When to Visit

There may be times when you are not sure if you need emergency care. When in doubt, call your doctor or insurance’s information line. They will help you decide if you need emergency care. Your doctor may tell you to make an appointment or he or she may be able to provide some self-care advice. Some illnesses or health issues that may be more appropriate for a scheduled doctor’s appointment include the following:

  • An earache without a fever
  • Cold and flu symptoms
  • A sunburn or minor burn
  • A rash
  • Muscle sprains
  • A minor cut
  • A sore throat
  • A toothache


Emergency conditions often include the following, and you should visit the closes emergency room:

  • Chest pain or tightness in the chest
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Vehicle accidents with injury
  • Choking or shortness of breath
  • Bleeding that does not stop after applying pressure
  • Seizures
  • Sudden problems with movement or speech
  • Overdoses or swallowing poison
  • Broken bones or open wounds
  • Sudden severe headaches, vision problems, weakness or dizziness
  • Physical assault


The following conditions in children also require emergency care:

  • Diarrhea or vomiting and dry mouth or little urination
  • Fever who are difficult wake
  • Infants younger than 3 months old with temperatures over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Suspected abuse