What Exactly is Urgent Care?

An alternative to seeing your doctor when possible or using an emergency room is the growing urgent care market. What is urgent care and how can it assist you?

Urgent care can provide a range of health services if the need is not life-threatening. If anyone in your family suffers a life-threatening illness or injury, call 911 and have them taken to an emergency room. For other illnesses or injuries, an urgent care facility may be the perfect place to go. Here are some services urgent care can provide:

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  • Flu shots
  • Minor cuts
  • Simple fractures or sprains
  • Eye or wound infections
  • Sinus problems or infections
  • Bee or other insect stings without an allergic reaction
  • Dehydration
  • Colds or flu symptoms
  • Physical exams
  • Some other types of treatments (contact the facility first)

There are some conditions where an emergency room should be your first choice, including:

  • Chest pain or radiating pain in the arms or jaw
  • Sharp (acute) abdominal pain or pain in the back
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Seizures
  • Ongoing vomiting or diarrhea
  • Sudden or severe headaches
  • Large cuts or wounds which continue to bleed
  • Loss of eyesight
  • Any falls if a blood thinner is being used
  • High fevers or fevers with a rash
  • Problems speaking, facial drooping, or mental confusion

The purpose of urgent care facilities is to separate non-life threatening illnesses from the severe to lower costs and reduce the impact on emergency rooms. Urgent care facilities may also be closer to you and more convenient for less acute illnesses or injuries.

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