Heal thyself! Or so we think we can. We all hate going to the doctor so we try to self-diagnose and then self-treat, hopefully without doing too much damage. It is important to know when a health problem is an emergency, when it can wait until your doctor’s normal office hours and when it’s something you can handle on your own. There are many problems that you can manage on your own. Use your past experience, help from family or this website to make your plan. Also, if don’t have a regular doctor, make sure your plan includes what you will do in case you need a doctor.
- Learning all you can about your health problem or symptoms. Search for symptoms or illness if you think you have an idea of what the problem may be.
- Keep written notes about the treatments you do at home—like a list of medicines, temperature records, blood pressure records.
- Make notes about any changes you see after your treatments—did you notice a rash or hives from a medicine, did your temperature go down.
- Decide when you should call your doctor. At the first sign of a problem, make sure you know the availability of your doctor at all times. Keep his office hours and phone number handy. Have a plan in case your doctor cannot see you or it is after hours.
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