(WIAT) — If you’re suffering from flu-like symptoms, you should see a doctor, but you may not have to do that in person.
UAB offers an online method to get checked out called eMedicine.
Doctors with the health system tell CBS 42 News that the new tool has been helpful with the flu outbreak. The flu is one of the ideal conditions e-medicine is used for, but it’s not for every condition.
“This does not replace your primary care provider, this does not replace an urgent care clinic that can handle a broad array of issues,” said Dr. Stuart Cohen, Medical Director with UAB Primary Care. “But really, like I said, for sort of primarily flu-like illnesses, upper respiratory, sinus infections and simple urinary tract infections are really what the platform is best suited for.”
So, if you have something potentially more serious than that, you may need to actually see a doctor. But for basic symptoms like the ones you just heard, you may be able to save time by utilizing eMedicine.