There is no doubt that these are scary times; and for the most part, people are pulling together and doing what they can to stop the spread of the coronavirus. While it is important to maintain social distancing and only go out when needed, there are some things that are essential that you should not avoid during quarantine. One of those things is your health.
It can be very tempting to put off healthcare visits that don’t seem important. You might think that a problem is minor and can wait until the situation improves. Unfortunately, sometimes those minor problems can worsen and become major medical issues. It is best to leave that decision up to the medical professionals familiar with how your symptoms might relate to a diagnosis.
It is also important that you do not put off any ongoing care that you may need. This includes ongoing treatment that you may need for management of diabetes, high blood pressure, or other chronic conditions. For some medical problems, your doctor may be able to simply refill your medication and postpone your appointment. On the other hand, they may need to request labs or other tests before prescribing medications.
Ultimately, it is a good idea to contact your medical provider and let them decide whether your appointment can wait or if you need to take action soon. Whether it is for ongoing treatment or acute issues, you should leave the decision about whether or not to go to the doctor up to the professionals.
If your regular doctor isn’t currently open, is limited on appointments, or you need a new primary care physician, contact us today. We will let you know if your appointment can wait and schedule a future appointment if appropriate. Contact us today for more information.