What to do if you get sick or injured at the beach

Nobody likes to get sick or injured, especially when you’re on your vacation and away from your family doctor or pediatrician. If you or a family member are suffering from a minor illness or injury, there are a number of Urgent Care Clinics throughout Destin and the Emerald Coast which provide quick relief to even the most stubborn ear infection. Most of these clinics accept major health insurance and have a reasonable co-pay. When you, or your child is too sick to enjoy the beach, but not sick enough to go to the Emergency Room, they offer a great alternative. Here’s a roundup of some of the Urgent Care Clinics located along the Emerald Coast
Emerald Coast Urgent Care can offer labs and X rays on site, and specialize in broken bones, diagnosing strep throat, ear and sinus infections, and stitches.
Northwest Florida Urgent Care can see both walk in patients and patients by appointment. They specialize in diagnosing infections and allergies and treating sprains and strains.
Gulf Coast Immediate Care Center provides not only family healthcare but treats minor emergencies without an appointment. They offer in house labs and X Rays.
White Wilson Medical Centers, with offices in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, and Niceville offer same day appointments and limited walk in services.
Destin Emergency Care Center a branch of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is equipped to treat minor illness and injury as well as more traumatic physical and psychological emergencies.
Being sick shouldn’t ruin your luxury beach vacation. Although your gulf front home or condo may be beautiful, no one wants to spend their whole vacation indoors. You can take advantage of these services and be back on the beach the next day. Just be sure to follow up discharge instructions, including touching base with your regular doctor once you return home, if necessary.

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