You can never go wrong when paying attention to your health and listening to your body. As our lives come under more pressure and we are increasingly busier, knowing the signs that something is wrong can help you to get the proper treatment for your health.
This post looks at some medical specialists you should see and why they can help you. Always talk to your primary care physician for health advice and if you need a referral to help you improve your health.
An ENT doctor is an ear, nose, and throat doctor who works on all aspects of your ear, nose, and throat health. They are the people to go to if you have symptoms such as ringing in the ears, constant stuffy or runny nose, sore throats, difficulty swallowing, hearing issues, pain in any of these areas, infections in one or all three parts of your body. They will help you find the right treatment for ENT diseases and conditions and get you back to full health.
A dermatologist works with your skin and can help you resolve any ongoing or chronic skin issues you might be having. They also work with your nails, hair, and membranes lining your mouth, eyes, nose, and eyelids. Dermatologists treat conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, lumps, and miles. They are also instrumental in checking your body for signs of skin cancer, removing any signs of suspected cancer, and performing reconstructive surgery on your skin.
You should see a dermatologist regularly if you have any history of skin cancer in your family or are concerned about overexposure to UV rays.
A neurologist works with your body’s nervous system to help diagnose and treat conditions that affect it. The body’s nervous system is a vast structure responsible for many things within the body, and this can control your brain, eyes, ears, spinal cord, and nervous system, to name a few.
Neurologists can help you with various issues, from pain to your sense of smell to degenerative disorders, migraines, and strokes.
You will see a cardiologist when you have any issues with your heart and circulatory system. If you have had a heart attack or have complications relating to your heart, blood vessels, and cardiovascular system issues, you will see a cardiologist.
They will check all aspects of your heart, identify any issues, and provide you with the right treatment plan in the future. Your primary care physician will refer you to a cardiologist if they have concerns about your blood pressure, pulse, atrial fibrillation, or anything else that can impact your heart’s ability to function correctly.
A physiotherapist works to rehabilitate people post-accident, injury, or illness and to help them learn to live with health conditions affecting their mobility. You will likely see a physio if you have been injured or diagnosed with a pain or health condition requiring treatment.
Generally, you will only see a physio briefly and likely not be seeing them long term. They will work with you to help you move your body correctly to support rehabilitation, prevent injury or damage, or show you how to adapt to your new normal.
If you have any health issues, talk to your doctor about getting tests and treatment in the future so you can continue to live as fit and healthy as possible.