Pollen, dust mites and pet dander! Oh, my!
Families struggling with the spring allergy season have a high-tech tool in the battle. The telehealth service, called Sentara MDLIVE certified physicians licensed in the state of Virginia, via Webcam, phone or email.s office.
Over-the-counter medications, including saline nasal sprays as well as antihistamines currently available are often sufficient to effectively control the symptoms of hay fever, says Kimberly Smith-Griffin, M.D., a physician with Sentara Internal Medicine Physicians in Chesapeake, Va.
Smith-Griffin also recommends taking a shower and putting on fresh clothes after being outside for any length of time to avoid even more exposure to the yellow stuff. When over-the-counter medications aren’t controlling the symptoms, Smith-Griffin recommends consulting a doctor.
“The good news is that there are effective allergy treatments available for adults and children. Sentara MDLIVE allows you to receive the care you need whenever it’s most convenient,” says Smith-Griffin, who also takes call for Sentara MDLIVE.
The service is available to all Virginia residents (and nationwide) and the visits are often covered by insurance providers. If not, the cost of a visit is significantly less than an ER or urgent care visit.
Sentara MDLIVE is not limited to seasonal allergy ailments; patients can use the service for any non-emergency condition including a cold or flu, sinus infection or mild respiratory problems.
How does it work?
Log on to www.mdlive.com/sentara or call 1-800-335-4836 to get started. You’ll consult with a board-certified doctor using your computer and a webcam or the telephone. Virtual appointments are usually scheduled within minutes of registration and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.