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Sick Visits

Los Angeles Primary Care

Board Certified Internal Medicine located in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA

When you don’t feel your best, your first instinct might be to get some rest. If your symptoms won’t go away, no matter what you do, Sera Ramadan, DO, can diagnose and treat you with a sick visit at Los Angeles Primary Care in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Dr. Ramadan also offers telehealth sick visits for your convenience. Book your in-person or telehealth sick visit by phone or online at Los Angeles Primary Care today.

Sick Visits Q & A

What are sick visits?

Sick visits are appointments that you schedule in order to address new or worsening symptoms. Before you schedule an in-person or telehealth sick visit, you might attempt to treat your symptoms at home. In many cases, you can relieve symptoms on your own before or instead of making an appointment.

Sick visits are for illnesses that are mild to moderate and don’t require immediate emergency care. If you need more specialized care than you originally thought, at your sick visit and after a thorough examination, Dr. Ramadan can refer you to a specialist. 

When should I schedule a sick visit?

You should book a sick visit if you have symptoms but aren’t in immense pain, bleeding profusely, or experiencing other symptoms that need immediate emergency care. A sick visit is the right option for the following conditions and others similar in urgency:

Cold and flu

The common cold and the influenza virus have similar, almost indistinguishable symptoms. While the flu is often more severe and abrupt, both illnesses can cause coughing, a sore throat, fatigue, stuffy nose, and other symptoms. Fever is more common with the flu, but you can get a mild fever with a cold, too.

Upper respiratory infections

Upper respiratory infections like bronchitis cause coughing, sneezing, nasal congestion, and other symptoms. They’re highly common, especially in the colder months. 


Gastroenteritis is more commonly called the stomach flu. It comes from a virus and causes diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and stomach aches. 

Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

Urinary tract infections can affect your bladder, kidneys, and other parts of your urinary system but are most common in your urethra. If you have one, you might feel a constant urge to urinate, pelvic pain, and a burning sensation when you urinate. 

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), or sexually transmitted infections (STIs), are infections that spread from one person to another via sexual contact. These include chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV/AIDS, to name a few. If you’re concerned that you may have contracted an STD, Dr. Ramadan and the Los Angeles Primary Care team offer STD screenings so you can get an accurate diagnosis and begin treatment. 

What should I expect during sick visits?

Sick visits at Los Angeles Primary Care are quick but thorough. Whether you choose to attend a sick visit at the office or from home with telehealth, Dr. Ramadan starts your visit by reviewing your medical history and asking about your symptoms. 

She performs a physical examination and might order additional diagnostic tests like lab work or X-ray images. If you’re using telehealth and she thinks testing is necessary, you schedule an appointment to have it done.

Once Dr. Ramadan diagnoses you, she can create a treatment plan, according to the specific illness you have. Most treatments include a combination of medications and home care, such as:

  • Antibiotic medications
  • Antiviral medications
  • Rest
  • Drinking lots of water
  • Avoiding smoking

If your illness is contagious, Dr. Ramadan might advise you to stay home from school or work until your symptoms go away. You should take any medications as prescribed and follow any instructions from Dr. Ramadan regarding other over-the-counter medications. 

If you have symptoms that are mild to moderate but prolonged, call Los Angeles Primary Care for a sick visit or book an appointment online today.