Acute, Urgent, and Emergent CareWhen you need immediate care for a minor illness or injury, High Tide Internal Medicine is here to provide you with urgent care. Wait times at urgent care centers or emergency rooms can be long, and patients who visit these facilities for acute care services typically end up being treated by a physician and medical team that they are unfamiliar with. By coming to us instead, you are treated by healthcare providers who you know, and who are familiar with your medical history.
Some medical situations require immediate care, and you should seek treatment at an emergency room or urgent care clinic. These situations include broken bones, sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arms, or legs, difficulty speaking, sudden confusion, sudden chest pain, or sudden difficulty breathing. If you are unable to quickly reach medical care during one of these emergencies, call 911.
For other acute medical care needs, our internal medicine practice is here to treat you quickly. This includes medical issues such as:
- Minor Cuts: Many small cuts can be treated at home with your first aid kit, but our physicians are here to help out with minor cuts that need a little extra attention. You should also see us if your cut shows signs of infection, or if you have not had a tetanus shot within the last 5 years (or if you cannot remember when your last tetanus booster was). If the laceration is large and/or will not stop bleeding, seek immediate emergency medical care.
- Bumps and Bruises: From participating in recreational activities to on-the-job tasks to regular day-to-day movement, bumps and bruises will happen. If your injury seems like a little more than the usual little bump or bruise, let us take a look. Bumps or bruises that you will want to have looked at by a doctor include those that begin within 30 minutes of an injury and/or are accompanied by severe pain and swelling, bumps and bruises that cause strong or persistent pain two or three days after the injury, and those with unexplained sources that don’t seem to have been caused by an impact.
- Flu-Like Symptoms: Several illnesses can present with symptoms that seem like the flu, and the flu itself sometimes needs medical care. If you have symptoms of something that is more than just a cold, such as a fever, body aches, headache, sore throat, a cough that gets worse, tiredness, and a runny or stuffy nose, we can provide treatment to help you feel better sooner.
- Skin Rashes: Just like bumps and bruises, skin rashes aren’t uncommon, especially in active people. Rashes can be caused by a number of things, from an allergic reaction or an insect bite to an infection or something else. Our physicians will examine the rash to provide a diagnosis and treatment to get it cleared up.
- Asthma: If you are experiencing a severe asthma attack or asthma flare-up or you or someone else are in respiratory distress, you should immediately be taken to an emergency room or urgent clinic. For less severe flare-ups, we can provide treatment that helps you feel better and breathe easier.