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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