Over 30% of misdiagnoses result in serious injury or death, according to a study, and the reason for some of these are patients’ wrongdoing. So when going to the doctor, it’s important to remember that the quality of the examination depends not only on the professional but on you as well.
We have put together a list of tips that can help you avoid diagnostic inaccuracies and stay healthy.
1. Don’t get a mani-pedi before visiting the dermatologist.
Dermatologists treat more than 3,000 diseases. During a full examination, the doctor should examine not only your skin but also your nails. After all, many fungal infections are usually located there. It’s very important for a doctor to see the natural state of your nails.
Moreover, any changes in the nails may indicate diseases of other organs, so try to give them enough attention.
2. Don’t drink alcohol before a cholesterol test.
Despite the fact that beer and spirits are cholesterol-free, they contain a lot of sugar as well as substances called carbohydrates which can cause a sharp jump of cholesterol in the body.
Soon, your cholesterol level will return to normal, but the doctor may receive incorrect results.