Quick onset symptoms, or acute symptoms, start suddenly and unexpectedly. They can get worse or change rapidly. They are different from chronic symptoms, which come on slowly over a longer period of time.
At Dignity Health Central California emergency rooms, our experts are ready to provide the personal care you need for any sudden symptoms. We work to quickly diagnose the problem and provide personal care. If you need emergency services for acute symptoms in Central California, call 911 or use InQuicker, our online waiting service, to select an estimated arrival time to your nearest Dignity Health location.
Types of Quick Onset Symptoms
Quick onset symptoms often need immediate medical attention. They can be a sign of a serious medical condition.
Examples of quick onset symptoms include:
Tell your doctor about any other symptoms you have, including those that lead up to the current problem. Take note of when they started, what you were doing, and if anything makes them better or worse.
If you’re not sure when to go to the ER, always err on the side of caution.
Call 911 immediately for signs of stroke (slurred speech, arm weakness on one side, and facial paralysis) or heart attack (shortness of breath and chest pain).
Common Causes of Quick Onset Symptoms
Quick onset symptoms are caused by a underlying medical condition. These conditions can be severe and serious or just mild and temporary. Examples of conditions that can cause quick onset symptoms include:
If you have quick onset symptoms, visit one of our advanced ERs for diagnosis. After the initial emergency has passed, you may need additional treatment to prevent future occurrences. Find a Doctor at Dignity Health Central California who can care for your health and well-being.
Dignity Health Central California offers emergency services for quick onset symptoms in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.