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Tips for Seeing Your Doctor When You Have the Flu

During cold and flu season, it is possible to contract the flu. If you have a regular doctor, you might be wondering how you can count on them to help you when you're suffering from the flu or worried about getting it. These tips should help you out during cold and flu season.

Try to Avoid Getting the Flu in the First Place

If you don't yet have the flu but are worried about cold and flu season, you should talk to your doctor about ways that you can avoid getting sick. For example, if you haven't yet gotten your flu shot for the year, you should schedule an appointment for your vaccine. You should also follow basic steps like keeping your distance from people who are sick and washing your hands frequently.

Know When to See Your Doctor

If you have mild flu symptoms, it might not be necessary for you to see your doctor. However, these are some of the signs that you should see your doctor:

Of course, these are just guidelines. If you feel seriously ill and think you need medical attention, it's not a bad idea to err on the side of caution and call your doctor for help.

Call Your Doctor Before Your Appointment​

If you plan on seeing your doctor because you have the flu, you should call them before your appointment. They might be able to give you advice about medication that you can take and other things that you can do to relieve your symptoms without actually having to go make a visit. They might also give you instructions about ways to avoid spreading the flu when you visit their office for your appointment. For instance, they may recommend that you wear a mask or that you wait outside until it's time for your appointment.

Give as Much Information as You Can

Make sure that you give your doctor as much information as you can if you see them for your flu symptoms. Let them know how long you have been sick, what symptoms you have been experiencing and any medications that you have been taking. This will allow them to get the clearest picture of your situation and to give you the best treatment possible.