Unexpected Reasons to go to the Urgent Care

Unexpected Reasons to go to the Urgent Care

by Shearly (SU)

All too often, illness or injury can appear out of the blue: You wake up in the middle of the night with intense abdominal pain. You stumble while carrying groceries up a flight of stairs, and can no longer put weight on your swollen ankle. Or your baby spikes a high fever on the weekend, and your regular doctor or pediatrician is nowhere to be found. When these situations occur, we’re often faced with uncertainty about where to go for care, especially if the symptoms seem severe and our regular doctor’s office is closed.

Urgent Care centers are set up to assist patients with an illness or injury that does not appear to be life threatening, yet probably shouldn’t wait until the next day, or for a primary care doctor to see them. For the days and hours that primary care physicians are closed, urgent care centers provide easy access quality healthcare. Some of the symptoms that can be evaluated and treated at an urgent care clinic include:

·       Fever without rash

·       Ear pain

·       Painful urination

·       Persistent diarrhea

·       Sore throat

·       Vomiting

·       Minor trauma such as a common sprain or shallow cut

If your symptoms come on gradually or you already know the diagnosis–for example, you have repeat urinary tract infections–or you recognize when your child has come down with an ear infection, it’s worth calling your primary care doctor’s office to see if you can get a same-day appointment. After all, your primary care doctor knows your health history, including what treatments have worked best in the past and whether you have other medical conditions that need to be taken into consideration. The medical staff at an urgent care can often treat the same thing, but remember to inform them of health history, if possible.

Colonial Urgent Care is here when you need us, 7 days a week, with two locations in the Columbia and Sumter area.  Give us a call at (803) 773-5227, or request an appointment online.