Acute Care Management Specialist

Adult Care of Austin, PA

Internal Medicine Physicians located in Austin, TX

When you need help managing an acute medical condition like diabetes or congestive heart failure, you can rely on the cutting-edge monitoring and treatment options available at Adult Care of Austin in Austin, Texas. Steven Dobberfuhl, MD and Allen Sonstein, MD diagnose and treat a variety of acute conditions. They use the latest medical advancements to improve your quality of life and reduce the occurrence of symptoms. Find out more about the acute care management services available by scheduling an appointment online or by phone.

Acute Care Management Q & A

What acute care management services are available?

Dr. Dobberfuhl and Dr. Sonstein offer a variety of acute care services for conditions like:

  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Bronchitis
  • Diabetes
  • Neuropathy
  • Cardiac conditions
  • Congestive heart failure

They can also evaluate insomnia symptoms and provide you with a referral for additional treatment.

How is bronchitis treated?

Acute bronchitis is a condition in which the bronchial tubes become inflamed, causing a buildup of mucus. Bronchitis symptoms include persistent coughing and shortness of breath.

To confirm a diagnosis, Dr. Dobberfuhl and Dr. Sonstein may request a chest X-ray. They also listen to your lungs and discuss your coughing and breathing difficulties.

In most cases, acute bronchitis requires home care with a humidifier and over-the-counter medications. If you’re at risk for developing additional lung problems, such as pneumonia, Dr. Sonstein, and Dr. Dobberfuhl may recommend antibiotics to prevent a lung infection.

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a term for several conditions that cause damage to one or more of your peripheral nerves. The peripheral nervous system is the largest of the body, running everywhere except your brain and spinal cord.

Peripheral neuropathy typically affects the hands and feet, causing tingling, numbness, weakness, and persistent pain. The condition can make it difficult to keep your balance or walk without assistance. Symptoms can come and go, developing slowly over time and leading to severe pain and debilitating weakness.

Treatment for neuropathy may include medications and nerve stimulation therapies. Dr. Dobberfuhl and Dr. Sonstein may also recommend therapies like massage and yoga to reduce pain and improve your functionality.

What treatment options are available for congestive heart failure?

Congestive heart failure is a progressive condition in which fluid builds up around your heart and disrupts its ability to pump blood efficiently. The condition can result in blood and other fluids building up in other parts of your body, including your lungs, liver, and abdomen.

Treatment options for congestive heart failure may include medications to improve blood flow or diuretics to help your body eliminate excess fluids. Surgery may also be necessary if your arteries have blockages or if your heart valves aren’t working properly.

You also need to make lifestyle changes such as:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Limiting salt intake
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Getting enough exercise
  • Keeping your weight under control

Dr. Dobberfuhl and Dr. Sonstein also monitor your heart health over time to identify issues of heart damage or failure as early as possible for more effective treatment.

Book an appointment online or by phone to learn more about managing chronic medical conditions.