The differences between a cold vs. allergy, and the best way to treat.
WHO: Dr. Alan Menkes from MDLIVE, the nation’s largest telehealth network of doctors, pediatricians and therapists.
WHAT: Over 50 million Americans struggle with allergy symptoms each year[i], including sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, red eyes, itching in the eyes or nose, and swelling or puffiness in the throat, ear, or eyelids. Though several over-the-counter allergy medicines exist, many people fail to find relief or mistreat their symptoms with the wrong medications. According to Dr. Menkes, allergy sufferers should seek professional medical help in the following situations:
- When they are confused if they are suffering from a cold or allergies.
- When their symptoms interfere with day-to-day life.
- When over-the-counter (OTC) medicines fail to alleviate symptoms.
- When taking OTC medications could be dangerous, due to health problems such as high blood pressure, enlarged prostate, diabetes, heart disease, or kidney disease.
WHERE: These individuals should seek help from their doctor. For those who cannot wait days for an appointment or who prefer a more convenient and hassle-free alternative to an office visit, MDLIVE provides a consult with a board-certified doctor via secure online video, MDLIVE App or phone. Average wait time is less than 10 minutes.
WHEN: Consults are available 24/7/365, and from now thru 5/31/16, MDLIVE is offering $10 off your next visit. Consumers should enter the promo code ALLERGY in the promo code section of the payment screen to get $10 off your next visit (regular price $49) with a MDLIVE board-certified doctor.
For more information and to read additional advice from Dr. Menkes on allergies, visit the MDLIVE blog.
Founded in 2009, MDLIVE is a visionary and pioneer in the digital delivery of high-quality, convenient, cost-efficient care. The company provides consumers, health plans, health systems and self-insured employers with 24/7/365 access to board-certified doctors and pediatricians via secure online video, phone or the MDLIVE App. Instead of the inconvenience and expense of ER or urgent care visits for non-emergency issues, registered users can receive a virtual consultation through the company’s HIPAA and PHI-compliant secure, cloud-based platform from home or on the go, and if necessary, obtain an e-prescription. Through Breakthrough, the company’s behavioral health service, MDLIVE enables consumers to schedule video appointments with licensed therapists. To learn more about how MDLIVE is using telehealth innovations to improve the delivery of healthcare, visit www.MDLIVE.com.