Acute Diseases

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Acute Diseases services offered in Mission, San Francisco, CA

Everybody experiences acute illness at some point in their lives, and when you do, you need a doctor you can trust to provide the appropriate care. At Prosalud Family Medicine in the Mission District of San Francisco, California, board-certified family medicine physician Juan Posada, MD, treats all types of acute diseases, from strep throat to the flu to allergies and bronchitis. Prosalud Family Medicine is proud to be a bilingual practice for English and Spanish speakers. For expert acute disease care, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

What are acute diseases?

Acute diseases develop suddenly and typically last for three months or less. Unlike chronic diseases, which last for at least six months, acute conditions usually resolve quickly. However, because the onset of many acute diseases is abrupt, prompt care is necessary to prevent complications. Without responsive treatment, some acute diseases can be life-threatening.


At Prosalud Family Medicine, the team offers comprehensive testing services to diagnose and treat a wide range of acute diseases.

What are the types of acute diseases?


Many types of acute disease can affect your health and well-being. Some of the most common acute diseases that the team at Prosalud Family Medicine treats include:


  • Common cold
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Strep throat
  • Tonsillitis 
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Stomach flu
  • Asthma attack
  • COVID-19
  • Sinusitis
  • Broken bones
  • Burns and cuts 


While these acute diseases can subside on their own, professional medical treatment can reduce your risk of worsening symptoms and life-threatening complications. If you suspect you have an acute disease, your doctor can perform the appropriate tests to make an accurate diagnosis before treatment.


Rapid strep tests, X-rays, blood work, and urinalysis are just a few tests your doctor may recommend if you’re showing signs of acute illness.

What are the symptoms of acute diseases?


Understanding the signs and symptoms of acute diseases encourages you to seek treatment. Schedule an appointment with Prosalud Family Medicine right away if you experience:


  • Fever
  • Persistent cough
  • Sore throat
  • White spots in the back of the throat
  • Runny nose
  • Diarrhea
  • Neck stiffness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Earache
  • Sneezing
  • Headache
  • Fatigue


If your symptoms worsen quickly, head to your nearest urgent care center or emergency room (ER).

What are the treatments for acute diseases?


Acute disease treatment depends on the type of illness you have. Standard treatments that the team at Prosalud Family Medicine recommends for acute diseases include:


  • Antibiotics
  • Intravenous (IV) fluids
  • Rest and fluids
  • Antihistamines
  • Over-the-counter (OTC) cold and flu medicine
  • Prescription medication
  • Stitches


To learn more about acute diseases, call Prosalud Family Medicine or schedule an appointment online today.