A Brisbane after hours doctor can be an extremely convenient solution for patients, especially after hours, or on weeknights and weekends when many GP offices are closed. They are capable of treating many different kinds of illnesses and conditions, including acute issues that require medical attention although serious injuries or illnesses should be treated as an emergency and patients should attend the emergency department in person.
So what are some of the reasons to call a Brisbane after hours doctor?
Acute respiratory infections
Respiratory infections are very common, especially in the winter months. The respiratory track can easily be infected by viruses and bacteria and people will find that this is much more common occurrence when it’s cold as they tend to spend more time indoors where they are more likely to contract bacteria or viruses due to being in close proximity to other people.
Broadly speaking, respiratory illnesses are usually identified as either upper or lower respiratory illness. Infections of the upper respiratory tract usually involve problems with the throat, tonsils, larynx or middle ear. These issues usually develop as a result of colds, the flu or illnesses such as whooping cough.
Infections of the lower respiratory tract usually occur in areas such as the trachea or in the lungs, they’re often caused by conditions such as bronchitis, bronchiolitis, croup and pneumonia.
Treating these illnesses usually requires an assessment from a medical professional and a prescription for antibiotics, a Brisbane after hours doctor is a great option for treating this common issue.
Another reason to call a Brisbane after hours doctor may involve asthma, a common condition which affects the airways to the lungs. People who experience asthma have lungs which are sensitive to environmental triggers or illnesses which can cause difficulties breathing, it can cause the feeling of tightness and shortness of breath to develop. Mild flare ups of the condition can be treated by a Brisbane after hours doctor who will identify triggers and arrange for any medication needed to treat the issue. More serious symptoms or difficulties with breathing should be treated as an emergency.
Minor rashes or infections of the skin are a very common-place issue. If they are not posing a serious and immediate threat to the health and wellbeing of the patient then a travelling medical professional can be a very good and highly convenient option. Patients experiencing common issues such as hives flare ups, mosquito bites or other signs of inflammation may be able to speak to their GP in their home and get some relief for their issue without having to leave the house and possibly worsen their condition.
Urinary tract infections
Another very common issue that a Brisbane after hours doctor may be able to help with is urinary tract infections which are extremely common in women. They can be painful and uncomfortable but they are rarely an emergency, a travelling GP can help to provide relief or prescribe the right medications and save the patient lots of time and annoyance by having to attend their GP in person.
A very common illness that people may experience is gastro which can have a number of causes. The illness can be highly contagious so having a GP visit can help to prevent the spread and also stops patients from having to visit the doctor when they are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms. Patients can become seriously dehydrated and those who are suffering from a lack of fluids should attend the emergency department as severe dehydration can be fatal or extremely dangerous.