Urgent Care

When Should I Go to the ER?


If you believe your life is at risk then call 911 or go to the Emergency Room; however, urgent care can typically handle all non-life threatening medical issues. The benefits of urgent care over the emergency room typically include lower overall cost, lower co-pays, closer to home, and much shorter wait times.

Below are some conditions and guidance when one should visit the ER or Urgent Care:

Condition Urgent Emergency
Allergic reactions (minor)  
Allergic reactions (severe)  
Allergies (seasonal)  
Animal, insect, or spider bite (minor)  
Animal bite (severe)   
Asthma attack (minor)   
Asthma attack (severe)   
Back pain or strains  
Bleeding that won’t stop   
Broken bone (bone sticking out of skin)  
Broken bone (bone not sticking out of skin)  
Burn (small)   
Burn (large)   
Chest pain or severe chest pressure  
Common colds and coughing  
Coughing or vomiting blood   
Cuts / lacerations (minor) and stitches removal  
Dehydration, not drinking and eating  
Dental pain   
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath  
Dizziness, weakness or loss of coordination or balance  
Ear wax removal  
Eye problems (pink eye, eye irritation, styes)  
Fever not related to the common cold or flu (infants younger than 8 months old)  
Fever not related to the common cold or flu (infants older than 8 months old)  
Flu (influenza)  
Foreign object removal   
Headaches and migraines   
Headache — sudden and severe; chronic migraines  
Head injury (without passing out)  
Incision and drainage; abscess   
Injuries (falls, sprains, minor concussions, fingernail/toenail, work-related)  
Medication refills (non-narcotic)  
Pregnancy test   
Pregnancy-related issues (pain, bleeding)  
Rash with fever   
Skin problems (eczema/dry skin, poison ivy/poison oak, infections)  
Sinus infections  
Sore throat / Strep  
Sprain or strain   
Stomach pain (minor)  
Stomach pain (major)  
Swallowed object   
Urinary tract infection