Clinical Example Of Acute And Chronic Illness

Clinical Example Of Acute And Chronic Illness

Illness is classified as acute and chronic illness. An acute illness usually lasts for a short period of time and can go away without the use of medicine and/or surgery. On the other hand, chronic illness occurs either for a long period of time or keeps recurring. Sometimes, chronic illness may last the entire lifetime of the person.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) chronic illnesses are the most common and yet the most preventable diseases. Approximately around 1.7 million Americans die each year in the United States from chronic illnesses. The problem with chronic illness is that it lowers the quality of life as the person may also suffer from pain and disability.

There are many clinical examples of chronic illnesses but the most common are obesity, cancer, AIDS, diabetes, kidney disease and heart disease. The healthcare cost for treating chronic illness costs over 75 percent of the nation's medical care costs. Chronic illness always requires medical intervention and prescription drugs to control the disease.

Clinical example of acute illness include coughs, colds, teething, PMS, ear infection, and sleeplessness; and can be controlled through over-the-counter drugs but usually tends to disappear without any intervention or drugs.

Many people are resorting to alternative therapies to treat acute and chronic illness. One alternative therapy that can treat both types of illness is homeopathy. A point to be noted here is that if you are using homeopathy to treat a chronic illness, you will still require medical diagnosis and proper monitoring. Any good doctor of homeopathy will also recommend the same and avoid any doctor who says this is not required.

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