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Sick Visits Specialist

EC Primary Care Physicians

Board Certified Primary Care Practitioners & Board Certified Pediatrician located in Columbia, MD

Children and adults alike are prone to catching contagious illnesses or getting unexpected minor injuries. At EC Primary Care Physicians, PA, in Columbia, Maryland, you and your family can book same-day sick visits with Nadeem Hashmi, MD, and the team. For appointment availability, call EC Primary Care Physicians, PA, or use the online booking tool today.

Sick Visits Q & A

What are sick visits?

Sick visits are visits to your physician that you schedule in order to address new or worsening symptoms or health complications. Typically, you schedule a sick visit to address an acute condition or injury. However, some sick visits can result in the diagnosis of a chronic condition that you may not have known you had before your appointment. 

During a typical sick visit with EC Primary Care Physicians, PA, your physician takes your medical history before performing a physical exam. You should describe your symptoms and their duration in as much detail as possible. 

When should I schedule a sick visit?

Sick visits are an essential step in diagnosing unknown issues and finding a way to treat them. Both children and adults can acquire symptoms of an acute illness at any time. Common reasons to schedule a sick visit for an adult or child are:

  • Cold and flu
  • Rashes
  • Pneumonia
  • Acute injuries (e.g., cuts, scrapes, small fractures)
  • Ear infections
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Asthma attack
  • Allergic reactions

Some adults must schedule sick visits to diagnose or monitor chronic conditions like hypertension, hyperthyroidism, back pain, or diabetes. 

How long does it take to get an appointment for a sick visit?

If your symptoms are severe or quickly worsening, it’s important for you to see a professional as soon as you’re able. At EC Primary Care Physicians, PA, your provider reserves time in the day to accommodate sick patients with same-day appointments. 

Booking a same-day sick visit at EC Primary Care Physicians, PA, can save you a trip to the emergency room for something that isn’t an emergency but still requires prompt care. Emergency room visits often result in excessive time in the waiting area. 

EC Primary Care Physicians, PA, also offers sick visits via telemedicine for convenience.

What is the outcome of a sick visit?

Sick visits usually result in a clear diagnosis of the injury or condition affecting you. Your provider takes the time to explain your diagnosis in detail and go over the options you have for treatment. In many cases, they can recommend a treatment plan to either reduce your symptoms or cure your ailment. Individualized treatment plans often include:

  • Prescription medications
  • Minor in-office procedures
  • Topical creams or ointments
  • Home care (e.g., rest, drinking lots of fluids)
  • Specialist referrals

You should follow all of your doctor’s specific instructions in relation to your treatment plan. If your illness is contagious or taxing on your body, they might recommend taking some time off from work or school to make a full recovery. 

Getting sick can catch you off guard and interrupt your productivity. To book an appointment for a sick visit, call EC Primary Care Physicians, PA, or schedule online at your convenience.