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It’s the classic conundrum: do you feel so sick that you need to use one of your precious vacation days, or can you tough it out even if you’re miserable throughout the day?

It’s not a light decision to make. The last thing you want to do is go in and be unproductive, or stay home when you actually would have been fine at the office. Here are three signs that will help you know when to call in sick.

 

  1. You’re running a high fever.

Even if it’s your only symptom, a fever is like the rumbling before a volcano erupts. You may not feel too bad, but it’s the sign of a worse sickness to come. You’re often at your most contagious when you’re running a fever, as well.

You may feel good enough to work from home with only a fever. Your boss and your coworkers will thank you a week from now when you spared them and their family from whatever ailment you had.

 

  1. You’re having diarrhea and/or vomiting.

Gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhea and vomiting are symptoms that mean your body is trying to get rid of whatever virus or bacteria is attacking it from within. Not only do these symptoms make you feel miserable and unable to work consistently, they also happen to be caused by some of the most contagious common viruses.

You’re better off staying home when you have a stomach bug or a sickness with these two symptoms. Fortunately, these illnesses are often short-lived.

 

  1. You need to take medications that impair your work.

A lot of antihistamines, decongestants and cough syrups come with side effects like drowsiness or dizziness. Even as they reduce your symptoms, they leave you longing for the couch all day long.

It’s difficult to focus and work while taking these medications, not to mention driving may be unsafe. Take the day to rest up and sleep as much as you can. You’ll feel much better tomorrow and your body will be able to concentrate on healing itself.

 

The decision is always up to you, and you should listen to your body. Pushing yourself too hard can leave you feeling even worse tomorrow, and could lead to you getting your coworkers or your family sick too.

When you need any medicine or advice to get you through your sickness, stop in and see us at one of our local Family Pharmacy locations.

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