Adolescent Medicine

Jason Edward Peters, MD, PA

Family Medicine located in Harlingen, TX

Teenagers experience a variety of unique health issues due to their rapidly growing bodies and fluctuating hormones. Adolescent medicine provides comprehensive care for teens and tweens, ensuring the transition to adulthood is healthy. At the practice of Jason Edward Peters, MD, PA, family medicine physician Jason Peters, MD, and Victor Gonzalez, PA-C, provide a full suite of adolescent medicine services to teens. To make an appointment for your child at the practice in Harlingen, Texas, call the office today or click the online booking feature.

Adolescent Medicine Q & A

What is adolescent medicine?

Adolescent medicine diagnoses, treats, and prevents acute and chronic conditions in teenagers. 

There are a variety of physical changes that occur during adolescence, including more oily skin, puberty, and rapid growth. When combined, these factors increase the risk of certain conditions that can prevent your child from thriving.

Adolescent medicine uses routine checkups, preventive screenings, immunizations, and annual physicals to ensure your child is their best and healthiest self.

What are some services that adolescent medicine provides?

Jason Edward Peters, MD, PA, offers various adolescent medicine services, including:

Nutrition advice

Many teens enjoy foods that are sweet, salty, or high in saturated fats. There’s nothing wrong with having a treat every once in a while, but a poor diet can increase the risk of other issues, including acne, weight gain, and depression. Your child’s provider can educate them on the importance of eating a balanced and nutritious diet.

Skin care

Many teens experience acne, pimples, and other skin-related conditions. There’s no way to prevent breakouts entirely, but there are various medications (oral and topical) that can clear up your child’s skin and help them feel their best. 

Sports medicine

If your child is an athlete or physically active in other ways, it’s important they undergo a sports physical at least once a year. Routine visits to Jason Edward Peters, MD, PA, can educate your child on how to warm up and cool down safely and reduce the risk of sports-related injuries.

Psychology

Many teens and tweens experience psychological issues like depression and anxiety. Your child’s provider can conduct a comprehensive psychological evaluation and make recommendations for treatment. Sometimes, that includes healthy lifestyle changes; other times it involves counseling, healthy lifestyle changes, and prescription medication.

Gynecology

Adolescence is when girls have their first menstrual period. Also, many teens are also sexually active. Your child’s provider can discuss the importance of sexual health and educate them on family planning, safe sex, and the importance of Pap tests and HPV screenings.

Who can benefit from adolescent medicine?

Any child who is 11 years old or older can benefit from adolescent medicine at Jason Edward Peters, MD, PA. If it’s been more than a year since your child last visited the doctor, don’t wait to take action.

Physical exams are an important part of primary care and chronic disease prevention. Routine exams can alert you to health problems early on when they respond best to treatment. At the practice of Jason Edward Peters, MD, PA, family medicine physician Jason Peters, MD, and Victor Gonzalez, PA-C, provide annual physicals to people of all ages. To make an appointment at the practice in Harlingen, Texas, call the office today or click the online booking feature. 

To request an adolescent medicine appointment for your child at the practice of Jason Edward Peters, MD, PA, call the office today or click the online scheduling tool.