Ailments Treated in Family Medicine

Headaches

Another common complaint is headaches, including migraines. Many issues may cause headaches. A practitioner may diagnose chronic migraines and prescribe medication to ease the painful symptoms. Headaches may also be due to an allergic sensitivity or a nasal infection, such as Sinusitis. An appropriate diagnosis in this situation would be an allergy test to determine the patient’s allergies or antibiotics to treat the infection. If the problem persists, the doctor may suggest an eye exam, MRI, or a CT scan to rule out neurological problems.

Cold and Flu Symptoms

Some of the symptoms of cold and flu that doctors commonly see in family medicine include chest congestion with an accompanying cough, fever, aches, tiredness, a sore throat, and a runny nose. Once one person is sick, the cold or flu virus or bacteria will usually make the rounds throughout the whole household. The physician may prescribe antivirals or antibiotics to shorten the duration of the illness and will recommend plenty of rest and fluids until the patient is well.

Stomach Pains

Abdominal pain is another common complaint heard by general physicians. Abdominal pain may also be present with symptoms such as diarrhea or constipation and can be either acute or chronic. The practitioner will usually treat the symptoms and make recommendations to prevent dehydration. If the pain is severe and persistent, the doctor may run tests to determine if the patient has ulcers or another condition such as gastritis.