Astoria Urgent Medical Care

Wellness Information for our Patients

Getting Better/Staying Well

Some helpful advice from our healthcare professionals at Astoria Urgent Medical Care.

My cold isn’t getting any better. Do I need antibiotics?

The common cold affects billons of people every year, with symptoms such as nasal congestion, a scratchy or sore throat, and/or a cough. Colds generally result from any one of hundreds of viruses that infect the upper airways. Cold symptoms often last 7-10 days and will go away on their own. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses, and are only used to treat bacterial infections. Adults usually do not have a fever with a cold. If you develop a fever, pain or pressure over your sinuses, headache, ear or shortness of breath, then your cold may have caused a bacterial infection such as sinusitis, strep throat, bronchitis or pneumonia to develop. If that happens, a prescription for antibiotics should be considered.

Is my sore throat a strep infection?

Most sore throats (>85%) are caused by viruses. Signs and symptoms of strep might include a rapid onset, fever, swollen lymph glands, and the absence of a cough. A rapid strep test in your doctor’s office can help to determine if your sore throat is due to Group A Strep, the most common bacterial cause of strep throat. If your doctor thinks you have strep and the rapid strep test is negative a culture can be sent to the laboratory or you might be treated with antibiotics presuming your infection is strep. In cases of strep, antibiotics will shorten the course of your symptoms and prevent complications of strep such as a tonsil abscess, rheumatic fever, kidney inflammation, toxic shock syndrome, sinusitis, or pneumonia.

I think I have pink eye. What should I do? Can I wear my contact lenses?

Pink Eye or Conjunctivitis is one of the most common eye problems in both adults and children. Typical symptoms in one or both eyes include one or more of the following: waking up with crusted eyelids, a mucous discharge, redness, itching or burning, blurry vision, light sensitivity, and the sensation that something is in your eye. Conjunctivitis has many causes including viruses, bacteria, chemical irritants (like chlorine in a pool or ammonia in house cleaners) and allergens such as pollen or dust. An ophthalmologist can distinguish between these and recommend a specific treatment. Bacterial infections are treated with antibiotic eye drops while some types of viral or allergic conjunctivitis is treated with drops that provide symptomatic relief. Both bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are contagious so frequent hand washing is recommended to prevent spread from one eye to the other or household and workplace contacts. A warm washcloth frequently applied to the affected eye will help to remove the crusting. Do not share soap, towels or personal items while you have conjunctivitis. Do not wear contact lenses while you have conjunctivitis and all potentially contaminated lenses, lens solutions and eye makeup should be discarded.

How can I stop my nosebleed? How did this happen in the first place?

Nosebleeds generally occur because there are injured or exposed blood vessels on the surface of the mucous lining of the nasal septum — the partition between your nostrils. A blunt injury to the nose, scratching an itch inside your nostril with a finger, or dry, inflamed mucous membranes due to cold weather or an upper respiratory infection are the most common causes of nosebleeds. Nosebleeds are not a result of high blood pressure, although the stress of a nosebleed may elevate blood pressure readings, especially in people who already have hypertension.

What to do:

  • • Blow your nose with a tissue to get out any blood clots.
  • • Then, pinch the fleshy portion of your nose over the nostrils between your thumb and index finger for 7-10 minutes. This will usually stop the bleeding
  • • Use an over-the-counter saline nasal spray to keep your nasal passages moist, in order to prevent re-bleeding
  • • If these home remedies are not effective or if you are on blood thinners, you should probably go to an urgent care clinic, an ENT doctor, or an ER.

What not to do:

  • • Don’t insert a tissue into your nostril. Removing it will make you bleed again.
  • • Don’t tilt your head back. This will allow the blood to drain into your throat, and swallowed blood will cause nausea and vomiting.
  • • Applying ice to your nose will not stop the bleeding, but may be useful in reducing swelling from a blunt injury to your nose.

Info for Patients


  • No appointment needed
  • Board-certified and experienced doctors
  • Short wait time
  • Open 7 days
  • Extended hours of operation
  • Most insurance accepted
  • Discount for uninsured
  • Diagnostic tests done on premised
  • Convenient location
  • Personalized approach
  • Prompt specialist referrals

Astoria Urgent Medical Care

32-74 Steinway Street in Astoria is our convenient location, just a short walking distance from subways and bus stops. We are open 7 days, and no appointment is needed.

Affordable. The services we offer are affordable compared to a visit to a hospital emergency room. From advanced diagnostic testing to specialist follow up, you will experience quality medical care and unparalleled service at our urgent care clinic.

Our Staff

The city’s finest ER doctors, all board-certified in Emergency Medicine, staff Astoria Urgent Medical Care . We have built an incredible team with a shared vision of patient care and a passion for medicine.

Our nurses are trained Registered Nurses or Nurse Practitioners, so you can count on our qualified professionals to provide the highest quality medical care.