During an outbreak, having a good outbreak history can save your doctor’s time and resources and prevent further infection. It is important to know the timeline of your current outbreaks so that you can easily tell your doctor when your condition has returned. By reviewing your history you will be able to see which things caused your initial illness and which symptoms were present before you became ill.
When reviewing your medical history, it is important to keep in mind that medical histories are not accurate and easily changed over time. For this reason it is critical to keep records during each infection. One way to do this is by keeping notes during the period of the infection was present, especially if the symptoms seemed worse in the week prior to the visit. Another way to write your notes is by keeping a journal. Keeping a journal allows you to fill in those crucial gaps of information which could otherwise be forgotten.
You should also keep a journal during and after your condition and list all the medications taken, the day of the attack and the date of its onset. It may seem tedious to keep track of such details but it is very important to document everything. An outbreak of the mumps virus is a very serious condition and should be treated as such. It is good to record all symptoms that you feel occurred because of your mumps infection in the journal to give you a clear history of your current condition.
The majority of these outbreaks occur at school or in a public health setting. In these situations it is important to try to keep your notes as close to your original account as possible. This way when your medical history is reviewed you will have information about the original illness which would not be available if you left the notes at home.
Medical journals should also contain a summary of your routine medical history. This can include information about your treatment plan and your medical history. Your doctor may contact your medical facility to check on your current condition for accuracy. Additionally, an outbreak history will help you to have a clear understanding of how you contracted the mumps and helps the doctor and medical staff have a clearer picture of what to expect next.
Using the notebook you will have a way to keep track of all vaccinations you have received during your medical career. This means that a good outbreak history will include the date of the vaccine, the name of the manufacturer and the dates you received the vaccines. If you had any side effects from the vaccination, it is important to keep them documented so that you do not forget about them when filling out your notes.
You should be sure to take notes about all follow up visits that your doctor may need to make for your mumps recovery. A summary of the specific tests they conducted and the information the doctors provided about your case should be documented in your journal. Knowing the facts about your specific mumps case and the data contained in your medical journal will make it easier for your doctor to make the correct diagnosis and treat your current mumps.
Having a good outbreak history will help your doctor and nurses determine which tests are necessary to diagnose your current condition. This means that there will be fewer tests that require repeat visits to the lab and will shorten the length of time you are left untreated. Keeping a good outbreak history can mean the difference between being an active participant in your treatment or being left untreated all together.