So it may be time to end things with your eczema doctor. It's never easy as they are familiar with your condition and medical history but medical records can easily be transferred. If you are unhappy with your care and results of treatment, it's perfectly fine to seek another opinion.
See below the five signs you should not ignore regarding your eczema doctor.
1. You leave more confused than when you arrived
Leaving the doctor’s office confused is terrible: endless terms, treatments, or conditions, and none of it clear. Consider going to another doctor, before breaking up with yours, for a second opinion that may be more understandable. Ask the nurse at your current doctor's office to explain anything you don't fully understand. If the trend of not knowing continues, break up with your doctor and find one you can get on board with.
2. You feel uncomfortable asking questions
Doctors are experts in their field and feeling comfortable with them is one of the most important considerations when you first select a doctor. Try to express concerns to your doctor and if you feel judged or regretful, they may not be the right doctor for you. If the doctor is uncaring or unconcerned when you are miserable - it's time to move on. Additionally, if you are reluctant to ask questions, you could be putting yourself at risk.
3. Long waiting time and rushed appointments
Doctors are very busy, especially if they are well respected in their field. However, you are still their patient, and they would not be doing what they are doing if you were not their patient. Be respectful of their time, and they are expected to be respectful of yours. There’s nothing worse than waiting over an hour for a 15-minute appointment anyways, right?
4. Medical errors
Hopefully this is obvious. Medical errors are very serious and for eczema, it can result in further irritation and skin damage. When considering a doctor, ask about their experience with eczema. This can help you judge if they are trustworthy of a correct diagnosis. Nevertheless, if you are concerned about a medical error, see another doctor for a second opinion. If a treatment or diagnosis is incorrect, amicably end the relationship.
5. Your doctor is difficult to reach
At the end of the day, the doctor is still working for you, so calling them with a question or concern is not unreasonable. However, they are people too and enjoy their weekends away from the office. For emergencies, call 911, or most insurance plans have a nurse service you can call. If it is not an emergency, call the doctor during regular office hours and if they are continually hard to reach, consider a different doctor who can better fit your needs. The doctor should have a nurse accessible during normal business hours.
When it comes time to tell your doctor:
- Be honest in the way their treatment affected you negatively whether it was physically, emotionally, or mentally.
- Be clear that you wish to be treated by a different doctor.
- Finally, thank the doctor for their time.
Hopefully, by following these steps you can find a better doctor and better treatment options.
This information is not meant to replace a visit to a physician or a physician’s advice. Always consult your doctor about your medical conditions. AD RescueWear does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any condition.