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At your own risk: Insurers are now looking at visits and refusing to pay ER level visits when the issue is simple & not an emergency. This could stick you with a bill for thousands. This would qualify as a irritating problem but not an emergency. If you went, they would triage you to the bottom of the "need to be seen" pile and expect to wait a few hours. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ask for details: Ask about his personal experience and complication rates with the proposed surgery. Ask about alternatives to surgery. Ask what hospital the doctor does the most cases then find out how many of that surgery is done at that hospital. Compare that number to the doctors reported number and to the average number done at hospitals in the us. You want an experienced surgeon with low complication rates. ...Read more
IT DEPENDS: Emergency departments should be used for emergencies (chest pain, trouble breathing, severe stomach pain, serious injuries, etc). Ed's should not be used for minor illnesses (common cold, etc). Establish a relationship with a primary care physician who can treat all your non-emergent problems. When in doubt go to the ed, but don't be surprised at the wait or your bill if it isn't an emergency.. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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Depends: If your problem is likely to be not very deep seated, an urgent care facility can be less expensive, and quicker. If the problem is life or functionally threatening and you might need sophisticated radiology and laboratory studies with a strong possibility of hospital admission, than you should go to an er. ...Read more
No, but it cd help: No, there is no mandate that you HAVE to use a webcam to talk to a doctor on HealthTap Prime. However, it could help in some situations (like if you have a rash, you could show the doctor by camera). The webcam can also make the interaction more friendly. I'm not sure, but I don't believe the app u download requires it. However, we are here to help & we'll help however we can. U can contact suppor ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: If you have been coughing a lot and now you are vomiting blood but the volume is not a lot, you probably have what is called a mallory weiss tear and it will heal. If you have not been coughing, then it is an emergency and you should get to the er in the quickest manor possible. Seek hep at any rate to be sure you are ok , it's just not as much of an emergency if you are coughing a lot . Still go. ...Read more
Is pvd an emergency? If you have symptoms. Can you wait for an appointment with your eye doctor or retina doctor?
PVD: Let's be clear that you mean posterior vitreous detachment'. Other branches of medicine use this abbreviation for other conditions. If you know you have a 'pvd' then it is not an emergency. However, 'floaters', and/or 'flashing lights', the symptoms suggesting a pvd, should be seen by an eye doctor within 24 hours. Beware vision decrease/defect = concern for retinal detachment = emergency. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Apply pressure: Cover the wound with a clean cloth and apply direct pressure into the area that is bleeding. If the wound is on an extremity, elevate the extremity above the heart, or lay down and elevate the wound. Look at the clock and firmly hold the pressure, (no looking) for 10 minutes. If this pressure does not solve the problem, go in to minor er for evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chest tightness: Yes, immediately!Get a more detailed answer ›
Not usually the : level of care that is needed. A routine appointment or possibly urgent care appointment are usually fine. Don't want to use the ER for non urgent matters. If you have had vaginal thrush before and know the symptoms - you can self treat with over the counter products. Take care. ...Read more
When should someone see a doctor for stomach pain? How serious / persistent does the pain need to be?
Exam: If vomitting, especially with blood, get exam. Place hand on soft belly and push in in 4 corners. If very tender go to doctor or Emergency Room. If loss of appetite with abdominal pain go to ER, or blood from bowels. If just really worried get exam. Belly pain can be serious, so better safe than sorry. ...Read more