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Is it Stomach Flu or Food Poisoning?

Young woman suffering from food poisoning or the stomach flu, vomiting into the toilet bowl If you are vomiting, you need to determine if you have a stomach flu or if you have food poisoning. Determining what the cause of your vomiting is can help a doctor to identify what treatment, if any, you should undergo.  When you are feeling nauseous and ill, it is also important to get medical help so you can be kept hydrated and watched for signs of complications. These are usually common symptoms that bring people into an emergency room. At Highland Park Emergency Room, our emergency medical professionals are available at all times to provide you with an accurate diagnosis.

Stomach Flu vs. Food Poisoning

Stomach flu, or gastroenteritis, can be caused by a parasite, virus, or bacteria. When you have the stomach flu, it is often accompanied by:

Other symptoms can also occur. Food poisoning can have very similar symptoms to stomach flu, although a fever, headaches, and muscle aches are more likely to be signs of the flu than food view of woman's abdomen, in a sweater and blue t-shirt, clutching her stomach in an attempt to prevent vomitingpoisoning.  By contrast, physical pain in the belly is more likely to be caused by food poisoning than by stomach flu. Either way, vomiting can result in dehydration, complicating your condition.

Address Your Vomiting Symptoms

It is imperative that you go to a doctor if you have bloody diarrhea, if your stomach pain is severe, if you are throwing up blood, if you cannot drink or eat, or if symptoms persist. A doctor may run blood tests, urine tests, and take fecal samples, among other diagnostic tools. The goal is to find out if you have food poisoning or the flu and to identify the pathogens that are making you sick so you can be treated correctly. Highland Park Emergency Room have emergency board certified doctors available 24/7, including holidays, to provide treatment. Contact us to find out more today.

The Ultrasound as a Diagnostic Tool

woman getting ultrasound diagnostic from doctor- available at Highland Park Emergency Room in DallasAn ultrasound is a diagnostic test that works based on sound waves.  Ultrasounds can be used during pregnancy, but also for many other reasons as well. When you have an internal problem, getting help from medical professionals who can provide an ultrasound and interpret the results is essential.  Ultrasounds are a diagnostic tool that is used in both Highland Park Emergency Room by qualified medical professionals to correctly diagnose your health emergencies.

How Does an Ultrasound Work?

Ultrasounds work by transmitting sound waves into the body, where they travel until they hit a boundary in between different types of tissue, bone, or fluid. When the waves bounce back, an image is created based on the sound waves.  In conventional ultrasound, the image is displayed in thin flat sections. Advancements have now allowed for 3D ultrasounds to be taken when necessary for diagnostic purposes or when pregnant women want to get a clearer look at their babies. This diagnostic imaging is typically used for:

Getting a Diagnosis Using an Ultrasound

You need a trained professional to conduct an ultrasound in order to get an accurate test and result to treat your emergency or condition. At  Highland Park Emergency Room, ultrasounds are available and medical professionals can perform ultrasounds for diagnosis. Our freestanding ERs offer no wait, fast results, and quaity medical care by emergency board certified professionals  you can count on. Contact us today for more information.

We Bill Most Private Insurances


Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to accept Government Insurances, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Tri-Care.

This facility is a freestanding emergency medical care facility. The facility charges rates comparable to a hospital emergency room and may charge a facility fee. A facility or a physician providing medical care at the facility may be an out-of-network provider for the patient ’s health benefit plan provider network. A physician providing medical care at the facility may bill separately from the facility for the medical care provided to a patient. The facility is an out-of-network provider for all health benefit plans.



What Our Patients Are Saying:

The doctors and nurses here are so kind and prompt! I was becoming dangerously sick with the flu and they nursed me back to health quickly and respected everything I had to say! The front desk staff is time efficient, polite and helpful.


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