Most doctors in India practice ethically. However, it’s a growing fear among patients that most doctors practice unethically! There is, at present a huge Trust Deficit in the minds of patients when they visit our OPDs and Hospitals.
With the advent of summer, loose motions are a common problem. They most commonly occur because of an infection of the intestines.
Most cases of loose motions occur because of infection from contaminated food and water, mostly after eating out. It is best to avoid uncooked items whenever you eat out – curd preparations, salads, chutneys, juices – these are often contaminated and can lead to infection. Well-cooked and steaming hot food should be safe.
“Doctor, can you come quickly, my mother is unwell!”
Even after doing thousands of home visits, I dread phone calls like these. If it’s an actual emergency, I can hardly help with the meagre tools I have in my bag, and the family had better call the ambulance and rush the patient to the hospital without waiting for me. On the other hand, there are genuine conditions in which a home visit by a doctor can help much more than transporting an unresponsive elderly to the unfamiliar environs of a hospital ICU. It’s quite tough to decide on the phone, which is which.
Seasonal flu or influenza is generally a mild illness, but it can lead to complications and even death. Most deaths due to influenza occur in 65+ years of age, but young healthy people can also develop severe complications.
The flu vaccine or flu shot provides protection against the 3 most common strains of influenza virus circulating in that particular season. This protection lasts for about a year.