erMany question whether or not to bother their family medicine practitioner when it comes to common issues like headaches, fever and similar. Sadly, most don’t want to be a bother or seem like they are calling for every little thing but it’s important to realize that anyone practicing family medicine is there for them and their family whenever they are concerned about their health. There should be no reason to shy away from at least giving them a call.

Here are some common ailments and how one should approach them; if they should call their family medicine professional or wait it out.

Fever

Fever in children is their little body’s common reaction to any type of infection in the body. The raised temperature makes the body inhospitable for any germs. The best thing to do is to give them over-the-counter medications to reduce fever and keep them comfortable.

In adults, fever is another story. This is because the family medicine specialist is able to ask them about aches and pains, and about their medical history. Those with immune system deficiencies should take fever as the sign of inflammation and a possible more serious condition, and should definitely at least call their family medicine doctor.

Those who have the following should especially pay attention to fever:

• Rheumatoid arthritis or other inflammatory diseases
• Cancer
• HIV/AIDS

Outside of these diseases, anyone that is experiencing fever along with other symptoms should give the doctor a call.

Skin Conditions

If one has a huge flare up, and they’re quite bothered by a rash then they should definitely call their family medicine expert. If it’s just a bit of acne, or a random rash that’s not really bothering then one can try an over-the-counter allergy medicine or cream for rashes. In any case, if it is unbearable see a medical pro immediately. There is zero reason to be uncomfortable.

If noticing spots on the skin and they are itching, flaking, changing color, growing or bleeding it’s crucial to be seen. Melanoma can sometimes look like age spots, so don’t just write it off, especially if it’s unusual.

Anxiety

If the reason for the anxiety trigger is known, such as tomorrow is the big wedding day or a test is coming up, there’s no reason to call a family medicine specialist. However, if the anxiety is constant and it’s driving a person to drink, eat, lose sleep or any other serious symptoms that may cause one to harm themselves or others than medical attention is a must.

Keep in mind, a physician isn’t just there for physical ailments but mental as well. They are a confidant that one can express concerns to and feel comfortable doing so. Everyone suffers trials and tribulations sometimes. On a more serious note, symptoms of anxiety can mimic those of hyperthyroidism, so keep that in mind.

Bad Breath

Many will say, “Why on earth would I be concerned about bad breath, I’ll just brush my teeth or see the dentist.” While those are great options, chronic bad breath can be signs of many underlying issues. If it’s not remedied with oral healthcare, it could be a sign of:

• Lung problems
• Kidney problems
• Intestinal issues
• Cancer

Sweet or fruity breath? This wouldn’t normally set off the red flags, but it could be a sign of diabetes.

Excessive Belching

Much like bad breath, not too many individuals are concerned when they burp. While it’s normal to belch after a great meal or drink, it’s unnatural to excessively burp. The following conditions in addition to lots of burps may be a bad sign, and one should contact their family medicine professional if they are concerned:

• Burning chest
• Vomiting
• Diarrhea
• Bloating
• Unexplained weight loss

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