Category Archive:emergency care

Why Do We Get An Ear Infection? ( Momimhar posted on December 7th, 2016 )

Hi there!  How’s everybody doing?  As for me and my household, we are currently dealing with common cough and colds including an ear infection.  You heard it right.  Ear infection.  My darling daughter and I have it right now.  She will be finishing her medication in two days, and I just started last night.

It was very an unexpected thing.  This is the very first time my daughter had an ear infection since birth.  As far as I can remember, I never had an ear infection in my life.  My ears are prone to clogging though, because my ears produce lots of wax.  And normally, the ear canal cleans itself but there was a time years ago I had a clogged ear that I had to go to the doctor and have it flushed.  Now, I am dealing with this ear infection because my ear was very painful yesterday morning.  On a pain scale of 1 to 10, I could say the pain intensity was 8.  I took two 400 mg Ibuprofen to subside the pain.  When the pain was gone, I went to CVS Minute Clinic to have my ear checked.  Soon as the nurse practitioner cleaned my ears, she said the eardrum in my left ear (where it was hurting) was red.  I told her I woke up in the morning with a painful ear.  She prescribed an antibiotic to be taken within 10 days.  I hope this thing heals fast.

Like I said my daughter and I are having colds right now.  She even had a cough.  She woke up in the middle of her sleep one night crying because she said her ear was hurting so bad.  I was worried and nervous but couldn’t do anything.  I tried to comfort her calmly but it didn’t help.  Then I thought of giving her a pain reliever medicine to help ease the pain so she can go back to sleep.  She didn’t go to school the next day because she had lack of sleep and I took her to the doctor in the afternoon. She had an ear infection.

Aside from taking an antibiotic, K was also doing a breathing treatment using a Nebulizer for five days because she was wheezing. It helped get rid of the coughing.  We are going to see her pediatrician on Monday for a follow up check up.

Why do we get an ear infection?  It is caused by a bacteria or a virus.  When we have a cold, flu, or allergy, our nasal passages, throat, and eustachian tubes (in the ears) get swollen and congested that possibly leads to an ear infection.  It is recommended to see your health provider if you are experiencing ear pains.

Oh how hard it is when you get sick.  Even if only one in your household is sick, it feels like the entire household is not feeling well. I am hoping we all get well very soon because we don’t want this.  We keep eating healthy, drinking lots of water, and sleeping and resting good.  Plus, taking the proper medication to help treat the sickness.

GPs vs Hospitals: Who to Call? ( Momimhar posted on August 21st, 2015 )

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There are many paths you can take when you are sick; what you should do will usually differ depending on the specific circumstances you are facing. If your condition is life threatening, you need to call an ambulance. Otherwise, it can be tough to know whether the GP (General Practitioner) or the hospital is most appropriate. If you don’t know who to call in any particular situation, here are some things you should consider – stick this on your fridge or in your diary for fast access; you never know when you might need it.

Severity

The severity of your condition will be a significant indicator as to who you should call when you are sick. If you have the flu or any kind of viral or bacterial infection, you are probably better off talking to your GP, as these are relatively minor conditions. If you are suffering from more serious symptoms, such as fainting or trouble breathing, then you should definitely consider calling your local hospital.

Duration

The duration of your illness, as well as its severity, can determine who you should call or where you should go. If you are displaying symptoms that have lasted more than a week, the hospital should be your first contact. Anything before this should warrant a call to your local GP, who may be able to help you by prescribing appropriate medication.

Age

Younger children are at greater risk of having a more severe reaction to conditions that may barely trouble teenagers or adults. If a child is sick, take into account the symptoms they are showing as well as their age. Any child that is younger than six months and seems to be displaying symptoms such as fever or vomiting should be taken to the hospital straight away.

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Immediate Attention

If you require immediate attention, definitely call the hospital or try to get yourself to the emergency room as fast as possible. If you are calling on behalf of another person and you can’t move them or get them to the services they need, you can always call an ambulance to come and take care of them. Home doctor services such as Doctor To You are another option if you think your issues are not severe enough for emergency services to be called.

There are many different things you should consider before calling or visiting your GP or your local hospital, and the factors listed above are some of the more important. It can sometimes be difficult to make such a decision, especially if you are sick yourself and not functioning properly. If you are in a position where you don’t think you can make an informed decision, do not be afraid to ask a friend or family member to help you out.

Are you a GP? Alternatively, do you work at a hospital? What are the most common mistakes your patients make when deciding where to go for their particular ailments? What do you do when you have to make such a decision? Why? Leave your tips, advice and experiences in the comments section down below – your comment might just help someone else out of a pinch!

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