Doctors are essential to staying healthy. Although some doctors only need to look at the body when they are different, for some doctors, it is recommended that you do at least one standard check every year.
In order to understand how often you should go to see a doctor in a different specialty, INSIDER contacted experts from different fields to explain, the following is what you need to know.
It’s worth noting that these suggestions will vary depending on your body, so it’s best to ask your doctor for personal advice.
Make at least two appointments with your physician each year for routine checkups and flu shots
Niket Sonpal, a gastroenterologist and physician from New York, said that physicians can be booked as needed, but regular physical exams and flu shots should be given every year.
“If you are healthy and have no chronic illness, then you can have a physical examination once a year and have a flu shot, which is the least,” Sonpal said. “If you haven’t had a medical examination for a long time, then you should see a doctor recently. Do some follow up when you are.”
The Vision Committee recommends that patients undergo an annual eye exam
A representative of the Vision Board said that adults and children should receive an annual optometrist’s comprehensive eye exam.
However, if you start feeling discomfort in or around your eyes, such as blurring, dryness, itching or pain, you should go to the hospital right away.
Women should see a maternity clinic at least once a year.
Female health expert Jessica Shepherd said that women should have at least one routine checkup each year, which may include uterine smears, sexually transmitted diseases, and birth control programs. Pregnant people should be booked monthly or weekly, depending on which pregnancy they are in.
Depending on your age and the severity of the illness, decide how often you should see a gastroenterologist
According to Sonpal, the general rule of thumb for gastrointestinal doctors is that every person between the ages of 45 and 50 should be examined, including colonoscopy. Those with a family history of polyps or colon cancer should be examined when they are young.
Otherwise, Sonpal said that the only time you should make an appointment for a GI (barium meal check) is “when your symptoms and medical problems require digestion and special attention from liver experts.”
See a dermatologist for “human”
If you don’t have a specific skin problem or have a family history of skin cancer, then New York dermatologist Hadley King says “a skin check is enough every year.” Otherwise, you should see a dermatologist according to your own situation.
For example, if you have non-melanoma skin cancer (a type of skin cancer that forms in skin cells), King recommends that you have a full-body skin check every six months.
If you have melanoma, your dermatologist may ask you to have a full-body skin check every three months.
She added that if you have a persistent skin disease such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis or eczema, you should go to the dermatologist every month, or go to the dermatology every few months after the initial diagnosis. Doctors to ensure that the condition is under control.
When an episode occurs, make an appointment with your urologist.
Patients should make an appointment with a urologist as needed. Anika Ackerman, a urologist from Morriston, New Jersey, explains that the frequency of urologists depends on several key details such as age and medical history.
“For men who are 50-year-olds, it is recommended to have a prostate cancer screening every year,” Ackerman said. Patients with kidney stones should also be examined once a year.
“For patients with recurrent urinary tract infections (UTI),” she continued, “the interval between exams is variable, depending on their symptoms and frequency of illness.”
I should see the dentist once or twice a year.
Because your dental health reflects your oral health habits, the American Dental Association (ADA) does not recommend a series of dental exams within a year, but it is recommended that you see your dentist at least once or twice a year for thorough cleaning. Perform an X-ray and learn about the overall health of your teeth to make sure you don’t have oral cancer or any other disease.
However, in addition to regular check-ups and cleaning appointments, Jason Popper of Popper Dental in New York said: “Once you notice changes in the mouth, especially when you feel pain, you should make an appointment with the dentist.”
In addition, patients diagnosed with diabetes, cancer, pregnancy, or frequent smoking are considered to have “high risk” of dental problems.
In this case, Popper said, the dentist will advise you on the frequency of your examination.
How often do you see an allergy specialist depends on the type of allergy you are diagnosed with?
Allergy specialist Tania Elliott tells you that depending on your type of allergy, the severity of the symptoms, and the type of treatment and medication you receive, you may be asked to see an allergy specialist at a frequency once a week to once a year.
Elliot explained that, for example, patients who are allergic to food should schedule an annual check to assess their symptoms and determine if they have got rid of allergies.
On the other hand, asthma patients should receive an assessment every six to twelve weeks before they can receive treatment and examination to ensure that their symptoms do not interfere with their daily lives.
Patients with seasonal allergies should see a doctor twice a year – medication for the first two weeks of your allergy season and four to six weeks after the start of the season.
However, if your allergies require allergic injections, you will need to go to the hospital every week for the first six months of treatment. Elliot said: “This is to establish a mechanism for your body to resist allergies.”
In the next two to five years, you need to have an injection every month.