Why You Should Never Postpone Getting the Care You Need
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- Your illness can get worse. While some things can definitely be treated at home, there are other conditions that can escalate without professional care. For example, if you went to your primary care doctor at the first sign of a flu, you could get antiviral medication that can relieve symptoms and help you feel better faster. If you don’t, the flu could last much longer and even lead to serious complications like bronchitis or pneumonia.
- You could end up in the ER. Getting care early on can actually end up saving you a lot of time and money by avoiding a trip to the ER. In 2015, nearly half of the 500,000 emergency room visits by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan members were unnecessary. And a portion of those ER trips could have been avoided if the illness were treated at the first signs.
- You could wind up ignoring an underlying issue. Doctor visits can shine a light on hidden health problems that may be causing your current issue—helping you avoid recurring problems down the road. For instance, you may go in to get treated for a sore throat and cough, and your doctor might notice some inflammation. From this, they may prescribe medication that will give you the relief you need and help avoid succumbing to additional, related illnesses in the future.