Sick Visits

Patrick W. Hisel, MD, PA

Family Medicine Practice & Primary Care Physician located in Mineral Wells, TX & Weatherford, TX

If you or your child wake up feeling sick and need to see a doctor right away, visit the family medicine office of Patrick W. Hisel, MD, PA, in Mineral Wells or Weatherford, Texas. He and his team have the expertise and care to get you well through sick visits. Call the friendly office nearest you today for an appointment or click the online booking tool.

Sick Visits Q & A

What are sick visits?

Sick visits are not like a routine yearly exam; they diagnose and treat an acute health condition, such as a fever, cough, or a sore throat. Instead of a thorough exam that includes immunizations and a general health and wellness check-up, the team diagnoses and treats your current health issue.

What are the common conditions that require a sick visit?

The Patrick W. Hisel, MD, PA, team sees patients for a sick visit for a variety of reasons. The most common illnesses include:

  • Flu
  • Fever
  • Earache
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Severe headache
  • Allergic reactions
  • Asthma attack (mild or moderate)
  • Upper respiratory infection
  • Common cold
  • Sinusitis
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Poison ivy
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)

You may also need a sick visit for treatment if you experience acute pain from an accident, such as a sports-related injury or a fall.

If you have life-threatening symptoms, call 911 or go to the emergency room at a hospital near you.

What happens at a sick visit?

To understand the cause of your symptoms and depending on the nature of your illness, typically, your visit begins with a practitioner taking your vitals and your temperature. They ask you questions about how you feel, to gain an understanding of your condition.

In addition, they perform a head-to-toe examination that includes checking your:

  • Eyes
  • Ears
  • Throat
  • Lymph nodes
  • Abdomen

They may order several different tests, too, such as:

  • Urine test
  • Strep test
  • Blood work
  • X-ray

Once your provider gets the results, they diagnose you and work with you to devise a personalized treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms and help your body heal so you can feel better.

How are acute illnesses treated at a sick visit?

If you’re suffering from a cold or other viral infection, your provider recommends taking in extra fluids to help you recover. Depending on your type of condition and its severity, they might prescribe medication.

Treatments for acute illnesses and minor injuries might include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Antiviral medications
  • Corticosteroids
  • Pain medication
  • Splints
  • Stitches
  • Wound care

The team might request a follow-up visit to monitor you and ensure a successful outcome.

If you’re not feeling well or have a minor injury needing attention, call the office of Patrick W. Hisel, MD, PA, or make an appointment online today.

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