Melissa Franco, Family Medicine Physician at Baptist Health Primary Care, recommends visiting a doctor if you are having a fever that is running very high and it is not getting better within three days or if you are having a cough that is persistent. She also says you have to go to your physician if you have a history of any type of asthma or other lung disease or if you are not getting better in few days.
Melissa Franco, Family Medicine Physician at Baptist Health Primary Care, says hand-washing can be one of the best prevention tips for so many infections, it is one of the best protectors from stopping the spread of the flu, for example. She points out hand sanitizers are very good for killing germs, but hand-washing has proven to be just as effective if not more depending on the bacteria that you are coming into contact with.
Cold and allergy share some symptoms but they are not the same. Some of the allergy symptoms are runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes and dry skin and some of the cold symptoms are cough, sore throat and mild headache. Melissa Franco, Family Medicine Physician at Baptist Health Primary Care, says with a cold you are aware when it starts and then you get better within three to five days.
Melissa Franco, Family Medicine Physician at Baptist Health Primary Care, explains the common cold is an overall catch-all term for a number of viruses that we come in contact with. It lasts seven to ten days with symptoms of cough congestion and occasionally fever accompanies it. She recommends not taking antibiotics, but letting the natural immune defense work to feel better.
Baker Act is a way to mandate the emergency treatment that has to happen for the patient's mental health. Sometimes, it can be scary for a patient. Dr. Melissa Franco, Family Medicine Physician with Baptist Health Primary Care, affirms physicians do Baker act for the patientsâ€™ help and for their own good. “They may be so severely depressed they don't realize how much of a risk they are to themselves or to others". Baker act means patient is going to a more complete evaluation, she says.