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Finding out that you have a sudden (acute) illness can be very hard. Getting sick can be scary. It can also disrupt your life.
The most important thing is to deal with the illness and get healthy again. If work, school, or other activities have to be put on hold while you get treatment, that is okay. Do what you have to do to get better, and then you can focus on the rest of your life.
Some acute illnesses can become chronic, which means that they last for a long time. Although this may not happen with you, it is best to be prepared for this and to know how to handle it. Talk to your doctor to find out as much as you can about the illness and how best to treat it.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Here are some tips on how to keep your life on track while you get better.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: December 16, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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