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Are You Sick?
Choose a part of the body to search for information on:
Arm and Leg Symptoms
Bites / Stings
Breathing or Chest symptoms
Genital or Urinary Symptoms
Head or Brain Symptoms
Mental and Behavioral Health Symptoms
Miscellaneous - Other
Mouth / Teeth / Throat Symptoms
Neck & Back Symptoms
Skin - Localized Symptoms
Skin - Widespread Symptoms
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A Decision Chart (When to Call Your Doctor Chart) is provided for each topic. By using the decision chart and your common sense, you should be able to select one of the five following responses categories:
If you think that you are having a medical emergency, call 911 or the number for the local emergency ambulance service NOW!
And when in doubt, call your doctor now or go to the closest emergency department.
Abdominal Pain - Female
Abdominal Pain - Male
Abdominal Pain - Upper
Foot and Ankle Injury
Hand and Wrist Injury
Ear - Swimmer's
Eye - Chemical in
Eye - Foreign Body
Eye - Pus or Drainage
Menstrual Period - Missed or Late
STD - Chlamydia
STD - Genital Herpes
STD - Gonorrhea
STD - HIV
STD - Prevention
STD - Pubic Lice
STD - Trichomonas
Urination Pain - Female
Urination Pain - Male
Vaginal Bleeding - Abnormal
Alcohol Abuse Problems / Questions
Drug Abuse Problems / Questions
High Blood Pressure
Hay Fever - Nasal Allergies
Sinus Pain and Congestion
Cuts, Scrapes, or Bruises (Skin Injury)
Poison Ivy, Oak, or Sumac
Rash - Localized and Cause Unknown
Skin Foreign Body
Suture or Staple Questions
Rash - Widespread and Cause Unknown
Author and Senior Reviewer: David A. Thompson, M.D.
Content Set: Adult HouseCalls Symptom Checker
Adult HouseCalls Symptom Checker
Disclaimer: This information is not intended be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Instructions: The first purpose of Adult HouseCalls Symptom Checker is to help you determine how sick you are and if you need to call your doctor. The second purpose is to help you treat yourself at home when it is safe to do so. Your doctor's advice and your good judgment should always take precedence over information in these topics.
When to Call Your Doctor
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David A Thompson, MD is the author of Adult HouseCalls Symptom Checker. He is a board-certified emergency medicine physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He has a national reputation in telephone triage, decision support tools, medical information technology and quality improvement. Adult HouseCalls Symptom Checker is a decision support tool for adults that has been reviewed and approved by adult physicians.
Pediatric HouseCalls Symptom Checker is a parent guide for treating your child at home, calling your child's doctor or seeking immediate medical attention. Developed by Dr. Barton Schmitt, MD, FAAP, a board-certified pediatrician on staff at Children's Hospital Colorado. Dr. Schmitt has developed other health tools for parents, including the 3rd edition of Your Child’s Health (available in bookstores) and KidsDoc, a new iPhone and Android app for parents (available online).
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