Hi, my name is Dr. P. John Schanen, APRN, FNP-C and I am a certified family nurse practitioner with Sana Vida Wellness Center located in San Antonio, Texas. Like most family nurse practitioners, my goal is to keep my patients healthy and out of emergency rooms, if at all possible. I’ve worked in many ER’s around Texas and many of my friends work in the emergency room. I have the utmost respect for the care ER practitioners and the role they serve in healthcare. I have seen people in emergency rooms with life-or-death conditions such as chest pain and shortness of breath and am grateful we have skilled providers in this area of practice.
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A subungual hematoma is a collection of blood in the space between the nail bed and fingernail due to direct injury to the fingernail. The pressure generated by this collection of blood under the nail causes intense pain.
You’re chopping food for dinner and slice yourself by accident. Or maybe your child gets gashed while playing on gravel. Do you just bandage it up, or do you go get stitches?
Basic scrapes and scratches are easy, but beyond that, you may not be sure what to do about deeper cuts.
Finger dislocation is a common, serious injury. It occurs when the bones of the finger are moved (dislocated) from their normal anatomic position. Finger dislocation can occur in any of the joints of any finger, but it occurs most often in the middle knuckle of the little (pinky), ring, middle, or index finger. A break in the bone (fracture) may accompany these dislocations, but they frequently happen without any breaks.
Shin pain and pain in the front of your lower leg can be a troubling problem. It may limit your ability to perform everyday tasks like walking and running. But where is your shin pain coming from? Is the pain in the front of your leg shin splints or sciatica? (Or could it be something else altogether?)
We all know that it’s vitally important to drink eight (approximately — all bodies are different) glasses of water a day and doing so is easier said than done. But if you’re not drinking enough water on a regular basis, quite a few concerning things can happen to your body when you’re constantly dehydrated.
It’s time to take charge of your health! Schedule an appointment with your health care provider to discuss what screenings and exams you need and when you need them.
Below are resources to help you and your health care provider determine what health services and screenings are best for you.
If you’ve ever had them, then you know they’re the pits. No not a stomach bug (although man, that is the worst)—we’re talking about shin splints. That nagging pain concentrated in the front of your leg along the tibia, shin splints are usually experienced during and after exercise and when you press on the area. In less common cases (about 10 percent), the tightening pain can be felt in the soft, outside, muscular part of the shin. The pain is usually bad enough that running becomes impossible, and then it subsides when you stop running.
You can get a skin infection anytime your skin is broken, whether from a cut, tattoo, piercing, puncture, sting, or bite.
It can happen when germs get into your body through the wound and there are more of them than your immune system can handle.
When people think of seasonal illnesses, winter colds and spring allergies usually come to mind. However, summertime can be a hotbed for illnesses as well, especially when it comes to your kids. Your children will likely spend the summer adventuring in the great outdoors and soaking up the sunshine—but the outdoors come equipped with a variety of illnesses that can affect your kids and even the whole family.