20th November, 20191 min read

Do I need to see a doctor?

Do I need to see a doctor?
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It’s not always easy to tell if a health problem will get better on its own or if you should see a doctor.

Some mild symptoms can require urgent medical attention, while a seemingly alarming symptom may not.

If you’ve got a health problem you’re unsure about, take a look at the image below. It’s not exhaustive, but it outlines some common conditions that you should always seek medical help for and others that you can self-care for in the first instance.

If a symptom becomes worse or doesn’t improve with self-care, see a doctor or another health professional.

Should I stay at home or see a doctor

Have you got a health problem that isn’t on the above list? Why not use our symptom checker to find out if you need to see a doctor.

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