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Frequently Asked Questions
Why can't I see a doctor right away?
We try to take care of patients in the order they arrive. But sometimes we need to treat more serious cases first. For example, a person hurt in a car accident may be seen before someone with a headache or a sprained ankle.
What all should I carry for my first appointment?
It is important to carry all your medical reports, doctor’s prescription.
What is the difference between common cold and flu?
Common cold and flu are both respiratory diseases. However, common cold is a milder problem than the flu. It is easy to treat cough, sneeze and nasal congestion but if you are suffering from flu symptoms then you can feel ill for a few days to months. It can also cause serious health problems like pneumonia.
What should be the lifestyle changes to treat high blood pressure?
Lifestyle changes to treat high blood pressure:
No matter what medications your doctor prescribes to treat your high blood pressure, you'll need to make lifestyle changes to lower your blood pressure.
• Eating a healthier diet with less salt. Fruits and vegetables are rich in certain antioxidants that prevent narrowing of blood vessels.
• Exercising regularly at least 40 minute.
• Quitting smoking
• Limiting the amount of alcohol you drink
• Maintaining a healthy weight or losing weight if you're overweight or obese
• Stress management: Continuous stress may lead to the activation of sympathetic nervous system and causes hypertension.
Do antibiotics work against all infections?
No. Antibiotics only work against infections caused by bacteria, fungi and certain parasites. They don't work against any infections caused by viruses. Viruses cause colds, the flu and most coughs and sore throats.
How will I know I need antibiotics?
The answer depends on what is causing your infection. The following are some basic guidelines:
• Colds and Flu: Viruses cause these illnesses. They can't be cured with antibiotics.
• Sore throat, Cough or Bronchitis: These can be caused by both bacteria and Viruses. Your doctor may decide to try using an antibiotic.
• Ear infections: There are several types of ear infections. Antibiotics are used for some (but not all) ear infections.
• Sinus infection: Antibiotics are often used to treat sinus infections. However, a runny nose and yellow or green mucus do not necessarily mean you need an antibiotic.
• Dengue fever: Antibiotics are not required. Take paracetamol, adequate fluid and rest under mosquito net.
• Acute diarrhoea in children does not require an antibiotic, but oral rehydration salts and clear instructions to parents.