Health Tips from a Mother of Three

Medical Issues That Can Be Handled At Urgent Care

You, or someone you love, has been injured or is feeling sick and you can't get an appointment with your primary care physician for a few days, what do you do? You have the option of going to the emergency room at a hospital or an urgent care facility. The thing is, which do you choose and why? Here is some information about urgent care facilities that will help you make up your mind.

Feeling Sick

When someone is feeling bad, getting help is important. Even if you will feel better naturally in a few days, you should not have to suffer until then. Quite often, your primary care physician is booked and won't be able to see you for a few days or more. Of course, by the time you can get in to see them, you are feeling better. You should take advantage of a facility that offers quick care that same day. It will get you relief from things like ear infections, diarrhea, cold or flu symptoms, or acute pain.


If you have cut yourself and it is deep or you cannot get the bleeding to stop, you can get stitches at an urgent care facility. Broken bones may also be initially treated there. However, many facilities will wrap the break to keep it immobile for a day or so until you can see an orthopedic doctor. They will also provide you with pain medication. 

Rashes and Chronic Pain

Rashes can be tricky. They may show up and be a nuisance, causing you to be very uncomfortable and scratch yourself raw. Then, all of a sudden, they are gone. Chronic pain can be the same way. You feel pain somewhere that hurts for a while, but then it is gone as if it never happened. When you make an appointment with your doctor, the problem is gone and they cannot give you a reason as to what happened. To get to the bottom of things, go to urgent care and let the medical personnel start to figure out what is happening. Even if they need to refer you elsewhere, at least there will be documentation as to what is going on.

Of course, any time the situation is life-threatening, go to a hospital emergency room. Head injuries, chest pain, disorientation, or severe trauma require immediate medical intervention. If you are not sure and go to an urgent care facility, they will get you to the hospital. Their triage system can identify life-threatening if you can't. 

For more info about urgent care, contact a local company.