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ACUTE OR ROUTINE?

02/10/2000

Question:

CAN YOU INCLUDE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF AN ACUTE FLARE AS IT IS HARD TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN A ROUTINE FLARE AND AN ACUTE FLARE AND WHEN YOU SHOULD SEEK HOSP TREATMENT

Answer:

A flare is a flare. A minimal increase in symptoms may be called a `routine flare` and may not need immediate hospital visit, whereas a sudden increase in severe symptoms may be called an acute flare. It is generally advisable to seek help when `routine flares are frequent, or when there is an `acute` flare.

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Response by:

Ram Raj   Singh, MD Ram Raj Singh, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati