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CONSIDER KCAM AND ERKATY FOR LUNCH!

Tell your friends and co-workers, or come alone and meet others at this fun lunchtime event promoting healthy living and the arts in our beautiful community.

Friday June 5th 11:30am to 1:30pm

$15 for non-members, $12 for Kcam members (walk-ins are welcome, but pre-purchase is encouraged)

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POOR BABY! EAR INFECTIONS IN CHILDREN – ER KATY

Ear infections in children are one of the most common reasons for doctor visits outside of regular checkups. According to the National Institutes of Health, by the age of three, 75% of children will have experienced at least one ear infection.

WHAT IS AN EAR INFECTION?

Ear infections, or otitis media with effusion, involve the tubes in the middle ear. The ear becomes infected by bacteria or viruses from bathing or swimming, or after colds or other respiratory infections. As a result, the ear canal fills with fluid, causing intense pressure and pain. Ear infections often impact hearing as well. The adenoid glands near the ear can also become swollen and cause similar symptoms.

SIGNS OF AN EAR INFECTION

Below are typical symptoms of ear infections in small children:

  • Frequent crying
  • Rubbing, tugging or scratching the ear or cheeks
  • Fluid draining from the ear
  • Problems sleeping
  • Difficulty hearing
  • Difficulty with balance or standing
  • Fever
  • Irritability
  • Tenderness or pain in the vicinity of the ear

IS IT AN EMERGENCY?

Sometimes ear infections pass on their own and are of short duration. However, you should bring your child to ER Katy for emergency medical treatment if you see any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe pain
  • High fever
  • Symptoms don’t resolve within a day
  • Discharge of fluid, pus or blood

TREATMENT

A doctor will inspect the ear canal for signs of blockage and infection. In many cases, treatment is quick and can resolve the issue within a day or two. In some cases, particularly in children who experience recurrent infections, the child may need tubes surgically implanted to help with drainage. Antibiotics and pain medications may also be prescribed.

For more details on how to recognize an ear infection, visit WebMD.

The National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders also has great information on ear infections.

If you suspect your child has an ear infection that requires emergency medical treatment, the doctors and staff at ER Katy are ready to help. Come in at the first sign of distress. We are here for you!

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WHEN SPRINGTIME SNIFFLES REQUIRE EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT

For many people in Texas, it’s that time of year again. Runny noses, sniffles, and coughing are all too common symptoms in the springtime. While you generally don’t need to panic and seek emergency medical treatment, here are some signs that may help you decide if a trip to the ER is necessary.

But is it a cold or is it springtime allergies? There are a few ways to distinguish between the two:

Colds:

  • Runny nose with yellow discharge
  • Body aches
  • Scratchy throat with sneezing and coughing
  • Fever
  • Generally lasts 10 days or less

Allergies:

  • Runny nose with clear discharge
  • Wheezing Sneezing and coughing
  • Watery/itchy eyes
  • No fever
  • No body aches
  • Can last an extended period of time if exposure to allergen persists

Treatment options

When you suspect it’s a cold, the best care is drinking fluids, getting a lot of rest, and eating well. You can use over-the-counter decongestants to relieve symptoms, but there’s no magic wand, and a cold generally needs to run its course.

For allergies, fluids and rest are also a good idea. There are over-the-counter and prescription medications to help with symptoms, and for particularly bad cases, allergy shots can provide a lot of relief.

When to seek emergency medical treatment

Sometimes what you originally thought was just a common cold can take a turn for the worse, and in actuality is may be a far more serious problem that may require emergency medical treatment. ERKaty is a free-standing emergency room, and if you experience any of the following issues, they may indicate a condition that requires immediate medical care: Persistent or high fever Coughing is particularly violent and painful Difficulty breathing in general, or when taking deep breaths Contact the staff at ERKaty for emergency medical treatment if you or anyone you know is experiencing any of the symptoms above. ERKaty is open 24/7 and their Board-Certified Emergency Medical doctors are ready to help at any hour. Call them at (281) 395-9900.

For more information:

Guide from WebMD

Mayo Clinic tips to tell the difference between colds and allergies

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ALLERGIC REACTIONS: WHEN TO VISIT ER KATY

Anaphylaxis is a severe, whole-body reaction to a chemical that has become an allergen. This generally occurs due to exposure to a chemical from things like snake bites, bee stings, food, and drugs, although allergic reactions can also occur at any time with no known reason. Symptoms develop quickly, often within seconds or minutes, and they can be life-threatening. Symptoms may include any of the following:

Abdominal pain

Abnormal (high-pitched) breathing sounds

Anxiety Chest discomfort or tightness

Cough Diarrhea Difficulty breathing

Difficulty swallowing

Dizziness or light-headedness

Hives, itchiness

Nasal congestion

Nausea or vomiting

Palpitations

Skin redness

Slurred speech

Swelling of the mouth, face, eyes, or tongue

Unconsciousness

Wheezing

If you think you are having an anaphylactic reaction, go to an emergency room and seek medical attention immediately.

For immediate medical attention and emergency care for allergic reactions in Katy, Texas, ERKaty is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. No appointment is needed. For more information, call (281) 395-9900

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WHY IS BOARD CERTIFICATION IMPORTANT?

Board certification requires extensive training and a rigorous review of a doctor’s knowledge, experience and skill in a medical specialty. Board certification also means that a doctor is actively improving his or her practice of medicine through continuing education. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition. Dr. Ethan Brown received his undergraduate degree from Rice University, where he is a community associate advisor and received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston in 1993. He completed his residency at the University of Texas at Houston, Hermann Hospital. Dr. Ethan Brown is board-certified in emergency medicine and has practiced emergency medicine for over 16 years. He grew up in Houston and has lots of family and friends in the Katy area.

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DR. ETHAN BROWN ON FOX NEWS

Dr. Ethan Brown was featured in a story by Fox News about free standing emergency rooms. Thank you Fox News for including us in this great clip! The story offers a good explanation about why free standing emergency rooms are necessary to help alleviate long waits and over crowing at the traditional emergency rooms in hospitals. Free standing emergency rooms offer a higher level of personal care in a much more timely manner. So next time you’re in need of Emergency Care please come visit us at The Emergency Room at Katy Main Street.