Who is a Consultant Physician?

A consultant physician is a senior doctor who has a medical specialization in a particular field of medicine. They can provide sound medical advice to their patients for any health concern. Chat with an expert consultant physician today at Tata Health to be on the road to recovery.

What are the common symptoms for which I can consult a consultant physician?

Symptoms like persistent fever, recurrent cold and cough, sudden weight loss, diabetic issues, breathlessness, chest/abdominal pain, or reactions to new medications are some of the symptoms when experienced, should be treated by a consultant physician. If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, chat with a consultant physician online at the earliest.

When should I chat with a Consultant Physician online?

Usually, it is recommended that a person should wait at least 3 to 5 days before consulting the doctor. But depending on the severity of your condition, it is necessary to take a call. If you start showing common symptoms like cough, cold, and fever, it may be possible that you are sick with a cold or a viral infection. However, it is best to chat with a doctor online first to know the exact reason for your sickness.

What are the common questions that I should ask my doctor?

When you chat with a doctor regarding an ailment, it is necessary to understand your condition properly. You should ask the doctor about the tests that are being suggested, the effects of the medicines, and the proper dosage for each of them, talk about side effects and risk factors, and ask questions about the results of a test or procedure. To understand this better, you can do a follow-up consultation with a doctor online.

How do I know which illness I have?

When you are unsure about what you are suffering from, it is time you chat with a doctor. Self-diagnosis is not the right solution. What may seem like a cold, may actually be something different and only doctors can help us in understanding your ailments better. It is highly advisable that you chat with a doctor online when you start feeling sick.

Can I take medicines on my own?

No, it is not recommended to take medicines on your own. Even your regular cough and cold medicine can have side effects that we may not be aware of. Thus, it is important to talk to a doctor about any such problems. Reach out to your doctor immediately when you start to feel sick or consult a doctor online from the comfort of your home.

What is the difference between critical care and emergency medicine?

Critical care is the long-term treatment of patients who have an illness that threatens their life. Emergency medicine is the short-term treatment of those patients; it is also the treatment of patients who have a minor injury (for example, sprained ankle, or broken arm).

In the emergency department, doctors and nurses stabilize patients and then transport them to the intensive care unit (ICU) or another area of the hospital for further treatment.

What is the intensive care unit?

The intensive care unit (ICU) is a special part of the hospital that provides care to patients with severe, life-threatening injuries or illnesses. ICUs have higher nurse-to-patient ratios than other parts of the hospital. They also can provide specialized treatments, such as life support.

What kinds of illness require critical care?

Any illness that threatens life requires critical care. Poisoning, surgical problems, and premature birth are a few causes of critical illness. Critical illness includes:

Illness that affects the heart and all of the vessels that carry blood to the body, such as:

  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Shock
  • Arrhythmia
  • Congestive heart failure

Illness that affects the lungs and the muscles used for breathing, such as:

  • Respiratory failure
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary embolus

Illness that affects the kidneys, such as:

  • Kidney failure

Illness that affects the mouth, esophagus, stomach, intestines, and other parts of the body that carry food, such as:

  • Bleeding
  • Malnutrition

Illness that affects the brain and the spinal cord and nerves that connect the brain to the arms, legs, and other organs, such as:

  • Stroke
  • Encephalopathy

Infection caused by a virus, bacteria, or fungus, such as:

  • Sepsis
  • Ventilator-associated pneumonia
  • Catheter-related infection
  • Drug-resistant infection

Multiple organ failure

A serious injury also requires critical care, whether the result of:

  • A car crash
  • A gunshot or stabbing wound
  • A fall
  • Burns

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