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Home or Doctor: Which Should You Try?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Doctors are such great resources in our modern world. There was a time when certain illnesses meant death. You couldn't run down to the clinic and get some medicine. But even with the wonderful modern medicine that we have, we often struggle with knowing when it's time to visit the doctor and when we should suffer it out at home. So how can we really know the difference? If you're currently grappling with this decision, take a look at these ways to know when it's time to go.

Have You Given It Time?

Some illnesses just have to run their course. Most viruses work this way. They enter the body, run their course, and then die off. If you go to the doctor for a virus, the doctor will likely tell you what to take to ease the symptoms, but won't be able to do much for curing it. The only way to know is to give it time. Viruses often run their course within a couple of days. If it's been longer and you're still feeling poorly (or worse!), go ahead and get to the doctor for help.

Have You Been Exposed?

Sometimes we know that we've been around someone ill. Maybe a kid at our child's school has strep throat. Maybe we visited our mom before she came down with the flu. If you already know that you've been exposed, it's OK to go the the doctor and let them know. Often times, this can help them make an accurate diagnosis to get you help faster. Use your knowledge, speak up, and advocate for your own health.

Are You High Risk?

Some people need to see the doctor faster than others. For a healthy adult, waiting it out for a bit is usually OK. But if you have a serious condition, you need to go sooner. Diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and many other conditions require prompt treatment of almost any illness. If you're older in age, don't wait. If it's your newborn child, don't wait. Use your best judgement, but high risk patients need to be cautious in their care.

When in doubt, see the doctor! Doctors are there to help, and that's exactly what they'll do. Sickness can be serious or minor, and the only way to know is to see a professional. Be cautious and proactive, and you can live a healthy life for years to come.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Carrollton, Tex.

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