Urgent care centers provide many medical services and often treat a large number of non-emergency health conditions. These centers are a great option for people who need care for a minor medical emergency. Going to an urgent care is also recommended when your regular doctor is not available. Read on to learn more about when…
Should You Go to Urgent Care? 5 Signs the Answer is “Yes”
Urgent care facilities are available to people who are in need of medical treatment that may not necessarily be emergent enough for an emergency room but that cannot quite wait until the next available slot opens up with a doctor. However, knowing when to go to an urgent care can be difficult.
In this article, we go over five signs that indicate a need to go to urgent care. Being aware of when you should go to an urgent care facility can be helpful, especially when you are not sure whether or not it is necessary. Keep reading to find out five signs that you should.
Five signs that you should go to urgent care
1. Cold or flu-like symptoms that are not getting better
Most people will get a cold or the flu once or twice throughout the year. A majority of the time, people try to treat them at home through the use of over-the-counter medications or at-home remedies. However, sometimes those medications or at-home remedies may not help which is okay. If after a few days of DIY treatment not working, then it may be best to go to an urgent care facility to see if something worse is going on.
2. Strain or fracture
If you experience a minor strain or fracture and there is a slight pain, then it may be best to visit an urgent care facility. Both strains and fractures can be diagnosed and treated at an urgent care facility. Sometimes, people do not find it necessary to see a specialist for a strain or minor fracture, but it is best to always see an urgent care specialist in case there is something worse.
3. Minor cuts
A lot of people go to an emergency room for stitches. But, minor cuts can actually be addressed and treated at an urgent care facility. Stitches that are not too deep but still require some attention can be easily repaired at an urgent care facility.
4. Stomach bugs
Just like with cold and flu-like symptoms, stomach bugs can also occur throughout the year. However, stomach bugs are not typically emergent. With that being said, going to an urgent care facility for any stomach irritations can be helpful. Signs of a stomach bug include pain, vomiting, diarrhea or gassiness.
5. Accidents or falls
If you fall over or run into something but it does not cause an open wound, then it may be best to go to an urgent care facility to get checked out. Accidents or falls that do not incur any severe injuries may not require a visit to an emergency room but an urgent care facility is likely necessary.
An urgent care facility can do X-rays or exams to ensure that the accident or fall did not produce any internal problems.
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Urgent care facilities are great resources to make use of if you experience any medical problems that are not necessarily emergent. Being aware of when to visit an urgent care facility can be helpful for someone who is not sure whether or not they should.
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