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Medical Professionals Share 20 Facts They Wish Everyone Knew

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There’s a reason doctors make so much money. Knowing how to keep other humans alive when something goes wrong is a crazy important skill — and one that can be incredibly complex.

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But just because it can be complex doesn’t mean it always has to be, and knowing a little bit about bodies, medicine, and general safety can help cut down on the time all of us spend in doctor’s offices and hospitals throughout our lives. 

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To that end, medical professionals are sharing the one medical fact or piece of advice they wish everyone else knew, to make life easier for us, and for them.

1.

Vaccines are safe and save lives.

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2.

Keep things out of your ears. Seriously.

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3.

if exercise were a pill, it’d be the most prescribed drug in existence.

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4.

The human rectum is nightmarishly elastic.

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5.

Viral infections cannot be treated with antibiotics.

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6.

You should not stop an antibiotic treatment because you feel better already.

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7.

Keep an eye on your weight. Rapid unintentional weight loss is often a sign something serious is up.

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8.

Don’t put accelerants on bonfires. Even if it “Just won’t light.”

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9.

The pregnancy test you get in the ER is no different from the one at the store and equally accurate.

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10.

Mental illness can be as serious as a physical one. Get treated. You wouldn’t let a broken leg go.

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11.

It’s significantly more effective to prevent cancer than it is to treat it, but the world isn’t interested because most people just want a pill to fix their problems.

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12.

Emergency means potential loss of life, limb, or eyesight. It does NOT mean inconvenience, irritation, or chronic condition…go to an urgent care.

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13.

Know the signs of a heart attack and stroke and don’t “tough it out”. These are time sensitive and potentially deadly events.

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14.

Doctors are there to help you, stop lying to them. They have to protect your privacy, so if you’re doing drugs – tell them, they have to keep it secret, and it could kill you if you don’t.

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15.

Most important rule: Know your own history and drugs. Our EMRs are too inefficient to depend on, especially if you’ve been to many different institutions.

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16.

Smoking will kill you. “Nah… cancer won’t get to me” you might say, and you’d be statistically right. It’ll be your heart.

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17.

Drug allergies and side effects are not the same thing. It makes you look like a crazy person when you have 20 allergies and 19 of the reactions are nausea.

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18.

If you suspect a heart attack take an aspirin or two. Not ibuprofen, not paracetamol, not some other dumbass analgesic/painkiller, an actual aspirin.

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19.

For the love of everything holy, do not give [your kid] Tylenol and send them to school/daycare/sports/birthday parties/etc. to become patient zero and infect everyone else.

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20.

If you’re an alcoholic that’s admitted to the hospital, don’t lie about how much you drink. There are drugs we can give you to take the edge off of withdrawals. It’s safer for you and safer for us.

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