First Aid Guide for Common Symptoms

What to Do:

Avoid pain relievers and eat smaller meals if accompanied by indigestion.

Go to Urgent Care

if the condition is accompanied by bloody stools, persistent vomiting, yellowish skin, tender or swollen abdomen or lasts more than a few days.

Go to Emergency Room

if pain is a cause of accident of injury or is accompanied by pain or pressure in the chest or if you cannot move without causing more pain.

What to Do:

Take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), rest and avoid strenuous activity.

Go to Urgent Care

if you experience weakness and/or an increase in pain.

Go to Emergency Room

if you experience paralysis and/or difficulty going to the bathroom.

What to Do:

If you experience burning and/or unusual frequency, drink fluids like cranberry juice.

Go to Urgent Care

if the condition lasts longer than 1 day and is not improving.

Go to Emergency Room

if you also experience back pain and/or high fever.

What to Do:

Drink extra fluids and take cough medicine.

Go to Urgent Care

if the condition lasts longer than 3 days.

Go to Emergency Room

if you experience shortness of breath and/or chest pain.

What to Do:

Drink fluids with electrolytes and eat simple starches (bread, rice, applesauce, toast, bananas).

Go to Urgent Care

if the condition lasts longer than 2 days and/or you experience cramping.

Go to Emergency Room

if you experience a fever and/or serious pain.

What to Do:

Move slowly, drink plenty of fluids, and avoid caffeine and tobacco.

Go to Urgent Care

if dizziness is accompanied by unusual headache, trouble walking, and/or hearing loss.

Go to Emergency Room

if dizziness is accompanied by chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, changes in vision or speech, leg or arm weakness, or loss of consciousness.

What to Do:

Remove water from ears with a hair dryer on a low temperature setting. Do not use OTC alcohol.

Go to Urgent Care

if you experience serious and/or prolonged pain.

Go to Emergency Room

if you experience severe headache or swelling on the side of the face.

What to Do:

Rest more, attempt to reduce stress, eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of fluids.

Go to Urgent Care

if fatigue persists for several weeks or is accompanied by bleeding; abdominal, pelvic, or back pain; and/or severe headache.

Go to Emergency Room

if fatigue is related to thoughts of harming self or others, or if you experience irregular heartbeat or feeling of passing out.

What to Do:

Take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and use a cold compress, drink extra fluids.

Go to Urgent Care

if the condition lasts longer than 2 days and it is not improving.

Go to Emergency Room

if you experience weakness and/or have neurological signs (possible stroke).

What to Do:

Keep dry and DON’T RUB. Use and OTC eye lubricant.

Go to Urgent Care

if the condition lasts longer than 2 days and/or drainage is not improving.

Go to Emergency Room

if you experience a decrease or loss of vision.