Urgent Care or ER?

Should I visit an Emergency Room or an Urgent Care?

This is one of the most difficult questions to answer. Some illnesses require immediate medical benefits of a hospital emergency room, many cases an Urgent Care facility is a quicker and often more cost efficient alternative. The lists below offer some guidance to what sort of treatment each type facilitates.


  • Injury or Illness you would visit your primary care physician
  • Non severe abdominal pain
  • Laceration or cut repair (stitches)
  • Treatment of minor burns or skin irritations
  • Cerumen (ear wax) impaction removal
  • Drug testing
  • School / work physicals
  • Wart / skin tag removal
  • Ingrown toenail treatment
  • Travel immunizations
  • Flu shots
  • Sports injuries such as sprains or strains
  • Mild to Moderate Asthma attacks
  • Upper respiratory illness


  • Chest pain with shortness of breath
  • Severe burns
  • Electrical shock
  • Complications from pregnancy
  • Altered mental states
  • Seizure
  • Poison ingestion
  • Digit or extremity amputation
  • Syncope or unconsciousness
  • Major head injuries