I, like most Indians tend to self-diagnose. And come to think of it, it’s not because I think I know it all, it’s because I find visiting a doctor for primary care more of a hassle. The traffic, the parking and not to mention how expensive it is to visit any decent doctor.
Recently, I had been suffering from some kind of rash/redness on my left hand for a while. I took it as hives/urticaria which I keep getting whenever the weather changes so I ended up taking cetrizine twice before realising it wasn’t anything close to hives. So, apprehensive as I was, I still went ahead and tried the DocsApp.
DocsApp basically allows you to have direct consultations anytime instantly with doctors. You can attach pictures instantly if the doctor wants to see the problem which in one of my case was a necessity. So, I keyed in my problem and was assigned a skin specialist who told me it looks like harmless bites and prescribed an ointment. Since it was external, I took her advice and after couple of days of applying the ointment, the marks and itchiness was gone. I spent 149/- on the doctor in all.
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The second time was for a dry cough and irritation in my throat I had been ignoring for days. This time I had used the app at 6:30 in the morning but got instant response and diagnosis! And I was charged 79/- after some discount. I chatted with the doctor this time a bit and asked questions just to be certain before taking the meds. So I found the App very efficient. I had the option of follow up (within 3 days) which I didn’t need.
And, using this app also got me thinking that a lot of times I see women asking questions like “what should I do to delay my periods” or “how many times should I be using the hygiene wash”. Now we all end up sharing whatever experience we’ve had and that’s the beauty of these forums but ideally these questions should be answered by a gynecologist. We can be shy or not feel the need to go to the doctor for a small query but it’s important that the information is verified. And that is one big area where I feel a personal chat option with a doctor works the best.
And I’m glad to know that all the doctors associated with this app are highly qualified and from top hospitals like AIIMS, Fortis, Apollo, Manipal, Nanavati, etc. Payments can be made easily too via PayTM, credit or debit card.
Compared to the existing process of searching for a good doctor, booking an appointment after few days, travelling in never ending traffic to go to the clinic/hospital, waiting there for your turn, consulting a Doctor on DocsApp is very convenient for general and non-emergency medical queries and also saves lot of time and money.
Apart from finding doctors for primary care the app can be used for taking a second opinion and report analysis. Whether to find out if a test is really needed? Is a cheaper substitute available for your costly medicine? Is this surgery needed? etc. You can even book diagnostic tests for home pick up of samples (SRL, Thyrocare, Portea etc), and get medicines delivered to your home!
You can download the app by clicking here.