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Symptoms that develop very rapidly can range in type and severity. These quick onset symptoms — or acute symptoms — may require emergency medical care because they can signal a serious condition.
At Dignity Health, our knowledgeable doctors can identify all types of quick onset symptoms in Arizona. If you would like to request an appointment, Find a Doctor near you.
When you visit the ER with acute symptoms, be sure to provide as much information as you can. This will help determine your diagnosis and guide your treatment.
Types of acute symptoms include:
You should always use caution and seek care when you have quick onset symptoms. Tell your doctor when the symptoms started, what you were doing, and what makes the symptoms better or worse.
If you experience heart attack symptoms (chest pain and shortness of breath) or symptoms of a stroke (arm weakness on one side, slurred speech, and facial paralysis), call 9-1-1 right away.
The main cause of quick onset symptoms is an underlying medical condition. Many diseases and disorders can lead to quick onset symptoms. These health problems can be mild or very severe.
Conditions that cause acute symptoms include:
If you visit a Dignity Health urgent care center or emergency room for quick onset symptoms, your health care provider will perform tests to confirm or rule out a diagnosis. Following these evaluations, your doctor can create a personalized care plan, based around your personal needs and preferences.
If you need to go to the ER, use our InQuicker™ online tool to select your estimated hospital arrival time and wait at home until your time to be seen. Upon arrival and check-in, you will see a nurse who will assess your situation and determine the next appropriate level of care.