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Even though urgent care has been available in the United States for the past twenty-plus years, many people are still not entirely familiar with what services are available or when they should seek care from a local urgent care facility. Below is a brief reference to help you better determine the best place to seek care.

Urgent care facilities are equipped to handle various non-life-threatening medical conditions and injuries that require prompt attention but are not severe enough to warrant a visit to the emergency room. Some typical conditions treated at urgent care centers include:

1. Minor Injuries:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Minor fractures or broken bones
  • Cuts and lacerations (requiring stitches)
  • Minor burns

2. Illnesses:

  • Cold and flu symptoms
  • Respiratory infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Ear infections
  • Sore throat
  • Sinus infections

3. Minor Allergic Reactions:

  • Mild allergic reactions
  • Insect bites and stings

4. Skin Conditions:

  • Rashes
  • Dermatitis
  • Minor skin infections

5. Minor Eye Injuries or Infections:

  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • Foreign object removal from the eye

6. Minor Gastrointestinal Issues:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Mild abdominal pain

7. Minor Respiratory Issues:

  • Asthma exacerbations (mild to moderate)
  • Breathing difficulties (not severe)

8. Minor Ailments:

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Back pain
  • Joint pain


9. Minor Immunizations and Vaccinations:

  • Flu shots
  • Tetanus shots

10. Diagnostic Services:

  • X-rays for minor injuries
  • Blood tests for specific conditions
  • Urinalysis

It’s important to note that while urgent care centers can handle a wide range of medical issues, they are not equipped to handle life-threatening emergencies. For severe or critical conditions, such as chest pain, severe injuries, difficulty breathing, or other acute emergencies, it’s crucial to seek immediate attention at a hospital emergency room or call emergency services (911 in the United States). Always use your judgment and seek appropriate medical care based on the severity of the situation.

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