In Australia, patients rarely appreciated the use of home visiting doctor services some years ago. They see this specialised service as unnecessary, unreliable, and expensive. But we have come full circle; now, family home doctors service is becoming more and more popular and acknowledged by patients of all ages. Here are the most common health complaints patients report whenever they seek help from family home doctors.
Top reasons for calling family home doctors
Asthma and respiratory infections are the most common medical problems most Australians report when they call home doctors services. Any time of the year, but especially during the winter season, people from all over Australia show symptoms of respiratory infections such as cough, colds, sneezing, fever, sore throat, and body pain. Family home doctors assess these patients and give antibiotics for bacterial infections, and cold or flu medications for viral ones (since antibiotics won’t work for virus-caused infections).
Asthma, on the other hand, is triggered by dust, cigarette smoking, allergies, and even existing respiratory infections. Wheezing, coughing, breathing difficulty, and chest pain may be the presenting symptoms of asthma in patients seeking medical help from home doctors. Family home doctors help by identifying what triggered the asthma attack and address it by adjusting the medication to help the patient’s symptoms settle. However, if severe symptoms are already present, patients are strongly advised to go directly to the hospital to get immediate care.
Allergies or skin irritations
It is safe to say that everyone has experienced an allergic reaction from almost anything. It is clear why patients often call family home doctors to help them relieve these allergic reactions. The presenting symptoms of having an allergy are cough, skin rashes, itchiness, and inflammation of the skin. The family home doctors can also treat urticaria (hives), impetigo (school sores), and other bacterial-caused skin infections. They can prescribe antibiotics and anti-allergy medications to help relieve the symptoms. Most family home doctors are ready to dispense your first doses of these medicines enough to last until your follow-up visit to your GP.
Urinary tract infection (UTI)
Urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common infection, especially in women, that warrants medical attention. Family home doctors assess the patient’s symptoms such as fever, pain in urinating, urinary incontinence or frequency, and even blood in urine. The family home doctors are often able to provide pain relief using prescribed medications. They also request for laboratory tests to confirm the cause of the infection and prescribe appropriate antibiotics to prevent its spread.
Diarrhea caused by a virus, bacteria, parasites, or other toxins is also one of the most common complaints patients have when calling family home doctors services. Vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, fever, and body aches often accompany this problem. What family home doctors want to prevent in gastrointestinal cases is dehydration because this may cause more severe complications to the patient’s condition. They can prescribe rehydration salts and encourage increased fluid intake. Medications to relieve symptoms are also prescribed. Proper handwashing and hygiene are recommended, and self-isolation is encouraged since most gastrointestinal conditions are contagious, especially to the young.
Whether it is muscle pain, headache, eye pain, or ear pain, this symptom is always present when calling the family home doctors services. Family home doctors assess the patient’s condition and the specific body area in pain. They will prescribe medications to relieve the pain and request for additional diagnostic procedures if needed and present the results to your GP during your follow-up.