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When Are You Sick Enough to See the Doctor?

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In this technology age, information about any subject matter is right at our fingertips.

And that includes health information.

And many of us might turn to our computers - instead of heading to the doctor's office - to try and figure out what we have and how to treat it.

Doctor Tim Jacobs with Quincy Medical Group's Ambulatory Care says that's fine - but watch out where you're getting your facts.

He says some sites - like WebMD - are credible, but others might not provide enough information, or the right information.

But he says - with certain symptoms - you really should come and see your doctor. 

"Certainly if you have the sniffles, probably best just to stay home and not go out. Fever is the big determinant for me - and so if you have a sustained fever for over several days, that's probably a good time to come in and see a physician," Jacobs says.

Doctor Jacobs also says to be suspicious if your symptoms come on very quickly, especially if you haven't gotten a flu shot.

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