Virtual Doctor Appointment vs. In-Office

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Virtual Doctor Appointment vs. In-Office

A virtual doctor appointment is an alternative offered to in-office appointments when you are feeling sick or if you prefer to see your doctor from the comforts of your home. You might be wondering about the differences between a virtual appointment versus visiting a clinic in person. There are benefits to both telemedicine and in-person appointments


What Is Telemedicine?

Telemedicine is a subset of telehealth that refers solely to the provision of health care services and education over a distance, through the use of telecommunications technology. Using a variety of software systems and applications, health care professionals are able to provide care for patients through virtual appointments. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the importance of providing this method of care has grown for those who are sick or may feel more comfortable receiving medical care remotely.


What To Expect During Your Virtual Doctor’s Appointment

Once you have booked your virtual doctor’s appointment, you will be emailed a video conferencing link before your appointment. When you begin your appointment, you will click on the link to open up a webpage and a physician will join you. During a virtual appointment, doctors are not able to perform a physical examination or provide testing, but they can provide recommendations on how to help manage your allergies throughout the appointment. The doctor will discuss with you any symptoms you may be experiencing, responses to any therapies, review your medications, and adjust them as needed, and create any treatment plans as needed.


In-Office Appointment

Though the option of telemedicine is now widely available, an in-person visit with a doctor is always preferred. When a patient sees a doctor face-to-face a more thorough examination is possible. A doctor will have the ability to provide a physical examination, allergy and asthma testing, and more. With an in-office appointment, a physician will discuss your symptoms in person and testing can be performed to better address all of your allergy and asthma needs and an appropriate treatment plan will be recommended.


If you are experiencing fever or symptoms of COVID-19, please consult with your primary care physician before booking an in-office appointment.


Whether you are scheduling an appointment for a virtual consultation or an in-person visit with a doctor, a great resource for allergy and asthma help is McGovern Allergy and Asthma Clinic in Houston, Texas. They offer both virtual and in-office appointments with board-certified physicians. Call 713-661-1444 or request an appointment online.