Reasons to Go to Urgent Care

Many common medical conditions like strep throat or a urinary tract infection (UTI), while not emergencies, require timely medical urgent caretreatment. But if you do not have a primary care physician or can't get an appointment right away, urgent care is an effective and affordable solution for non-life threatening health issues. Dr. Sapan Bindal provides urgent care services at Cooper Street Medical Clinic in Mansfield, TX.

Urgent Care in Mansfield, TX

As a general rule, if your condition or injury requires immediate treatment (within 24 hours) but is non-life or limb-threatening, you can go to an urgent care facility for treatment, usually in a fraction of the time and cost it would take to be treated at an ER.

Common Conditions That Can Be Treated at Urgent Care

Urgent care facilities provide treatment on a walk-in basis, so there is no need to make an appointment. Some of the most common conditions treated at urgent care include:

1. Strep Throat

Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes a sore throat and other flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, and even nausea and vomiting in some cases. Diagnosing strep throat requires a throat culture (swab from your throat to test for bacteria) and is treated with antibiotics.

2. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

UTIs are a common bacterial infection that causes difficulty and pain during urination, pelvic pain and blood in the urine (which may not necessarily be visible to the naked eye). They most commonly affect the bladder but can travel to the kidneys in more serious cases. Most infections clear within a few days to weeks after treatment with antibiotics.

3. Flu/Fever

Head over to urgent care for low fevers and common seasonal cold and flu symptoms such as:

  • Sinusitis
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy, puffy, red, and watery eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing/wheezing
  • Low-grade fever
  • Stomach flu/virus

4. Rashes

Skin rashes are commonly caused by allergic reactions to items like detergent and cleaning products, medication, heat, and common bacterial, viral, and fungal infections, such as:

  • Dermatitis
  • Eczema/Psoriasis/Rosacea
  • Ringworm
  • Drug (medication) rash
  • Intertrigo
  • Shingles

A rash with symptoms like difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, nausea and vomiting, hives, and swelling of the eyes and/or throat are often signs of a serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction and should be treated at the emergency room.

5. Sprains and Fractures

Common orthopedic injuries like ankle and wrist sprains, as well as surface cuts that may require a few stitches, can be treated at urgent care. Deep wounds, trauma, and persistent bleeding should be treated at the emergency room.

If you are unsure about the severity of your injury, seek emergency treatment first just to be safe.

Find an Urgent Care Provider in Mansfield, TX

For more information, contact Cooper Street Medical Clinic by calling (817) 453-2123 to learn more about our services and hours of operation.

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