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Times You Need to Come to Urgent Care

Find out if the symptoms you are experiencing require a hospital visit or urgent care.

Nothing is more stressful than dealing with your own illness or injury, or a sick loved one. These problems often occur suddenly, and you may find yourself wondering whether you should take a trip to the hospital or whether an urgent care center will be able to handle the problem. Here in Houston, our team of board-certified internists Dr. Tomas Rios and Dr. Nicolin Neal are able to address any and all non-emergency medical issues in teens and adults.

Hospital or Urgent Care?

Here’s a good rule of thumb to follow: If you are dealing with a serious symptom (e.g. chest pain; trouble breathing) or a potentially life-threatening condition (e.g. concussion with blackouts) then you should head to your local ER immediately for care; however, if you are dealing with injuries, symptoms or illnesses that aren’t life-threatening but do require medical attention within the next 24 hours then our Houston urgent care office is here to help.

Conditions and Injuries that Require Urgent Care

Here in Houston, our team of doctors provide preventive care, treatment for both acute and chronic diseases and also urgent medical care for,

  • Sprains
  • Burns
  • Fractures
  • Abdominal pain
  • Ear infections
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Wheezing due to asthma or allergies
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Influenza
  • Bronchitis
  • Strep throat
  • Rashes
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • STI (Sexually transmitted infections)

We offer on-site lab testing, which means that we can take blood, urine or other samples and analyze them right here in our office instead of sending the samples away for analysis. This means that you’ll get your results much faster, which also means that you’ll get treated faster.

Whether you are looking for a doctor who can help you manage your diabetes, you are looking for a regular physician to visit for routine physicals and checkups, or you are dealing with an urgent health problem, the medical team at Rios Healthcare Associates in Houston is here to help. Walk-ins are welcome but you can also call us at (832) 323-9230 or book an appointment online.