Previously, I’ve addressed the top five symptoms that no woman and no man should ever ignore. These articles include symptoms that can be benign, but have a potential for consequences, such as chest pain, passing out, bleeding through any orifice, and more.

But some of you may have been wondering: what are a few of those symptoms that don't necessitate a visit to the primary care doctor’s office? Who wants to pay that extra co-pay when it’s unnecessary, right?

Most symptoms honestly take some teasing out, as simple as they may seem. This is the precise reason it’s not easy to address symptoms over the patient portal or emails with your doctor. Therefore, there aren’t too many symptoms I’d recommend skipping that visit to the doctor for, especially without examining a patient in person.

However, nine times out of ten, you can skip a visit to your primary care doctor for these five symptoms:

1.  Dental Pain

I am always surprised to find that so many patients neglect their teeth. It may seem easy to bypass the yearly dental visit (honestly, who in their right mind enjoys the dentist). But once a year should really be a preventative effort. I know this because I more often than not see a patient in the office with tooth agony.  Even though your physician will be able to prescribe you antibiotics for a “presumed” infection or tooth decay, we cannot tell you exactly what may be going on. This is why dentists train for four years minimum. In this case, skip the doctor, see the dentist.

 

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