Dealing with an Emergency Situation

Dealing with an Emergency Situation

4 Illnesses Diagnosed Through Lab Tests

Daria Riedijk

Doctors can diagnose some illnesses through a simple physical examination. Other illnesses are harder to diagnose, often requiring lab tests for confirmation of a suspected diagnosis. A walk-in clinic can get you the answers you need when time is of the essence. Here are a few illnesses and health conditions that can be diagnosed using lab tests at a clinic.

1. Strep Throat

Many illnesses can cause sore throats. The common cold often causes some throat discomfort. However, an extremely sore throat may be a sign of a different illness called strep throat. Strep throat is caused by streptococcus bacteria. A walk-in clinic can test for the presence of strep in your body by swabbing your throat and creating a lab culture. Strep throat must be treated with antibiotics, so it's important to have it properly diagnosed. The doctor at the clinic can also suggest home care remedies that will keep you comfortable until your antibiotics get rid of your infection.

2. COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected people across the world. This illness is highly contagious, and it can be dangerous. If you believe you have COVID-19, you should get tested as soon as possible. Walk-in clinics can perform a test that detects antibodies produced in people with the coronavirus. A health care practitioner will swab your nasal cavity, and the collected sample will be tested for antibodies. You may need to follow certain social distancing protocol when arriving at a clinic to be tested for COVID-19.

3. Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infections can affect people of any gender, but they primarily affect women due to women's shorter urethras. UTIs occur when bacteria get into your urinary tract and cause an infection. When untreated, UTIs can lead to bladder infections and kidney infections. A walk-in clinic can test for UTIs by examining your urine. If you have a UTI, a doctor at the clinic will prescribe antibiotics to clear up your infection.

4. Pregnancy

Pregnancies may be planned or unplanned. For many women, a skipped menstrual period is the first sign of pregnancy. Pregnancy tests measure the amount of human chorionic gonadotropin in your urine. This hormone is only produced during pregnancy, so it is a reliable indicator. However, home pregnancy tests may occasionally return false-positive or false-negative results. If you want to know for sure if you're pregnant, you can take a pregnancy test at a walk-in clinic.

For more information, contact a local walk-in clinic.


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Dealing with an Emergency Situation

A few months ago, I experienced extreme stomach pain one night after taking a shower. This searing pain seized me so badly that I couldn’t stand up straight. So, I decided to recline on my couch. Unfortunately, the pain didn’t go away after doing this. Therefore, I decided to seek emergency care for this frightening problem. In the emergency room of a nearby hospital, I was diagnosed with an acute urinary tract infection. After taking antibiotics for several days, I felt like my old self again. I’m thankful for the prompt diagnosis that the experience staff at the hospital gave me. On this blog, you will discover effective ways to deal with an emergency situation.