Urgent care centers provide a bridge between primary care physicians and hospital emergency rooms. The staff in urgent care centers consists of family care and emergency room physicians who can handle all the services provided at a traditional doctor’s office or the emergency room with the exception of keeping medical records and treating life-threatening conditions. This makes them convenient for patients with injuries or illnesses that are not life-threatening and who cannot wait to book an appointment with their primary care
Strep throat is a contagious disease caused by a bacteria known as streptococcus. The disease causes inflammation and swelling of the mucous membranes lining the back of the throat and tonsils. It mainly affects school-aged children and teenagers. Strep throat is common in children aged between 5 to 15 years. Statistics show that Streptococcus bacteria causes about 15% to 40% of sore throat cases in this age group. Read More…
Inflammation of the eye, is commonly referred to as pink eye or conjunctivitis. This is a very common infection that is caused by a number of factors. As common as it is, not all forms are contagious. However, it is important to understand the signs and symptoms of what the cause could be in order to treat it properly.
If you have a persistent cough this can be a sign of a more serious medical condition, so seeking prompt medical care is in your best interest. A persistent cough is any couch that lasts for more than a few days and is not alleviated with regular over the counter medications. A persistent couch can be a sign of
Bronchitis is caused by inflammation of the large and medium airways of the lungs also known as bronchi. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. Acute bronchitis usually develops from respiratory infections such as a cold. Normally, acute bronchitis resolves within several days without any lasting complications, however the cough may continue for weeks. If you have untreated acute bronchitis, it may develop into chronic bronchitis. Chronic bronchitis, a condition included in chronic obstructive pulmonary disorders (COPD) requires urgent medical attention
If you have experienced an injury which may have resulted in a broken bone, then X-Rays would be necessary. However, going to the hospital ER may involve an extensive wait to see the doctor and for a radiology technician to make X-Rays. Meanwhile, you may be approaching your pain threshold while sitting in a crowded ER waiting room. While ER waiting rooms are your first stop at a hospital, you will often have to wait in an examination room and
Pneumonia is the inflammation of the lungs caused by infection. This condition causes the air sacs in one or both to inflame and fill with fluid or pus, resulting in cough with phlegm, difficulty breathing, fever and chills. Pneumonia can range in seriousness from mild and easily treatable to life-threatening depending on the bacteria, viruses or fungi causing it, as well as the extent of the infection. Read more…
Headaches have always been a sign that something is not right within the body. From basic things such as stress, dehydration or hunger, to something as serious as meningitis, the key symptom manifests in form of a dull ache in the head. Most of us ignore the pain in the hope that it would go away but here are a few ways to identify the seriousness of the headache you have, what it symbolizes and whether you need to seek urgent care. Types of
Sinusitis is a medical condition that can be described as the inflammation or swelling of tissues that form a lining on the sinuses. In a normal scenario, sinuses are usually filled with air but when they become clogged and fluids accumulates within them, germs from bacteria, fungi and even viruses can start growing causing an infection. Types of sinusitis Sinusitis is basically divided into 4 categories: -Acute sinusitis characterized by a sudden onset of cold-like symptoms and facial pain. This condition can last
When you need medical help right away, an urgent care center in El Paso may be the best choice for you. Going to an emergency room is actually a very inefficient way to get prompt medical care. Unless you are having a heart attack, have been shot, or are suffering from some condition that means death is potentially imminent, you are likely going to end up waiting a really long time to be seen at a hospital emergency room.