We help with illnesses, injuries and infections for all ages
It’s crucial to have a strong sense of when you should go to urgent care instead of an emergency room. The reason? Well, urgent care facilities aren’t appropriate for more severe or life-threatening health concerns. For instance, if you take a hard fall that inflicts a deep wound or you feel a throbbing chest pain, you should bypass urgent care and immediately head for an emergency room. So, to save you time when you’re scrambling to figure out where you should go for treatment, we’ll outline which injuries and illnesses can be cared for at urgent care.
Common Injuries Treated at our Urgent Care
Cuts and Lacerations
Urgent care facilities are equipped to deal with superficial cuts and lacerations, including cuts that pose tetanus risks or need stitches. Deep cuts that won’t stop bleeding even after pressure application are likely too severe to treat at urgent care.
First and Second Degree Burns
Minor burns can be effectively treated at urgent care facilities by application of cool, running water, and ointments that cool down and moisturize the affected area. Emergency medical services are imperative for a severe second, third, and fourth-degree burn.
Fractures, Sprains, and Strains
Sprains and strains can often be taken care of at an urgent care. Most fractures can also be cared for at urgent care because treatment typically calls for the immobilization of the damaged bone.
When Should You Go Straight to the Emergency Room?
When you’re experiencing pain or discomfort, it can be challenging to decide which level of care you need. Not to worry, we’ll clear up any confusion or indecisiveness you may be experiencing. The key is keeping your approach to care simple. Urgent Care is, first and foremost, meant to provide after-hours health services if you need care or consultation when you’re primary care facility is closed. If your primary care physician is available, it’s recommended you check in with them first so they can explain the following treatment steps to you. It’s imperative to remember that nobody knows you as well as you do, so be sure to listen to your gut instinct when making a decision.
With that said, you should skip over urgent care and head straight for the emergency room if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Weakness/numbness on one side
- Slurred speech
- Head or eye injury
- Severe cold or flu symptoms
- Broken bones and dislocated joints
- Fever with a rash
- Deep cuts requiring stitches
- Serious burns
Common Illnesses Treated at Urgent Care
Common Cold and Flu (Influenza)
Are you experiencing a runny nose, congestion, and/or coughing? Then there’s a good chance you have a common cold.
Bronchitis and Strep Throat
Both bronchitis and strep throat are characterized by symptoms that present as discomfort in your throat and chest. Bronchitis is inflammation of your bronchial tubes, which causes coughing and wheezing, whereas strep throat is a bacterial infection that makes it painful to swallow. Flu-like symptoms can accompany both.
Pink Eye and Ear Infections
Pink eye and ear infections are widespread and can be easily treated at urgent care. The causes of both pink eye and ear infections range from bacterial and viral infections.
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
While more common in women than men, urinary tract infections can be severe in either and call for immediate treatment with antibiotics.
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