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How Healthy Are the Men In Your Life

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June is Men’s Health Month, and we’re celebrating by arming the ladies with tips to use to help encouraging the men in their lives to find a primary care physician (PCP) and to access medical care when needed.

It’s true that many minor illnesses can be safely treated at home (none by rubbing dirt in them, by the way!). But everyone needs a doctor’s care at times.

When to Treat at Home & When to See the Doctor

Share these tips with the men you love to help them decide when to self-treat and when to seek medical care:

Treat at Home

Many minor illnesses can be safely treated at home: a cold, uncomplicated diarrhea, mild stomachaches and headaches, and minor skin rashes and skin fungal infections. You can treat these by getting extra rest and taking appropriate over-the-counter (OTC) medications.

These are cases in which you can usually treat yourself:

  • You don’t have a chronic illness or other condition for which you are taking medications
  • You’re not very sick
  • Your symptoms are mild and familiar and haven’t been going on for very long
  • You ask your pharmacist for advice on which OTC medications to take

See a Doctor

You do need a doctor’s care at times, even for everyday health problems.

Times when you should see or speak with a doctor:

  • You have a chronic illness or other condition
  • A cold, the flu or a stomachache that’s getting worse even though you’re resting and taking OTC medicine
  • Unusual symptoms that are painful or worrisome
  • A sinus infection, a bad sore throat with a fever, or other symptoms you think may require antibiotics
  • Diarrhea or constipation for longer than a week, bloody diarrhea, or diarrhea with mucus
  • Joint pain that’s chronic and affects your normal activities, or joint pain along with redness or swelling of the joint
  • Back pain that’s chronic or accompanied by pain that travels down your leg or arm
  • Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness and depression lasting for at least two weeks
  • An injury you can’t treat yourself but that’s not an emergency

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, you should always call 9-1-1 or get to the nearest hospital emergency room.

If you decide to see your health care provider, make the most of your visit by giving your doctor a list of your symptoms, including when they began, how they’ve changed and if anything you eat or do makes them worse. This will help your doctor diagnose and treat you appropriately.

Choose a Primary Care Doctor

And if the man or men in your life don’t have a primary care doctor, we can help! Choosing a primary care doctor is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Check out these 7 reasons why having a primary care doctor could just save your life.

You can also quickly and easily search for physicians online at Ministry and Affinity.

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