We tend to think of headaches as a common malady. However, with some, they occur far too often, and there is no need to accept that pain as a part of life. Find relief with help from board-certified physicians at Makana North Shore Urgent Care, serving Princeville, HI and surrounding areas.
Different types of Headaches
Headaches can be caused by many different factors. However, they can be categorized into three main types: sinus headaches, tension headaches, and migraines, which can result in severe and extended pain.
A sinus headache causes pain and pressure in the face, as well as congestion and fatigue. Some people that assume they have this type of headache may actually be experiencing a tension headache or even a migraine. Conferring with our medical professionals is important so you can ensure proper treatment.
Tension or stress headaches are the most common type of headache for adults. The pain involved is dull and aching and can range from mild to moderate. We can help stop a tension headache with either over-the-counter or prescription medications such as pain relievers, combination medications, or triptans.
A migraine is a severe, throbbing headache that often occurs on one side of the head. Migraine symptoms include muscle tension, nausea, and vomiting, as well as increased sensitivity to light and sound.
The providers at Makana North Shore Urgent Care can help stop your migraine headache with acute treatment and migraine medication.
Coughing is the body’s way of removing foreign material or mucus from the lungs and upper airway passages or of reacting to an irritated airway. Coughs have distinctive traits that can be recognized. A cough is only a symptom, not a disease, and often the importance of your cough can be determined only when other symptoms are evaluated by a doctor or medical provider.
A productive cough produces phlegm or mucus (sputum). The mucus may have drained down the back of the throat from the nose or sinuses or may have come up from the lungs. A productive cough generally should not be suppressed as it clears mucus from the lungs. Productive coughs can be caused by a variety of reasons, such as viral illnesses, infections, chronic lung disease, and smoking or other tobacco use.
A non-productive cough is dry and does not produce sputum. A dry, hacking cough may develop toward the end of a cold or after exposure to an irritant, such as dust or smoke. There are many causes of non-productive coughs, such as viral illnesses, allergies, medications, and asthma. Come to Makana North Shore Urgent Care in Princeville to receive proper diagnosis and treatment for your cough.
Pneumonia is a respiratory infection that affects the lungs. It is a fairly common illness that may affect just one lobe, the whole lung, or both lungs.
Most of the time pneumonia is caused by a bacterial infection, but it can also be caused by a virus, fungus, or parasite. The infection causes inflammation in the lungs and causes the air sacs within the lungs – the alveoli – to fill with fluid or mucus. This fluid makes it difficult to breathe and limits the amount of oxygen the lungs can take in.
Pneumonia symptoms include:
Shortness of breath
Cough (which may be productive)
Fever, shaking, and sweating chills
Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to your lungs. There are two types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis is common and usually is brought on by a cold or another virus. After you’ve been treated for acute bronchitis, you may have a lingering cough for several weeks.
Chronic bronchitis, however, is a constant inflammation of the bronchial tubes, usually caused by smoking. Bronchitis is considered chronic when it lasts at least three months, with recurring bouts of coughing that happen for at least two years in a row.
Bronchitis symptoms include:
Mucus present when coughing
Shortness of breath
Slight fever and chills
If you recognize the symptoms of pneumonia or bronchitis, don’t hesitate to meet with our board-certified physicians for immediate care and relief from pain.
Allergies affect more than 50 million Americans each year! While there is no cure for this condition, you can manage your allergy symptoms with prevention and treatment.
The Kauai environment is one of the wettest in Hawaii and produces uniquely beautiful and plentiful fauna. Because of this, the island can affect those that are susceptible to pollens and outdoor molds that are more prevalent here.
Beyond pollens and plants, there are many alternate sources of allergies no matter where you are. Foods, insect bites, reactions to medicines, and so forth can all result in allergic reactions.
Makana North Shore Urgent Care’s medical professionals are well versed in the allergies more common to Hawaii and Kauai and will diagnose your allergies accurately. We will prescribe the best possible treatment for your relief in less time and at an affordable cost!