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Asthma Doctor: Breathe Easier with Proper Care

An asthma doctor can be either a pulmonologist or an allergist/immunologist. Each specializes in diagnosing and treating respiratory conditions. They have extensive knowledge and experience in managing asthma and considering other diagnoses which may mimic asthma.

If you or your child is living with asthma, certain triggers can cause their lungs and airways to swell, making it difficult to breathe. The good news is that an asthma doctor can diagnose and treat you, so you can continue to exercise, miss fewer school or work days, and get enough rest to power through daily activities. Learn more about the symptoms and causes of asthma and the considerate care available at the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine.

Symptoms and Causes of Asthma

How do you know you have asthma? Asthma can sometimes be misdiagnosed or confused with other respiratory conditions. An asthma doctor can conduct a thorough evaluation, including medical history, physical examination, and potentially lung function tests, to provide an accurate diagnosis.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, make an appointment with one of our asthma doctors:

  • Wheezing sound when exhaling
  • Shortness of breath, gasping for air
  • Chest congestion
  • Frequent coughing
  • Trouble sleeping due to poor breathing
  • Delayed recovery from viral infections
  • Difficulty playing or exercising due to lack of breath
  • Fatigue and lack of energy

Sometimes, asthma can be complicated by other medical conditions. An asthma doctor can coordinate care with other specialists to address any underlying factors that may be contributing to the child’s asthma.

Researchers and asthma doctors are still learning about the root causes and triggers of this debilitating condition. It tends to run in families, so if you have asthma, your children may be more likely to get it. Additionally, young children who get certain airway infections have a higher risk of suffering from asthma.

Triggers include environmental factors like cigarette smoke and air pollution. In addition, a compromised immune system could also leave you vulnerable to asthma.

What Does an Asthma Doctor Do?

Your primary care provider may refer you to a pulmonologist or an allergist-immunologist for asthma treatment. At Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine, we have allergists-immunologists who see all ages and also a pediatric pulmonologist who sees up to age 26 years.

Tests that can help with asthma diagnosis include:

  • Lung function tests (spirometry): Spirometry measures air volume and speed when you exhale. Ideally, we can perform the test after rest and exercise, and after taking a bronchodilator medication. At Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine, we have the capability of doing full pulmonary function testing, in addition to spirometry. We also have the capability of doing exercise-treadmill lung function tests.
  • Exhaled nitric oxide test: By measuring how much nitric oxide you breathe out, our asthma doctors can gather information and evaluate whether steroid medicines can reduce the affects of asthma.

In severe cases of asthma, you may experience life-threatening asthma attacks. Asthma doctors can prepare families for such emergencies, ensuring they know when to seek urgent medical attention and how to administer rescue medications when necessary.

What Treatments Can Alleviate Asthma Symptoms?

If you have asthma, there are three main types of treatment available:

  • Avoidance: You can avoid substances that trigger asthma.
  • Fast-relief medicines: An inhaler is a fast-working treatment that can help your airways remain open. Your asthma doctor may also recommend other short-term or controlled medication.
  • Control medication: Not all people require prescription medication to keep their airways clear and free of inflammation. It depends on how disruptive and threatening their symptoms are.

Asthma doctors at Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine include a pulmonary specialist for children and allergy-immunology specialists for all ages. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan to help you stay active and breathe a little easier.

Allergy Doctor: Managing Your Allergies

Allergies can sometimes be challenging to diagnose. An allergy doctor is trained to identify the specific triggers causing allergic reactions and can differentiate between allergies and other similar conditions.

They can educate you or your child about allergies, triggers, and how to manage symptoms effectively. You can also depend on them to provide guidance on emergency action plans and when to seek immediate medical attention in case of severe allergic reactions.

Why Visit an Allergy Doctor?

If you or your child have allergies, it’s important to find the right medical professional to help them keep persistent symptoms under control. Allergies indicate that your immune system has kicked into overdrive, overreacting to harmless substances. In this case, your body may release chemicals that cause allergy symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing, hives, and watery eyes.

Common allergens like dust, mold spores, pollen, insect bites, medications, and foods may lead to severe symptoms, and, for some, even anaphylactic shock. Visit an allergy doctor at the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine to help you or your child overcome allergies and other immune system problems.
Our team includes allergy doctors who treat all ages

Allergists/Immunologists go to medical school, complete a primary residency training in pediatrics or internal medicine, then two years of fellowship focusing their studies on allergies and immunology. This training makes them the ideal choice to help you or your child get your symptoms under control and enjoy a fuller life.

What Conditions Does a Allergy Doctor Treat?

Allergy doctors use special tests to pinpoint your allergies. These tests have evolved into convenient, nearly pain-free procedures. Once your doctor determines the source of the symptoms, you can adjust your habits, diet, or environment appropriately.

Treatment may include allergy shots or other medication to keep your immune system in check. Tests and effective treatments are a winning combination in the battle to keep allergies from threatening your health.

Here are some of the allergic reactions treated at the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine:

  • Allergic conjunctivitis: Caused by airborne allergens such as pollen, dust, and mold, this condition includes red, itchy, and watery eyes.
  • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever): Also caused by airborne allergens, this condition affects the nose and throat. Symptoms include constant sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, itchy or watery eyes, and a sore throat.
  • Anaphylaxis: This life-threatening allergic reaction may impact multiple organs and systems in your body. Allergens that trigger this severe reaction include certain foods, insect stings, medications, and latex. If you have hives or swelling in the face, throat, or tongue, they may be in anaphylactic shock. Other symptoms include difficulty breathing, nausea, and potential loss of consciousness. Epineprhine devices and other emergency treatments may save your life in case of a severe reaction.
  • Angioedema (hereditary and acquired): This condition includes fluid leakage from blood vessels. Common causes include certain foods, medications, or insect stings. It can also run in families. Symptoms include pain, itching, and discomfort in the face, hands, feet, or genitals. In some cases, in may lead to difficulty breathing.
  • Asthma: This chronic condition involves the inflammation and narrowing of your bronchial tubes. Triggers include allergens, infections, exercise, and stress. Typically, respiratory distress is the main symptom.
  • Atopic dermatitis (eczema): An overactive immune system sometimes causes dry, itchy, and red skin patches. Stress, infections, and irritants can cause this allergic reaction to flare up. In severe cases, you may develop cracked, bleeding skin. Moisturizers, topical treatments, and other newer medications may help clear the affected areas.
  • Contact dermatitis (contact eczema): Contact with allergens, such as metals, cosmetics, detergents, and plants may cause eczema to develop. This can be evaluated with patch testing. Your allergy doctor may prescribe antihistamines or other treatment and recommend substances to avoid.
  • Food allergies: Common food allergies include peanuts, tree nuts, milk, and eggs, to name a few. Hives, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and anaphylaxis are some of the possible symptoms you may experience if they have a food allergy. Blood and skin tests help your doctor diagnose and treat various food allergies.
  • Mast cell disorders: Mast cells are blood cells that release histamines and other chemicals in your body. This can lead to genetic mutations and may affect your organs. Symptoms include flushing, itching, hives, angioedema, anaphylaxis, abdominal pain, and many other reactions.
  • Urticaria: If you have red, itchy welts on your skin, it could be an allergic reaction commonly called hives. Alternatively, there is also a chronic medical condition, known as chronic urticaria, that allergists treat.

Whether you find us on your own or through your primary care provider, rest assured that our team will work tirelessly to help your child get the treatment they need to deal with their allergy symptoms.

Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine has compassionate and knowledgeable pediatric allergy doctors to help you find and treat the cause of you or your child’s discomfort. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or learn more about our programs and services.

Pediatric Rheumatology 101

Most people are not likely to know about and understand how rheumatic diseases develop. Some of these conditions are quite rare and complex. If your child is referred to the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine for pediatric rheumatology diagnosis and treatment, you’ll receive care from distinguished physicians specializing in autoimmune and similar disorders.

Our pediatric rheumatologist is here to inspire hope and help your family get to the bottom of symptoms such as the following:

  • Joint pain: This is the most common symptom of juvenile rheumatic conditions. The pain could be isolated or widespread, mild or severe, and frequent or intermittent.
  • Joint swelling: Visible swelling sometimes accompanies joint pain in rheumatic illnesses.
  • Joint stiffness: This is more commonly seen in adults but does sometimes present in children.
  • Rash: Some rheumatic conditions cause unusual rashes that can show up anywhere on the body.
  • Fever and fatigue: If your child has a rheumatic condition, it can sometimes result in a fever and chronic tiredness.
  • Eye inflammation: Rheumatic conditions may cause eye redness, pain, and light sensitivity.
  • Heart problems: Certain rheumatic conditions can cause inflammation of the heart muscle or lining, and heart valve problems.

What Is Pediatric Rheumatology?

Pediatric rheumatic problems can affect kids of all ages. While researchers are still looking for definitive causes for these diseases, we don’t always know what triggers your child’s auto immune system to attack various parts of their body.

Pediatric rheumatologists care for children with rheumatic diseases. Some of the conditions they treat include juvenile idiopathic arthritis (immune system attacks the joints and other areas), vasculitis (inflamed blood vessels), and infection-related auto-immune diseases, among other rheumatic disorders. At Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine, we treat an array of rheumatic symptoms and conditions, with a focus on improving your child’s quality of life.

What Are the Benefits of Pediatric Rheumatology?

Here are some of the advantages of booking a consultation with the specialists on our pediatric rheumatology team:

  • Early diagnosis: We carefully select our pediatric rheumatologists to make sure your child receives the care, compassion, and help they deserve. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent a lifetime of complications.
  • Qualified expertise: Our pediatric rheumatologists go through specialized training regarding the body’s response to autoimmune disorders.
  • Multi-disciplinary approach: We often work with other healthcare professionals, such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, and nutritionists to provide comprehensive care for your child.
  • Support and education for the whole family: Pediatric rheumatologists can help families understand the child’s condition and how to manage it.

Why Choose Our Pediatric Rheumatologists?

Our specialists are among the best in the country, conducting groundbreaking research to innovate new therapies. We strive to meet the unique needs of each child with rheumatic illnesses. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, our team may consult other pediatricians, social workers, and family members to help your child.

The Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine strives to give you the answers you deserve regarding pediatric rheumatology and related conditions. Contact us today to schedule time with a knowledgeable pediatric rheumatologist.

The Importance of Early Intervention in Pediatric Pulmonary Disorders

Children often have minor respiratory ailments, such as a cold or stuffy nose. However, if you find that your child has frequent respiratory problems, your doctor may refer you to the specialists in pediatric pulmonology at the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine. During the initial consultation, our friendly pediatric pulmonologist will conduct an examination and document the symptoms and history of your child’s lung issues. Early intervention can give your child the help they need to fight off an infection or heal from a lung related ailment. It can also prevent the condition from becoming chronic, improving your child’s chances for a full recovery.

For kids with trouble breathing, we’ll provide an immediate course of action and propose a treatment plan to help prevent future issues.

What Is Pediatric Pulmonology?

Pediatric pulmonology focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of lung and breathing problems in children. Pediatric pulmonologists specialize in treating kids with lung diseases. In this role, they deal with a variety of lung conditions, including asthma, cystic fibrosis, pneumonia, and sleep apnea.

Here are some things a pediatric pulmonologist does on a daily basis:

  • Diagnose lung problems: Tests used to diagnose lung problems in children include chest X-rays, spirometry, and pulmonary function testing.
  • Develop treatment plans: Pediatric pulmonologists can develop treatment plans for children with lung problems. These plans may include medications, breathing exercises, or surgery.
  • Monitor progress: Our team continuously checks to see if the treatments are working, making adjustments as needed.
  • Provide support and education: We strive to support and educate families regarding their health and welfare. We do this to help your family fully understand your child’s lung condition.

What Are Some of the Conditions Treated by a Pediatric Pulmonologist?

Chronic respiratory problems and lung infections affect all aspects of your child’s life. Fortunately, the caring team members at our pediatric pulmonology department offer many treatment options. Here are some of the conditions we treat:

  • Asthma: A chronic condition that affects the airways, making it difficult to breathe. Symptoms include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.
  • Bronchiolitis: This infection of small airways in the lungs causes wheezing, coughing, and difficulty breathing, particularly in infants and young children.
  • Chronic airways clearance problems: Difficulty clearing mucus from the airways can cause infections, breathing problems, and other complications. A pediatric pulmonologist may recommend treatments to improve breathing.
  • Chronic cough: Does your child have a cough that has lasted for more than eight weeks? Coughing often accompanies conditions such as asthma, allergies, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
  • Chronic lung disease in premature infants: A pediatric pulmonologist can help diagnose and manage chronic lung disease so your prematurely born infant can overcome the condition effectively.
  • Cystic fibrosis: This genetic disorder causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs and other organs. This can lead to infections, breathing problems, and other complications.
  • Difficulty breathing: This can be caused by a variety of conditions, including asthma, pneumonia, and heart disease.
  • Evaluation of scoliosis or pectus deformities on breathing: Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine, and pectus deformities are chest wall deformities. This evaluation refers to an assessment of the impact on breathing by our pediatric pulmonologist.
  • Noisy breathing (stridor): If your child makes a high-pitched sound while breathing in, it may indicate a narrowing of the airways, a vocal cord problem, or a birth defect.
  • Obesity as it relates to breathing: Obesity can make it difficult to breathe, and it can also increase the risk of developing sleep apnea. A pulmonologist can help assess your child’s condition and recommend treatments to help improve breathing.
  • Recurring pneumonia: Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs caused by a variety of bacteria, viruses, or fungi.
  • Recurrent bronchitis and sinus infections: Bronchitis is an inflammation of the airways, and sinus infections are caused by inflamed sinuses. These conditions make it difficult to breathe and children are not always able to explain to parents that they are finding it challenging to breathe.
  • Sleep disorders and sleep apnea: Conditions that disrupt sleep and can affect breathing. Sleep apnea can cause excessive daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, and other problems.
  • Vocal cord dysfunction and anxiety-related breathing issues: A pediatric pulmonologist can help diagnose these issues and provide a treatment plan to help improve breathing.

Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine has experienced, compassionate pediatric pulmonologists to help your child breathe a little easier. Contact us today to book an appointment for any of the conditions listed above or if you need help diagnosing and treating a respiratory disorder in your child.

The Importance of Pediatric Audiology

Have your child’s teachers or caregivers raised concerns over their hearing? Does your child have difficulty hearing your voice if the TV is on normal volume? These signs may indicate that your child requires an evaluation by a pediatric audiologist. For the most accurate diagnosis and treatment of childhood hearing loss, visit our experienced audiologists.

At Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine, our pediatric audiologists detect hearing and balance anomalies, such as the following:

  • Hearing Loss: Does your child need a hearing aid? Bring them in for an evaluation to find out.
  • Hearing Aids/Assistive Technology: What assistive devices can improve your child’s hearing, allowing them to interact with friends and classmates more freely? Our pediatric audiology team will carefully fit and adjust hearing aids and assistive technology to meet your child’s needs.
  • Dizziness and Balance: Hearing and balance are intimately connected. Let us help your child hear better and maintain their equilibrium.
  • Hearing Screening and Testing: We conduct hearing tests to determine the type and extent of hearing loss.
  • Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention: Explain how to protect hearing by limiting noise.
  • Tinnitus: We can provide advice on how to cope with the constant (often unexplained) ringing in the ears associated with this condition.

What Happens in a Pediatric Audiology Appointment?

Pediatric audiologists use kid-friendly techniques to put your child at ease. Following a family-centered approach, our staff, services, and facilities provide optimal conditions to assess hearing ability.
Pediatricians often refer patients to us due to hearing concerns. Here are some of the symptoms that may indicate your child requires hearing loss treatment:

  • Speech and language delays
  • Failed newborn or primary care screening
  • Family history of hearing loss
  • Numerous ear infections

What Happens in a Pediatric Audiology Appointment?

Hearing evaluations for children often include the following tests:

  • Auditory Evoked Potential Testing: Measures the electrical activity of the auditory system.
  • Tympanometry Readings: Measures eardrum movement following changes in air pressure; tests middle ear function.
  • Otoacoustic Emissions Test (OAE): Measures sound waves created in the inner ear to test cochlear function.v
  • Acoustic Reflex and Decay Testing: Measures muscle contractions in the middle ear following loud sounds; tests hearing sensitivity.
  • Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA): Using visual stimuli, this test helps confirm responses to sounds.
  • Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA): Uses play-based activities to test hearing.
  • Standard Audiometry: Measures hearing sensitivity using pure-tone sounds.
  • Auditory Processing Disorder Screening: Tests hearing ability in noisy or complex environments.

Our pediatric audiology team invites parents to ask questions, and we do our best to educate you on the best way to help your child recover their hearing.

Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine proudly employs some of the leading pediatric audiologists in our service area. Contact us online to make an appointment to test your child’s hearing loss type and severity. As part of our Comfort Promise, we do everything in our power to put your child at ease.

How to Prepare for Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Perhaps your child has a cleft palate or a deformity due to an accident. A pediatric plastic surgeon can assess your child’s condition to determine if plastic surgery can help. If so, you’ll meet with a dedicated, experienced pediatric plastic surgeon to discuss your next steps. At the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine, our plastic surgeon handles traumatic and congenital abnormalities. From burn reconstruction to trauma management, you’ll find consultation and treatment options here.

What Is a Pediatric Plastic Surgeon and What Do They Do?

Pediatric plastic surgery is a sub-specialty that focuses on improving aesthetics and functionality. Typically, patients require plastic surgery following congenital, traumatic, or acquired illnesses or injuries.

Our pediatric plastic surgeon underwent years of additional training to perfect the skills needed to reshape soft tissues and correct defects for patients under age 19.

Types of Conditions Treated by a Pediatric Plastic Surgeon

Skin conditions, head shape anomalies, and congenital facial differences often require plastic surgery to resolve.

Here are a few examples of conditions that typically result in plastic surgery:

  • Skin conditions: Keloids, moles, burn reconstruction, masses, and scars.
  • Problems with head shape: Anomalies like plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome) and craniosynostosis (baby’s head bones fuse together too quickly).
  • Facial differences: Includes acquired or congenital conditions like a cleft lip and palate, facial paralysis, and facial asymmetry.
  • Other types of pediatric surgeries include rhinoplasty and ear surgery. Our team of surgeons includes specialists for a variety of corrective surgeries.

How to Prepare for Pediatric Plastic Surgery

As a parent, it’s essential to ask the tough questions to prepare for surgery that may save your child’s life. We invite you to read our reviews and check out the credentials of our talented plastic surgeon.
Schedule a consultation so we can discuss your child’s needs and expectations. Our surgeon will ask that you bring relevant imaging scans and medical records pertaining to the condition. We also ask you to provide a detailed medical history so that the pediatric plastic surgeon is aware of medications, allergies, and conditions that can impact the success of the procedure.

The surgeon and our staff will offer advice on how to mentally prepare your child, so they feel confident and comfortable on the day of the surgery.

It’s important to understand any and all restrictions associated with your condition. That includes adhering to postoperative instructions pertaining to diet, exercises, and healing.

Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine has one of the leading pediatric plastic surgeons available in our service areas. Contact us online to book an appointment to discuss your child’s plastic surgery needs.

Finding Family Support in Pediatric Acute Care

When your child becomes ill or gets hurt, it affects the whole family. It’s important to find immediate care that takes the whole family into consideration. Your little one is in good hands at Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine, but we recognize your role in getting them through a difficult time. That’s why our pediatric acute care team supports families while delivering first-in-class care for children 19 and under.

Our pediatric acute care services include diagnosis and treatment for conditions such as the following:

  • Coughs, colds, and sore throats
  • Infections
  • Trauma and injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Sports injuries
  • Allergic reactions
  • Asthma
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Headaches

For more complex pediatric medical needs, we offer services for cardiology, endocrinology, hematology, and pulmonology, among others. Our staff also accommodates the inevitable concerns and offers updates to worried family members while your child receives the care they need.

Supportive, Comfortable Pediatric Acute Care

Effective communication is key when it comes to your child’s health. Our healthcare providers clearly explain your child’s medical condition and treatment plans so you can make the right decisions for your kids. We make sure to answer your questions with clarity and a caring attitude. When you bring your child to the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine, your family will find that our pediatric acute care clinic:

  • Offers emotional support: A situation that calls for acute pediatric care can be stressful for you and your child. Our physicians and staff provide reassurance and listen to your concerns as a parent.
  • Provides resources: Parents often need resources and information when they leave the clinic. We can provide educational materials, online resources, and referrals to appropriate community groups.
  • Fosters a positive environment: We nurture a welcoming environment to put you and your child at ease. Our team has created a family-friendly environment that includes activities and resources for both children and parents.
  • Provides practical support: Parents may need practical support such as finding financial assistance to pay for acute care. Our staff often connects parents with relevant resources in the community.

Stay Involved in Your Child’s Care

It’s crucial that you remain involved in your child’s care. The caring staff at the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine will help you remain calm and informed about what our health care professionals discover. You have an important say in your child’s treatment. Therefore, it’s essential to understand their health concerns and treatment plan.

Your child will need emotional support as well as medical care. Our staff does everything possible to help you feel equipped to care for your child once you leave the clinic.

Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine treats many health concerns, such as asthma, allergies, and fevers. Through effective pediatric acute care, your family can receive the support needed to care for your child. Contact us to day to learn more about our services.

What is a Pediatric Rheumatologist? A Quick Guide for Parents

If your child experiences frequent joint pain or stiffness, you may need to see a pediatric rheumatologist. As a parent, it’s important to understand what a rheumatologist does, when your child should see one, and what to expect during the first appointment. You can support your child’s care by keeping track of symptoms, attending appointments, following the treatment plan, and staying informed about your child’s condition. The Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine provides comprehensive rheumatology care for children 19 and under.

What Does a Pediatric Rheumatologist Do?

A pediatric rheumatologist specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the joints, muscles, and bones in children. If your child has joint pain, stiffness, swelling, or limited mobility, our experts will determine the underlying cause and set a course of treatment.
Some of the underlying conditions may include the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Other autoimmune disorders

When Should My Child See a Rheumatologist?

If your child is experiencing persistent joint pain, swelling, stiffness, or difficulty with mobility, a rheumatologist can help. Other signs that may indicate the need for immediate treatment include:

  • Worsening joint pain
  • Joint pain aggravated by activity
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Joint pain that lasts longer than a few weeks

What to Expect During Your Child’s First Appointment

During your child’s first appointment, an experienced pediatric rheumatologist will perform a comprehensive exam. We’ll review your child’s medical history and symptoms. In addition, your child will undergo a thorough physical examination. If needed, our doctors may request X-rays or other imaging studies for an accurate diagnosis.

What Treatments Can a Rheumatologist for Kids Provide?

Rheumatologists treat numerous conditions that may be causing discomfort in your child’s joints, muscles, and bones. In some cases, the doctor will prescribe medication or physical therapy. In other cases, we may recommend joint injections to help your child manage the symptoms.

How Can You Support Your Child’s Rheumatologic Care?

You play a vital role in improving your child’s joint health. This may include keeping track of symptoms and following the treatment plan set by the pediatric rheumatologist. Your contribution to the process cannot be underestimated and we are here to answer any questions you may have.

Schedule an appointment at Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine today to get the specialized care your child needs for persistent joint pain, swelling, or stiffness. Contact us today to learn more.

Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine treats many health concerns, such as fevers, joint pain, inflammatory disorders, lupus and more. Through effective pediatric rheumatological care, your child can find the relief they deserve. Contact us to day to schedule an appointment.

When Should I Bring My Child to a Children’s Walk-In Clinic Jackson, MS?

It’s Friday night and your child has severe diarrhea or stomach pain. What can you do to help them find relief? Instead of waiting for hours and paying high emergency room fees, you wonder if you can go to your local pediatric walk-in clinic in Jackson, MS. In many cases, the answer is yes!

The Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine is a great option if your child has any of the following, or similar symptoms (or when you feel uneasy about their condition and need answers fast):

  • Your child has a fever and cold symptoms that are getting worse.
  • Your child is pulling at their ears, potentially indicating an ear infection.
  • You notice your child has a painful sore throat.
  • You suspect pink eye due to red, swollen eyes and discharge.
  • Your child is throwing up and/or has diarrhea.

In many of the cases above and similar scenarios, we can provide the necessary care at our children’s walk-in clinic in Jackson, MS, for children ages 19 and under. However, if your child has been in a serious accident, is bleeding profusely, or has a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

What Conditions Are Treated at a Pediatric Walk-In Clinic in Jackson, MS?

Pediatric acute care delivers fast care for illnesses and ailments. Our board-certified pediatricians provide acute care for the following symptoms and issues:

  • Asthma attacks: We are equipped to alleviate the effects of asthma and help your child breathe a little easier.
  • Infections, including ear and throat infections causing significant distress.
  • Minor to moderate injuries from sports and falls
  • Unexplained pain of all types
  • Broken bones
  • A fever that doesn’t abate
  • Cuts and burns
  • Rashes, minor allergic reactions, poison ivy
  • UTIs

Why Choose Pediatric Walk-In Clinic Care?

It takes special training and knowledge to diagnose health concerns for infants and toddlers. Children and young adults undergo rapid body changes and aren’t always comfortable talking about their health. We have kind, knowledgeable, and patient pediatricians with plenty of experience putting children at ease and helping them communicate their needs. We work to stabilize the patient and treat the source of the pain and discomfort.

At Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine, we offer extended hours to give you more options for care at our children’s walk-in clinic in Jackson, MS. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

Can Pediatric Rheumatology Help My Child

Does your child have inexplicable muscle and joint pain and fevers? They may have an autoimmune or a rheumatic condition, such as lupus or juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Pediatric rheumatology can provide a definitive diagnosis and explain potential treatment options aimed at alleviating the symptoms and underlying conditions.

Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine is a pediatric specialty clinic serving children 19 and younger. Your child should not have to endure pain and suffering from performing everyday tasks. Our pediatric rheumatologists would be happy to meet with you and your child to achieve better health and pain-free living.

What Is Pediatric Rheumatology?

Pediatric rheumatologists specialize in diagnosing and treating rheumatic conditions in children. These conditions cause swelling and stiffness in muscles, bones, and joints and can become quite painful if unaddressed.

When to See a Pediatric Rheumatologist

We may refer you to a pediatric rheumatologist if your child experiences any of these symptoms:

  • Symptoms of juvenile arthritis
  • Prolonged fevers
  • Unexplained rashes or severe acne
  • Muscle weakness
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Red, sore eyes
  • Pericarditis and pleuritis (inflammation around the heart and lungs)
  • Anemia, low white blood cell count
  • Recurring mouth sores

To ease your mind, make an appointment for a consultation to discuss your child’s symptoms and what they might mean.

What Do We Diagnose and Treat?

We provide diagnosis and treatment for the following rheumatoid conditions:

  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis: One or more joints (knees, elbows, etc.) become inflamed. The condition may last weeks or months and occurs in kids under age 16.
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: The immune system attacks tissues in the body, causing inflammation and potentially damaging the joints, skin, brain, lungs, kidneys, or blood vessels.
  • Juvenile Dermatomyositis: Impacts the muscles and skin in children 5 to 14 years old.
  • Vasculitis: Blood vessel walls thicken, constricting blood flow and possibly leading to organ and tissue damage.
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon: Small blood vessels start to narrow when exposed to stress or cold temperatures. This causes your child’s toes and fingers to turn blue and may be very painful. It can also affect the lips, ears, and nose.
  • Growing pain: Growing pains typically occur between ages 3 and 12 years. Your child may complain that the pain in their left and right leg alternates. Massaging the leg after a busy day can help.
  • Joint hypermobility syndromes: Excessive joint flexibility and joint pain characterize this condition. However, some kids have extremely flexible joints without the pain.

Tests to Determine the Type and Severity of Inflammation

A blood test can be used to determine whether your child has a condition related to pediatric rheumatology, as follows:

  • Antinuclear antibody (ANA) test: Checks for excess antibodies.
  • Complete blood count (CBC): Tests for balanced levels of white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets.
  • Creatinine: Checks for kidney disease.
  • Rheumatoid factor test: Tests for rheumatoid arthritis.
  • White blood cell count: High levels may indicate inflammation.
  • HLA tissue typing: Identifies genetic markers indicating ankylosing spondylitis.
  • Joint aspiration (arthrocentesis): Checking joint fluid for bacteria, crystals, or viruses.
  • Muscle biopsy: Helps determine if your child has any conditions related to rheumatoid arthritis in the muscles.
  • Skin biopsy: May help diagnose lupus or psoriatic arthritis.
  • Urine test: Checks for proteins and blood cell levels indicating an issue related to rheumatology.
  • X-rays or other imaging tests can also help us properly diagnose your child’s health condition.

Pediatric Rheumatology Treatment for Your Child

The Mississippi Center for advanced medicine specializes in pediatric conditions. We have a robust pediatric rheumatology department that focuses on alleviating your child’s discomfort and treating underlying conditions. We will work closely with your current medical professional to help your child manage pain and inflammation. With the right treatment, they can get back to school, sports, and other essential activities they enjoy.

Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine treats the conditions listed in this post and more. We are dedicated to the health and welfare of the kids and families we serve. Contact us to schedule a pediatric rheumatology consultation.

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