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When it comes to calling your doctors and booking an appointment, it can be hard to know where to draw the line. Whilst some people will call their doctors surgery for absolutely everything, others don’t want to be seen as a nuisance. Although it is important to know there is a time to book an appointment, don’t let that stop you from reaching out if you’re seriously in need. To help, here are 8 signs it’s time to visit your doctor:
– If You’re Struggling To Get Rid Of An Infection
If you have been suffering from an infection for a number of weeks and you are struggling to get rid of it, it might be time to speak to your doctor. It may be that you have a chesty cough or a sickness bug that just won’t budge, but without antibiotics that only your doctor can prescribe you will be struggling for much longer. For tips and tricks on how to help ease the pain of an infection, you can visit this site here.
– If You Have Sustained A Minor Injury
If you have managed to injure yourself but don’t think you need to go to A&E, it may be best to visit your doctors. Not only will they be able to advise whether or not you need to visit your nearest emergency room, but they’ll also be able to prescribe you something for the pain. if you find after a couple of days it still hasn’t helped, heading back for a second visit will definitely help.
– If You Are Experiencing Throat Or Ear Pain
One of the most painful things you can experience is either ear or throat pain and if you’ve been suffering for a few days then you’ll definitely agree it’s time to see a doctor. If you’ve been suffering from pain in your ear or you are experiencing hearing loss, it’s important you book an appointment as soon as you can to see a doctor or audiologist. Providing they have appointments, they’ll be able to help you within a matter of hours.
– If You Have Had The Flu For Over A Week
If you have had the flu for a couple of weeks and the home remedies you have tried have not helped it subside, booking an appointment to see your doctor may be the best possible option. Whilst they may not be able to give you any different medication to the ones you’ve been taking, they will be able to tell you if you have something more serious than the flu. For more information and tips on how to self-treat the flu, you can visit this guide here.
– If You Have A Persistent High Fever
If you have had a high fever for a number of days then you need to visit your doctor. Although it may just be a high temperature, it could be something much more severe. Give yourself a couple of days and if you’re not feeling better book yourself an appointment as soon as you can. In the meantime, you can try a couple of home remedies to keep your temperature down. If you start experiencing any other symptoms alongside your high temperature, call your doctor immediately.
– If You Are Experiencing Severe Chest Pain
If you are experiencing severe chest pains, booking an emergency appointment with your doctor is vital. They will instantly be able to tell you whether or not you need to go to A&E and if not, they’ll be able to advise you the best possible ways to help the pain subside. If you’re suffering from severe pain and can’t see your doctor, visiting an emergency room is definitely the next best option.
– If You Have Lost An Unexplained Amount Of Weight Quickly
If you have noticed you’re losing weight at an alarming weight and you haven’t done anything to cause it, you may want to think about visiting your doctor. Whilst they may not be able to get to the bottom of it right away, they will be able to run the necessary tests needed to find out if it is something serious. Whilst most of the time it isn’t, it is definitely better to be safe than sorry.
– If You Think You’re Suffering From Mental Health Issues
Finally, if you have been experiencing issues with your mental health it definitely bests that you book an appointment to see someone. They will be able to talk you through all of your available options, giving you the best possible advice you can get. If you’re struggling to find the courage to book an appointment, why not try asking a friend to go with you?
Are you always unsure when it is time to see a doctor? What symptoms do you look for? Let me know in the comments section below.