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Health Emergencies

Acute Bronchitis

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Acute Bronchitis

Bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchial tubes. These are the airways that carry air into your lungs. When these tubes get infected, they swell. Mucus (thick fluid) forms inside them. This narrows the airways, making it harder for you to breathe.

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Why Not to Go to the ER

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Why Not to Go to the ER

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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Subungual Hematoma Symptoms and Signs

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Subungual Hematoma Symptoms and Signs

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.

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Does This Cut Need Stitches?

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Does This Cut Need Stitches?

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.

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Everything You Need To Know About A Finger Dislocation

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Everything You Need To Know About A Finger Dislocation

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.

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Is My Leg Pain Shin Splints or Something Else?

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Is My Leg Pain Shin Splints or Something Else?

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?)

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Regular Check-Ups are Important

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Regular Check-Ups are Important

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.

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Everything Runners Need to Know About Treating Shin Splints

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Everything Runners Need to Know About Treating Shin Splints

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.

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Do I Have a Skin Infection?

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Do I Have a Skin Infection?

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.

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