When to Visit a Healthcare Provider
When to visit a healthcare provider depends on your condition and the severity of your symptoms. Below are some general guidelines to follow when deciding if you need to be seen:
- If you have a fever greater than 101-102ºF for longer than 2 days.
- If you have a headache or other pain that is not alleviated by taking over-the-counter medications, especially if you have a fever and/or a stiff neck.
- If you experience vomiting or diarrhea for more than 2 days, or if you have not urinated in more than 8 hours.
- If you think you have a sprain or broken bone.
- If you have an injury that will not stop bleeding or has debris in it.
- If you have lost consciousness for any reason.
- If you have cold or flu symptoms that produce yellow/green mucous consistently throughout the day.
- If you have a persistent cough.
- If you have difficulty breathing or are short of breath.
- If you have chest pain, especially if you are nauseated, short of breath or sweating.
- If you think you may have been exposed to an infectious disease such as tuberculosis, meningitis, or any sexually transmitted infection.
- If you have a positive result from a home pregnancy test and you need a referral to an OB/GYN.
When to Call 911 or Visit an Emergency Room
- If an individual seems confused and very sleepy or cannot be awakened.
- Chest pain with shortness of breath, nausea, and/or sweating.
- Loss of consciousness.
- Uncontrollable bleeding.