Accidents and illnesses happen and usually when you least expect it. If you are experiencing symptoms of an illness or you have a mild injury from an accident, it may take several days to get in to see your primary doctor, and although the symptoms or irritating, they don’t warrant a trip to the ER —how can you get relief from the issue? Your local urgent care may be the ideal answer to your problem. Here are some of the most common reasons for visits to an urgent care.
The symptoms of a respiratory illness, including coughing, sneezing, congestion and a runny nose are one of the most common reasons why people visit their local urgent care. A respiratory illness can produce a wide range of symptoms, depending on the cause of the illness. Some common respiratory illnesses include:
- Common cold-Most adults in the US average 2-3 colds per year. The symptoms typically include mild aches and pains, a sore throat, coughing, headache and a running nose. The symptoms usually worsen over a few days.
- Sore throat-A sore throat can either be caused by a virus or bacteria, such as strep.
- Influenza flu-The flu has its own season, typically between December and March. The influenza flu is highly contagious and although the symptoms are similar to a cold, they can be severe, even life-threatening for some people, such as young children and the elderly.
- Bronchitis-This type of respiratory illness is due to an inflammation in your bronchial tubes, which are responsible for carrying air into your lungs. The primary symptom is a lot of coughing, but you may also experience chills and fatigue.
Not only can your local urgent care help provide treatment to reduce your discomfort, but they can also provide you with recommendations on how to avoid getting this type of illness, including getting your flu shot!
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
A urinary tract infection is one of the most common types of bacterial infections in the body, which is why it also makes the list for common reasons to visit an urgent care center. UTI’s affect mostly women, but men are also susceptible. A urinary tract infection will not typically go away on its own, so visiting a medical professional can help to rule out other issues, such as a yeast infection or an STD as well as allow you to receive the antibiotic treatment recommended for the infection. If you cannot get in to see your primary care physician, a quick visit to an urgent care will allow you to be examined and get the treatment needed to alleviate your symptoms.
Ears, Eyes and Skin
There are a number of different eye, ear and skin issues that bring people into an urgent care; however, some of the most common include:
- Ear infections-An ear infection can affect both children and adults and can be painful for either. The symptoms include fever, ear pain, headaches and drainage from the ear. The type of ear infection varies, depending on which part of the ear is affected.
- Eye infection-The most common type of eye infection is pink eye, which can be caused by allergies, viruses or bacteria. Pink eye is highly contagious, so it’s important to seek treatment at the first sign of symptoms.
- Skin infections-A skin infection occurs when bacteria find its way into an opening in the skin, such as a cut or bug bite. Symptoms may include redness, swelling, warmth, pain and/or drainage.
When an injury or illness doesn’t threaten life, eyesight or limb, an urgent care is the ideal place to go. Visiting an urgent care means you typically have a shorter wait time before being seen and the cost is much lower than a visit to the emergency room. However, for a serious medical emergency call 9-1-1 immediately.
PrimeCare Urgent Care can provide the emergency medical care you need, without the typical ER wait.