• Four Common Medical Problems Treated at Urgent Care Centers

    on Oct 26th, 2017


Urgent care centers are an excellent alternative to the emergency room. They're typically faster, more affordable, and can provide the same level of quality care for a non-life threatening injury that an ER can. However, sometimes people aren't quite sure what types of ailments we can treat at our urgent care centers. In general, we are ready to handle almost anything that isn't considered a dire emergency, but there are certain issues we tend to treat more often than others. Below are a few of the most common medical problems we see our patients for.

Allergies and Asthma

With summer coming to a close and fall now upon us, allergies tend to pick up. Early fall is the peak time for ragweed pollen, which is one of the major causes of common seasonal allergies. In fact, scientists predict that ragweed allergies will only continue to worsen in the future. In addition to natural allergies like those caused by pollen and ragweed, many people start turning their heating systems on this time of year, which can kick up dust, mites, pet dander, and other substances that cause or aggravate allergies. The symptoms of season allergies aren't dangerous, but they can be miserable, and when combined with conditions like asthma, allergies can make breathing clearly extremely difficult. If you're struggling with allergies or asthma, any of our family practice or urgent care center locations can help provide the relief you're seeking. Schedule an appointment or stop in so we can help you breathe easy again!

Sore Throats

Sore throats are one of the most common conditions we see patients for because they're a symptom of a wide variety of illnesses. Sore throats also happen to be extremely unpleasant, so it's no wonder why most individuals can't wait to rid themselves of this problem. If a sore throat is caused by a virus, like a common cold, antibiotics won't help solve the problem, but we can provide the proper pain relief medications to make the sickness more bearable. If the sore throat is brought on by bacteria, like the dreaded strep throat, we can prescribe antibiotics to help you heal and get back to feeling like your normal self. In general, if you have a painful sore throat, it's a good idea to get it checked out in case it is something bacterial like strep. There are a number of potentially harmful consequences if strep is left untreated, so it's better safe than sorry.

Pink Eye

Pink eye is an extremely common problem in children, and with school back in session, it's sure to spread quickly throughout the area. Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is caused by a bacterial infection and is highly contagious until treated. Many schools and childcare facilities require that children with pink eye stay home for at least 24 hours after treatment begins, but even if that recommendation is followed, it can spread from child to child before diagnosis. If you or your child has the unfortunate luck to contract pink eye this fall, give us a call. The condition can be a nuisance, but fortunately, it's easy to diagnose and treat. In most cases, eye drops are prescribed and the infection clears up quickly.

Broken Fingers and Toes

When people suffer from minor broken bones, they usually head right to the ER, or think they need to schedule an appointment with a specialist. However, that's not always necessary -- minor breaks in the fingers and toes can usually be quickly and easily treated at most urgent care centers. Our offices in particular are more than equipped to handle this type of injury. A simple splint is often enough to treat a broken finger, while broken toes sometimes just require time and rest to heal. Our experienced team of doctors can let you know the severity of your break and advise what type of further treatment, if any, will be necessary. With fall sports like basketball and soccer in full swing now, we typically see a lot of children with these types of injuries.

Conclusion

If you're having a medical issue and aren't sure if we're able to treat it, simply call and speak to one of our healthcare professionals, who can point you in the right direction. If you have a true emergency, call 9-1-1, but if you're experiencing a problem and aren't in immediate danger, we can let you know the best way to approach treatment and schedule an appointment to see you. Appointments aren't required, but they're recommended, and it's always our goal to schedule you right away and with as little wait time as possible. After all, it's called urgent care for a reason! Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

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