Making Christmas Travel Easy with Telemedicine

Published on Dec 20, 2023 | 1:41 PM

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Traveling for the holidays is common for most people, and a given this time of year. Heavy traffic, accidents, delayed flights, and bad weather are on the running list for things that can go wrong. However, the one thing that can make the happiest time of year downright miserable is when you, your partner, or your kids get sick. 

Do doctors work during Christmas?

Finding a doctor on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day can be difficult for many reasons such as finding a reliable doctor while out-of-town and many of them closed on the holidays. The other issue is when you do find somewhere that is open, it usually involves an expensive bill for an easy solution.

However, instead of adding to the holiday stress this year, utilizing resources such as an online doctor can be a lifesaver, an easy and affordable solution for many. With Call-On-Doc, you can get treated online 7 days a week, including nights, weekends, and holidays for ages one and up, including urgent care conditions and prescription refills in case you forget or run out of your meds.

Does Call-On-Doc charge extra during the holidays?

Pricing at Call-On-Doc remains the same no matter what day it is, unlike traditional urgent care centers or other online doctors who charge additional weekend or holiday fees. Most consultations are $39.99 and are completed in 2 hours or less; however, Call-On-Doc includes the option to pay an additional fee for an express visit, completed in 15 minutes or less.

What are the most common winter illnesses?

Combining the cold weather, people packed in close together, a heating system pushing hot air, and, for many, a live Christmas tree, the holidays can often create the best conditions for any number of illnesses. Here are the most common conditions we see and treat during the holidays: 

  • Allergies: While seasonal allergies are often reduced during the holiday season, it's not unusual to get them when receiving or traveling to see family. A common culprit for many are live Christmas trees, which tend to cause congestion, cough, and eye irritation. Moreover, with the HVAC system heating the home, the dry air combined with dust accumulation will often result in multiple family members feeling allergy-related symptoms. 
  • Covid: The holiday season, marked by gatherings and travel, can contribute to the spread of respiratory infections like COVID-19. Increased social interactions, indoor events, and travel during this time create conditions conducive to the transmission of the virus.
  • Eczema: Eczema flare-ups may occur during the winter months, including the Christmas season, due to factors like cold weather, low humidity, and the use of indoor heating systems. These conditions can lead to dry skin, itching, and exacerbation of eczema symptoms.
  • Food Poisoning: The preparation and consumption of festive meals during Christmas gatherings may increase the risk of food poisoning. Improper food handling, undercooked meats, and cross-contamination can lead to bacterial contamination, causing symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • Heartburn and GERD: Overindulgence in rich, fatty foods and alcoholic beverages, common during holiday feasts, can contribute to heartburn. The combination of heavy meals and potential triggers like caffeine and chocolate may exacerbate acid reflux symptoms.
  • Influenza: The winter months coincide with the flu season, and holiday gatherings provide opportunities for the transmission of influenza viruses. Close contact during family gatherings and travel can contribute to the spread of the flu.
  • Rashes: Skin rashes may occur due to various factors, including exposure to certain allergens, stress, or changes in weather. Additionally, the use of scented candles, perfumes, or festive decorations may trigger skin reactions in sensitive individuals.
  • Strep Throat: Increased indoor gatherings, particularly in colder weather, can contribute to the spread of respiratory infections like strep throat. Close contact with individuals who are carriers of the bacteria may lead to the transmission of Streptococcus bacteria, causing throat infections.

What do you do when you're sick on Christmas?

In addition to the usual holiday stress, being sick during festivities and time with family can be difficult, but taking quick actions can help prevent others from getting sick and to improve you or your family's health. Some quick tips to help include:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid crowded places
  • Wear a mask
  • If sick, check in with loved ones by phone or postpone visits

When it comes to getting a solution fast, Call-On-Doc has you covered even during the holidays with our consultations taking an average of 5-10 minutes to complete on your phone and your medication available the same day. Another benefit includes instant access to medical care, no appointments are needed to submit a visit.

Can you get a prescription early if going on holiday?

Whether you forget your medication or need an additional supply to bring with you while traveling, Call-On-Doc ensures you never go without or miss a dose of daily needed prescriptions with our easy online refill options. From birth control to diabetes or blood pressure medication, mental health, dermatology, or other chronic conditions, prescription refills while traveling or during the holidays are now a simple solution.

Call-On-Doc has you covered when you travel during the holidays!

Throughout the United States, Call-On-Doc offers you an effective way to get healthcare at an affordable price. Not just during the weekdays but also on weekends and holidays throughout the year. We work around-the-clock to help you enjoy every moment with your family. So, from everyone at Call-On-Doc, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Wayne C. Hahne,

English graduate and Call-On-Doc’s medical resource guide, Wayne C. Hahne is an experienced and passionate medical education content expert. Through diligent research, provider interviews and utilizing the industry's leading resources for wellness information, it is Mr. Hahne’s personal mission to educate the general public on medical conditions with in-depth and easy-to-understand written guides.

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