Do not let the fear of COVID-19 pandemic prevent you from going to the hospital immediately when you experience these symptoms.
Health experts have pointed out the most pressing health issues that require you to see the doctor right away. If you have the following symptoms or injuries, you should not wait until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic to go to the hospital.
14 symptoms require immediate medical attention
1. Chest pain
Chest pain can be caused by various problems, such as musculoskeletal pain, persistent cough, pneumonia, anxiety, panic or heart attack. If you’re not sure what’s going on, see a doctor right away, said Dr. Maria Vila, medical advisor for eMediealth, from New Jersey (USA).
If you have a history of heart disease and chest pain accompanied by symptoms such as difficulty breathing, dizziness, sweating, pain in your left arm or tingling, or jaw pain, you should go to the emergency immediately.
2. Rectal bleeding
If you see rectal bleeding, don’t delay. Rectal bleeding can be a serious problem, such as gastrointestinal bleeding or flares of intestinal inflammation, Dr. Vila said. If you have heavy and persistent bleeding, you need to see a doctor right away, especially if you have a history of inflammatory bowel disease.
If you experience symptoms of meningitis, such as stiff neck, fever, and headache, seek immediate medical attention, said Dr. Leann Poston, doctor of InvigorMedical.com.
Fainting certainly requires immediate medical attention. It could be due to cardiovascular disease or stroke, says Dr Vila. However, taking an antihypertensive overdose can also cause Fainting .
5. Symptoms of stroke
If you experience any symptoms of a stroke, seek emergency medical help as soon as possible. Although stroke symptoms vary widely from case to case, Dr. Richard Payden, a medical doctor at UCHealth Primary Care-Estes Park (USA), said that pay attention to the following symptoms: suddenly confused, difficulty speaking or speaking slowly, saying words that are meaningless, inexpressible, sagging face, numbness or tingling on one side of the body, weakness on one side of the body, or suddenly weakness.
These are symptoms that should not be ignored, because only when the emergency during the “first golden hour” can be saved.
6. Sudden difficult breathing
Sudden shortness of breath may indicate serious lung or heart problems. It is possible to breathe without breathing when walking for only 5 minutes while normally you can walk for 30 minutes, Dr. Payden said. Or being unable to say a sentence when normally no problem; or shortness of breath accompanied by chest tightness, coughing, dizziness, or nausea, see a doctor as soon as possible.
7. Severe pain
Whenever you experience intense pain, including a sudden severe headache that has never been like this, chest pain – especially accompanied by shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, jaw pain or pain in one or both arms, severe abdominal pain, or severe limb pain, seek medical attention immediately. That pain could indicate a serious illness, Dr. Payden said.
8. Severe abdominal pain
Gallstones or appendicitis can cause severe abdominal pain. If you have severe abdominal pain or your pain is getting worse, especially if you have a fever, you need to see a doctor right away, ” said Dr. Jill Grimes, a clinical lecturer at UMASS School of Medicine (USA).
9. Heart attack
If you experience any symptoms of a heart attack, especially chest pain or chest tightness that seems to get crushed, get medical help right away.
Especially patients with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or a family history of heart disease should not ignore the symptoms of a heart attack.
These may be symptoms of deep vein thrombosis or blood clots, says Dr. Vila. If sudden edema is accompanied by shortness of breath, this is an emergency and may result in pulmonary embolism. Get medical help right away, as the disease can be fatal if left untreated.
Obviously, a fracture cannot be delayed. If you have a broken bone, a protruding bone outside your skin, or an area of a broken bone that is deformed, you need to go to the emergency room immediately.
12. Deep wound
Depending on the location, length and depth of the wound, it may be necessary to visit a medical facility for stitches.
13. Serious infection
Do not let the infection get worse or worse. If the infection gets worse despite taking antibiotics, it is important to see a doctor immediately.
14. Severe allergy
Allergy to medicines, foods or any substance cannot be delayed. All anaphylactic reactions to allergens require urgent treatment.