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Abdominal Pain Treatment

Stomach Pain Prevention and Treatment


Discover the symptoms, causes and options for treatment of abdominal pain.



Abdominal pain is a source of frustration for many people. Whether you're dealing with a mild stomach ache or sharp, distracting pain, it's worth learning about what causes abdominal pain and where to get help. Symptoms of abdominal pain can include things as mild as indigestion, yet can be as troubling as intense pain that lasts days at a time.




The key to understanding your pain is to identify its cause and seek a solution, from medication to lifestyle changes to surgery. If you're struggling with abdominal pain, please call (540) 299-1690 or contact us online.


Symptoms of Abdominal Pain


Though some abdominal pain can be a minor issue, it's important to identify your symptoms, as some symptoms may be cause for concern.


Some serious symptoms of abdominal pain include:



  • Difficulty breathing

  • Pain lasting several days

  • Excessive vomiting

  • Fever

  • Gas

  • Bloody vomit

  • Bloody stool

  • Pain during pregnancy

  • Painful urination


Pain can occur in the lower left, lower right, or upper sections of the abdomen, and may, in fact, occur in all three. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, please call (540) 299-1690 or contact us online.


Causes of Abdominal Pain


Stomach pain can indicate any number of conditions, from the easily treatable to more serious medical problems. Some of the less severe implications of abdominal pain include indigestion, heartburn, diarrhea and constipation. While seeming mild, these causes may actually indicate any number of more serious issues:



  • Food poisoning

  • Stomach flu

  • Kidney stones

  • Gallstones

  • Crohn's disease

  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

  • Endometriosis

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

  • Ulcers

  • Food allergies

  • Hernia

  • Appendicitis


What to Expect


To find the best course of action to fit your specific needs, . In addition to a routine physical, several tests can be conducted to discover the source of your abdominal pain. These include:



  • CT scan

  • Blood test

  • Urine test

  • Endoscopy

  • Enema

  • Barium tests

  • Ultrasound

  • X-Ray


Abdominal Pain Treatment


Based on the nature of your pain, many treatment options are available. Adopting healthier eating habits, along with regular exercise can help reduce pain relating to gastrointestinal issues such as ulcers and GERD. Reducing your intake of acidic or allergenic foods may also provide relief.



Depending on the severity of your pain, medications are available: These can include over-the-counter acid reducers, proton-pump inhibitors and H2 blockers. For extreme cases of abdominal pain, such as appendicitis and hernias, surgery may be required.


Take Action


Abdominal pain is a uniquely diverse condition, with a wide variety of causes, symptoms, and treatment options. If you're experiencing pain in your abdomen, please call (540) 299-1690 or contact us online.



Abdominal pain can be a serious issue to your long term health, so do not hesitate to set up an appointment immediately.




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Treatment of Acne and Acne Scars



When acne develops, pores in the skin become blocked with oil. Bacteria begin to grow in the pore, and acne (also called pimples, zits or breakouts) can develop. Acne can be mild or severe and may cause scarring if pimples are squeezed repetitively..




In fact, some experts don't believe that the acne itself is the cause of scarring, but that continuing to pick at a spot once it has been “popped” or drained is more to blame.


Acne scars can take many shapes and cause the skin to look rough, bumpy or discolored. Not every person who has acne will scar. Scarring is related to how your body responds to inflammation, and even people with severe acne may not scar depending on their body's unique makeup. For most people, acne scars can't be completely eliminated with acne scar treatment, but most can be smoothed and their appearance lessened.



Find the most effective acne scar treatment for your skin. Call (540) 299-1690 or contact us online.


Types of Acne Scar Treatment


The best defense against acne scars is to effectively treat the acne itself. Begin by addressing your diet and identifying any hormonal imbalances as this can often attribute to the proliferation of acne. Once the acne is under control, you have a variety of options to help manage scars. The effectiveness of acne scar treatment will vary widely depending on the severity of the scars, the procedure used, and the skill level of the health care provider. Often, many acne scar treatments are used together for maximum effect.



Some of the most common acne scar treatments include:



  • Microneedling: Tiny needles puncture the skin to create controlled injury. This stimulates the body's own healing and collagen production to eliminate acne scars.

  • Pain lasting several days

  • Laser therapy: Lasers remove the top layer of skin so new skin can form. Laser treatments are performed under local anesthesia to numb the skin. Laser treatments have shown promise in treating acne.

  • Dermabrasion: A rapidly spinning wheel made of diamond, wire or sandpaper removes the skin's surface and smooths deeper scars.

  • Skin fillers: Filler materials including collagen, fat, silicone or hyaluronic acid are injected with a needle into sunken scars. Fat may be used from another part of the patient's body. The body will absorb most fillers within a year, and the results are not permanent.

  • Chemical peels: An acid solution is applied to the skin for varying amounts of time to remove the top layer of skin. Peels can range from mild to very deep and may require extensive monitoring or support by a health care professional. Peeling and pain can be expected.

  • Radiofrequency (RF) Technology: A pulse of energy is delivered to the deep layers of skin to stimulate collagen growth. The RF energy is combined with gentle heat to break down scar tissue and smooth out indentions left by acne.

  • Topical: Creams, lotions or ointments can be applied to the skin to help improve surface texture.


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Find out more about the many acne scar treatment options available today. Call (540) 299-1690 or contact us online.




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