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Do I Go to the Doctor or the ER?

February 25, 2015

Do you know when to call your doctor or when a visit to the ER is needed?

Here are a few tips to help you in your decision….

Call your doctor’s office for advice on:

• Colds, coughs, flu, sore throat

• Fever

• Earache

• Asthma

• Pain or burning when urinating

• Migraine headaches

• Sprain

• Rash

• Eye infection

• Stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting

• Insect bites with no breathing difficulty

• Minor cuts

• Sexually Transmitted Diseases

For any of the following, a visit to the ER is recommended:

• Severe bleeding

• Major cuts

• Chest pain

• A major injury, such as head trauma

• Inability to breathe

• Spinal cord or back injury

• Severe eye injuries

• Broken bones

• Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea

• Sudden, severe abdominal pain

• Suicidal or homicidal feelings