After the physical examination has been completed and blood has been taken for testing, your health care provider will explain what he or she has seen on examination and what diagnoses have been made, and then will discuss treatment, if any is needed. (You may need to wait until the results of the tests are available before you receive a diagnosis and can begin treatment.) You may be offered printed information about subjects that were discussed or about the findings of the examination.
The health care provider may give you samples of medication to treat your infection or a prescription to take to a pharmacy. Make sure your provider explains how to take the medication, any potential side effects, and whether it interacts with any of the medications you are already taking. It is very important to take the complete prescription. Find out what to do if symptoms recur, or if the medicine doesn’t seem to be clearing up the symptoms. If follow-up visits were recommended, make sure you set them up before you leave the clinic, and mark them down so you’ll remember.