By now, you know how to take care of yourself and your health, but how can you avoid being rushed through your medical treatment by a patient with no health insurance or even no medical history?
Well, a recent article by medical reporter and blogger Andrew Weil on medicalnews.com has some great tips for reducing your chances of getting sick.1.
Never get more than three doses in a row at once.
A single dose can kill you if taken within a few hours of the first, so make sure you get all the three you need within the first two doses.2.
Always make sure your doctor and pharmacist have the right questions.
“You need to make sure that you ask questions,” Weil advises.
“Ask if it’s a virus, if it has a cure, and if it might have any side effects.”3.
Never take the first dose too soon.
You don’t want to get a fever or get a rash.
If you’re taking three or more doses at once, be sure to take them in a separate room from each other.
If the first and second doses are taken together, take them side by side.4.
Do not assume your doctor has the answers.
He or she may not know all the answers and may not even know that you need to take more.5.
When taking more than one dose, ask for more time.
If your doctor is not available, call the doctor’s office to make a call.
If that doesn’t work, call another doctor.6.
Do NOT rush.
The more you take, the worse it will feel and the more you can be hurt.
Weil warns you to take your first dose as soon as you feel it and to stop taking the second dose after that.7.
You do not want to be rushed.
If a doctor is unavailable, get another one.
If it’s too late, you may not be able to afford the third dose.8.
If symptoms appear, seek medical attention immediately.
It’s usually better to go to the emergency room if your symptoms do not go away within 24 hours.9.
If they do not get better, you should take an aspirin every hour or two until symptoms improve.
Weill suggests not taking aspirin if you have symptoms that persist for more than 24 hours or if you’re still having any symptoms.10.
If an antibiotic is not prescribed, talk to your doctor about it.
You may need to continue taking antibiotics.