practice logo

Sick Visits

Primary Care, Internal Medicine & Concierge Medicine located in Prescott, AZ

Sick Visits services offered in Prescott, AZ

Sick visits involve a brief examination and various tests to discover why you’re not feeling well and what can be done to help. At High Mark Internal Medicine in Prescott, Arizona, expert internist Erik Contreras, MD, is well-equipped to diagnose you or a loved one based on symptoms and the results of specific tests. Call the direct primary care and concierge medicine office to schedule a sick visit on the same day or sometime soon. Or request an appointment online today.

Sick Visits Q&A

What is meant by sick visits?

Sick visits allow you to talk to medical experts about health concerns. Whenever you notice new or changing symptoms that don’t improve, let your provider, Erik Contreras, at High Mark Internal Medicine, know so he can perform an examination and testing.

By contrast, well visits take place when you aren't sick — for instance, to perform annual exams or for preventive care or ongoing treatment of a chronic condition like heart disease. 

If you or a loved one has one or more chronic conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure, chronic disease management is also among the services available and can help to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.

In addition, Dr. Contreras can help you recover from acute illness or minor injury.

What are some conditions that sick visits cover? 

Some common conditions that can be diagnosed and treated include: 

  • Cold and flu
  • Respiratory infections
  • Ear infections
  • Strep
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Other types of infections
  • Stomach bugs
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Minor injuries

Dr. Contreras sees a little bit of everything and provides care for acute illness and urgent and inpatient care (hospitalization) needs. He can save you the time of waiting hours in the emergency room or waiting days for a typical primary care appointment elsewhere.

When should I schedule a sick visit?

It would be a good idea to schedule a sick visit if you are experiencing any combination of the following:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Head pain
  • Earache
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Fever
  • Signs of infection
  • Skin irritation

It's essential to schedule sick visits with Dr. Contreras if new symptoms occur or if current symptoms worsen.

Same-day visits can address medical issues that aren’t life-or-death but benefit from immediate care. For severe problems like significant bleeding or a loss of consciousness, go to the emergency room or call 911.

What can I expect during a sick visit? 

During sick visits at High Mark Internal Medicine, Dr. Contreras gathers information, asking about symptoms, when they started, and if they have changed since they began. He might use diagnostic testing or order labs to get more accurate information.

Dr. Contreras examines you, reviews the results of tests, and makes treatment recommendations. He might prescribe medications and make recommendations for managing symptoms at home.

Call High Mark Internal Medicine to schedule a visit. Or request an appointment online today.