Benefits and Risks of Self-Diagnosis
Self-diagnosis is the phenomenon of treating oneself without taking help or guidance from a qualified medical expert in cases of small and viral diseases which are common. Diseases such as cold, flu, acne e.tc all are pretty common and everyone is aware of the symptoms and the problems associated with them. The thing that these diseases have in common is that they are minor in stature and do not require extensive treatment or therapy, and goes away with time and simple medication. Self-diagnosing in such cases is an issue that is heavily argued on many levels and people have varying beliefs on the phenomenon.
People who argue for the case of self-diagnosis have many genuine beliefs and arguments which streamline to one significant point, which are finances. Self-diagnosis is something which has the nag and tendency to save loads of money of the person getting sick. When people get sick, they need medicine and for that they need to visit a physician or a medical expert, who would examine the patient completely and then would recommend a certain treatment after full diagnosis.
For cases such as viral diseases, flu, fever, e.tc, patients may be wasting their time and money on getting checkups on issues which they are well aware of and the treatment for which is very simple. A few antibiotics and pain killers may work well in such cases and the patient may easily get well. Same may be the case with accidents of minor stature and burns, which only require a person to treat the affected area and does not mostly require medical assistance from an expert. The expert is most likely to suggest the same treatment and medicine which the patient is already aware of and in such cases; it is surely a waste of a lot of time and significant amount of money going to the doctor. With inflation always at the rise and with the people not being able to afford huge medical bills, Self-diagnosis may be the way to go.
On the contrary, Self-diagnosis may be harmful for people who are not fully aware of their disease and using self-diagnosis, may worsen their situation and end up getting more sick or injured. For instance, people who are suffering from a disease may assume it is a minor one and without diagnosis may treat them, but the disease may be something bigger than what it looks and may increase with time. Without proper diagnosis and correct treatment, the situation may worsen.
In other cases, such as injury, a person self-diagnosing may suffer from infection and may increase the magnitude of the affected area and hence would cause a significant amount of problem for himself. Without the guidance of an expert, it can never be fully sure that the person may be fit or be able to take medicines at will.
Both the sides have equal say in the matter and the debate can go on for as long as both the sides have the energy to argue.