Everyone experiences sickness or illness at some point. When you do, a sick visit with your provider offers a diagnosis of your condition and prescribed treatment. The team at Usborne Family Medicine, Inc. in Covina, California, offers convenient sick visit appointment times. Don’t put off treatment for illness. Take control of your health and get on the road to recovery. Call the practice today or click Contact Us to make an appointment.

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What is a sick visit?

The most common type of doctor’s appointment is a sick visit — the appointment you make when ill to seek diagnosis and treatment.

During a sick visit, your provider focuses only on your current health issue: the reason why you arranged to see them. They don’t look into your general health nor perform health exams unless they relate to your immediate situation.

The providers at Usborne Family Medicine, Inc. have one goal when attending to a sick visit: to diagnose what’s causing your sickness and prescribe appropriate treatment.

What’s the difference between a sick visit, urgent care appointment, and medical emergency?

A sick visit is for non-emergency health concerns that can wait a day or two for an appointment to become available without getting significantly worse.

Urgent care appointments take place outside of typical office hours or are for when you have a non-emergency condition that will get worse after 24 hours if untreated.

A medical emergency is a potentially life-endangering situation that needs immediate attention at an emergency room.

If you have concerns about your health or you’re unsure how severe your symptoms are, reach out to Usborne Family Medicine, Inc.

When should you schedule a sick visit?

In most cases, sickness or viral symptoms pass after 48 hours, with rest, plenty of fluids, and over-the-counter pain relievers if necessary. If your symptoms continue after three days, however, you should schedule a sick visit in case you need prescription medicine, like in the case of infection. You should also arrange a sick visit if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe stomach pains, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Unusual skin rash
  • Wheeziness and mild breathing difficulties
  • Fever over 104° that doesn’t break
  • Illness and have compromised immunity
  • Cold or flu symptoms

Never put off seeking medical help if you have health concerns. Due to COVID-19, your provider at Usborne Family Medicine, Inc. may recommend a telehealth appointment so that you can receive expert medical care without having to leave your home.

What happens during a sick visit?

Sick visits typically last no longer than 30 minutes. Your provider asks about your symptoms, whether you’ve been in contact with other ill people, and other questions related to your illness to help them reach a diagnosis.

There’s no reason to put off treatment when you’re sick. Request an appointment through this website, or call Usborne Family Medicine, Inc today.