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When Should You Go To The Er With A Toothache
I have Azo to help with the pain. Should i go to the hospital or try to deal with it until the morning when the urgent care clinic opens?
If it is just: urinary discomfort and suggestive to a UTI, it can wait until tomorrow. If you are experiencing fevers, sweats, chills, flank pains, I would go to the hospital to get checked out. Best of luck! ...Read more
No: The best place to get help for a toothache is with a dentist. More and more, you will find urgent care dental practices. You may have a significant abscess (infection) at the site and require antibiotics. Seeking pain medication may only mask the underlying condition and create a dependency. Dentists are the best practitioners to handle tooth related issues. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Rarely: The er is one of the worst places to be with a severe migraine. It is bright, noisy, too much activity, and increases anxiety. Migraines need dark, quiet and sleep. Acute new headache with loss of function may indicate a stroke. This needs er care. Chronic headache needs routine clinic evaluation - not er. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoid ER period: The very worst place to go with a migraine, as very expensive, you will have to wait a long time, it is bright, noisy, irritating, and will make your headache feel far worst. You will be examined repetitively, placed through many tests, and likely give a narcotic injection which will wear off within 3-4 hrs, where-upon your headache will rebound. Instead, be pro-active, and see your regular doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Go to an urgent care: It's cheaper than er if you have fever with sorethroat -?Pharyngitis from a viral or bacterial, fever with coughing-?Bronchitis, pneumonia, fever with burning urination -?Urinary tract infection. Fever with body aches, joint pain, sorethroat- could just be flu. I can't list all possibilities. Take tylenol (acetaminophen) and lots of water in the meantime. ...Read more
Lymphedema: Lymphedema is usually not an emergency as it is progressive and rarely requires emergent care. The typical er physician is not expert, per se, in this disorder. The exception is secondary infection that may occur -- and may be difficult to differentiate from usual inflammation from chronic -- lymphedema. Seek help from your primary care physician or from an active wound care center for help. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
When is it time to go to the hospital if you think you r having a panic attack and should u go by ambulance?
Not life threatening: If you are physically healthy and have no underlying heart disease and do not abuse drugs, then you probably don't need to go to a hospital when you have a panic attack. If you are in treatment and have medications to relieve panic attacks as needed, it would be good to take them. If your anxiety symptoms do not subside, then you can go to an er to get help for the panic attack. ...Read more
Is it neccessary to go to the doctor right away for a broken finger or can you wait until the next day?
BROKEN FINGER: It is ok to wait until the next day. ...Read more
When you can't drink: In healthy people, vomiting for 24-48 hours can be treated at home by drinking small amounts of liquids at frequent intervals. Try gingerale. Warning signs to see a doctor: Feeling dizzy, blood or dark coffee grounds in your vomit, severe abdominal pain or fever, or failure to make urine. If your vomiting has not slowed down or improved after 48 hours, it's also time to see a doctor. ...Read more
Sometimes: Depending on what the problem is, you might be referred to a specialist, to a primary care doctor, or the er doctor him/herself might be able to address the issue. If this is about a non-urgent issue, you may be better off seeing your primary care doctor, who prob knows you better, which will help your tx. If this is an emergent issue, then the er is the place to go. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cannot say: but abdominal pain and / or bloating, not having regular bowel movements. Black or tar like or red or maroon stoolls would be signs of problems requiring immediate medical attention and.. it should really pass and probalby be very obvious in 1-2 days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I avoid going to the hospital with this coffee burn? When would you have to go to the hospital?
Depends on…: Location of burn & how large an area is involved. Burns of face, hands, joints, genital areas can be more serious than those of other areas. Large burns, especially if blisters break, may be difficult to manage by yourself & more prone to infection; so seek medical attention depending on above info. Fp may be 1st step unless burn is large or one of those special areas. ...Read more
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