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ER or Urgent Care? 

Is it Better to Go to Urgent Care or the ER?

So, you need treatment—and fast—for a nagging illness or sudden injury. And waiting days for an appointment at a primary care center is simply not an option. Therefore, the question becomes: Should you head to your local urgent care clinic or go straight to the emergency room?

When to Go to the ER

Many people face this question on a daily basis. As a general rule of thumb, individuals who fear loss of life, limb, or vision should promptly call 911 or go to the nearest ER. It’s also important to seek emergency care if you or someone around you experiences any of the following:

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Sudden dizziness or confusion

  • Sudden changes in vision

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Persistent or severe chest pain  

  • A wound with uncontrolled bleeding

  • An injury with a visible deformity, such as exposed bone or muscle

  • A near-drowning incident, car accident, or traumatic injury, such as a gunshot wound

  • A fever higher than 104 degrees Fahrenheit (102.2 degrees for young children)

When to Go to Urgent Care

In non-life-threatening scenarios, visiting an urgent care clinic is a more sensible, convenient, and affordable choice. Urgent care clinics specialize in providing walk-in treatment for many common health concerns, such as:

  • Nasal congestion and runny nose

  • Sore throat

  • Cough  

  • Ear pain

  • Painful or burning urination 

  • Sinus pain and pressure

  • Nausea and vomiting  

  • Mild burns and rashes

  • Heartburn 

  • Sprains and strains

Houston’s Trusted Urgent Care Clinic

Lifeline Urgent Care in Houston, Texas, is a modern and fully equipped urgent care clinic that is led by board-certified physicians. Our team provides affordable and convenient care for adults and children with all types of non-life-threatening health concerns. We even offer onsite X-ray imaging, clinical lab testing, flu shots, COVID-19 antibody testing, and more. Visit us today!

Schedule online. It's easy, fast and secure.


13410 Briar Forest Ste. #190

Houston, TX 77077


Tel: 281-771-1144


MON-FRI: 9:00AM - 7:00PM

SAT-SUN: 10:00AM - 6:00PM


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