When should I see a home doctor?

Each night, many of our home doctors across the state visit patients with different cases. Whether it be illnesses, infections, or physical injuries – , there are number of varied reasons why a patient can see a home doctor.
To help, here a few of the most common reasons we have had patients book a home doctor.

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A very common reason for patients to seek medical attention is for gastro. As gastro is highly contagious, a patient should be assessed so the appropriate treatment can be provided. This will usually involve fluid replacement (for instance, oral rehydration drinks), while severe cases may require admission to hospital.
If you are uncertain as to whether or not you have gastro, take note of symptoms including:
• Vomiting;
• Diarrhoea;
• Nausea;
• Fever;
• Stomach pains.
Though these symptoms usually last 1 – 2 days, you should still consult with a doctor. This is because a common complication with gastro is dehydration which can easily lead to more severe cases.

Pains, sprains, and strains
Another reason patients tend to book a home doctor are for pains, sprains, and strains. Common examples we have noticed tend to be acute sprains (often from work related or sporting injuries) and neck, back, or hip pain.
If you think you may be suffering from a sprain, look for the below symptoms:
• Swelling and bruising;
• Pain;
• Tenderness when the affected area is touched;
• Heat (this is caused from inflammation in the muscle or joints);
• Limited ability to move the affected area.

As well as this, our doctors are often treating patients with intense pain. Although you may believe your pain is minor and does not need to be assessed, you should seek medical attention in case there is serious injury which may require further treatment.
A few indicators you should be seeing a doctor include:
• Feeling pain when you try to walk, even for a few steps;
• Feeling pain when you try to move the affected area;
• Feeling numbness near the affected area.
If you are showing signs of intense pain, a doctor can advise the appropriate treatment. This can include anti-inflammatory medication, rest, ice, or heat and pain-relieving medication. Alternatively, if the doctor feels it is necessary you can also be referred to an emergency department for further assessment.

Skin infections
Skin infections are also a common reason for home doctors to be called. A particularly common type of infection is school sores. This infection is common with children and requires immediate medical assessment as it is highly contagious.
Clear symptoms of school sores include red or itchy skin and blisters (mainly around the nose and mouth). If your child is showing any of these symptoms, seek medical attention as soon as possible so the correct treatment can be provided. This can include ointments, creams, or prescription antibiotics.

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