that people take the advice of the Internet over that of their own doctor?
I had to talk at least three people off the edge of hysteria yesterday for their uncomfortable but mostly benign conditions. One woman with a fever and rash was convinced she had some rare tropical disease despite the fact that her own doctor, whom she had gone to see twice in the last three days, told her she had a virus. Not Lyme disease. Not yellow fever. And no, not even strep. Stay home, drink lots of fluids, take Benadryl when you're itchy and Tylenol or Motrin for your fever. It will go away by itself in about a week.
Also, why is it that people can't seem to stand being sick, even a little bit? One man who had been seen in our ED for chest pain and diagnosed with pneumonia came back a day later because he wasn't feeling better. Not feeling worse; just not feeling any better. He had been given a prescription for a Z-pak (at least he was taking the meds; I can't tell you how many people don't take the medications that are prescribed for them and then complain they're still sick). I explained to him that pneumonia doesn't
go away in a day and than he would continue to feel pretty bad for about a week but that he would get a little better every day. His vital signs were all normal.
Also, why is it that some people think that if your child has a fever, and you give one dose of Motrin and the fever goes away but then it comes back six hours later OMG ITS AN EMERGENCY OMG IT CAME BACK! I have seen so many hysterical parents insisting that their kid must be seriously ill as the kid is sitting on my lap, smiling, drooling, and chewing on my stethoscope.
These are things I wonder every day...