Minor urgent care conditions are non-life threatening, and can be diagnosed accurately online without an in-person exam. We can evaluate a broad range of minor urgent conditions:
- Cold symptoms
- Mild Allergies
- Sinus infections
- Also, we can give a second opinion on a previous diagnosis
- Or, if you missed work or school because of illness, we can provide a doctor’s note.
Urinary Tract Infections: Macrobid is usually an effective antibiotic for urine infections. Typically we prescribe a 7-day course. With a coupon, this antibiotic costs about $20-$25 at local Anchorage pharmacies. If you have insurance, your insurance should cover the cost.
Stop Smoking: Prescription medications make it easier to quit. The medicines aren’t guaranteed to work but can double your chance of success. We typically recommend Bupropion, which costs about $35 with a coupon in Anchorage, but most insurance plans pay for it. Chantix is much more expensive, but insurance may cover it.
For people who don’t want to take oral medications, nicotine replacement products can help you break the smoking habit without the withdrawal symptoms. These include nicotine patches, gum and lozenges. These are over-the-counter, but in Anchorage nicotine patches are cheaper to buy with a prescription and a coupon. They run about $1-$2 for a 24-hr patch. If you are a light smoker you may chose to use nicotine gum or lozenges, which are even cheaper at Costco. Insurance will usually cover nicotine replacement for tobacco cessation.
Skin Conditions: If you have a good quality camera or webcam, most skin conditions are able to be treated online.
Birth control pill: We can start you on the pill for the first time or give you a prescription for your existing birth control. We write 12-month prescriptions for birth control pills.
Birth control patch: This is an effective method of hormonal birth control. Whether you want to start the patch for the first time or you’ve used the birth control patch before, the patch is a good alternative to the pill.
We do not evaluate emergencies, any potentially “life or limb”-threatening condition. If you believe you may have an emergency, please call 911 or seek immediate medical care.
We also do not evaluate or treat potentially serious illnesses – any illness that needs an in-person exam: fevers in young children, abdominal, pelvic, or genital pain, unusual headache, skin infections, persistent fevers, shortness of breath, and others. This list does not include all the potentially serious illnesses. If you believe you have a potentially serious illness, seek immediate in-person medical care.