Certain health problems are quite easy to self-diagnose- head colds, sore throats, period pain and migraine, to name a few. But as we all know, many work-places and universities request a medical certificate if you take a day off. Up till now this meant having to queue up in a doctor’s surgery, just to get a piece of paper confirming what you already knew! However, the good news is that you can now get medical certificates online for quite a variety of minor illnesses!
So, in what situations can an online doctor provide a medical certificate? Well, the key point is that a physical examination must be unnecessary- in other words, it must be a condition where the history alone gives the doctor enough information to make the diagnosis.
Here are 5 common examples:
- The common cold and other mild viral illnesses: most of us can recognise the typical signs of a common cold which include a runny or congested nose, tiredness and maybe a mild sore throat or cough. As long as there are no signs of a more serious respiratory infection, an online doctor can usually provide a medical certificate.
- Sore throat: another common ailment, which is viral 80-90% of the time, and will usually get better by itself after a few days. An online doctor’s certificate can be a helpful solution. However, if you’re unable to swallow or if you feel very unwell, you’ll need to see a doctor in person.
- Gastroenteritis or food poisoning: these conditions usually present with vomiting, diarrhoea and sometimes tummy cramps, and generally settle with rest and rehydration. If there are worrying symptoms such as more severe pain or dehydration, assessment by a doctor in person may be advised.
- Migraine: this is a common reason for patients to seek an online medical certificate. However, it’s important that the headaches have previously been confirmed as migraine by a doctor- so, if it’s your first episode, or if you’ve never spoken to a doctor about your headaches before, it is more appropriate to attend a doctor in person.
- Period pain: many women experience menstrual pain which is severe enough to cause absence from work. There are numerous potential treatments for this problem, so it’s worth speaking to a doctor about it. But an online medical certificate can certainly be a helpful solution from time to time.
There are many other minor ailments that may cause you to miss work or uni- so if you feel you’re not sick enough to see a doctor in person, but need a medical certificate, consider discussing the symptoms with an online doctor before making that tiresome trip to the local surgery!