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Sick Visits

Sick Visits

Sick Visits services offered in Miami, FL

People may visit their doctor if they’re due for a physical or wellness visit, but sick visits are for those seeking immediate treatment for an illness or injury. Francisco A. Cruz, MD, PA, and his team, including Mimi Ferrer Cruz, APRN, and Adriel Perez, APRN, treat adolescents and adults in Miami, Florida, seeking care. If you’re feeling under the weather or experiencing pain, reach out online or call the practice to schedule a sick visit today. 

Sick Visits Q & A

How do I know if I should come in for a sick visit? 

Most people are able to detect when they’re feeling ill or abnormal. The practice encourages you to come in for a sick visit if you’re experiencing symptoms like: 

  • Blood in your stool 
  • Vomiting or diarrhea that lasts longer than 24 hours 
  • Persisting fever of 103° F or higher 
  • Persistent cough or heartburn 
  • Severe headaches or migraines 
  • Vision or hearing issues 
  • Persistent sore throat 
  • Earache
  • Issues with depression or despair 

Your provider may encourage emergency care depending on the severity of your symptoms. 

What do sick visits treat? 

Sometimes you may suspect what’s causing your symptoms. Sick visits often include treating health issues like: 

  • Cough 
  • Cold 
  • Flu 
  • Strep throat 
  • Stomach pain 
  • Headache
  • Fever 
  • Rashes
  • Asthma attacks
  • Urinary tract infections 
  • Pneumonia
  • Minor cuts or scrapes  

Your provider normally treats these issues in the office, but if you have a more chronic, underlying condition, they can refer you to a specialist or hospital. 

What happens during a sick visit? 

When you come in for a sick visit, your provider first checks your vitals. This includes taking your temperature, blood pressure, and pulse. They use a stethoscope to listen to your lungs and heart and detect any abnormalities. 

If your provider is not already familiar with you and your family’s medical history, they may ask you a series of questions. You should communicate with your provider about the symptoms you’re experiencing and how long they’ve been going on. 

Your provider may recommend taking blood or urine tests to help determine the cause of your sickness. A member of the team does these tests in the office. 

Your provider’s main goal is to give you the most immediate relief for your sickness. This may include medication like antibiotics, pain relievers, topical creams, or even lifestyle changes to alleviate symptoms — rest and hydration is helpful for many illnesses. 

Once your provider is able to diagnose the illness at hand, they may recommend a more comprehensive treatment plan. Sometimes a sick visit can detect, prevent, or treat a more chronic underlying condition. 

If you’re suffering through an illness and experiencing pain or discomfort, call Francisco A. Cruz, MD, PA, or schedule an appointment online today.