Family Care Specialist

CrossRoads Family Medicine

Family Medicine Physicians & Internist located in Campbellsville, KY

It’s easy to swap germs, so making sure you and your family stay healthy throughout the year can be challenging. Between work, school, and afternoon activities, nobody has time to get sick. Dr. Jerome Dixon, Dr. Kevan Graves, Dr. Troy Nelson, and the team at CrossRoads Family Medicine in Campbellsville, Kentucky, specialize in high-quality osteopathic care for a number of conditions, including strep throat, sinusitis, and asthma. CrossRoads’ holistic approach to medicine emphasizes wellness and prevention, so you can focus on what’s important. To schedule an appointment with one of the team members, call the office or use the online booking tool.

Family Care Q & A

What should I know about strep throat?

Strep throat is a bacterial infection that’s highly contagious and has very unpleasant symptoms:

  • Sudden throat pain
  • Painful swallowing
  • Body aches
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fever
  • Tonsils that are red and swollen
  • White patches in your throat
  • Tiny, red spots at the back of your mouth
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Nausea and vomiting

Strep infections are typically treated with a course of antibiotics, but there are a few things you can do at home to ease your discomfort until the infection passes:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers to help with inflammation
  • Drinking a lot of water to prevent dehydration and help with swallowing
  • Gargling with warm salt water to relieve pain
  • Eating soft, soothing foods to prevent irritation
  • Using a humidifier to help with throat pain

If left untreated, the strep bacteria can spread elsewhere in your body and cause a more serious infection. If you think you or your child might have strep throat, one of the CrossRoads Family Medicine team members will examine you and give you a strep test.

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is the inflammation of the tissue lining your sinus cavities brought on by a viral or bacterial infection. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may experience symptoms from two weeks to a month or more.

Anyone can develop sinusitis, but the chances increase if you:

  • Have blocked drainage ducts
  • Are on medications to suppress your immune system
  • Have nasal polyps
  • Have nasal swelling from another illness
  • Have allergies
  • Smoke

Children can develop sinusitis from using a pacifier or drinking a bottle while lying on their back.

If you have acute sinusitis, your symptoms may include:

  • Coughing and congestion
  • Facial pain and pressure
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Loss of smell
  • Fatigue
  • Dental pain
  • Bad breath
  • Yellow or green nasal discharge, often thick

Chronic sinusitis occurs when symptoms last three months or more. Standard treatments include decongestants and antibiotics.

How serious is asthma?

Asthma occurs when your airways narrow and swell, causing your body to produce extra mucus. When this happens, it can get difficult to breathe, and you also may experience:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Tight feeling in your chest
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty sleeping

A severe asthma attack can be life-threatening and requires emergency treatment. Seek help if you’re experiencing:

  • Shortness of breath during limited movement
  • Rapid shortness of breath
  • Your inhaler isn’t helping your symptoms

Common treatments for asthma include inhalers and quick-relief medications.

To schedule an appointment with the team at CrossRoads Family Medicine, you can book online or by phone.