Thanks for nothing doc

The other day I went to the doctors and saw the triage nurse to ask for some antibiotics to sort out the infection in my gum.

I know I’ve got an infection in my gum because I had it about a month and a half ago and I know I need some antibiotics because that’s what the dentist prescribed me last time.  But could I get a doctor to give me a prescription?  Could I bollocks.

The nurse looked at my gum and agreed that it was red and looked infected.  She went and talked to a doctor but the answer from the doctor was “take ibuprofen and if it gets worse go to the dentist”.

Doctors aren’t dentists and I accept that but they are capable of diagnosing an infected gum, just as they are capable of diagnosing an infection anywhere else in the body.  There is no reason why I should have to pay to spend two minutes in the dentists chair just to get a bloody prescription for some antibiotics.

In case you’re wondering, it’s getting better now after 3 or 4 days of pain and enough ibuprofen and paracetamol to sedate a bull elephant.

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5 comments

  1. axel (1214 comments) says:

    so, it got better by itself?

    Too many anti biotics are not good for you

  2. wonkotsane (1113 comments) says:

    It’s getting better, it still hurts all the time. A dose or two of antibiotics once every few years is better for you than a week of painkillers.

  3. axel (1214 comments) says:

    could it be an abscess?

  4. wonkotsane (1113 comments) says:

    Shouldn’t think so. It was in the top before, now it’s more on the bottom.

  5. Manbeast (24 comments) says:

    Doctors are advised these days not to issue antibiotics unless completely necessary. Many of them are becoming ineffective because the wee beasties they are used to treat are building up a resistance to them. When you kill 99% of all known germs you leave the 1% to reproduce.

    That’s why hospitals are having all that trouble with super bugs, over use of antibiotics combined with piss poor hygiene.

    I realise that aint much consolation when you’re suffering but I’m afraid we’re in the twilight of the antibiotic wonder drug.

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