Urgent care is where you go when you have a non-life threatening illness or injury that you can’t fix at home, and you want fast treatment. You don’t want to sit in that germ-filled emergency room for hours and then get depersonalized care. You might go because your regular doctor is off on a fishing trip or tied up in court.
Urgent care treats people of all ages with all sorts of conditions, both acute and chronic. If the problem is severe, you may be referred to the emergency room or a hospital. But in most cases, urgent care is convenient, efficient, and cheaper than other alternatives.
What Gets Treated
Here is a partial list of conditions appropriate for urgent care:
- Ankle sprains
- Pink eye
- Sore throats
- Head injury from stepping on a rake
- Cuts and bruises
- Colds, upper respiratory infections
- Injuries from fire ant attacks
- Diaper rash
And what doesn’t get treated
Here is a partial list of conditions which should send someone to the emergency room in an ambulance (call 911):
- Heart attack symptoms – chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, pain in left arm, and more
- Stroke symptoms – Weakness on one side of face and/or body, difficulty speaking. Face droops on on side, dizziness, confusion, and more
- Severe allergic reaction – trouble breathing, swollen tongue, hives, vomiting, wheezing, and more
- Severe injuries with profuse bleeding, loss of consciousness, fractures, anything that appears life-threatening
More pluses for going to urgent care
Many people like to receive all of their medical care in one place. They want convenience, quick service, high-tech communications, reasonable prices, extended hours, and as many services as possible all together. People would love to have medications, x-rays, lab services, walk-in treatment, convenient appointments, and state-of-the-art everything at their disposal.
They would also like to bring their children and grandmas and grandpas in for acute and chronic care. An urgent care team has a broad range of knowledge in many fields and will refer you to a specialist if needed.
The best of urgent care can be found in the Chicago area
You don’t need an appointment and the wait time is never more than 30 minutes. And you can schedule a visit online or by fax or phone. If you can’t make it in person or you can’t drag yourself away from the soaps, you can use our telemedicine service. And yes, IEC has a well-stocked pharmacy, a lab, X-ray machines, and state-of-the-art everything.
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