5 Times You Should Definitely See the Doctor

5 Times You Should Definitely See the Doctor

Have you heard the one about the guy who asked his doc about getting a vasectomy?

“That’s a big decision,” his doctor says. “Have you talked it over with your family?”

“Yes, we took a vote,” the guy replies. “They’re in favour of it 15 to 2!”

Seriously, though, seeing our doctor isn’t just about elective procedures like the ol’ snip-snip. More importantly, it’s about getting expert care and attention when health troubles arise.

Still, us guys often like to play it tough and ride out an illness. The good news is that we don’t need to run to the ER with a stuffy nose, but these five symptoms should trigger a trip to the doctor ASAP to help us make informed health decisions:

  1. A nasty flu. 

    Chills, fever and body aches are the most common symptoms, but if these escalate to include difficulty breathing, chest or stomach pains, light-headedness or severe vomiting, then it’s time to see your doctor ASAP.

  2. Erectile dysfunction.

    Guys, young and old, can all struggle with erectile dysfunction. Whatever the reason is, it’s best visit your doctor to get some tips and be in the know. After all, Your doc may be able to recommend some relaxation techniques to help you regain your bedroom swagger.

  3. A bump on the head.

    Hey, we know you can take your lumps, but if these lumps produce a severe headache or vomiting you should go straight to your doc. The same goes for more severe symptoms like seizures or passing out, but that’s a 9-11 call.

  4. Chest pains.

    There’s heartburn, and then there’s heartburn that doubles you over in pain. If chest pains go from mild to agonizing, or if the pain spreads to your arm, neck or jaw, head straight to the ER. That’s also a 9-11 call. Ditto for chest pain that’s accompanied by a feeling of pressure in your chest, nausea, vomiting, excessive sweating, an uneven pulse, or if you have trouble breathing.

  5. Blood in your stool.

    Colon cancer is on the rise, so if the toilet water turns red you should head straight to your doc. The same goes for unexplained weight loss or a change in bowel habits, especially if you have a family history of bowel cancer.

In short, these symptoms are no joke! The general rule of thumb: when in doubt, consult a pro.

Deflect the Flu in 2 Simple Steps

Deflect the Flu in 2 Simple Steps

Catching the flu is kind of like getting hit in the forehead by a baseball – you don’t actually want it to come your way, because it’ll knock you right out. With fall in full swing, flu season is once again upon us, and it seems nearly impossible to avoid those sniffling, bleary-eyed carriers all around you.

The good news is you can deflect the flu by doing a couple of really simple things. And while they don’t involve drinking more beer (damn!), they’re easy enough that they should be a part of every man’s autumn existence.

  1. Wash your hands like you’re about to perform open heart surgery: During flu season (November to April), it’s more important than ever keep your hands as clean as possible before touching your face or eating. You don’t need to go full-on hypochondriac, but if you’re vigilant after touching doorknobs, keyboards, or anything else there could be germs, you just might save yourself from becoming one of the flu-suffering masses.
  2. Get the *cough* away from me: At work, on the bus, and even at home, flu sufferers can’t help but spread the love through coughing and sneezing. Offer a gentle reminder that covering up with a tissue (and if one isn’t available to use their sleeve) means there’s a lesser risk of the flu bug wafting into your vicinity. Even better: when you see someone with a sneeze coming on, take a detour! Better to leave the room or move to another part of the bus than suffer through a week of body aches.

Getting  the flu shot: 

Every year, a bunch of doctors who are really smart spend their days putting together immunization shots for the entire population. Some workplaces offer flu shots for free, so be sure to ask.

And remember: sanitize, sanitize, sanitize!

Flu prevention information, Canadian Red Cross. Accessed Sept. 20, 2015. http://www.redcross.ca/training-and-certification/first-aid-tips-and-resources-/first-aid-tips/flu-prevention
Influenza, Health Canada. Accessed Sept. 20, 2015. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hc-ps/dc-ma/influenza-eng.php

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