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Online Doctor Visits: The Smart Way to Save Time and Money

Doctor on the phone with a patient on a phone visit.Your throat is raw and your forehead burning, but your schedule is crammed and it’s days before you can see your regular doctor. Add the stress of upcoming holiday errands and expenses, and a doctor’s visit can seem daunting.

What are your choices for medical care? The Emergency Room or an Urgent Care may be options, but both can come with a long wait and a big bill.

Of course, if you have a life-threatening illness, injury, or trauma, you should always call 911. However, studies show one in five Emergency Room visits could be treated another way.

Online and phone visits are becoming an increasingly popular way to save time and money on medical care. Cone Health Connected Care offers three types of virtual visits: e-Visits, video visits, and phone visits.

Learn how these convenient options for medical care can help you or your family get quick treatment without emptying your wallet.

Suffering From Sinus Pain? 4 Effective Remedies for Relief

man with sinus painIf you went to bed with sniffles from a cold or allergies, but woke up with throbbing pain around your eyes, cheeks, or forehead, you are likely suffering from blocked sinuses. Sinus pain can last from a few hours to more than a week. Fortunately, there are a number of home remedies that can help. Try these four tips for finding relief and learn when you need to see the doctor.

4 Ways to Defy Fall Allergies

Young man fighting fall allergies

If you’re reaching for the tissues and wheezing after a trip outdoors, you’re probably one of the millions of Americans suffering from fall allergies. One of fall’s major allergy triggers, ragweed, is typically at the highest level from mid-August until the first frost. Mold is another allergen that tends to increase in the fall.

Are you wondering how to find some relief? Follow these four tips to help tame fall allergies.

How to Dodge the Dreaded School Germs

sick child from getting germs at schoolYou finally bought the last few school supplies, signed all the forms for the new year, and made it through a week of packing lunches. Now you’re facing the first round of runny noses, cruddy coughs, and upset stomachs. It’s the start of the back-to-school germ fest.

The good news is there are ways to boost your child’s immune system and lower the risk of catching an illness. Follow these handy tips to keep your kids healthy at school.

Health Online: How the Internet is Revolutionizing Patient Service

Video visit from phone for young women

The internet has impacted virtually every industry and health care is no exception. While electronic health records and online bill pay have been routine for a number of years, today’s technology is helping patients access medical care on their schedule — even if that’s at 3 a.m. or on a holiday.

Beat the Heat: Tips to Avoid Exertional Heat Illness

Girl playing soccer with heat iillnessWhen it comes to exercising in the summer, heat isn’t just an annoyance; it can be downright dangerous. Many athletes – especially students starting team practices – can suffer from various degrees of exertional heat illness. While mild symptoms, such as heat cramps, don’t require immediate medical attention, some symptoms do require emergency care.

So how can you or your student athlete avoid an emergency situation? Read our tips to prevent exertional heat illness, as well as the symptoms that require a call to 911.

Stress-Free Care When Your College Student is Sick

College student studying on campusYour college student is learning independence and gaining the skills to balance life as an adult. However, one of the hardest issues for both college parents and students alike is when the student is sick. Parents want to be assured their child is receiving prompt and quality medical care, and students often stress about finding time in their busy schedule to make it to the student health center for an appointment.

The Summer Bucket List: 4 Fun Things to Try Before Summer Ends

summer bucket list for familiesSummer is flying by, with only a few weeks left before school starts for many families. Take advantage of the long days and more relaxed schedule to complete your summer bucket list. Here are four fun activities to try before your summer ends.

Fight Summer Boredom With Fitness Tips for Kids

Kids swimming at pool in summerIf you’re a parent, you know the dreaded three words of summer: “I am bored.” Not only do you want your children to find engaging activities, you want them off the couch and doing something besides staring at a screen. Help your kids stay active and fight the summer boredom syndrome with these three tips.

4 Tips for Tick Safety

Wood ticks in NCSummer is the perfect time for cookouts, camping, and lake trips. It’s also the season of ticks. You may be hearing all sorts of ideas from friends and neighbors about tick removal and illnesses caused by various ticks, but how do you know what is medically sound advice? Drs. David Massey and Stephen Hunter, family medicine doctors with Cone Health, offer these guidelines to tick bite safety and ticks found in North Carolina.

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