Confusion can be caused by a number of conditions and it can show itself through a number of different symptoms.
To determine the possible causes of confusion that you or someone you know is experiencing, it’s a good idea to seek medical help.
At Push Doctor, you can see a GP online, 365 days a year, from the comfort of your own home. Our doctors can listen to the symptoms to help identify the cause of the confusion.
How is confusion diagnosed?
Confusion is often a symptom of another condition, so a doctor will explore the issue to try to determine the cause of it. It could be an injury, underlying condition, medication side effects, or an external cause, like carbon monoxide poisoning.
The doctor will ask you, or the person who is suffering from confusion, to tell them more about how the confusion is impacting them, when it started and any other characteristics that they think will help them diagnose the problem.
Our doctors may be able to diagnose the cause of the confusion, but if not, they will be able to write a referral letter to an NHS or private specialist for further investigation or arrange blood or urine tests.
If the confusion comes on suddenly, or happens after an injury to the head, don’t wait to see a doctor. Go to the nearest hospital or call 999, especially there are other symptoms, such as blue lips.
Why getting a diagnosis is so important
Some of the symptoms of confusion can have an impact on various aspects of your life and early diagnosis and treatment may help prevent complications arising or the condition getting worse.
If you have experienced times when you have felt confused, sometimes lack concentration and have difficulty completing tasks, then you should consult a doctor. Speak to a family member or friend about how you’re feeling – they can help you get treatment.
Treatment at the earliest possible time may help protect against a medical emergency in the future.
The cause of the confusion will dictate the treatment that is given. The best way to get the right treatment is by speaking to a doctor.
If the confusion is caused by a medical condition, it may require medication or further treatment to resolve the underlying cause.
Depending on the cause of the confusion, when the initial medical problem is resolved or under control, the confusion symptoms should hopefully cease. If the issue is still present after treatment, then further investigations and treatment may be needed. In some cases, the confusion may continue. However, medication may be available to slow it down or help reduce it.
Find out more about the treatment of confusion.