Aivis Ceriņš, the host of TV24’s “Press Club” program, raises the topic of self-medication. He mentions the Latvian Radio program “Family Study”, which mentions situations when it would be desirable to consult a doctor and when not. Self-medication should be used within reason. What are these limits?
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Līga Kozlovska, head of the Association of Rural Family Physicians, explains:
Every patient, every family should have some kind of small first-aid kit for the first symptoms, for example, in connection with a cold. Temperature in an older or younger person?
Kozlovska says that in her practice, the entire team works for eight hours and all patients are always answered and consulted, no matter what the question is.
As an example, Kozlovska cites that currently viruses have similar symptoms, such as influenza and Covid-19 or rhinovirus and adenovirus. People feel confused.
“In any case, as a patient, I would definitely call. We have many opportunities to call in Latvia,” encourages the doctor.
“The consultation phone will 100% pick up the phone, the family doctor’s team during their working hours, the doctor’s assistant, will also pick up the phone. District and county hospitals also have reception departments, where parents often leave with their children to feel safe.”
Līga Kozlovska reminds: “I definitely do not support self-medication. Even if the temperature is 38 and 39 degrees for three days or more, the patient takes anti-temperature medicine continuously, which in fact, if he has a liver disease, can kill the liver. In my practice, it has indeed been so. A person takes a whole bunch of medicine, even medicine for temperature, and then in the end there is such liver poisoning that it is already a matter for the hospital.”
“In any case, a person with signs of a viral infection should drink a lot of fluids. Very often, its temperature also drops. For a small child, rubbing with a towel soaked in water also helps the temperature to drop. In any case, the family doctor can recommend these normal steps, what to do,” explains Līga Kozlovska.
Then the patient feels reassured: “He has hope that everything will be fine. For example, in my practice I always say, if it gets worse, call tomorrow, the day after. Or call an ambulance.”