Mercy Hospital
305.854.4400
Mercy Hospital is a 488-bed acute care U.S. hospital located in Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida. It is Miami-Dade County’s only Catholic hospital and is a recipient of the MAGNET award.

An Overview of Contact Dermatitis

If you experience inflamed, reddened, or tender skin, you could have contact dermatitis. This skin condition occurs when your skin comes into contact with an irritating substance. At the hospital, your doctor will try to determine the exact cause of your symptoms. The hospital staff may also recommend having a skin patch test to determine the substance that caused your symptoms. The doctor at the hospital will diagnose you with one of two types of contact dermatitis: irritant dermatitis or allergic contact dermatitis.

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Causes of Irritant Dermatitis
There are many different substances that could cause irritant dermatitis, such as shampoo, hair dye, and detergents. Rubber gloves, pesticides, cements, and solvents can also trigger this condition. Inform the doctor at the hospital of which substances your skin has had contact with recently.

Symptoms of Irritant Dermatitis
Most often, irritant dermatitis causes dry, rough skin that appears redder than usual. It may look inflamed or as if it has been burned. You may also notice small fissures, or cracks, appear on the skin.

Causes of Allergic Contact Dermatitis
Allergic contact dermatitis involves exposure to a substance to which you are allergic or hypersensitive. Often, patients find that they are allergic to antibiotics, cosmetic products, and adhesives. Rubber, latex, fragrances, and metals can also cause allergic contact dermatitis. You might also notice symptoms after coming into contact with certain plants, such as poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac.

Symptoms of Allergic Contact Dermatitis
Although most types of allergies cause sudden symptoms, the symptoms of allergic contact dermatitis may take 24 to 48 hours to appear after exposure. You might notice a rash that appears streaky or patchy. The reddened area may also feature red bumps or blisters, possibly with drainage. The area of skin might become scaly, thickened, or encrusted.

The hospital services available at Mercy Hospital include the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions, such as contact dermatitis. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call (305) 854-4400 to speak with a friendly representative. Our state-of-the-art hospital is conveniently located in Coconut Grove, Miami.


Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

If you think you could be experiencing a heart attack, it’s critical to get to a hospital as soon as possible. If you notice the typical symptoms of heart attack, call 911 to get help. Although the symptoms can be different for everyone, they usually include pain or pressure in the center of the chest, which may spread to the shoulders, arms, back, neck, or jaw. Some people have also experienced leg cramping. Shortness of breath is another typical symptom.

As you’ll learn by watching this video, some of the possible symptoms of a heart attack may be mistaken for other ailments, such as nausea and lightheadedness. When you watch this video, you’ll hear from multiple heart attack survivors, who discuss their symptoms.

The emergency care team at Mercy Hospital offers comprehensive hospital services, including treatment for a heart attack. If you have any questions about our state-of-the-art hospital, call (305) 854-4400.


Coping with the Emotional Impact of a Cancer Diagnosis

Despite the increasing prevalence of cancer awareness campaigns, it can still be difficult to accept the fact that cancer has personally affected you. Hearing the doctor at your local hospital inform you that you have cancer is an overwhelming experience that brings about a range of emotional challenges. Your journey to overcome your diagnosis should involve caring for your spiritual and emotional well-being, in addition to your physical health. Ask the hospital staff for resources to help you cope with your diagnosis.

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Become an Informed Patient
For many cancer patients, uncertainty about the future is often a source of emotional stress. You may feel as though your health is no longer in your own hands. By learning as much as you can about your diagnosis and your treatment options, you can regain a measure of control. The process of becoming an informed patient serves another important purpose; by keeping yourself busy with your healthcare, you may at times distract yourself from the emotional impact of your diagnosis. When you’re diagnosed with cancer, you will likely be referred to many different specialists at the hospital. Depending on the type of cancer you have and your chosen course of treatment, you may work with a surgeon, a urologist, a physical therapist, and of course, an oncologist. Enlist the help of a family member to keep track of your appointments, paperwork, and similar obligations.

Build a Support Network
A strong support network is crucial for cancer patients. Turn to your spiritual leader for guidance. Ask the hospital staff about local support groups for cancer patients. You might also ask for a referral to a psychological counselor. Reach out to friends and family members for emotional support.

Nurture Your Overall Well-Being
Depending on your unique condition, your oncologist may advise you to get some daily exercise. Taking a daily walk can lift your spirits and help you cope with stress. Practice other stress management techniques, such as deep breathing. Remember to eat small, yet frequent healthy meals and talk to your oncologist if you’re having trouble eating.

At Mercy Hospital, our hospital staff cares for each patient’s spiritual well-being and physical health.  To learn more about our cancer care services, please call our Miami-Dade County hospital at (305) 854-4400.


A Look at the Pastoral Care Department at Mercy Hospital

Medical issues can take a considerable toll on a person’s body and spirit. At Mercy Hospital of Miami-Dade County, we strive to provide emotional support to our patients to promote spiritual and physical wellness. Our Pastoral Care department is staffed by men and women of faith to attend to the spiritual needs of patients. Our hospital also has 25 Pastoral Care volunteers who visit with patients.

For patients and family members who are looking for a quiet place for reflection and prayer, we welcome them to visit the Mercy Chapel. It’s conveniently located in the North Wing on the second floor and it offers extended hours. Patients who prefer to have their own spiritual leader visit them for prayer and services are invited to notify our Pastoral Care department. The department will gladly get in touch with patients’ preferred spiritual leaders to arrange a visit.

Sincere Prayer

Mercy Hospital welcomes patients of all religious denominations. Our hospital in Miami-Dade County is a 473-bed acute care hospital that upholds rigorous standards of patient care and treatment. Families are invited to call (305) 854-4400 with any questions they may have.


Recognizing the Warning Signs of Stroke

Hospital staff members recommend becoming aware of the possible warning signs of stroke. If you notice someone exhibiting these symptoms, it’s imperative to get that person to a hospital right away by calling 911. The doctors at the hospital can administer life-saving treatments promptly. Although there are a few classic symptoms of stroke that are applicable to both genders, women may also experience different symptoms than men.

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Signs of Stroke In Both Genders
The signs of stroke are physically evident upon a person’s face. Examine the face to determine whether one side of it appears to be drooping. It can be helpful to ask the person to smile, and then observe whether one half of the smile droops downward. Then, ask the person to raise both arms. If one of the individual’s arms drifts downward, this could also indicate stroke. These two symptoms indicate muscle paralysis, weakness, or numbness on one side of the body. Another sign of stroke is slurred speech and difficulty understanding speech. An individual may exhibit signs of loss of coordination and balance, and sudden dizziness, such as having trouble walking. A stroke can cause abruptly blurred or blackened vision, and it may be accompanied by an abrupt, severe headache. Be sure to tell the hospital staff if you’ve noticed any of these symptoms in someone else.

Signs of Stroke In Women
Doctors at stroke care centers in hospitals note that women often experience unique symptoms, in addition to the classic signs of stroke. Women who experience the following symptoms report that they occurred suddenly. Nausea, general weakness, chest pain, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations may accompany a stroke. Other symptoms may include hiccups and pain of the face or limbs.

The Primary Stroke Center at Mercy Hospital has received certification for its exceptional dedication to patient care to support the best possible outcome. The multidisciplinary stroke team at our hospital can quickly treat stroke patients to improve their recovery. Residents of Miami-Dade County can call our hospital at (305) 854-4400 to learn more about our services.


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