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Do you know where to go? Urgent care or the emergency room

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Health & Wellness

Published on May 15, 2019 with No Comments

Illnesses and conditions that can be treated at an urgent care facility include:

• Minor burns or injuries

• Sprains and strains

• Coughs, colds and sore throat

• Ear infections

• Non life-threatening allergic reactions

• Fever or flu-like symptoms

• Rash or other skin irritations

• Bronchitis, mild asthma and allergy symptoms

• Animal bites

• Rashes and other skin irritations

Signs that you need to call 911 or visit the emergency room include:

• Signs of a stroke, such as facial paralysis, numbness in the face, arm or leg (especially in one side), slurred speech, impaired vision or severe dizziness

• Chest pain

• Difficulty breathing

• Severe bleeding or head trauma

• Loss of consciousness

• Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision

• Severe abdominal pain

• Symptoms in an infant younger than three months

According to Nelson, Urgent Care offers quality and convenience when treating minor illnesses and injuries. “Patients are seen quicker than in the emergency room since their acuity is lower,” she said.

“You should always follow up with your primary care physician after visiting an urgent care facility,” physician Muhammad Choudry, M.D., said. “It is important for them to know your complete medical history and they will help to ensure the resolution of the condition.”

 

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