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Ways for Women to Live Life Well at Any Age

By Dr. Heather Hawthorne

Every phase of your life from your 20s to your 60s and beyond is different. You may be starting out your career in your 20s, thinking of a family in your 30s, and quite possibly retired in your 60s.

No matter what age you are, incorporating healthy habits in your day-to-day life can make a huge difference in the long-term. As we age, every decision we make builds upon one another. What habits you decide to start today will only create a better tomorrow. (more…)

Doctor On Demand Provider Spotlight: Dr. Amy Cottrell

Dr. Amy Cottrell is a Tennessee-based provider who has been with Doctor On Demand since 2016. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Memphis with a degree in Biology. She then received her medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and finished her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Read on to learn more about Dr. Cottrell, her experiences with Doctor On Demand, and a few tips on how to live life well.

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How a Video Exam Works

By Dr. Ian Tong

A doctor’s visit over video…I know that can sound strange, especially if it’s your first time. It’s natural to wonder how it works, and you aren’t alone in your curiosity. Most of our patients have the same questions around video exams, “How do you do that?”. To help explain how our doctors conduct an exam, diagnose an issue, and provide a treatment recommendation over video–let’s take a quick step back and discuss how doctors everywhere work with patients. (more…)

Doctor On Demand Provider Spotlight: Dr. Audrey Powell

Dr. Audrey Ross Powell completed dual residencies in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received a degree in Microbiology. Additionally, she received her medical degree at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She is passionate about healthy families at all ages.

Dr. Audrey Powell is a Texas-based provider who has been with Doctor On Demand for over 2 years. She completed dual residencies in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee, and has seen hundreds of patients throughout her career. Read on to learn more about Dr. Powell, her experiences with Doctor On Demand, and a few tips on how to live life well.

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A Doctor’s View of Emergency Rooms and Doctor On Demand

Have you ever had to go to an emergency room over the weekend because you were feeling sick and your doctor was unavailable? While heading to the ER may seem like the easiest option when you need care immediately, did you know that Doctor On Demand can effectively treat many common reasons people go to the ER, and in less time?

Dr. Tony Yuan is a physician with Doctor On Demand as well as an ER doctor in the San Francisco Bay Area. This means that he treats dozens of patients a day either in person or over video, giving him a unique perspective on these two treatment settings. We chatted with him a bit to gather his take on their similarities and differences, as well as some guidance on when to use which. (more…)

Q&A with Dr. Cottrell – Is strep throat contagious?

Dr. Amy Cottrell is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Memphis with a degree in Biology. She then received her medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and finished her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

Is strep throat contagious?

The bacteria that causes strep throat is passed through oral and nasal secretions when breathing, coughing, sneezing, or contacting infected surfaces, like doorknobs and tables. It is also passed on by sharing food and drinks. This is why it is so important for kids and adults alike to wash their hands frequently and avoid sharing meals or drinks when they are sick. You are typically contagious for two to three weeks if not treated, but this is reduced to 24 hours after starting antibiotics. Viruses also cause symptoms that can mimic strep throat, and your Doctor on Demand physician can help figure out the best treatment for you. Remember, viruses aren’t treated with antibiotics, but the precautions to prevent the spread are the same.

The pain and fever related to the infection can be treated with over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen or tylenol. Salt water gargles, warm tea with honey or chicken soup also help alleviate sore throat pain. Popsicles and ice cream are another favorite and effective intervention for sore throat pain. You will likely need to adjust your diet to soft foods like jello, yogurt, oatmeal or warm pasta. Hydration is a very important part of the treatment for any infection, especially when there is fever. You should also replace your toothbrush after 2-3 days on to prevent re-infection.