If you are able to walk in to a doctor’s office, EmergencyMD’s physicians can see you and diagnose your illness or injury.
If you are in a life-threatening situation, call 911.
This means that if you are having chest pains, severe abdominal pains, symptoms of a stroke or heart attack (such as severe pain in your arm or jaw, slurred speech, loss of use of one side of your body or similar symptoms), or excessive bleeding that won’t stop – call 911 immediately for assistance.
When you are ill or injured, many times an urgent care facility can provide quality medical service quickly and efficiently.
The most common reasons for urgent care visits are:
- Cold or Flu Symptoms (fever, cough, vomiting, cramps, sore throat)
- Sore throats
- Skin rashes
- Cuts, scrapes or lacerations that may require stitches
- Sprains and Strains
- Broken bones
Not sure if you need to seek medical care? Would you rather wait to see if your symptoms subside naturally over time? We have provided some general guidelines below to help you decide if you need to seek care immediately. Please remember that these are only general guidelines and if you are still aren’t sure if you need medical assistance or advice, call us or fill out our contact form.
Cold or Flu: Colds usually require treatment for your symptoms but a case of the Flu can be much worse. EmergencyMD can evaluate you to determine if you have a cold or need medical treatment for the flu.
Cough: If you have a persistent cough that lasts more than 10 days, or you are coughing up blood or discolored mucus, you need to seek care as soon as possible.
Cuts and Bruises: If you have a cut or scrape that won’t stop bleeding, or if the wound has dirt or other material embedded in it, you should seek medical care. Wound that have material embedded within them should be thoroughly cleaned to prevent infection. If you have a cut that is very deep or if the sides of the cut don’t meet, you may require stitches. If in doubt, seek medical advice.
Earache or ear infection: If your ears are suddenly very painful or if your ear pain is persistent you should be evaluated by a medical professional. Even though earaches are common in infants and children, they should be evaluated by a physician to determine the cause of the pain and what care is needed.
Fever: If you have a fever for two consecutive days, you should seek medical attention.
Infections: If you have a rash, cut or other skin irritation that has become itchy, bright red, is hot to the touch or is oozing fluid you may have an infection. If you think that you have an infection you should seek medical care.
Injuries: If you have injured yourself in an accident, while playing sports, or just fallen, you may have experienced a strain, sprain, or broken bone. While some injuries are more severe than others, if your injury is painful, swollen or bleeding you should seek medical care. If you have suffered a severe blow to your head you may have a concussion and should be evaluated by a medical professional. If the blow was quite severe, stay awake until you have been evaluated.
Stomach pain: If your abdomen is tender to the touch, swollen or distended, you must seek emergency care.
Sore throat: Many times a sore throat will accompany a cold or the flu. Most will subside after a few days. If you have a sore throat that persists longer, is extremely painful or if you notice white spots or swelling in the back of your throat you may require medical attention.
Vomiting: If your vomiting persists for more than 24 hours or contains blood you should be seen immediately by a physician. Persistent vomiting can be an especially dangerous condition in young children and the elderly.
Health Tips provided by EmergencyMD, Advanced Urgent Care.