The appearance of a rash can be a simple allergic reaction to a substance the skin has come in contact with and will not require medical treatment, but a rash can also be a sign of a condition that requires seeing a doctor. Some rashes are mild and barely noticeable while others can be extensive and even embarrassing. Having to go to a crowded doctor’s office for the treatment of an embarrassing rash may hinder some people from seeking treatment, but even treating something as simple as ringworm can be uncomfortable in an office setting. This is why video chat doctor appointments may be just what you’ve been itching for!
When you have little ones it may appear like a revolving door at the doctor’s office as kids are constantly fighting off one illness after the other in those primary school years it seems. And taking a sick child to a crowded doctor’s office waiting room filled with other sick children is no picnic for child or parent alike, especially if you have to bring other healthy sibling(s) with you for the appointment.
It is more often that the mother is the one taking the child to the doctor and therefore missing work more than forty percent of the time, with dads, grandparents, relatives and childcare workers picking up the remaining sixty percent. Not only do these repetitive childhood illnesses keep our little ones down, but they can keep the parents productivity down at work too. Pink eye is the most common cause of children missing school and by proxy moms missing work, every year more than three million absences from school are said to be caused by pink eye.
Having a cold may sound trivial in the spectrum of illness, but a cold can be a life interrupting illness all the same and when it knocks you off your feet it can be difficult to know if it’s just a cold or something more serious such as influenza. A simple cold can make you feel as if you can’t get out of your bed … the fever, body aches, relentless coughing, sore throat, and fatigue from lack of sleep (due to coughing) can truly make you feel as if you’re dying! The thought of dragging your achy feverish body out of your bed to go to a crowded doctor’s office isn’t too appealing.
Fortunately, there is another alternative; telemedicine offers face-to-face video chat doctor appointments that you can have right from the comfort of your bed. No more worrying about whether you have something more than a cold and not knowing. Teleconferencing (video chat) allows you to talk with a U.S board certified doctor in your state who will sort through your symptoms and physical appearance to make a diagnosis and get you started on the proper treatment plan right away to speed you to recovery.
The process to begin a video chat doctor’s appointment is very simple and only takes minutes to do, you only need to register online with the telemedicine company of your choice to begin your video chat appointment by computer or download a free app for your mobile phone device.
There will be a host of questions to answer regarding your medical history, who your primary care physician is and your medical insurance information, this information is so the doctor can access your health history before treating you. Medical insurance is not required to use the services of a telemedicine company, but if you have insurance your telemedicine appointment may be covered under your insurance plan. Once you have registered you are ready to select a time and date you wish to make a video chat doctors appointment. Typically, you will have a response within minutes with a list of the doctors who are available to see you. You make your choice and you are ready to go.
There are a number of online video chat doctor consultation services dotting the healthcare landscape these days, and though their price structures may vary somewhat most provide their services in the same basic way. The doctors are all state licensed practitioners and typically U.S. board certified so you will be seeing an actual physician. Below we will give you a general overview of how they work, what types of ailments are suitable for video consultations, and what you can and cannot expect from them.
What Kind of Illness’ Can Be Treated by A Having a Video Chat Doctor Consult?
Telemedicine is an ever expanding field of medical treatment being used in hospitals, clinics and doctor’s offices, but now it is becoming very popular among people for treating common ailments that we don’t necessarily have the time to go to the doctor’s office for. Not only is it faster to see a doctor for a video consultation it is more convenient and usually a money saving mode of healthcare today. While video doctor consultations cannot take the place of a hands on doctor in the event of a serious injury or emergency, the results can be highly valuable in treating the following types of illness from your home, office or travel location:
- Ear Infections
- Dermatology Problems (acne)
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Eye Infections
- Sinus Infections
- Mental Health Therapy
- Asthmatic Inflammations (mild)
- Stomach Ache
If you have ever had an ear infection you know just how painful they can be and when left untreated can lead to serious complications and even hearing loss. However, getting an immediate appointment with your doctor may be a challenge. With a video chat doctor appointment, it’s not only possible to get an appointment within minutes at any time from any place, but it will likely cost you less than a doctor’s office visit. And if it is a child who has an ear infection trying to take them to a crowded doctor’s office filled with sick children may not really be an easy task or comfortable for your child, not to mention all those germs floating around.
Getting a video chat doctor appointment is a quick and easy process that enables you to have a one-on-one, face-to-face conversation on your mobile device or computer with a licensed U.S. board certified doctor within your state. The process is easy and can be done in minutes just by adding a free app to your mobile device or registering online. Just answer some standard questions regarding you or your family member’s health history and you’ll be set to go. Although insurance isn’t required to use the service if you have insurance be sure to include it as the video chat doctor appointment may be covered in your insurance plan. Getting that ear infection treated and relieving the pain as quickly as possible is what’s best for you or your family, and with video chat consultations the doctor is always in at your convenience.
A sinus infection is typically not a serious medical condition, but if left untreated it can lead to a more serious infection causing complications. Most people often just suffer through them because it doesn’t seem worthy of a long wait at the doctor’s office or clinic filled with people who may be suffering from other ailments that may be highly contagious. But, trying to heal an infection on your own can be risky and end you up in the doctor’s office anyway with a more serious situation.
Fortunately, people with sinus infection don’t have to go it alone anymore; a simple video chat doctor appointment can end your suffering without the exposure to all those other people’s germs. Video chat doctor appointments can allow proper medical care of sinus infection from the comfort of your home or office 24 hours a day, seven days out of the week, with little or no waiting to see the doctor. Not only is the doctor appointment quick and scheduled at your convenience the video chat doctor visit typically costs less than a trip to the doctor’s office or clinic.
Telemedicine for mental and telebehavioral health is an avenue of easy access for people in need of counseling services on demand. Whether it be because you have a crisis at two in the morning, do not have local access to therapy, or perhaps that you just are not comfortable going to a local mental health clinic, video chat doctor services can be ideal in providing mental and behavioral health services for you.
Telemedicine is strictly limited to providing patient- initiated counseling provided by U.S. board certified doctors and behavioral health specialists basically 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When you first register with a telemedicine service for mental health treatment there typically will be about a two day waiting period for them to access your health records before a telemedicine video chat session can be scheduled. However, once you have gone through the simple registration process you can usually be in touch with a doctor within a matter of minutes, depending on the availability of doctors within the state you live in.
Telebehavioral health is also a video chat method of counseling for people in need of professional assistance on demand for addiction issues; this would include drugs and alcohol as well as cessation of smoking. These services are typically support services, but it may include therapeutic treatment planning and support services for cessation of smoking.
A urinary tract infection is a common non-contagious illness many people face; typically it involves bacteria or fungi contaminating one or more of the structures of the urinary tract such as the kidneys, bladder, ureters, or urethra. Usually an infection of the urinary tract is easily treated with antibiotics.
However, left untreated a urinary tract infection can lead to serious complications, so it is very important to see your healthcare provider if you think you may have an infection of the urinary tract.
Who is Most at Risk for a Urinary Track Infection UTI?
Anyone can get a urinary tract infection, but are more common in women than men. It is not scientifically proven, but the train of thought is that women are affected more often because females have a shorter urethra than males thereby shortening the length that bacteria must travel to reach the bladder.
Urinary tract infections, also called UTIs, is one of the most common type of infections that a woman will likely have to endure during her lifetime. Unfortunately, the bad news is that the odds are not in your favor when it comes to UTIs. Medical statistics indicate that as many as 1 in every 2 women will suffer this common infection, UTI, at some point in their lives. And in fact, many who have contracted a urinary tract infection may even have repeated occurrences of this bothersome malady.
The good news is that UTIs are easily treated with the proper medical care and can even be prevented altogether or from recurring with some simple, proper precautionary steps.
Below you will find the UTI symptoms you should be aware of and what to look for if you think something is wrong, the probable causes of urinary tract infections, the best case scenario treatment and cure for a UTI, and lastly the simple precautions you can utilize in preventing a UTI from occurring or recurring.
Syphilis is a bacterial infection caused specifically by the spirochete bacterium; it is a contagious disease that is transported from person to person primarily by sexual contact. Syphilis may also be transmitted during pregnancy from mother to child or via the vaginal canal during child birth. Syphilis is very curable when detected in its early stages, but when left untreated can have devastating effects on your brain, heart and other vital organs, even ending in death.
Symptoms and Stages of Syphilis
There are five stages of syphilis that it can present itself in which are:
- Primary Syphilis – In the initial stage, anywhere from 3 to 90 days after having had direct contact with the chancre (sore) of an infected sexual partner, the disease presents itself as a lesion. This usually occurs in the same location as the initial direct contact was made, often appearing on the genitals, vagina, buttocks, anus or mouth. The lesion typically is painless and morphs into a non itchy ulcer, and because of their somewhat hidden location infected people are sometimes unaware of the chancre sore and unknowingly spread the disease to their sexual partners. The sores will resolve themselves on their own in about four to six weeks, even without treatment.
- Secondary Syphilis – In secondary syphilis the disease presents itself in a much more obvious fashion with varying symptoms many of which are skin related, as well as typical symptoms of a bacterial origin. Typically these symptoms begin to appear four to ten weeks after the first chancre sore has presented itself in the primary stage. Although these symptoms may disappear on their own in about one to three months, they may also recur off and on for up to a year.