Are any phone conversation sessions recorded?

No, to ensure privacy and security of data, are sessions are neither recorded nor stored.

Is my online consultation visit private and secure?

Yes, we feel it is of utmost importance to maintain patient privacy and keep information secure. Web Health Consulting is designed to be a private, secure, HIPAA-compliant tool that allows you to safely and confidentially consult with us over the phone.

How long is the flu contagious?

Most of the time, the flu will be contagious for about 24 to 72 hours after you have come in contact with the virus. It is possible for you to remain contagious for up to five days after onset of symptoms.

How long does pinkeye last?

How long pink eye lasts will depend on what caused it and what type it is. Typically, when contracted, pink eye can last up to two weeks. If you have viral or bacterial conjunctivitis, symptoms are usually the worst about three to five days after the infection begins. If you are dealing with allergic conjunctivitis, depending on the time of year, your pink eye may last indefinitely.

What is the difference between ADD and ADHD?

ADD stands for attention deficit disorder, while ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The “H” in ADHD is when hyperactivity is a symptom. Adults will typically not express hyperactivity and only have the attentional issues.

What are the signs of strep throat?

There are many symptoms of strep throat including, but not limited to:

  • A severe and sudden sore throat

  • A cough, sneezing or other cold symptoms

  • White or yellow spots or coating on the throat or tonsils

  • Fever over 101 °F (38.3 °C)

  • Swollen tonsils or lymph nodes in the neck

        • Depression versus anxiety: what are the key differences?

    Depression is when one is constantly in a low mood with loss of interests and enjoyment, accompanied by other changes such as low energy, disturbed sleep, changes in appetite and poor concentration. Anxiety does not always include this feeling of a low mood – typically, it is an excessive or inappropriate worry.

        • Is bronchitis contagious?

    Chronic bronchitis isn’t contagious, but it’s a serious health problem that requires a doctor’s care. Acute bronchitis, which can last for 1 to 3 weeks, is usually caused by cold or flu viruses. Since these viruses are contagious, acute bronchitis usually is, too.

        • Is strep throat contagious?

    Strep throat is highly contagious, as it is caused by bacteria. Strep throat can be spread when someone sneezes, coughs or even breathes because tiny droplets containing the bacteria go into the air and then are easily inhaled by other people. If you have strep, it is recommended to avoid kissing or sharing dishes to avoid spreading the disease.

        • What is the difference between diastolic and systolic blood pressure numbers and what do they mean?

    When reading your blood pressure numbers, the top number is the systolic pressure and the bottom number is the diastolic pressure. The systolic pressure is the maximum pressure your heart exerts while beating. The diastolic pressure is the amount of pressure in your arteries between beats. Think of this number as the one you get when your heart relaxes – it should be lower. The numeric difference between the two numbers is called your pulse pressure.

        • What is walking pneumonia?

  • Walking pneumonia is a mild case of bacterial pneumonia. If you have walking pneumonia, your symptoms will typically be similar to those of the common cold. These can include a dry cough, low-grade fever, chest pain, sore throat, headache, among others. While the walking pneumonia is a mild form of pneumonia, it is still contagious through sneezes and coughs. If you get it, you could be contagious for up to 10 days.

        • What are the different types of anxiety?

  • Different types of anxiety include social anxiety, generalized anxiety (GAD), panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

        • What’s the difference between the flu vs a cold?

  • The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses caused by viral infections. Colds are typically milder than the flu. A cold can make you feel ill for a few days, while flu symptoms can make you feel ill for weeks. The flu can also lead to more serious health problems like pneumonia. If you are coming down with a cold, your symptoms will typically begin with a sore throat and other symptoms like a runny nose, congestion and cough will most likely follow a sore throat. Flu symptoms are very similar to those of a cold, but they are usually more severe and come on very quickly.

  • How do you get pinkeye?

    The most common way to get the contagious form of pink eye is through direct contact with an infected person’s discharge, usually through hand-to-eye-contact. Pink eye can also develop from allergies and exposure to certain chemicals.

  • How long does bronchitis last?

    Acute bronchitis usually improves within a few days without lasting effects, although you may continue to cough for weeks. However, if you have repeated bouts of bronchitis, you may have chronic bronchitis, which requires medical attention and can last much longer.

  • How long is the flu contagious?

    Most of the time, the flu will be contagious for about 24 to 72 hours after you have come in contact with the virus. It is possible for you to remain contagious for up to five days after onset of symptoms.

  • What is the difference between acute and chronic bronchitis?

    Acute bronchitis is very common, while chronic bronchitis is a more serious condition. Chronic bronchitis is a constant irritation or inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes and happens more frequently in smokers. Duration of a cough in a chronic case can last upwards of 3 weeks, in many cases. So support and home remedies are key.

  • Is a sinus infection contagious?

    Sinus infections are usually caused by bacteria or viruses. These bacteria or viruses can sometimes spread from person to person. In most cases, sinus infections are not contagious, but if you start to develop a fever, you may be dealing with a viral infection, which is contagious.

  • Is walking pneumonia different from pneumonia?

    Walking pneumonia gets its name because the symptoms are so mild that you don’t feel the need to stay in and recover – you feel well enough to “walk around.” Chances are with walking pneumonia you won’t need to see a doctor or get a chest X-ray, which is the best way to diagnose any kind of pneumonia.

  • Can you get strep throat without tonsils?

    Yes, you can. There is this misconception that once you get your tonsils removed, you’re immune to disease like strep, but this is not true. Your throat’s structure is what makes the difference. The back of your throat is surrounded by bands of tissue called Waldeyer’s ring. If these tissues get infected by the streptococcus bacteria, it can cause strep throat.

  • What causes anxiety?

    People can have a disturbance in brain function, often related to the serotonin levels in the brain, which will ultimately cause symptoms of excessive worry or nervousness. Serotonin carries signals along and between nerves and is regarded by some researchers as a chemical that is responsible for maintaining mood balance. Stressful situations can temporarily worsen anxiety but do not permanently cause it.

  • What is antenatal, postnatal, and perinatal depression?
  • Unfortunately, women are at a higher risk of depression during pregnancy and in the year following childbirth. Depression during pregnancy is typically referred to antenatal depression and depression after childbirth is referred to as postnatal. Pernital depression typically describes the period covering pregnancy and the first year after childbirth. After a woman goes through pregnancy, there can be major hormonal changes, which is referred to as ‘baby blues’ – this affects up to 80% of women. The ‘baby blues’ are very common in women and are different than depression. Depression affects about 10% of women during pregnancy and 16% of women in the first three months after childbirth.

  • Our UTIs contagious?
  • Uncomplicated UTI’s are not contagious as they are caused by normal bacteria from the skin or colon migrating into the bladder and infecting the bladder. The only caveat to that is the highly unusual case of an STD organism migrating into the bladder. The STD would be contagious, but the UTI or bladder infection would not. 

  • Can mold cause pneumonia?

    Mold can lead to many types of infections including asthma attacks, allergic reactions, and even pneumonia. Although, pneumonia as a result of mold exposure is very rare. So yes, mold can cause pneumonia, but it is not a common cause.

  • What is the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia?

    Both are respiratory conditions in which inflammation is present. Although, for bronchitis, it is inflammation of the bronchi and pneumonia is inflammation of the lungs. The bronchi are airways in the respiratory tract that conduct air into the lungs. Generally speaking, pneumonia is a more serious condition that bronchitis. Both conditions can affect a person’s ability to breathe, but pneumonia has been found to reduce breathing function more than bronchitis. Furthermore, a fever in pneumonia is often more severe than a fever in bronchitis.

  • What are foods to avoid for high blood pressure?

    • Salt

    • Deli Meats

    • Alcohol

    • Frozen pizza

    • Sugar

    • Chicken skin and packaged foods

    • Pickles

    • Canned soups

    • Canned or bottled tomatoes

    • Coffee

    • Processed foods

      Can you get strep throat multiple times?

      Yes. Some people tend to get strep throat more than others and a common way to get strep again is if it is not cured after the first course of antibiotic treatment. If you have had strep throat 7 or more times in one year, your physician will most likely recommend performing a tonsillectomy.

      Are there any physical symptoms with anxiety?

      Yes – many people with anxiety have physical (or “somatic”) symptoms such as dizziness, headache, stomach aches/bowel issues, fatigue, insomnia and even increased pain.

    • What is seasonal affective disorder (SAD)?

      SAD is a mood disorder that has a seasonal pattern. It is unclear what the true cause of this disorder is. Although, studies have found that it is related to the variation in light exposure in different seasons. This disorder typically starts in winter and ends when spring rolls around.

    • What does high blood pressure feel like?

      Most people with high blood pressure may not experience any symptoms. It is referred to as the “silent killer.” If you ignore your HBP because you don’t have any symptoms, you are taking a risk with your life. There are things that you can monitor regularly with your PCP in order to keep track of HBP. In addition to your BP readings, you should keep up with eye exams, get periodic blood work and urinalysis, and regular weight checks.

      What is the difference between an anxiety attack and a panic attack?

      They are basically different names for the same thing. An anxiety attack is more of a lay term for the more technical panic attack.

    • How can UTIs be prevented?
    • Staying well hydrated is probably the best way to prevent UTI’s. Front to back personal cleansing for women and urinating after intimate activity can also reduce infections.  

      For women, urinate after sex every time, even if it is only a few drops and always drink a glass of water. In general, hydrating well will help with prevention the most. If you work a job where you are on your feet and don’t get much time for breaks, you have to find time to hydrate and to urinate. Don’t fight your urge to pee – it’s a set up to get a UTI.

    • What are the side effects of the flu shot?
    • Like all medical products, yes – vaccines can cause side effects. Typically, side effects of the flu shot are mild, but they can include soreness, headache, fever, nausea and muscle aches.

    • Does strep throat go away on its own?

      Strep throat typically goes away in 3 to 7 days with or without antibiotic treatment. Although, if strep is not treated with antibiotics, you can remain contagious for 2 to 3 weeks and there is a higher risk for complications such as rheumatic fever.

    • Can anxiety cause high blood pressure?

      Anxiety typically does not cause long-term hypertension. Although, episodes of anxiety can cause temporary spikes in your blood pressure. If these temporary spikes occur frequently, then it can cause damage to your blood vessels, heart, kidneys and can affect blood pressure. Also, when you have anxiety, you tend to resort to unhealthy habits that can increase your BP like smoking, drinking alcohol and overeating.

    • What is aspiration pneumonia?

      Aspiration pneumonia is an inflammation of your lungs and bronchial tubes that develops after you aspirate (inhale) food, liquid or vomit into your lungs. If the aspirated material stays in your lungs, bacteria can begin to grow and cause an infection.

    • How long does the flu virus live outside the body?

      Flu viruses that are able to survive on surfaces outside of the body that will then get transferred to someone’s hands can live up to 24 hours. Although, infectious flu viruses can survive on tissues including your hands for only 15 minutes.

    • Does coffee affect high blood pressure?

      Yes – it can cause a short increase in your blood pressure. 

      “Researchers do not currently have enough evidence to support coffee consumption causing a sustained increase in blood pressure” (Steffen M. Journal of Hypertension 2012). That being said, the initial (short-term) effect could be serious for those who should not have any sudden elevation in BP, so drinking decaffeinated coffee may be more prudent.

    • How long does pneumonia last?

      With walking pneumonia, it is possible that someone might not feel symptoms until 2 to 3 weeks after becoming infected. Most types of pneumonia will clear up within a week or two. This is not always the case, as a cough can linger for several weeks.

    • How long does strep throat typically last?

      If you do not receive treatment for strep throat with antibiotics, you will remain contagious for 2 to 3 weeks. You will be much less contagious if you begin treatment with antibiotics – even after 24 hours.

    • Is anxiety normal?

      Yes – anxiety is a very normal reaction, especially in stressful situations. Although, it is a disorder needing treatment when it occurs without provocation, is excessive or inappropriate to the situation. If it impairs the person’s functioning in any aspect of their lives it is also considered a disorder.

    • Why would I pursue online nutritional counseling?

      Here are a few reasons people go online to see a dietitian/nutritionist:

      • I need nutrition advice to incorporate into my training plan.

      • I want to look good and eat well in a way that fits with my busy lifestyle.

      • I want to lose weight and need some nutrition tips to help me reach my goal.

      • I am a mom-to-be and I’m eager to learn more about eating for both myself and my baby.

      • I am looking for ways to boost my energy throughout the day.

      • I am looking for new ways to keep my family healthy.

      • I want tips for easy meal planning and healthy snacks.

      • I want to watch what I eat, but not sacrifice my favorite foods.

      • I want to learn what to eat to prevent chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

      • I am looking for nutrition tips to help with my chronic condition.

      • I need help determining nutrition and diet facts from fads.

      • What is Web Health Consulting NOT for?

        We are not for people suffering from serious or life-threatening conditions, such as:

        • Seizures

        • Chest pain

        • Neurological symptoms, suggesting a stroke

        • Difficulty breathing

        • Dizziness or loss of consciousness

        • Sudden bleeding

        • Choking or gagging

        • Severe Hypertension or Hemorrhoids

        • Head injury

        • Possible broken bones

        • Cancer

        • Patients who want to hurt themselves (suicidality)

        • Patients who want to hurt others (homicidal)

        • Schizophrenia or hallucinations does