

Thankfully, most cases of croup are mild, and you can safely treat them at home. However, always listen to your intuition if you think your child’s illness is serious.

The following are signs of an emergency, and you should seek medical help for them as soon as possible:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Fast or labored breathing
  • Retractions (when the skin around the ribcage sucks inward while breathing)
  • Trouble swallowing
  • High-pitched noise when taking breaths
  • Unusual paleness or bluish color around their mouth

Dehydration is another danger associated with croup. Please head to the nearest ER if you notice your child is not urinating or if they have very dark urine.

Other warning signs of dehydration include:

  • Your baby sheds no tears when crying
  • Dry mouth
  • Sunken eyes
  • Exhaustion

If you feel your child needs immediate medical help to improve their breathing, don’t hesitate to bring them to the nearest Altus Emergency Center. We have special pediatric examing rooms and qualified medical staff to care for your baby.

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!

Winter Safety Tips for Kids

Winter Safety Tips for Kids

The recent winter storms have taken many of us by surprise. Unfortunately, when the weather suddenly turns cold, kids face new dangers that we as parents need to be aware of so we can protect them.

But just because it’s cold outside, it doesn’t mean our young ones can’t enjoy themselves. These winter safety tips will help keep your children warm and healthy through the cold weather season.

The Power of Layers

Keeping your child warm is the number one priority. If your children are playing outside or going to school, make sure to dress them in layers. This way, they can remove their coats while inside and still be comfortable.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends dressing young children and babies in one more layer than you would wear in the same conditions.

Perfect Time to Accessorise

We’re not talking about your kids becoming fashion icons, although they can if they want to. But cold-weather accessories like gloves, scarfs, and warm boots are an excellent way to keep them comfortable

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Beware of Clothing Hazards

Avoid using clothing with strings or ties like hoodies on small children as these can pose a choking hazard. If you can’t find options without them, then remove the strings, cords, or ties.

Scarfs can also be a hazard for young children. To keep them warm, try using neck warmers instead of scarves.

Additionally, if the weather is cold and damp, make sure to remove wet clothes and shoes immediately. Staying in wet garments can lead to hypothermia.

Bring the Fun Indoors

If the weather is frigid, it’s best to bring the fun indoors. Try to limit the time your kids play outside, and instead think of fun activities for them to do at home. For example, try baking cookies with them, or doing family game night.

Make Your Home a Safe Haven

Your home needs to be a warm and cozy refuge for your family, which means taking all necessary precautions.

During cold weather, you need to beware of carbon monoxide poisoning. To avoid a tragedy, please check your heating devices to make sure they are working correctly and not emitting dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

Just as important, take all necessary measures to prevent an accidental burn injury. Place a barrier around fireplaces such as baby gates to prevent burns.

Wear Sunscreen and Keep Hydrated

Children can still get sunburned during a winter spell, and it’s easy to forget to stay hydrated during these winter spells too.

Make sure to apply sunscreen on their faces before they go outside to avoid skin damage.

Additionally, cold, dry air can lead to your children losing water as they breathe. Therefore, they need to replenish fluids frequently even if they are not sweating. Soups and hot beverages are excellent options to keep them warm and hydrated.

Preventing Colds and Other Respiratory Infections

When the weather outside turns cold, the risk of coming down with a cold or flu also increases. But you can help keep your children safe by:

  • Washing their hands with soap and water regularly
  • Teaching them to cover their mouth and nose when they sneeze or cough
  • Don’t send them to school if they are feeling unwell
  • Keep them away from other sick children

When to Go to the ER

Please bring your child to the nearest Altus ER if you see any of the following symptoms:

  • They are having trouble breathing
  • They have a high fever that won’t come down with medication
  • They fell and hit their head
  • Your baby is not urinating enough
  • Your child is sluggish

Winter is a beautiful time of year. And with a bit of planning and some extra precautions, you and your family can be ready to enjoy it to the fullest.

Altus Emergency Centers will continue to be here for the community helping to save lives. However, we urge you to please do what is in your power to keep your family safe. Remember, prevention is always the best option.

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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