8 Issues You Can See an Online Doctor For

Whether you’ve come up in a weird rash or are feeling panicky, an online doctor can help put you at ease by giving you a diagnosis and walking you through your treatment options.

By being able to chat to a registered doctor online via your smartphone or computer at any time and any place, they are a convenient way to stay on top of your health.

This article shares 8 common issues you might want to get medical advice for:


1.     Mood disorders

If you’ve been feeling highly emotionally volatile, constantly anxious or depressed for some time, it might be a sign of a mood disorder. An online doctor can help figure out what might be causing your problems and suggest a course of action, such as a referral to a psychologist or psychiatrist. If you’re experiencing a lot of stress, don’t be afraid to seek help.


2.     Back pain

Back pain is one of the most common issues that people seek medical treatment for – and it’s no wonder why! Back pain is, well, painful. It can seriously impact your day-to-day life, preventing you from enjoying yourself and living up to your potential. An online doctor can help you figure out the cause of your pain and choose a course of action – whether it’s a referral to a physiotherapist or a prescription for a painkiller (or both).


3.     Skin problems

An online doctor can help diagnose skin conditions such as eczema, measles and athlete’s foot, so there’s no reason to suffer through the night with a horrid itchy rash. They might prescribe you an antifungal tablet or moisturising cream – it depends on the diagnosis.


4.     Respiratory issues

The reason for your cough or sore throat could be anything from a viral infection to asthma or lung cancer (though this is an extreme possibility), so it’s important to get medical advice from an online doctor if you are experiencing respiratory problems. You may need a medication, x-ray or some other form of treatment. This is quite a common issue that can usually be resolved quickly and easily.


5.     High blood pressure

Also known as hypertension, symptoms of high blood pressure include fatigue, vision problems, irregular heartbeat, breathing difficulties, blood in urine, and a strong headache. You can also have high blood pressure without symptoms, so it’s important to get regular medical check-ups to ensure your blood pressure is in a healthy range.


6.     Sore joints

Joint issues like arthritis and osteoporosis are quite common, and an online doctor can help you figure out what might be causing your symptoms. They can learn more about you to get a sense of whether you might be vitamin D deficient or need more calcium in your diet. They might prescribe you a supplement or pain relief gel.


7.     Neurological problems

While less common than the other items on this list, if you’re experiencing symptoms like muscle weakness, loss of sensation, partial numbness or seizures, it could be a sign of a neurological problem. Neurological disorders are related to the nerves, brain and spine, and include things like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. An online doctor will be able to help figure out the problem and decide how to treat it.


8.     Headaches and migraines

Your headaches and migraines could be caused by a wide number of issues, such as poor posture, back pain, dehydration, lack of sleep, menstruation or an infection. A medical professional can help diagnose the cause of your symptoms and give you methods to deal with the pain.