Are You Sure You Should Go to the ER? : Things you can wait on but shouldn’t

Are You Sure You Should Go to the ER? : Things you can wait on but shouldn’t

Don’t make a doctor’s visit over aches and pains—most can be treated at home with little problem. However, if you have a cold or other viral infection that just won’t go away after a few days, don’t waste time—go get checked out. It could be something simple like bronchitis, but if it turns out to be pneumonia, there’s no reason not to seek medical attention early on. Remember, too: The absolute worst thing you can do is nothing. If your ear has been bothering you for three days and isn’t improving, then you absolutely need medical care. Likewise if your child has been vomiting and acting lethargic for two days in a row or more.

There are many issues that will be just fine if you give them time to go away. With most ailments, you can have time to treat them at home. However, if your viral infection is still persistent after a few days, it is best to go see a doctor. You might just have a really bad case of bronchitis, but if it ends up being pneumonia, there’s no reason not to get help sooner rather than later.

Don’t go to the doctor over headaches and nausea, most are treatable at home. But if you have a viral infection that doesn’t go away within a few days, don’t delay—head to the doctor’s office. Perhaps the pain you’re feeling is bronchitis, but if it turns out to be pneumonia, there’s no need to neglect it. You should consult a doctor and get treated immediately. One of the worst things you can do is nothing; if your ear’s been bothering you for 3 days and it hasn’t gotten better, you need medical attention. Just like when your child has been vomiting and behaving lethargically for two days in a row or more.

Non urgent but important things that should be addressed

The tricky thing is that while most people can list off things they think should be treated at a hospital, many don’t know what belongs on an urgent but non-life threatening list. If you have a fever of 101 or are short of breath but not experiencing chest pain or numbness, you probably don’t need to go to an emergency room. However, seeing a doctor immediately is better than waiting hours for your general practitioner appointment so if it is possible, go and see your doctor. Going straight to an emergency room could be a waste of time and money and going directly to a general practitioner could lead to more serious problems developing if you treat symptoms rather than causes.