Spring has sprung, and seasonal allergies have come with it. But there's also the occasional spring cold thrown into the mix, and telling the difference between that and your allergies can be a challenge.
Here are a few common symptoms of each issue that might help you identify what the reason for your spring urgent care clinic visit is.
There's nothing fun about a cold during the warmer months of spring and summer, that's for sure. The good news? Your cold won't last as long as your allergies will. The bad news? It might make you feel worse than any seasonal allergies you suffer from. Here are some common symptoms to look out for if you suspect you have a cold:
Seasonal allergies can be a real pain, and on top of that they can last for weeks on end. These allergies are usually a result of pollen, dust, and multiple other outdoor factors that get magnified during the spring and fall. Here are some common symptoms to look out for:
What do they have in common?
As you can see from the above lists, colds and seasonal allergies have a few symptoms in common. These are namely in the nasal regions, so nasal decongestants are a good option for both issues. The other thing they have in common? Neither are curable yet. So while you might be able to relieve the pain of sore throats, it's ultimately a waiting game.
Above all else, don't forget to take care of yourself during these allergen-ridden months. And if you suspect you're suffering from something more serious than a common cold, don't hesitate to visit an urgent care center. There are almost 9,300 walk-in, stand-alone urgent care centers in the U.S., so make sure you know where the nearest one is to you.
Chest pain is pretty high up on the list of symptoms you absolutely shouldn't ignore, but that doesn't mean all chest pain is fatal or indicative of a heart attack. Currently, almost 70% of emergency department visits from patients with insurance coverage are for non-emergency conditions. So unless you know how to tell the difference between cardiac-related pain and other chest pain, you could be paying ER fees for no good reason. Here's a quick guide to help you understand what to do about chest pain and how it will feel in an emergency situation.
How will cardiac pain feel?
Unlike normal pain in the chest, cardiac-related pain will feel like there is pressure on the body. The pain has also been described as constricting, burning, or squeezing sensations. This is the kind of pain that can't be pointed to like lacerations or even stomach pain can be. That is in large part due to the fact that this pain tends to radiate to other parts of the body, such as the arms, throat, and even to the jaw in some cases.
How long does cardiac pain typically last?
Cardiac pain will usually last for as long as exertion does. For example, if someone is carrying a heavy object and starts to feel pain in their chest, that pain will subside when physical activity stops. So when someone feels better immediately after sitting down or taking a break, it could be a warning sign of cardiac issues.
What precedes cardiac pain?
As previously stated, cardiac pain usually lasts for as long as physical exertion does. That means the onset of this pain is typically any kind of physical activity, especially in the upper body. Something as simple as carrying a heavy bag or even swinging the arms vigorously could lead to pain.
How do I know if I'm not suffering from a heart attack?
Fortunately, not every pain in the chest is fatal. Symptoms such as momentary chest discomfort, pinpoint chest discomfort, and chest discomfort that improves with physical activity are unlikely to signal a heart attack. If the pain can be pinpointed in a specific area, it's likely a non-emergency situation.
If you or someone you know experiences any of the symptoms related to cardiac pain, don't hesitate to visit urgent care or seek out emergency services. But make sure you take the time to understand the difference between these two different types of pain.
Headaches happen all the time. Whether you're tired, dehydrated, or stressed out, a headache is a common symptom. But there's a fine line that dictates when you should treat a headache at home and when you need to seek out emergency services. Here's what you need to know.
Not All Headaches Are Emergencies
As previously stated, not all headaches require emergency treatment like serious lacerations or chest pain do. Fortunately, most headaches subside within a few minutes and knowing how to treat headaches at home is fairly simple.
Severe Headaches can Fool You
A headache that requires medical treatment may not always start out at an intense level. It can be especially difficult to tell whether a headache is a medical emergency or not if you suffer from frequent headaches or migraines. Symptoms can often manifest in a very similar way to migraines, but can also progress quickly if you're not careful. Here are the symptoms you need to look out for:
If You Don't Have These Symptoms
If you're not suffering from any of these symptoms, here's how to treat headaches at home:
The most important thing to do in these situations is pay attention to your symptoms. Don't let headaches get the best of you!
Sometimes it can be tough to tell whether you need an emergency room or urgent care clinic services. According to a private Milliman study, anywhere from 44-65% of emergency room visits could have been treated in urgent care settings.
But what signifies an emergency and what is appropriate to bring to urgent care? Keep reading to find out how to tell the difference between an emergency situation and an urgent medical situation.
What counts as an emergency?
Urgent care, while an important facet of medical care, is no substitute for emergency services. In the vast majority of cases, an emergency is any situation that can permanently endanger someone's life. The following are classified as emergency situations:
What counts as an urgent medical situation?
While urgent medical situations aren't incidents where someone's life is in danger, they include those situations that require care within 24 hours of the original incident. In addition, urgent care often sees patients who simply can't make it to their primary physician's office on time. Illness and injury aren't things that strike at convenient times. Here are a few of the most commonly treated urgent medical situations:
How can Legacy ER help?
Legacy is a unique facility in that it provides convenient medical treatment for both emergencies and for urgent medical situations. With a hybrid facility, Legacy combines all of the best elements of an ER and an urgent care clinic. So if you find yourself in the middle of an emergency situation, but you aren't entirely sure, Legacy can help you get the care you need. The most important thing about these services is that they take the need to choose out of the equation. While it's still important to know the difference between a medical emergency and an urgent medical situation, Legacy can provide convenient medical treatment in either type of situation.
Until recently, patients had two options when experiencing a serious medical issue: sit in an emergency room and wait for an expensive medical procedure, or visit an urgent care clinic. While this may sound simple in theory, patients aren't always sure whether their injury or illness is truly an emergency or merely urgent. Even worse, people must make this decision on the fly and under stress.
The hybrid emergency room and urgent care model solves this dilemma entirely by combining these two popular forms of treatment. Here’s how it works: Depending on the severity of the injury and the type of care required, patients will receive emergency room services or urgent care treatment accordingly. Just as importantly, and this is what makes the hybrid model so unique, the patient will also be billed accordingly.
Normally, 100% of patients visiting a freestanding ER will be billed at ER rates, even if they’re given ibuprofen and told to go home to rest. However, at Legacy ER & Urgent Care, 80% of our patients are billed at urgent care rates. Recently, hybrid ER and urgent care clinics have become known as two-door facilities.
While choice is important in healthcare, patients don’t always know what type of care they need. That’s why they visit doctors in the first place. With a lack of options available to them, many people simply choose the emergency room as a point of convenience. As of right now, 71% of ER visits by patients with employer-sponsored health care are preventable with proper outpatient treatment instead.
Why are hybrid emergency rooms and urgent care clinics so important? Keep reading to find out how the entire emergency room model has changed in recent years...
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