"The first diagnosis: pneumonia, the second: a cold, Is this the only thing I have?" LETTER Readers

"The first diagnosis: pneumonia, the second: a cold, Is this the only thing I have?" LETTER Readers

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"I decided to write to you for one simple reason. I would like to draw attention to the problem of erroneous diagnoses and rash antibiotics for (most likely) viral infections. I also wanted to note that it is worth confirming the "serious" diagnosis suggesting bronchitis or lung inflammation with another doctor. Why do I think so?

Already twice in recent months, I have had to face, in my opinion, an incorrect medical diagnosis in a rather prosaic case - a seasonal infection. I have avoided giving antibiotics twice. The infection was gone by itself. Patience was enough. If I listened to the doctors instead of two days at home, the child would spend a minimum of seven on antibiotic therapy and then it would take several months to rebuild good bacterial flora killed by antibiotics ...

However, in turn.

I have been a mother for four years. I have a daughter who goes to kindergarten for the second year. Until now, the child has not received an antibiotic once. The daughter is rarely ill. However, when she has a cold, there is a runny nose and an "ugly" cough, I arrange to see a doctor. I usually have one goal - that the child would be heard. I have already got used to the fact that even for a "auscultally clean" child I have occasionally received antibiotics and strong prescription syrups. Such prescriptions usually landed in a dustbin (I used home methods and always helped).

I was wondering what had happened to me twice recently.

The first time her daughter had had enough strong cough. We made an appointment on Friday to a nearby clinic. Diagnosis: left pneumonia. Of course, antibiotic and prescription tablets to facilitate expectoration. I did not give medicines because the child was cheerful, did not fever, did not have a problem with breathing. We used home methods and went on follow-up visit on Sunday with the provision that if the wrong diagnosis is confirmed, we will give the prescribed medication. We went to the outpatient clinic (other than our clinic). There, two days after the previous visit we received a diagnosis - a cold, bronchi clean, lungs too, pink throat. When asked if the daughter could go to kindergarten on Monday, the answer was "yes". This is the first situation that has given me food for thought. Perhaps the first diagnosis was true and two days were enough to cure pneumonia? Perhaps our domestic, well-known methods proved to be so effective? It is puzzling, however, with what certainty the doctor recommended antibiotics (without deciding whether pneumonia has a viral or bacterial source). She convinced us that if the child did not get antibiotics, it would only be worse.

If I had to deal with only one such situation, I probably would not write this letter. However, after a few months, a few days ago there was a replay. The situation was similar. A visit to a clinic, a doctor's examination (other than the first time) an entry in the diagnosis booklet (at our request) that the child has pneumonia and antibiotic therapy is required. I asked shyly if it was necessary. The doctor said yes and I am to pray that it would not end in hospital. She scared me so much that same day I called for a private home visit. Not to mention the study that took place a few hours earlier, I asked to examine my daughter. The second doctor examined her daughter at home and entered the diagnosis in the booklet - upper respiratory infection, she added that the bronchi and lungs are clean.

In this case the daughter "miraculously" recovered from pneumonia within a few hours ... without any medication.

I am not saying that any diagnosis that indicates a serious infection is incorrect. I just want to share my experiences with you. We don't often go to doctors, because my daughter rarely gets sick, but twice in a few months we encountered such situations. If it wasn't for my doubts, I'd give the child an antibiotic twice, everything seems to indicate that it is unnecessary ... Infections have passed by themselves very quickly, despite the fact that we were frightened that it might end in hospital. I wonder if you have similar experiences?

Greetings Kasia"