February 25, 2022

When to Use Telehealth or See a Doctor for the Flu

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, nearly everyone has experienced a telehealth visit since then. This is good because it forced people to embrace technology to do things that they may not have done in the past.

One issue, however, now that both options are readily available is that it can be difficult to determine when to see a healthcare provider or if a telehealth visit is appropriate.

When it comes to something as common as the flu or an upper-respiratory condition (that could possibly be COVID-19), there are some guidelines you can follow.

Centers Health Care has a look at when you should see a doctor in person for flu-like symptoms.

Age and Other Complications

Like COVID-19, the flu tends to be more severe in those over the age of 65, compromised immune systems, or having pre-existing conditions like asthma, heart disease, diabetes, or being pregnant. Due to the higher risk, people falling into this category should always see their doctor if they have flu-like symptoms.

Symptoms Not Going Away

If you already had a telehealth visit but symptoms aren’t getting better, or if they have become worse after initially improving, you should follow up with an in-person visit, as this could be the sign of an infection.

In addition, if you have a fever or cough that returns after it gets better for a little while or are dealing with shortness of breath, it again should be checked out for either an infection of the presence of pneumonia.

If You’re More Comfortable Seeing Someone

It may just boil down to you being more comfortable to see a physician in person. Having a doctor physically examine you and be able to run tests can give you more peace of mind for an accurate diagnosis, so if that is important to you, make an appointment for an in-person visit.

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