Sick Visits

Everyone – including healthy adults – gets sick from time to time. It is important to find an internist in Vail who can treat temporary illnesses and infections, such as sore throat, cough, and similar conditions. These common symptoms are typically minor and do not warrant emergency care. Instead, patients can be diagnosed and treated from the comfort of a Vail Medical Center and Weightloss office and allowed to quickly return home to recover.

Did you know that more than 82 percent of adults see a doctor at least once per year? According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than half of those visits are to primary care doctors, and the most common cause for those office visits is a cough. By visiting a physician instead of the emergency room, patients can save thousands of dollars and hours wasted in waiting rooms. In fact, the National Institutes of Health found that the average cost to treat an upper respiratory infection in the ER is more than $2,000 – 10 to 20 times the cost of visiting a physician instead.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I visit an internal medicine physician instead of an emergency room?

Emergency rooms are designed for the urgent treatment of life-threatening or serious illness and injury, such as chest pains or a potential concussion. Since most doctor visits are for minor issues, such as sick visits, the majority of people should see their internist instead. Of course, no one wants to wait days or weeks to be seen by a doctor in Vail. That is why our office offers fast treatment, with same-day appointments available for many patients.

What types of common symptoms and illnesses can you treat?

Adult sick visits in Vail can include a wide range of conditions, including:

  • sore throat
  • cough
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • headaches and migraines
  • fever
  • diarrhea
  • pink eye
  • allergies
  • rash
  • painful urination
  • nausea and vomiting
  • and more

Can a doctor effectively diagnose my illness?

Internal medicine providers are specifically trained in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult illness. At our office, we utilize all of the resources available to us to ensure accurate diagnosis and treatment for sick visit patients. This includes lab work, urinalysis, spirometry, and more.

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