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How to Handle Unusual Symptoms

When You Have Weird Symptoms, What Do You Do First?

A couple months ago, I developed this weird itchy rash on my left ear. Since I'm expecting, a good friend said that it must be that common pregnancy rash. I resisted the urge to go straight to the Internet to research prenatal rashes, and called my doctor instead. I'm so glad I did because she reassured me that it wasn't the common rash I suspected known as PUPPP, which occurs in the third trimester, but was actually an allergic reaction to some cheap metal earrings I wore. I got a prescription cream that cleared it right up, and boy, was I relieved that it wasn't something serious.

I used to be big into researching my symptoms online, but found that I always ended up thinking the worst. I learned that seeing an actual doctor who could assess my symptoms was a much more effective way to calm my nerves and quickly get treatment. So tell me, when you suffer from symptoms like bumps on your skin, dizziness, headaches, odd pains, or some other unusual symptom, what's your first reaction?

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Advah Advah 7 years
My parents, they're both nurses!
christielynn_ christielynn_ 7 years
I usually wait it out and then do a little WebMDing- but I'll be changing my ways. A recent foot injury spiraled into a stress fracture since I ignored it for so long and now I've been benched from running for 6 wks :( Lesson learned the hard way!
Beaner Beaner 7 years
I'm all about hitting the internet. But I end up freaking myself out, and go to the dr just to make sure it's not as bad as i think it is.
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
it depends what the symptoms are - nine times out of ten, when i reaserch any symptom online, half of the results i get are for really really scary illnesses that i turn out to not have...i made the mistake of googling the symptoms of an ingrown bikini hair and i ended up thinking i'd miraculously caught an std. I usually speak to my mum or a friend, and since I don't trust doctors, i'll usually google their diagnosis after haha
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I research online, but I definitely agree with you that doing so just makes a person fear the worst. My boyfried has actually forbidden me from doing online medical research, but I just can't stay away!
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 7 years
Talk to friends or family, research online, see if it goes away in a few days, then finally call my doctor.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I research online, then call my nurse-stepmother, then call the doctor.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
No insurance, so I research first, then wait it out for a few days, then finally give in and go to the doctor if it gets worse.
pureperfection pureperfection 7 years
i research. but after this i realise i cant really trust the internet that much
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