From minor aches to major pains, sometimes it’s difficult to tell when you should visit the doctor’s office. At Sniffle, we always say “better safe than sorry” and encourage seeing a doctor if you’re dealing with a medical condition. Even though it’s not always reasonable to visit the doctor’s office for every bump and bruise we get, some medical conditions do require the attention of a medical professional. So, how do you know when you should see a doctor or just tough it out?
Here’s our simple guide to help you answer the question: “Should I see a doctor?”
Should I see a doctor for a cold or flu? Although some colds may be mild and only require over-the-counter symptom relief medication and rest (and some hot tea), if your cold seems to be getting worse, it may be time to call your primary care physician. If you’re experiencing vomiting, painful swallowing, persistent coughing (two to three weeks), earache, or symptoms that last for more than a week, it’s definitely time to seek medical advice!
Should I see a doctor for diarrhea? Unfortunately, most of the time, you have to let mild upset stomachs “run their course.” However, if you’re experiencing black or bloody stools, symptoms of dehydration, or several days having diarrhea, it’s time to call the doctor. Diarrhea could be a symptom of a more severe health issue, so don’t let it get worse!
Should I see a doctor for digestive issues? You should contact your primary care physician if you experience persistent nausea, severe abdominal pain, frequent and persistent heartburn, belching (burping), or regurgitation and if you have a feeling that food is stuck in your throat. Your primary health doctor will assess your digestive issues and recommend a specialist if needed!
Should I see a doctor for headaches? Mild headaches are common among various ages and may only require over-the-counter medication and rest. However, you should call your doctor if you’re experiencing intense headaches, memory loss or confusion, slurred speech, loss of balance, dizziness, or nausea. Learn more about headaches here!
Should I see a doctor for allergies? Mild seasonal allergy symptoms can be diminished by taking over-the-counter medications and the necessary precautions during allergy season. However, if your allergies start getting in the way of your everyday activities (like going to work or school), it’s time to seek medical advice. A primary care physician can connect you to specialists if necessary. If you are experiencing a food allergy, visit the emergency room or dial 911.
You should also see a primary care physician if you’re experiencing the following:
- Sinus infections
- Pink eye
- Sore throat
- Upper respiratory issues
- Bladder and urinary tract infections
- Rashes and skin condition
When should you go to the emergency room? You should visit the emergency room immediately if you’re experiencing the following:
- Symptoms of heart attack
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe allergic reaction (food allergies, like peanuts, is common)
- Open burns
- Signs of a stroke
- Severe pain
- Heavy, constant bleeding
- Exposure to poison
- Complications due to chronic disorder
- Vomiting/coughing blood
- Severe injury (broken bones)
- Signs of shock
The good news is that most of the time, when you’re asking yourself, “should I see a doctor,” you can use the Sniffle app! Through this new telemedicine app, you can choose a doctor of your choice and meet with them through Sniffle. No need to leave your home when you have pink eye or a simple cough! All you have to do is download the app to get started! If you’re experiencing a medical condition under the “emergency room” section, please visit the emergency room or call 911 as soon as possible. If you have a common ailment, start Sniffling today!