Should I see a doctor in-person or online?
It depends. Telehealth platforms like Sesame make it easier than ever to see a doctor online from the comfort of your home through virtual visits. These are real-time video chats with doctors and providers that are used to address symptoms, discuss prescriptions, and screen for health care conditions. Telehealth (also known as telemedicine) is a convenient way to see a health care provider without requiring the commute and waiting rooms of office visits.
In-person visits, however, are vital health services. Certain conditions and specialty care services cannot be diagnosed or performed via a telehealth visit. Lab testing, for instance, often requires an in-person appointment at a doctor's office. Similarly, some physical exams, chronic condition consultations, and urgent care needs require in-person care. Some patients feel more comfortable receiving their care through in-person doctor visits, and many telehealth services require in-person visits before a condition can be definitively diagnosed.
Health care marketplaces like Sesame offer both in-person and virtual care options. If you're unsure whether or not you need to see a provider face-to-face, we recommend that you book a video doctor visit to discuss your concerns and talk through any symptoms you may be experiencing. If an in-person doctor appointment is required, you can easily book a visit through Sesame's scheduling platform.
When should I book an urgent care visit or go to an urgent care clinic?
Urgent care allows you to check in with a doctor about a non-life-threatening condition. Addressing a condition or symptom early can help your doctor craft a treatment plan that works for you and addresses your symptoms. Urgent care is suitable for conditions that, while uncomfortable, do not require emergency room care.
If you're experiencing a life-threatening condition, call 911 immediately. Urgent care is not appropriate for life-threatening symptoms.
Speak with a licensed urgent care doctor on Sesame today for a simple, upfront, cash price - with no unexpected charges or copays.
Should I book an online urgent care visit or go to the emergency room?
If you're experiencing a medical emergency or any life-threatening symptoms or conditions, you call 911 immediately or visit the emergency room or emergency department of a local clinic as soon as possible. If you have an urgent need for a non-life-threatening condition, you should be able to address your concerns through an urgent care visit. Note that on Sesame, urgent care visits may not necessarily be through a clinic that's part of the urgent care association or some kind of body that offers urgent care accreditation. Instead, our visits are always with quality board-certified doctors and providers who have experience treating and caring for patients.
Do urgent care clinics offer walk-in appointments?
If you are experiencing a medical emergency or life-threatening symptoms, call 911 immediately.
For relief from non-life-threatening conditions, you can walk into most urgent care clinics from about 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Walk-in clinics can be crowded, so you might experience long wait times.
Skip the wait by booking a video urgent care visit on Sesame. Simply find a doctor you want to see, compare prices, and pay an upfront price to schedule your appointment. On Sesame, you can find urgent healthcare services with doctors who specialize in family medicine, pediatrics, dermatology, and more. Many healthcare providers on Sesame offer appointments from 7 am - 12 am.
What is an online urgent care visit?
Online urgent care visits are telemedicine visits for any urgent needs. While most urgent cares may charge you $125 or more for a walk-in visit without insurance, you can see a doctor on Sesame for something urgent for as low as $14 depending on your location. Doctors, primary care physicians, and NPs on Sesame offer quality care for a range of urgent needs, like sore throats, sprains, questions and concerns about coronavirus, UTIs and other infections, and other non-life-threatening conditions. Nope, it's not too good to be true. It's healthcare the way you wish it would be: simple and affordable.
What conditions can be treated over a video urgent care visit?
You can address a range of conditions during a video urgent care visit, including colds, UTIs, vaginal infections, rashes, and severe skin irritation. You can also ask the doctor questions about the COVID-19 vaccines and STD testing and speak about any general concerns you have about your health. During the coronavirus pandemic, many urgent cares have offered viral PCR and antigen tests. While you can't be tested for COVID-19 over video, Sesame does offer video COVID-19 consultations as well as in-person testing across the country.
What should I bring to a online video urgent care visit?
Come prepared to discuss any symptoms or conditions you may be experiencing, as well as any questions you may have for your doctor. During your visit, your doctor will likely ask about your medical history, your symptoms, or any underlying conditions, as well as any medication you may currently be taking.
Can the provider prescribe medication?
Yes, physicians on Sesame are able to prescribe a wide range of medications, which can be useful for infections, allergies and other acute ailments.
Please note that they will not prescribe certain drugs, such as narcotics or medications that have been designated controlled substances.
Otherwise, many of the prescriptions available in an office setting or urgent care can be prescribed if your physician deems it’s appropriate.
When should I see a gastroenterology specialist?
Gastroenterologists specialize in any conditions related to the digestive or gastrointestinal tracts, which encompass the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts, and liver.
Your primary care provider may refer you to a gastroenterologist if you're experiencing abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea or constipation, heartburn, acid reflux, bloating, black bowel movements, rectal bleeding, sudden and unexplainable weight loss, having difficulty swallowing, and more.
Starting at the age of 50, it is recommended that you start getting screened routinely for rectal and colon cancer with an endoscopic procedure known as a colonoscopy.
What is docusate?
Docusate is an over-the-counter medication used to treat constipation. It is a stool softener that makes it easier to pass bowel movements, helping to avoid straining that could be dangerous after a heart attack or surgery.
Constipation is a common condition that makes it difficult for you to pass stools, leading to discomfort and even pain.
Talk to your doctor about whether docusate could be right for your needs.
What is docusate used to treat?
Docusate is used to treat constipation, a condition that occurs when bowel movements become less frequent and more strained. Many doctors define constipation as a period in which patients have fewer than 3 bowel movements over the course of a week.
Docusate is often given to patients to whom straining to pass bowel movements could be dangerous. These patietns have often just experienced a heart attack or undergone surgery.
Docusate can help soften your stool and alleviate bouts of constipation. An over-the-counter medication, docusate does not require a prescription.
How does docusate work?
Docusate belongs to a family of medications known as stool softeners. These medications work by increasing the amount of water your stool absorbs while in your intestines. This softens and makes it easier to pass bowel movements, helping alleviate discomfort associated with constipation.
How long does it take for docusate to work?
Most patients begin to feel better within 1 to 2 days of starting docusate.
What are common side effects of docusate?
While adverse reactions to docusate are uncommon, some patients who take the drug may experience mild side effects, including stomach pain, diarrhea, cramping, and throat irritation.
Rare, more serious adverse events have also been known to occur. If you are concerned that docusate may be causing you to experience any number of adverse side effects, please contact your doctor or seek emergency care.
This is not a complete list of docusate side effects. For more information on adverse reactions you may experience while taking docusate, please visit the National Institutes of Health’s DailyMed webpage.
Can I get docusate online?
Yes! Talk to a provider on Sesame and get your online doctor prescription or refill ordered right away for fast and convenient pickup from a pharmacy of your choice.
Note that all prescriptions are at the discretion of your clinician.