Pink eye (Conjunctivitis)

Pink eye (Conjunctivitis) Pink eye is caused by an inflamed or infected eye. Patients may have tearing, itching, swelling and redness of one or both eyes. It can be accompanied by a small amount of discharge that appears clear to yellow-green. The condition does not cause permanent vision loss and most people will recover without […]

Cold and flu

Cold and flu Both colds and flu are viral infections that cause fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches and fatigue. Symptoms can last up to a week but will subside as your body fights off infection. While many people feel like they’re at death’s door when they have a cold or flu, it’s important not […]

Severe muscle or joint aches

Severe muscle or joint aches Rest and over-the-counter pain relievers can provide relief, but if pain persists for more than a few days, you may need medical help. Seek emergency care if an injury or illness prevents you from moving your arms or legs. Pain that lasts for more than two weeks can be a […]

Ear pain or discomfort

Ear pain or discomfort This can signal an ear infection or perforation of the eardrum. If you’re experiencing either, visit a hospital immediately. If you wait too long, bacteria in your ear could travel up through your body and into your brain, causing meningitis—an infection that puts you at risk for hearing loss and brain […]

Severe Allergic Reactions

Severe Allergic Reactions When you experience a severe allergic reaction, particularly if you have any trouble breathing or swallowing, your skin begins to swell and break out in rashes, or your throat starts to close up, call for emergency medical assistance. Anaphylaxis is often caused by insect bites and stings (especially bees), food allergies and […]

Breathing Difficulties

Breathing Difficulties If you’re having trouble breathing, medical attention is crucial. Call 911 right away, but if you can’t get an immediate response—and it’s an emergency—go to your nearest emergency room immediately. Doctors will help you determine whether you need treatment there or can be transported elsewhere for follow-up care. Never try to wait it […]

Loss of Consciousness

Loss of Consciousness When you lose consciousness or experience confusion, you need medical attention right away. Have someone call 911 and get to an emergency room as soon as possible. Breathing Problems: Trouble breathing isn’t just scary—it could be deadly. If your chest feels tight, you’re having trouble breathing, or someone notices that you’re gasping […]

Unbearable Pain

Unbearable Pain If you’re in pain, it’s generally a good idea to go to an emergency room. It’s especially important if your pain is associated with tingling, numbness, or any loss of sensation (sometimes known as paresthesia). Whether or not you go will depend on how long you’ve had your symptoms and how long they’ve […]

Rashes or itchiness

Rashes or itchiness There could be serious underlying issues such as an allergic reaction, and itching can mean there’s a potential for infection. Seek medical attention right away if you have a rash that doesn’t go away after several days, or if it looks infected—for example, if it’s spreading or you see redness around your […]

Nausea, digestive issues

Nausea, digestive issues Nauseous and have abdominal cramps? You may need some Pepto or Imodium, but you can probably wait a day before you head out. Odds are it’s something minor that will resolve itself on its own with a little rest and relaxation. Yes, in rare cases it could be appendicitis or something else […]