There are many possible critical situations you may encounter in your life for which knowing basic first aid will increase your chances of a positive outcome. One of the first steps in any emergency situation is to request assistance. Do what you can to prevent further injury, or stop current bleeding. After that, do not wait. If you are in a life-threatening situation, call 911. However, there may be other reasons to simply visit an urgent care center instead.
The most common reasons for urgent care visits are:
- Skin rash
- Earache or ear infection
- Stomach pain, spasms, cramps
- Sore throat
- Cuts and lacerations
If you are unsure as to whether you require urgent care, we have some guidelines listed below. It is important to remember that these are very general guidelines. If you have more questions, contact our Las Vegas Urgent Care Center today.
Cough: If your cough lasts for more than 10 day, or you are coughing up discolored mucus or blood, you need to seek care immediately.
Fever: If you have a fever over 102 degrees Fahrenheit, you need medical attention.
Skin rash: A skin rash that is itchy, red, or hot needs attention. Any mole, wart, or discoloration that becomes enlarged is also cause to seek care.
Earache or ear infection: Sudden painful or persistent ears and ongoing earache must be evaluated by a medical professional. While earaches in infants and children are common, each should be closely evaluated to determine its cause and the care needed.
Stomach pain, spasms, cramps: If your stomach is tender to the touch, distended, or swollen, seek emergency care.
Vomiting: Vomiting that persists for more than 24 hours or contains blood is a reason to be seen immediately by a physician. Consistent vomiting leads to dehydration.
Sore throat: These are common with flu and colds. Most will be gone in a day or two. Sore throats that persist longer than this may require medical treatment. If your sore throat lasts longer than this seek medical advice.
Lacerations: Everyone gets cuts and scrapes. Any cut or scrape that won’t stop bleeding must be carefully cleaned and looked after in order to prevent dangerous infections. Often, cuts that are deep will require sutures. If you are uncertain, get medical advice and care.
Accidents: Boating, bike, or automobile accidents can lead to head and back injuries, broken limbs, sprains, strains, and contusions. If you have been in a collision, you should call 911. If you have sprained your ankle, knee, or wrist in a fall, you may require immobilization of the limb and medical care. Get care from any accident that leaves you with pain, swelling, bleeding or discomfort.
Urgent care is a great resource for those who may have medical problems that need attention. If you have any of these issues, seek medical attention immediately. You will feel much better once you have received the proper care.