San Diego Emergency and Urgent Care
Urgent care vs. the ER — what's the difference?
In most cases, your doctor's office is your best first call for help when you have cold symptoms, a question about a chronic health problem or you're not sure where to go.
But when the situation seems severe, or if your doctor's office is closed, you may need to visit one of the following:
Make sure to select an urgent care in your network.
When to go to urgent care.
Urgent care could be an option for:
- Minor burns
- Colds, cough or flu
- Eye, ear or skin infections
- Minor cuts, bruises and abrasions
- Respiratory infections
- Strains and sprains
- Urinary tract infections
Visit your nearest ER for life- or limb-threatening injuries and illnesses (minor illnesses also treated).
When to go to the emergency room.
Visit your closest ER or call 911 if you experience:
- Changes in mental status, such as confusion
- Chest pain or pressure
- Coughing or vomiting blood
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Severe allergic reaction
- Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Sudden dizziness, weakness or changes in vision
- Sudden or severe pain
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