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HEALTHY DOSE BY LISA STAUFFER

ER VS. URGENT CARE:
HOLIDAY EDITION
Stay merry-and healthy-this season
It may not be that illnesses and injuries strike more often during
holidays, but with a houseful of guests, it can certainly feel that
way. While your mind is occupied with holiday traveling plans,
entertaining family and savoring good food and fun, make sure you don't
overlook common holiday health hazards.
To help you navigate any unexpected illnesses or injuries, Northside Hospital's
experts provide advice on some frequent scenarios you may encounter.

"Heart attacks may have crushing chest
pain, but they may also present as
nausea, pain down one or both arms,
shortness of breath, or clamminess and a
sense of impending doom."
Additionally, in Cousin Sam's
scenario, long flights can result in deep
vein thrombosis, where a blood clot
breaks off and causes a blockage. Even
if Sam is young, call 911. "With a heart
attack, time matters, so don't delay,"
Dr. John says.

SCENARIO 1

Aunt Edith is making her famous spaghetti and meatballs
when boiling water splashes onto her hand.
She runs cool water over her hand right
away, but painful blisters form. Is
the best option urgent care or the
emergency room?
"Most burns can be treated at
an urgent care center," says Sang
Dao, DO, a provider at ChoiceOne
Urgent Care, a partner of Northside
Hospital. "However, if the burn is
accompanied by difficulty breathing, is the
result of electricity or chemicals, covers a large part
of the body or occurs on your face, feet, buttocks, hands or groin, it's best to
call 911 or visit the ER."

SCENARIO 2

Cousin Sam has flown all the way from
Japan to be with the family for the
holidays. He says he must have strained a
muscle hauling his luggage, as he has an
achy feeling across his upper chest and
down one arm.
"Not all heart attacks look like what
you see on television," says Jim John, MD,
a cardiologist with Northside Hospital.

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SCENARIO 3

You step on little Carson's new toy truck
and go tumbling. Your ankle and foot
hurt. They start to bruise and swell. You
think putting ice on it will be enough,
but your mom thinks you should see a
doctor. Who's right?
"Ankle or foot pain after a fall can
mean a number of things," says Logan
Fields, MD, an orthopedic surgeon
affiliated with Northside Hospital
Orthopedic Institute. "You've possibly
sprained your ankle, which can be treated
with ice, compression, elevating the
affected part and rest. But if the pain,
swelling and bruising are in your foot,
it's possible you've fractured a bone.
Either way, it's best to visit an urgent care
center for evaluation and testing."



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