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Going to a Doctor When You Are Feeling Bad

If you feel sick:

  • Sometimes the best thing to do is rest.
  • You should:
    • Stay home
    • Drink lots of water
    • Let your body fix itself

You may need to see a doctor:

  • If you have a fever that does not go away
  • If you have trouble breathing
  • If you do not know why you are sick
  • If you feel really bad

Going to the Doctor When You Are Sick

  • Every year you go to the doctor’s office for a checkup.
  • You make sure everything is okay.
  • Things can be different if you are already sick.

Going to the Doctor When You Are Sick

  • There will be other people at the doctor’s office.
  • To keep them from getting sick, you can:
    • Wear a face mask
    • Wash your hands before you touch anything in the office.

Tell the doctor your symptoms.

  • Symptoms are the ways that being sick makes you feel bad, like:
    • A cough
    • A runny nose
    • Trouble breathing
    • Bumps on your skin

Tell the doctor your symptoms.

  • It can be hard to remember all of your symptoms. You can:
    • Ask your support person to help you remember
    • Write down your symptoms before you go to the doctor’s office

You can ask questions.

  • Tell the doctor if you don’t understand:
    • What the doctor says
    • Why you are feeling sick
    • How you can get better
  • Ask questions.
  • You have a right to know what is going on with your body.

After the Visit

  • The doctor will tell you:
    • What to do to feel better
    • If you need to come back and when
  • If you do not feel better, ask for more help.

After the Visit

  • Be sure to follow the doctor’s instructions:
    • Take your medicine
    • Rest
    • Eat healthy foods
    • Drink liquids
    • Get healthy again
Last updated on Wed, 06/09/2010 - 15:59