When do you need to see a doctor?
Filipinos are very resilient. Throughout history, we have beaten so many struggles and have overcome them. It could be because of the katipunero blood running through our veins, but more often than not, it's because resiliency is sometimes the better, if not the only choice. So we strive to work, persevere in life in hopes of surviving or a better future.
To flip the coin this strength in character has some cons to it. Sometimes, we say, "kaya ko namang indahin" more often than we should and this leads to undiagnosed illnesses which worsen over time. Then we cram and panic when the pain or symptom worsens. Yes, not everyone has the capacity for medical care, however, let's take advantage of our barangay health centers and government hospitals -- they have been made available to the masses in hopes of providing healthcare for everyone.
The decision regarding when to see a doctor may vary, depending on whether the visit is for preventive care (routine visits), for medical problems, or for an emergency.
Generally, everyone should routinely see their doctor, dentist, and eye doctor for preventive care. Preventive healthcare, or prophylaxis, consists of measures taken for disease prevention. Disease and disability are affected by environmental factors, genetic predisposition, disease agents, and lifestyle choices, and are dynamic processes that begin before individuals realize they are affected.
People can obtain a schedule of what type of care is required and how often visits are needed from their primary care doctor. Usually, infants and older people need more frequent preventive visits, but frequency also depends on a person’s health conditions. For example, a person with diabetes or a heart disorder (or risk factors for them) may need to have checkups relatively frequently.
Apart from routine visits, here are symptoms you need to watch out for which should propel you to schedule a visit with your physician.
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