Not all health concerns are life-threatening or acute, some things that are nagging at you could just be cosmetic or are things that you feel could improve your quality of life.
However, many of these non-emergent (but common) concerns also fall into the category of things that may be slightly awkward to discuss with your health care provider.
For anything that is bothering you, serious or not, it is best for your mental health and overall self-confidence to get it taken care of.
It is in this sector of non-emergent but potentially embarrassing health issues that telemedicine platforms can really shine. You can take care of that issue safely under the care of a U.S. licensed doctor and get legitimate medications from U.S. pharmacies (if you require a prescription treatment) — all from the comfort and privacy of your own home.
Below, we will cover 4 of the most common health issues that people are happily moving online to handle.
- Hair Loss
Hair loss is not a rare situation. In fact, most people will experience some level of hair loss at some point in their lives.
Hair loss is a perfect match for online telemedicine platforms since most cases are straightforward, and may only require a quick look at the scalp via photos or a secure video conference to get an idea of what treatments may be the best fit.
Aside from the over-the-counter medication Minoxidil (the active ingredient in Rogaine), the only other FDA-approved hair loss medication for men is the prescription Finasteride, which needs approval from a doctor.
Sometimes, you can even find innovative hair loss medications online prescribed off-label. These may include Dutasteride (a close relative of Finasteride), or topical formulations containing prescription medications for those who would rather avoid taking pills.
- Sexual Health Concerns
If we were to make a list of the health concerns people least want to talk with their doctor about, sexual health issues probably top the list. But, they are arguably the ones that are the most important to address considering the toll sexual health issues can take on relationships, marriages, and the patient’s self-esteem.
Luckily, with a telemedicine consultation, doctors are often able to get enough information about a patient’s sexual health concerns like E.D. or P.E. to help them sort things out virtually.
The medications that you are most likely to find through telemedicine platforms for sexual health concerns include the PDE-5 inhibitors, which are a class of medications that have been studied and utilized for men’s health concerns for decades. These medications may include Sildenafil, Tadalafil, Vardenafil, or Avanafil.
Acne is another common health concern that most people have dealt with at one point or another.
However, when acne is severe or doesn’t seem to clear up no matter how many drugstore solutions you throw at it — it may be time to get professional help.
For some, traipsing into the dermatologist to have your acne scrutinized may seem like a nightmare. So, for those that want to address their skin situation online, telemedicine platforms may be a sound option.
Uncomplicated acne can often be reviewed and treated online, with strong and validated prescription medications like Tretinoin, other prescription retinoids, or topical antibiotics.
- Fine Lines and Skin Aging
It is normal to see fine lines and the results of too much tanning cropping up as you get older. And, while signs of aging on your skin are perfectly fine and natural, some people may want to enlist extra help to reduce the signs of fine lines and general aging.
The prescription retinoid, Tretinoin, has been found to help increase skin cell turnover to rival the rates of your 20s. This means that over time it can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, dullness, and UV damage.
This medication isn’t right for everyone, however, since it can’t be used if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, and some people may experience enhanced skin irritation from the medication before things get better.
But, for people who are unhappy with the way their skin is aging and want to utilize validated treatments, telemedicine platforms that specialize in dermatology may be able to help you out without having to head into the doctor’s office.
Jill Barat, is a Doctor of Pharmacy at Strut Health with a unique background in specialty pharmacy, innovative compounding products, supplements, and integrative medicine with a passion for helping patients live their best lives.