The airplane cabin pressure on take off and landing can be unpleasant for those of us who tend to have allergies and sinus trouble. Add in a cold that leaves your head already congested and the pressure moves right past unpleasant to become downright painful. Getting sick on the plane, in the car or at any time when you’re traveling is never fun. Having a doctor on call can help get you healthy and back to enjoying your trip.
Flying with a Head Cold
I learned the hard way just how painful it can be to fly with a head cold. It was a two-stopper flight home from Europe. On the first take-off, the pressure built, but I was able to clear my ears. On the first descent, the pressure felt a little worse. I just managed to clear my ears before the next take off. That built the pressure a little more and I was never able to get my ears to pop before the second descent.
By the time we took off for the third leg of the flight, the one that would take me home to Chicago, my ears were fully blocked and the pain was nearly unbearable.
But even that wasn’t the worst. That came when I realized I was in pain and I couldn’t hear. Nothing. No sound. Just the vibration from the plane. I hit the flight attendant call button and, when he arrived, I said “I can’t hear! I can’t hear!” I don’t know, but I suspect I was yelling.
He patted me on the shoulder and used sign language to tell me he would be right back. And he was—with a small vial of ear drops he helped me put in my ears.
The drops took away the pain almost immediately. I still couldn’t hear, but at least I wasn’t in agony, which helped a little with the panic.
We landed a few hours later, jet lagged and exhausted. I waited in line at Customs, grabbed my bag, jumped in a cab and headed straight for my doctor’s office. There, I (probably) yelled to the doctor to tell her that I had been flying with a head cold and what had happened. She was able to give me something that made my ears pop and restored my hearing. My ears still ached for a few more days, but at least I hadn’t gone deaf.
Getting Medical Help When You Need It
I considered myself lucky to have been on my way home when all of this happened. I was able to go straight my own doctor and get the medical help I needed. But what if this had happened on the outbound leg of my trip?
An online ‘Telehealth’ service like Amwell can make all the difference.
Especially when chaos strikes during family travel!
Simply open the website (or app) and choose the type of visit you are looking for then select a provider. Depending on the issue at hand, the doctor can diagnose, suggest follow up, and prescribe, when appropriate. Your visit with the doctor is secure and HIPAA compliant, so your privacy is protected. Amwell is accepted by many major insurers, with more added every day. Enter your health insurance information for a lower cost visit. Amwell doctor visits are now available in 46 states.
5 Reasons to Check Out Amwell Online Health Service While Traveling.
Created by doctors, Amwell is the most popular consumer telehealth app worldwide in 2014 according to App Annie. It is also the first telehealth service awarded accreditation by The American Telemedicine Association and integrates with Apple’s Health App. Amwell allows you to select the doctor you want to see for an on-demand visit.
- Lower cost. Online visits are cost-savers; with in-office visits costing, on average, $82 for first-time patients according to the Healthcare Blue Book, Amwell offers a $49 physician visit – a savings of $33. Great option for a family traveling in an unknown area.
- After hours, on weekends and in the middle of the night (24/7/365) availability. Great for those those times when you don’t feel well enough to drive or you are in a city you don’t know well.
- Faster appointments. Don’t need to schedule an appointment or wait to be seen, especially nice if on vacation or business travel. The doctor can be seen from the comfort and convenience of your hotel room!
- Quick prescriptions. To obtain common primary care prescriptions an online video visit is a convenient solution.
- Peace of mind. Rather than self-diagnosing or visiting a social forum for medical advice, users can obtain second opinions directly from board certified, licensed doctors.
Types of minor illnesses you can expect while traveling that can be easily treated by using Amwell services:
- Sinus infection
- Sore throat
- Urinary tract infection
- Sprains and strains
There are many other reasons you might need to speak about with a Doctor while traveling. One you might not think about, and Amwell serves, is the need to see a nutritionist.
Patients see nutritionists online to address issues including weight loss, diet, and eating disorders. Patients also see nutritionists to learn to better manage any chronic conditions- including renal disease, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Telehealth allows for reliable and convenient nutrition counseling and planning with certified nutritionists.
Here are a few reasons people go online to see a nutritionist
- I am looking to make a change in my lifestyle
- I would like to lose some weight
- How do I eat a healthier diet?
- I was just diagnosed with diabetes and want to understand what I can eat?
- I am pregnant and have some diet questions
- I am breastfeeding and have some questions about diet
- I am on chemotherapy and having nausea
- I have a picky child, what can I do?
- I am a binge eater
- I have a question about a loved-one’s health and would like some advice
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