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    Medical Emergency: Insect Bite Allergy

    Last updated 1 day 10 hours ago

    The bite of a fire ant or the sting of a bee can be incredibly painful for many people. Such an event can also be life-threatening for individuals with insect allergies. Raulerson Hospital recommends that individuals with known insect allergies or those who suffer an anaphylactic response seek emergency care as soon as possible if they suffer an insect bite.

    Allergy Triggers

    The bite or sting of any insect has the potential to cause a severe allergic reaction. However, a select few species account for the majority of anaphylactic responses. Creatures that live in hives or nests, including hornets, yellow jackets, and wasps, can induce a serious reaction in those with insect allergies. As mentioned, fire ants are also responsible for many trips to the emergency room due to the reactions that their venom can cause in some individuals.

    Warning Signs

    A bite or sting normally produces tenderness and redness. For those with insect allergies, a bite or sting can lead to a wide range of serious side effects. Some people may exhibit extreme respiratory difficulties. For instance, your throat can swell, making it challenging to breathe. Allergic reactions can also induce gastrointestinal issues. You may experience abdominal pain, vomit, or suffer from diarrhea. A bite or sting can also lead to the formation of welts over the body.

    Treatment Options

    Anaphylaxis requires immediate emergency treatment. If the victim of a bite or sting cannot breathe or loses consciousness, his symptoms may turn fatal if he does not receive professional medical attention. Epinephrine can prove integral to stabilizing the patient until an emergency team can better assess his symptoms and provide appropriate care.

    Do you know how to identify the warning signs of anaphylaxis? Recognizing the symptoms and getting emergency care could save your life or that of someone you love. Call (888) 725-3918 to speak to a registered nurse available 24/7 to find out more about the emergency care services that Raulerson Hospital provides for allergy reactions and other life-threatening conditions.

    Answers to Your Hip Replacement FAQs

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Raulerson Hospital provides comprehensive orthopedic treatment options that cater to the individual needs of our patients. While medication, physical therapy, and injections can often ease joint pain for many people, those with advanced joint deterioration may require more extensive treatment. Hip replacement surgery can give recipients a second chance to enjoy the quality of life they once had without arthritic joint pain. If you are thinking about getting hip replacement, the following questions and answers can help you better decide if it is the right procedure for you.

    Why should I consider hip replacement?

    Arthritis typically becomes more difficult to manage with conservative treatment measures. If the medication, healthy diet, and exercise that once controlled your joint pain no longer offer the lasting relief you desire, you may be the ideal candidate for hip replacement. If medical imaging reveals extensive cartilage or bone damage, surgery may be the best choice for removing diseased tissue and introducing functioning artificial replacements.

    What happens during hip replacement surgery?

    The goal of hip replacement surgery is to restore healthy function to your damaged joint. To do so, the orthopedic surgeon must first remove the sections of cartilage and bone that no longer perform as needed. Once the diseased structures are gone, the surgeon can then introduce artificial components that once again enable movement and range of motion.

    How can hip replacement improve my quality of life?

    Mild arthritis may cause pain only when you engage in strenuous activity. However, advanced joint damage can produce pain when you attempt even simple actions such as walking, sitting, or lying down. Such obstructions to your mobility can then limit your independence and life satisfaction. Hip replacement surgery can eliminate your pain and allow you to once again enjoy life as you did without the hindrance of chronic discomfort, stiffness, and inflammation.

    Would you like to learn more about the hip replacement process? Call (888) 725-3918 to speak with a registered nurse. Our nurses are available around the clock to answer your questions and direct you to the appropriate orthopedic professionals.

    How to Help Your Kids Curb Sodium Intake

    Last updated 7 days ago

    High sodium intake is a leading risk factor for hypertension, a condition that affects adults and children alike. This video offers tips on reducing the amount of sodium your children eat.

    Sodium can be found in many places beyond your saltshaker. For taste and preservation purposes, many food manufacturers add salt to their products. In fact, nutrition experts warn that many popular packaged foods, including soup, crackers, and frozen pizza, contain ample amounts of salt. For this reason, try to limit the amount of processed foods that your kids eat. Replacing salt with fresh herbs and spices can help lower your family’s sodium intake.

    Raulerson Hospital provides both preventive and treatment services to help our patients enjoy their best health. For more information about our healthcare options, call (888) 725-3918.

    Understanding Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Getting a good night’s rest can be difficult for many reasons. Sleep apnea and insomnia are two of the most common culprits, but periodic limb movement disorder can also prevent individuals from sleeping through the night. The Sleep Disorders Laboratory at Raulerson Hospital offers effective solutions for those suffering from this disruptive and frustrating condition.

    What is periodic limb movement disorder?

    Periodic limb movement disorder occurs when the arms or legs begin to involuntarily shake for several seconds. The frequency with which periodic limb movement disorder happens can vary from person to person. In many cases, its effects can impact others. For example, the sudden and aggressive nature of the movements can wake up both the person with periodic limb movement disorder and his or her sleeping partner.

    Why does periodic limb movement disorder occur?

    Sleep experts are stilling looking into the reasons why periodic limb movement disorder occurs. While sleep specialists suspect that the condition may have a neurological origin, they believe that it has no life-threatening complications for sufferers. However, the exhaustion that periodic limb movement disorder can cause may significantly impact the quality of life for sufferers and their partners. Insufficient sleep can affect mood, immunity, and even cardiovascular health. Chronic exhaustion can also raise the risk of accidents that may endanger patients and those around them.

    How can a sleep expert address periodic limb movement disorder?

    Key to the successful management of periodic limb movement disorder is talking to a professional about it. With the correct diagnosis, a sleep expert can make recommendations for different prescription medications that may reduce the frequency or intensity of periodic limb movement disorder. Treatment can also bring to light associated problems that may be contributing to the side effects of this condition.

    Do you wake up in the middle of the night because of leg or arm tremors? If so, help is available. To talk to a registered nurse about your sleep disorder treatment options, call Raulerson Hospital at (888) 725-3918.

    Spotlight on Electrocardiograms

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Modern medical technology allows physicians to conduct a wide array of diagnostic procedures that require no invasive measures. In fact, many of these tests can be done in just minutes, allowing patients to return to their normal activities immediately following their appointments. The electrocardiogram is one such procedure that can provide important information about a patient’s heart function with little inconvenience or discomfort. For more information about electrocardiograms, you can talk to your doctor or visit our website and read the following guide.

    What They Do

    Heart function is controlled by electrical impulses that make the muscles contract on a regular basis. When these electrical impulses occur too fast, too slow, or in an erratic manner, it can negatively impact the rate at which the heart provides oxygenated blood to the rest of the body. An electrocardiogram can record the electrical impulses that move through the heart.

    How They Work

    An electrocardiogram is a completely noninvasive and painless procedure. Prior to the beginning of the test, the patient may need to disrobe from the waist up so that the technician can apply special stickers, called leads, to their chest. These leads are the devices through which the electrocardiogram gathers and records its information on the heart’s electrical impulses. Once the leads are in place, the test can begin. The patient may be told to relax on a medical table and breathe normally. As he remains still, the electrocardiogram collects data on the impulses controlling the heart contractions.

    Who Needs Them

    In many cases, an electrocardiogram requires only a few minutes of time to gather enough data about a patient’s heart. While this test can be given as a preventive health screening for individuals with no warning signs of a heart problem, it may also be used to confirm a potential diagnosis. Because an electrocardiogram records the electrical impulses of the heart, a doctor may order it if he suspects that a patient is suffering from a heart-related problem, such as an arrhythmia or heart attack.

    The cardiopulmonary department at Raulerson Hospital offers multiple diagnostic tests that can precisely determine the heart or lung issues causing a patient’s symptoms. For more information on our diagnostic services, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 725-3918 to speak to a registered nurse available 24/7. The nurses and representatives at Consult-A-Nurse associates can address your questions and concerns!


The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials does not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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