If you have been injured or find yourself in a situation that may require medical services, but you are unable to get an immediate appointment with your primary doctor and you don’t think the injury requires a visit to the emergency room, urgent care may be the ideal option. An urgent care office provides non-emergency medical needs, so you don’t have to go to the ER. Many of these offices offer extended business hours, so you can usually get in right away. Not sure if your problem can be treated with a visit to your local urgent care? Here are 3 of the most common reasons to visit an urgent care office.
Sprains and Strains
If you have injured your ankle, foot or toe, you may have a strain or a sprain; both of which can be painful, but they don’t usually require a visit to the emergency room. When you visit your local urgent care center the medical professional on duty will talk about your symptoms, do X-rays and examined the injury. The medical professional will determine if you have a sprain or a strain; a sprain means there is injury to a ligament, which is a short band of tissue that connects the cartilage and the bones. A strain means the muscles and/or the tendons are torn or stretched. Both types of injury occur at the joint and have similar symptoms, such as tenderness and swelling. It can be difficult to distinguish between the two, but by the end of your visit, your medical professional will be able to determine which of the two has occurred and recommend treatment.
Insect and Spider Bites
In most situations an insect or a spider bite are simply a nuisance; however, on occasion, they can lead to complications and dangerous symptoms, especially if you contract a disease from the bite or if you have an allergic reaction to the bite. If you have a severe allergic reaction to an insect or a spider bite, the symptoms can be serious, possibly life-threatening. Symptoms of anaphylaxis ( a life-threatening allergic reaction) will generally occur within only seconds to minutes after the bite and may include;
- Nausea and vomiting
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the lips, eyes or other areas on your face
- Chest tightness
It’s important to note that anaphylaxis is extremely serious and it is a medical emergency, so you should call 9-1-1 immediately. However, if you experience mild symptoms after being bitten, such as itching or slight swelling in the area of the bite and an urgent care is nearby, they can evaluate the bite to determine the seriousness and recommend treatment.
Getting stung by a bee or wasp can be painful and irritating, but unless you are severely allergic, the reactions are generally mild to moderate. If you have been stung, but are not severely allergic to the type of sting you have sustained, a visit to the local urgent care may be the best way to seek treatment for the irritations and to determine if the degree of your symptoms.
If you find yourself in a situation where you think the advice of doctor will help you or be able to provide necessary treatment, a local urgent care can help. The medical professionals on staff are trained to assist you with medical issues that you may typically go to your primary doctor for or an emergency room. However, the wait time is typically much less than at the emergency room and the cost will be less expensive than the cost of a visit to the ER. It is important to keep in mind that if you have a life-threatening emergency, such as uncontrollable bleeding or are having symptoms of a heart attack, you should call 9-1-1 or visit an emergency room. Urgent care offices are there to help you with immediate care for less serious injuries.
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