Better Safe Than Sorry: When To Seek Medical Advice

Posted October 20, 2021 by in Health + Fitness

When it comes to your health, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. In this guide, we’ll discuss some common signs that should prompt you to seek medical advice:

Symptoms That Persist Or Get Worse

Many of us go through periods where we don’t feel 100% and we have mild symptoms. In this case, it’s usually fine to wait and see if your symptoms subside without the need for medical intervention. If you have symptoms that persist or get worse, however, it is beneficial to schedule an appointment with your doctor. If you have pain that gets worse, or you have signs of an infection, for example, fever, don’t delay. 

Severe or Acute Symptoms

If you start to feel unwell unexpectedly, or your health deteriorates very quickly, always seek urgent advice. Infections can develop rapidly and it’s also possible to experience medical emergencies out of the blue. If you have acute or severe symptoms, you should try to get help as quickly as possible. Call 911 if you need emergency care, or contact your doctor to schedule an urgent appointment if you need advice but there isn’t an immediate danger to life. 

Follow-up Care

If you have received treatment for a health condition, you’ve been advised to have regular checks due to a family history of certain health issues, or you’ve seen a doctor and they’ve told you to come back if your symptoms continue or develop, make sure you keep up with follow-up appointments and routine checks. There could be a risk of symptoms returning, recurrent infections and complications during the healing process. Seeing your doctor can help to reduce the risk of side effects and complications, accelerate recovery and ensure any issues are identified as early as possible.

It is important to note that if you don’t follow instructions, you won’t be able to hold medical professionals responsible or seek advice from medical malpractice attorneys if your diagnosis is delayed. Check dates, schedule appointments as advised, and contact your doctor or the hospital if you have any problems or questions. 

Symptoms That May Be Linked to Serious Health Conditions

Many health issues we encounter on a regular basis are mild. Coughs and colds, for example, usually go without causing too much trouble, and usually, there are simple solutions for headaches, muscle pain, skin rashes and bouts of diarrhea and constipation. In some cases, the onset of symptoms can be alarming, and it’s a good idea to seek advice as soon as possible.

Examples include those linked to heart disease, diabetes and cancer, such as chest pain, an irregular heartbeat, urinating more frequently, lumps and abnormal swelling, unexplained weight loss, chronic pain and fatigue. Often, these symptoms can be associated with much milder conditions that can be managed effectively, but it’s always best to get checked out. 


It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your health. If you tend to avoid going to the doctor, it’s wise to reach out and seek advice if you notice changes in your health, you have symptoms that are persistent or severe, you have a sudden onset of symptoms, or you experience signs that could be linked to serious health conditions.