Urgent Care Specialist

Bethesda Immediate Care

Primary Care Physicians located in Bethesda, MD

When you or your family member needs medical treatment sooner rather than later, Bethesda Immediate Care offers urgent care for acute conditions and chronic disease management. Located in Bethesda, Maryland, their office is available for walk-in visits for infants, children, men, and women. Whether you have a sick child, think you may have the flu, or need your blood pressure checked, call, walk in, or schedule an appointment online for a same-day visit.

Urgent Care Q & A

What is urgent care?

Urgent care offers evaluation and treatment for acute and minor conditions that need same-day care, but are not life-threatening or emergent. Urgent care typically doesn't require an appointment, and your care is focused on treating the problem that brought you to the office.

Urgent care is not for potentially life-threatening conditions, such as chest pain or stroke symptoms. If you have a life-threatening emergency, you need to go to the emergency room or call 911 for immediate care.

When is urgent care appropriate?

When you or your family member has a condition that isn’t life-threatening but can't wait until the next day, urgent care may be appropriate. Conditions include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Asthma flare-up or attack
  • Allergic reaction
  • Cold or flu symptoms
  • Conjunctivitis or pink eye
  • Minor burns or cuts
  • Sports injuries
  • Broken bones or strained muscles
  • Fever, unless in a child less than two months old
  • Insect bite
  • Skin rash
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Ear pain
  • Foreign bodies or splinters

If you or your child needs to miss work or school due to illness, an urgent care visit provides proper treatment and proper documentation.

What happens during an urgent care visit?

During an urgent care visit, assessment and treatment focus on the reason that brought you to the office. Your provider schedules your full physical assessments or annual visits for another time.

During your urgent care visit, your provider:

  • Evaluates your problem or concern
  • Orders diagnostic testing
  • Provides treatments, such as splinting, stitches, or breathing treatments
  • Prescribes medications, if needed
  • Schedules follow-up visits
  • Writes work or school excuse

If you need more specialized or emergency room care, your provider coordinates your health care team so that you get the best care possible.

When should I go to the emergency room?

When appropriate, urgent care helps you avoid long waits in the emergency room. However, the emergency room is the best place if you or your family member is having:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sudden onset chest pain
  • Severe, uncontrolled bleeding
  • Major trauma or injury
  • Suspected concussion or head injury
  • High fever, headache, and stiff neck
  • Change in mental status
  • Sudden change in your ability to speak, see, or move

If your infant is less than two months old and has a rectal fever of 100.4ºF or more, you should seek immediate emergency medical treatment. In other cases, urgent care at Bethesda Immediate Care provides quick, convenient, and efficient treatment for your health concerns that need to be seen sooner than later.

For quality urgent care, call, walk in, or schedule a same-day appointment online with Bethesda Immediate Care.