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Urgent care or the ER — where do you go?
The right place to get care depends on your situation. Here’s how to get the care you need, at the right time and in the right place.
Your primary care doctor is your main doctor, who will take care of most of your health care needs.
See your primary care doctor for:
- Preventive care (care to help stop illness or injury)
- Basic health concerns, colds, flu or minor injuries
Seek urgent care if you can't reach your primary care doctor or it is after hours.
Go to urgent care for:
- Minor cuts
- Sinus infections
- Muscle sprains or strains
- Sore throat
- Skin rashes
- Urinary tract infections
Emergency room (ER)
Only go to the ER for life-threatening health problems.
Go to the ER for:
- Chest pain
- Trouble breathing
- Bleeding that won't stop
- Major injuries
- Sudden numbness in the arms and face
If you're not sure whether it's a true emergency, dial 911.