- Learning all you can about your health problem or symptoms. Search for symptoms or illness if you think you have an idea of what the problem may be.
- Keep written notes about the treatments you do at home—like a list of medicines, temperature records, blood pressure records.
- Make notes about any changes you see after your treatments—did you notice a rash or hives from a medicine, did your temperature go down.
- Decide when you should call your doctor. At the first sign of a problem, make sure you know the availability of your doctor at all times. Keep his office hours and phone number handy. Have a plan in case your doctor cannot see you or it is after hours.
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