Lawrence Kidd, MD, PC -  - Internal Medicine

Lawrence G. Kidd, MD, PC

Internal Medicine & Infectious Disease Physician located in Lawrence, MA

Acute Care Specialist

Spending hours in a crowded, germ-filled ER or urgent care waiting room isn’t always the best — or healthiest — way to see a doctor. Luckily, internal medicine specialist Dr. Lawrence Kidd sees patients for acute conditions, such as severe colds, sprains, and infections. If you have an injury or illness that needs attention, contact Dr. Kidd’s office in Lawrence, Massachusetts, as soon as possible. Call the office or book an appointment online.

Acute Care

What is acute care?

Acute care is short-term health treatment for a severe injury, a bout of illness, or urgent medical condition. Acute care is the opposite of chronic care, which is the long-term treatment for people with chronic conditions.

Some common examples of acute illness or injuries include:

  • Colds, flus, or bronchitis
  • Ear, throat, or sinus infections
  • Headaches
  • Sprains or back pain

Should I go to the ER, urgent care, or my primary care provider?

For life-threatening emergencies, such as heart attacks, strokes, or serious head injuries, go to the ER right away.

For illnesses or injuries that don’t appear to be life-threatening, but also can’t wait until the next day or for an appointment with your primary care provider, urgent care centers offer readily available care outside of normal office hours.

However, for conditions that are not life-threatening and can wait a day or two, your primary care provider should usually be your first choice for care. They’re familiar with your medical history and a scheduled office visit is the most cost-effective method of treatment.

When should I see a doctor for a cold or flu?

It’s often tempting to just wait cold symptoms out, but it’s important to make sure that your cold or flu isn’t something more serious. It’s a good idea to make an appointment with Dr. Kidd if:

  • Your fever doesn't get better
  • You can’t keep anything down
  • Your cough won’t go away
  • Your congestion or headache won't go away

Coughs and colds can be signs of more serious conditions; for example, a constant, severe cough is the main symptom of whooping cough, a disease that has recently become more common in many parts of the United States.

If you have an acute condition, such as an ankle or back sprain, or if you've been coughing for more than 2-3 weeks, make an appointment with Dr. Kidd today by calling the office or booking online.

Lawrence Kidd, MD, PC
25 Marston Street, Suite 401
Lawrence, MA 01841
Phone: 978-682-3686
Fax: 978-794-0841
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