Do you need to go to ER or Urgent Care?

If your life is at risk then call 911 or go to the Emergency Room.Urgent Care handles non-life-threatening medical issues.
Below are conditions and guidance on when one should visit the ER vs. Urgent Care:

Urgent Care
Emergency Room

Allergic reactions (minor)

Allergies (seasonal)

Animal, insect, or spider bite (minor)

Asthma attack (minor)

Back pain or strains

Broken bone (bone not sticking out of skin)

Burn (small)

Common colds and coughing

COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen testing

COVID-19 treatment for mild to moderate cases

Cuts / lacerations (minor) and stitches removal

Dehydration, not drinking and eating

Dental pain

Dizziness, weakness or loss of coordination or balance


Ear wax removal

Eye problems (pink eye, eye irritation, styes)

Flu (influenza)

Foreign object removal

Headaches and migraines

Head injury (without passing out)



Incision and drainage; abscess


(falls, sprains, minor concussions, fingernail/toenail, work-related)

Medication refills


Pregnancy test


Skin problems

(eczema/dry skin, poison ivy/poison oak, infections)

Sinus infections

Sore throat / Strep

Sprain or strain

Stomach pain (minor)

Urinary tract infection

Acute weakness or paralysis

Asthma attack (severe)

Heavy bleeding/amputations

Broken bone

(bone sticking out of skin)



Chest pain or severe chest pressure

Coughing or vomiting blood

Fainting or seizure

Fever unrelated to common cold/flu

(infants under 8 months old)


— sudden and severe; chronic migraines

Pregnancy-related complications

(pain, bleeding)

Severe abdominal/stomach pain

Severe shortness of breath/unable to swallow/anaphylaxis

Stroke or stroke-like symptoms

(FAST: face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, time to call 911)

Sudden vision changes

Swallowed object

Thoughts of hurting yourself or others

Swallowed object