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swollen glands and crap GP

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forevermore Tue 20-Feb-07 19:51:18

My 19month old dd has had a lump behid her ear for a couple of weeks and been digging at her ear, she had a cold around the same time but that has gone and she was still digging at her ear but not so frequent. went to GP (saw a locum) who said swollen glands and slightly red ear so gave me antibiotics. previously seen a dr when she had red ears and high fever and still only given calpol

so decided not to give abs, but tonight noticed that she also has swollen glands in groin area. reason for this in this thread is because she used to suffer with moderate to severe excema, now she has it mildly. when bad she has lumps everywhere but GP said thats becasue she is atopic. would you go back to GP and see a regular one to check out this lump in groin and recheck ear?

she is well in herself, is 'digging' ear only when tired now!

are these lumps ever sinister is what i guess i am asking, and can i jus assume its her body fighting an infection. i know they can take some time to go down after??

Elasticwoman Tue 20-Feb-07 20:00:26

If I were in your position, I would phone the surgery and speak to any gp available. Explain that you were unhappy about giving the abs because a previous doctor had treated it with calpol and it was too late to discuss with the prescribing doctor because you had already left the surgery by the time you thought of it. Let the doctor tell you what your options are, what the lumps might be, what the risks are with taking or not taking the prescribed meds. The action you took (or rather didn't take) was quite reasonable but you need to explain tactfully to the dr so that he/she doesn't think you might refer to them as a crap doctor on MN. It is ok to get doctors to give you their reasons and to discuss the situation. They just don't always have the time in the surgery, and maybe you didn't ask the right questions when you were in there.

forevermore Tue 20-Feb-07 20:12:24

he didn't do a full examination, would only look in ears when i prompted him and would only look at lump i identified not look for any others. i just discovered this one in groin today after bathing her.

Elasticwoman Tue 20-Feb-07 23:36:15

If it's a big practice you'll probably get a different doctor but if you want to be sure you don't get the same locum, ask for your own doctor.

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