9 ‘Innocent’ Symptoms That Warrant a Trip to the ER

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  • Difficulty breathing – Shortness of breath is one of the most common reasons for ER visits. The most common causes are asthma, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). In this case, we’re not going to give you any other explanations besides this: If you can’t breathe, you should definitely go to the ER.
  • Cuts bumps & falls – You might have suffered an accident while chopping onions or you may have misstepped off your deck. But you should head to the ER if what’s supposed to be on the inside is on the outside. By that, we mean if you can see muscles, tendons, or bones, you’ll need more than just a BandAid.
  • Vomiting – Vomiting is a common symptom for various conditions. It could be from a poorly cooked meal, or from viral gastroenteritis. Although usually this symptom can be managed at home, if there’s blood in the vomit, significant stomach pain, or dark green bilious vomit, you should rush to the ER.
  • Fever – Fever is usually our body’s way of telling us that we are ill. Actually, it’s a healthy sign that shows that our body is responding to an infection. But if the fever is accompanied by extreme lethargy or other symptoms of infection, you should head to the ER.
  • Loss of function – If you’re experiencing numbness in your legs, slack facial muscles, and a loss of bowel control, it’s a sign that a certain part of your body has stopped working. You should definitely rush into the ER.
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