Do you google your medical symptoms when you’re worried about something? It’s definitely something I’ve done fairly frequently, although more for reassurance than an actual diagnosis. When we found out I had such a low PAPP-A level this pregnancy I spent a lot of time reading forums and chats about other women who’d had the same, some of what I found was reassuring and some less so. I didn’t let what I found stop me seeking a professional opinion though, but it did help me find a few answers to questions while I waited for an appointment and we all know it’s not always easy to see a GP as fast as you would like.
The internet is also a great place for finding information about things like vaccinations for travel and medications that are helpful to take with you when travelling. It’s been a while since we’ve travelled anywhere that requires vaccinations, so I would definitely need to do some searching online before booking a holiday, especially with a young baby.
Taking children abroad is something I love, but I also find it quite stressful as you need to be prepared for every eventuality. LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor is a great place to start for advice and tips for keeping your family safe when travelling with information on things like preventing altitude sickness and travellers diarrhoea as well as more serious travel related illnesses such as Yellow Fever and Malaria.
I’m sometimes guilty of believing only the worst scenarios I find online, and have to remind myself that you have to take everything with a pinch of salt unless it’s from a very trusted source. The best places to look for information are is the NHS website or a Pharmacy website such as LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor, this has lots of helpful information about subjects you might not want to ask a GP directly or want to be armed with information beforehand. Did you know you can get a free blood pressure check in store an even start an online consultation about travel items like malaria tablets from LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor? For someone as time short as me, it’s much easier to be able to find reliable information online rather then search for phone numbers and have a long conversation with someone.
Thanks to LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor for the top tips!