If you or your child is feeling ill or struggling with an ongoing illness, it may be time to go to the doctor. At his practice in Austin, Texas, Emilio Gutierrez, MD, offers same day and next day sick visit appointments for every generation of your family. Get a diagnosis and start feeling better by booking your appointment with Dr. Gutierrez online or over the phone today.
A sick visit is a doctor’s appointment that you schedule for yourself or your child when you believe you or they are experiencing an illness that requires non-urgent medical care.
Because children get the sniffles so often, it can be very hard for parents to know when you should bring your child into the doctor’s office. If you’re on the fence, consider whether or not they have any of the following symptoms:
When in doubt, schedule an appointment. To minimize your time with sick kids in the waiting area, schedule your child’s appointment ahead of time.
Sometimes, a quick sick visit isn’t the right answer for you. Go to the emergency room if you experience symptoms like:
In addition, if your child under four months of age develops a fever, take them directly to the emergency room.
During a sick visit, Dr. Gutierrez starts by asking you and/or your child about symptoms, health history, family health history, and how the symptoms began.
Based on these answers, he then examines you and does things like:
He may also order tests like urine analysis or stool analysis. If at the end of the visit, Dr. Gutierrez has a diagnosis, he will pass it on to you and write you a prescription for any necessary medications.
All in all, sick visits usually take between 15 and 30 minutes.
If you or your child is feeling ill or not getting better, don’t chance it. Schedule a same day or next day appointment with Dr. Gutierrez over the phone or using the online booking tool.