Severe cold or flu symptoms : Emergency Room
If you’re having severe cold or flu symptoms, you should definitely go to urgent care. Most coughs and sniffles that result from a common virus can be treated at home with rest and fluids—but if your body isn’t able to do that on its own, go ahead and seek medical attention. Any time you experience trouble breathing, chest pain, confusion or high fever (over 101 degrees), head immediately for a nearby emergency room. The symptoms of a stroke, heart attack or appendicitis can also require emergency attention—so don’t wait around if you think any of these conditions might apply to you.
If you’re suffering from nausea, vomiting, and severe dizziness, call 911. If you’re having trouble breathing or have chest pain, go directly to your nearest emergency room. While these are serious medical issues and shouldn’t be ignored, they aren’t life-threatening—and most can be handled by a doctor at urgent care. Minor cold or flu symptoms: Take some medicine, drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy food, and try to get lots of rest. Within a day or two you should feel significantly better. If not go see a doctor at urgent care because if it isn’t just a cold (or flu) there could be something more serious going on in your body that needs evaluation by professional doctors.
If you think you have a life-threatening condition such as a heart attack, stroke or severe asthma attack, go directly to an emergency room. A hospital can also treat less urgent conditions that would normally be treated at urgent care facilities—such as non-life threatening broken bones or cuts requiring stitches. However, there are times when you should consider going to an urgent care center instead of waiting for treatment at an emergency room. To find out when it’s best for you to seek treatment elsewhere, check out our list of 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Go to the Emergency Room .