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Sneezing & itchy eyes: get relief from seasonal allergies with telehealth

Spring is here. And for millions of Americans, that means it’s the start of allergy season. Fortunately for members of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Service Benefit Plan, there’s an easy way to get the relief you need, right from the comfort of your home or the convenience of your office.

Through our telehealth services powered by Teladoc®, you can connect with a board-certified doctor from your smartphone or computer anytime, anywhere. It’s a great way to get treatment for everyday health issues, such as cold and flu symptoms, respiratory infections, sore throats, bronchitis and seasonal allergies. Plus, all members get two free virtual doctor visits.

The signs of the season
Coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes and sinus pressure—these are typical symptoms of pollen allergies, also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis. But if you’re not sure whether it’s seasonal allergies or something else, check with a doctor. Additionally, if seasonal allergies are making other conditions, like asthma, more severe, you should check with a doctor. 

Experts say getting treatment early can help control your sneezing and sniffing. Start taking any medications a few weeks before the season really begins, so the medicine will be in your system by the time you need it. From antihistamines to decongestants, there are many allergy medications that can combat your symptoms. Talk to your doctor about those that might be best for you.

Spring skin issues
The more you’re outdoors this spring, the more you’re at risk for skin issues, too. With telehealth, you can meet with a dermatologist to quickly get treatment for a variety of issues, including: 
• Bug bites
• Poison oak/ivy
• Cuts and scrapes from working in the yard

You can even upload images of your skin issues directly through the Teladoc app to help with your diagnosis and treatment. 

Behavioral health counseling
The changing seasons can also affect our moods; this is known as seasonal affective disorder. Telehealth offers ongoing mental and emotional well-being support. You can schedule an appointment with a licensed behavioral health specialist seven days a week.

Make the most of spring after a long winter. Register for telehealth services today, so you’re prepared when seasonal allergies hit.