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Urgent Care or the ER?

Why Urgent Care?

Urgent care centers offer high-quality care for common illnesses and non-life threatening injuries, with walk-in, after-hours and weekend availability. 


Many also offer X-rays and conduct lab tests. Due to shorter wait times and lower prices & co-pays, urgent care centers often are a more convenient and affordable option for a variety of situations.


Some complaints appropriate for Urgent Care are:

• Strains and Sprains

• Animal Bites

• Mild Asthma

• Rashes and Minor Burns

• Ear or Sinus Pain

• Cold or Flu Symptoms

• Cough or Sore Throat

• Foreign Object in Eye/Nose

• X-rays

• Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea

• Minor Allergic Reactions

• Minor Fractures

When to go the Emergency Room (ER) instead?

  • Severe trauma

  • Deep wounds, Gun Shot Wounds

  • Heart attacks

  • Severe chest pain

  • Signs of a stroke (slurred speech, sudden paralysis)

  • Vaginal bleeding in pregnancy

  • Newborns (3 months or younger) with temperature greater than 100.4

  • Testicular pain or swelling

  • Seizures

  • Loss of limb or fingers/toes

  • Sudden, debilitating headaches

  • Drug overdoses

  • Severe burns

  • Coughing or vomiting blood

  • Or any other severe/critical illness...