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Emergency Department vs. Urgent Care vs. Primary Care

By Staff , 07/30/18, 10:15AM EDT

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 When you or a loved one isn't feeling well you may feel the urge to go to the emergency room. But is this always the best option? There are things an emergency room should treat and things that are better suited for urgent care and your primary physician. In this weeks sponsor spotlight our friends at WakeMed are here to show you the best place to get the specific care you need: 


Sometimes, it’s obvious when to head to the emergency room, but other times, it can be more difficult to tell. The following are some tips to help you decide whether you need to head to the emergency room, the nearest urgent care location or your primary care doctor.

Conditions Typically Treated by a Primary Care Physician

  • Allergic reaction *If you are having difficulty breathing, you should head to the Emergency Room.
  • Asthma attack (minor)
  • Bronchitis
  • Colds, cough, flu, fever
  • Dehydration
  • Ear infection
  • Migraine
  • Minor burns
  • Minor cuts/lacerations
  • Nausea
  • Pink eye
  • Sore throat
  • Sprain or strain
  • Urinary tract infection

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