Why this GP rates low-tech medicine highly
I chose doxycycline to treat a patient's Lyme disease.
A week later, he went to a walk-in clinic with sudden loss of hearing in his right ear. The PA who saw him suspected that the doxycycline had caused it and told him to stop the medication.
Meanwhile, he needed at least one or two more weeks of antibiotics. He got amoxicillin.
When I saw him, I asked what kind of exam they had done on him. He said, “They just looked in my ears”.
“Did they do any kind of hearing test?” I asked.
He shook his head.