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Our doctors are now offering televisits to new and existing patients.
We know that the pandemic has certainly impacted all of our lives lately. Sheltering in place, social distancing, working from home while also making sure that your kids are still going through their virtual schooling…it’s a lot! So what happens when springtime brings a nasty bout of allergies that you just can’t seem to get under control, or your child bumps his head and you’re concerned? This is where a televisit with our Woodridge IL family doctors can help. Contact our offices in Woodridge, Lombard, and Lemont IL to learn more.
What is a Woodridge Televisit?
Now you can get the same care you always received from our office and team of medical professionals, the only difference is that we will be doing it through a computer screen rather than in person. These virtual visits make it possible for our patients to still see a doctor, get the care they need, and provide peace of mind without having to step foot outside.
When can a televisit be used for?
While a Woodridge televisit is not to be used for true medical emergencies, most checkups, evaluations, monitoring, and follow-ups can be done virtually. We can diagnose or treat a wide range of health problems and also provide ways to treat your symptoms. You could benefit from a televisit if you are looking to evaluate or treat symptoms of:
- Respiratory infections
- Urinary tract infections
- Cold and flu
- Allergies and sinus problems
- Nausea, vomiting
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Sore throat
- Rashes and skin conditions
If you or your child has just received a new medication these appointments allow us to monitor the medication to see if it’s effective or not. Is your medication running low? No problem! You don’t have to come into the office to have the prescription filled. Our Woodridge IL physicians can refill a prescription during your televisit. We also continue to monitor and help you manage chronic health problems like diabetes and hypertension through these online appointments.
What are the benefits of a televisit?
Woodridge televisits provide our patients with medical care even during these unique and ever-changing times. We know a doctor can provide an amazing source of comfort. You can schedule an appointment whenever it works with your schedule and all you have to do is get on your phone or computer and you’ll be instantly connected. It’s fast, effective, safe, and cost-effective.
Now, no matter how close you are to the Woodridge, Lemont, or Lombard IL offices, our team of doctors and pediatricians can make it easier for your whole family to get the checkups, care, and monitoring they need through televisits. To schedule a televisit with one of our doctors at Woodridge Clinic please call (630) 910-1177. For our Lombard office, call 630-620-6225. To reach our Lemont office, call 630-754-8710.
Find out why social distancing is crucial for stopping the spread of Covid-19.
As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise across the US, our Woodridge, Lombard, and Lemont IL family physicians want to first provide you with the assurance that they are still offering medical care and treatment through televisits. This means that you can get proper medical evaluations, diagnose symptoms, and get prescriptions refilled by a qualified medical professional right on your smartphone or home computer. By providing telehealth visits we are ensuring that patients practice social distancing. Call our office to learn more about Woodridge televisits.
What does social distancing mean?
According to the CDC, social distancing means keeping at least six feet away from other people (not sure how to judge six feet? It’s about two arm's length). This means avoiding crowded areas and places with groups. When you’re in public areas like the grocery store or pharmacy you want to queue up safely by leaving that six feet of distance between you and the person in front and behind you.
What is the purpose of social distancing?
The main goal of social distancing is to stop the spread of Covid-19. Since this virus can spread easily from person to person it’s important that when you must go out in public that you keep ample space between yourself and others. Of course, this also means helping to “flatten the curve” by staying home and limiting time spent in public. Social distancing is for everyone, not just for those at high risk.
What if I have to leave the house?
While our Woodridge televisits are making it even easier for our Woodridge, Lemont, and Lombard IL patients to stay home (especially when they are sick) and still get medical care, we also know that some people don’t have the option to stay inside. Perhaps you need to pick up groceries for a loved one or you have to pick up a prescription at the pharmacy. Here are some things to consider when leaving the house:
- Make sure to avoid touching any surfaces (e.g. take the stairs instead of elevators)
- Make sure you are practicing good handwashing
- Do not touch your face (if you do touch your face make sure to wash your hands immediately after)
- Some shops have senior hours, where those over 65 years old can shop first thing in the morning. Check with your local pharmacies, grocery stores, and shops to find out if they are offering senior hours or other helpful options like curbside pickup or home grocery delivery.
If you or a family member is dealing with symptoms that require a doctor’s evaluation here in Woodridge, Lemont, or Lombard IL, rest assured that you’ll still be able to get the treatment you need with Woodridge televisits. Call Woodridge Clinic today at (630) 910-1177 for our Woodridge location, (630) 620-6225 for our Lombard location, and (630) 754-8710 for our Lemont location.
How drug testing from your doctors in Woodridge, IL, can help you
You may be dreading drug testing, but it doesn’t have to be a hassle! Today's drug tests have been simplified, streamlining the whole process and letting you get on with your day. Read on to learn about how the doctors at Woodridge Clinic in Woodridge, IL, offer a wide range of services, including drug testing, to make your life easier.
More about Drug Testing
Drug testing may be a requirement for a new job you are applying for. It may also be required at certain times to help you keep your job. Many positions in manufacturing, healthcare, and other fields require drug testing at regular intervals to ensure a healthy workplace. These are some of the instances where drug testing may be required:
- Pre-employment drug testing to promote a drug-free workplace; employers know that employees have fewer sick days and better job performance if drugs are kept out of the workplace.
- Random drug testing, especially for jobs requiring the operation of equipment; operation of dangerous equipment puts lives at risk so a drug-free workplace is vital to employee safety.
- OSHA drug testing, if an employee has been exposed to hazardous materials or chemicals; many common chemicals present a dangerous hazard to employees, so testing for hazardous exposure protects you and your coworkers.
- Reasonable suspicion drug testing; this may be required if you have tested positive previously, or if you have had a drug-related injury or accident.
Drug testing can detect both prescription pain medications (opioids) and common street drugs. At the Woodridge Clinic, drug testing is easy. The doctors offer several hassle-free methods to ensure timely, precise results. Your doctor may recommend:
- Synthetic drug testing
- Expanded opiate testing
- Alcohol testing
- Steroid testing
Give Us a Call!
Drug testing doesn’t have to be a huge hassle—the doctors at Woodridge Clinic can help select the appropriate drug testing method to ensure a quick, easy process. For more information about drug testing and other medical services, call the doctors at Woodridge Clinic at 630-910-1177. Find out how hassle-free and easy drug testing can be by calling today!
Hearing loss affects millions of Americans of all ages and walks of life—are you one of them? At Woodridge Clinic, our eleven physicians screen patients of all ages for hearing problems. Read on to learn more about hearing problems and what signs indicate that you need a screening.
What causes hearing loss?
People lose their ability to hear properly for a variety of reasons. Some are congenital (such as an auditory processing disorder); others are acquired through infection, trauma, auto-immune disorders, heredity, and simple aging. However, it is a misconception that hearing problems, screenings, and assistive devices are just for the elderly. That's why Dr. Umang Patel and the professional team at Woodridge Clinic discuss the importance of hearing screenings with each patient during annual examinations.
Types of hearing problems include sensorineural issues involving the acoustic nerve, auditory processing disorders, and acoustic conditions, which pertain to the bony structure of the ear itself. While a basic hearing screening may not conclusively pinpoint your particular type of hearing loss, it will indicate the need for further investigation through an audiologist or otolaryngologist (also known as an ear, nose, and throat physician).
Signs that you may need a hearing screening
There are many indicators that your hearing is changing. While you may be aware of some, you may be oblivious to other signs that are obvious to your loved ones, friends, and co-workers. These signs may include:
- Struggling to understand conversations in a crowded room (party or restaurant)
- Asking people to repeat words or whole sentences
- Having trouble understanding high-pitched, soft voices (children's and women's)
- Feeling excessively tired after prolonged social interaction
- Having headaches after a party or concert
- Experiencing Tinnitus (a constant buzzing, ringing, or whooshing sound)
- Feeling the need to continually turn up the volume on the radio, computer, or TV
- Being unaware of ordinary sounds associated with early morning (e.g. birds, alarm clock, cell phone, etc.)
The National Institute on Deafness and other Hearing Disorders says that hearing loss may impact interpersonal and professional relationships. Research also indicates that your hearing directly affects how well you think and understand new concepts.
If you suspect that you have an issue with your ability to hear properly, call Woodridge Clinic for an in-office hearing screening. We will help you on the path to better hearing when you visit one of our three locations in Woodridge, Lemont, or Lombard. Call for an appointment at (630) 910-1177.
Asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) are pulmonary disorders that affect millions of individuals all over the world. Both of these conditions can cause respiratory symptoms. Woodridge Clinic, which has offices in Woodridge, Lombard, and Lemont, IL, provides treatments for people with asthma and COPD.
Asthma is a condition in which an individual's airways become narrow and inflamed and produce extra mucus, which makes it hard to breathe. Genetics can influence whether you'll get asthma. Exposure to allergens, certain irritants, or viral infections as a child has been linked to developing asthma. Exposure to dust or certain chemicals in the workplace may also play a role in the development of asthma. Asthma can be controlled with proper treatment.
Signs of Asthma
Asthma symptoms vary from person to person. Common signs and symptoms of asthma include shortness of breath, frequent coughing, recurrent wheezing, and chest tightness. Asthma symptoms are serious and can become deadly if left untreated. If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, visit a doctor in Woodridge, Lombard, and Lemont for a diagnosis — and then develop an asthma action plan.
COPD is a chronic lung condition in which the air passages in the lungs are constricted and limit the flow of air into and out of your lungs. COPD refers to two progressive diseases that may both be present, or each may be present alone. These diseases are chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Smoking is one of the primary causes for both types of COPD. Other COPD causes may include air pollutants or secondhand smoke.
Signs of COPD
Usually, the first signs of COPD include coughing with mucus. The most significant symptom of COPD is shortness of breath. Some individuals with COPD may develop chest discomfort and wheezing. Many individuals have attacks called exacerbations or flare-ups. This is when your symptoms suddenly get worse and stay worse. A COPD attack can be dangerous, and you may need to go to the hospital.
If you're experiencing respiratory symptoms, call Woodridge Clinic at 630-910-1177 today to schedule an appointment at our Woodridge, IL, office. Call 630-620-6225 to schedule an appointment at our Lombard, IL, office. Call 630-754-8710 to schedule an appointment at our Lemont, IL office. Get your life back on track by receiving the best treatment available!