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Urgent Care Specialist

Michele L Martinez, MD

Family Medicine & Geriatric Care located in Riverside, CA

At one point or another, you will likely require a visit to urgent care. And when you do, Dr. Michele Martinez of People's Care Health Systems will be there to help. If your ailment is noncritical, but you’re experiencing symptoms that cause pain or discomfort, visit Dr. Michele Martinez in Riverside, California.

Urgent Care Q & A

What kinds of medical conditions require urgent care?

Urgent care is appropriate for an illness or injury that does not appear to be life-threatening, but needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. Urgent care centers provide easy access to quality healthcare for those times when your primary care physician’s office is closed or booked. Dr. Michele Martinez and People’s Care Health Systems is prepared to offer compassionate urgent care of the highest caliber, alleviating your symptoms and getting you back on track.

Some types of medical conditions that require urgent care include:

  • Earaches and infections
  • Minor cuts that aren’t healing or may be infected
  • Sprains and closed fractures
  • Minor asthma flare-ups
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Fevers
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Severe sore throat or cough
  • Skin rashes and infections
  • Eye irritation and redness

What can I expect from my visit to urgent care?

When you first arrive at urgent care, the doctor will need you to fill out some forms. These forms will give a better idea of your health and the care you may need, prior to your visit. You'll be expected to disclose what kind of medications you take, allergies you have, or any other general health concerns you may have.

How do I know whether to seek urgent care or go to the emergency room?

Generally speaking, an emergency can be defined as a condition that may threaten an individual's life or cause serious impairment. So if your emergency is life threatening, call 9-1-1 immediately or seek treatment at the nearest hospital emergency room.

It is important to remember that ER visits should always be reserved for true emergencies. A visit to the ER without an actual emergency can be costly and unnecessarily time consuming.

Some common situations that require the emergency room, as opposed to urgent care, include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Unconsciousness
  • Seizures
  • Severe bleeding
  • Poisoning
  • Severe burns
  • Serious head, neck, or back injury
  • Broken bones

If you have an unexpected need for urgent health care, do not hesitate to visit Dr. Martinez in Riverside, California at People’s Care Health Systems.