What Conditions Can SAMI-Aid's
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SAMI-Aid treats a wide array of urgent care, dermatology, and behavioral health conditions. We serve patients in every U.S. state plus D.C. and no insurance is required.

General Medicine

SAMI-Aid's board-certified primary care providers can treat many acute non-emergency conditions including UTIs, colds, the flu, sore throat, fever, allergies, headaches, abdominal pain, ear infections, skin rashes, and more.

Acne

Acne is a common skin condition which affects a large percentage of the population, especially adolescents. Poor diet, hereditary patterns, biological hormones, exposure to dirt and pollution, and lack of proper skin care can contribute to acne by causing the pores of your skin to become blocked. Our online dermatologist doctors for acne may recommend treatments, medications, or a skin care routine.

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Allergies

Allergic rhinitis—also known as “hay fever”—is an allergic reaction affecting the mucous membranes of the eyes and nose, caused by exposure to allergenic particles in the air such as pollen, dust, mold, and dust mites. Seasonal allergies affect up to 50 million Americans and are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. The peak season for allergies is generally Spring through early Summer when concentrations of pollen in the air are at their highest. However, allergic rhinitis can occur in any season, especially in warm climates. Desert and mountain climates tend to have lower pollen and mold counts and thus are preferable for people who suffer from seasonal allergies.

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Ear Infection

An ear infection—also called acute otitis media (AOM)—is a painful condition in which the air-filled space behind the ear drum (the middle ear) becomes inflamed and infected. Ear infections affect at least 3 million Americans annually and they occur more commonly in children than in adults. Most ear infections are not serious and clear up naturally within days, but some require treatment with antibiotics. While most ear infections affect the middle ear, there are also inner ear infections and outer ear infections. Outer ear infections are often caused by exposure to moisture, while inner and middle ear infections are caused by viruses and/or bacteria.

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Eczema

Eczema is an inflammation of the skin that can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms and embarrassing rashes. This condition afflicts about 3% of adults. Topical creams and ointments are often used to soothe itchy and dry patches of skin. In severe cases, antibiotics or anti-inflammatory may be used for eczema treatment. Seeing an online doctor for eczema can help.

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Flu Symptoms

All influenza viruses— “flu” for short—are genetically related and belong to the Orthomyxoviridae family of viruses. The flu is an acute and highly contagious viral infection of the upper respiratory tract (nose, nasal cavities, and throat). The flu can be more dangerous than the common cold because of its ability to affect a person’s lungs and make breathing difficult in severe cases. Young children, older adults, those with chronic diseases, and those with weak immune systems are at higher risk of flu-related complications than the general population. Flu season in the United States generally lasts from about November to April and peaks sometime between December and February.

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Headache

Tension headaches can be brought on by stress, anxiety, or loud noises. Allergies and infections can create sinus headaches. Migraine headaches can be a chronic condition that afflict people based on environmental or emotional triggers. If you suffer from headaches or migraines, seeing our online doctor can provide some relief without you even needing to leave your home.

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High Blood Pressure

Most cases of high blood pressure may have few to no noticeable symptoms, hence why this condition has been dubbed a “silent killer”. Symptoms of severe high blood pressure may include severe headaches, nosebleeds, fatigue or confusion, numbness or weakness, vision problems, chest or upper back pain, shortness of breath, difficulty speaking, or heart arrythmia. Talk with your doctor about how often to have your blood pressure checked and whether to check it at home. You should be under regular daily monitoring if your blood pressure is high (above either or both of 140 diastolic and 90 systolic). Keep in mind that anxiety, caffeine, cigarettes, and some medications can temporarily raise blood pressure so you might only need to be concerned if you have a high reading when unaffected by these other factors.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an unpleasant but common condition which affects the large intestine, often causing abdominal pain and a variety of digestive issues such as persistent diarrhea. If you suffer from IBS, we can help. We offer confidential consultations with online doctors who may treat IBS using fiber supplements, anti-diarrheal medication, antibiotics, dietary changes, or online counseling.

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Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath—also called dyspnea—is a sensation of difficult or labored breathing, often unexpected. This condition can be acute (sudden and short-lived) or chronic and can stem from a number of causes. The severity of shortness of breath can range from mildly uncomfortable to life-threatening. If you regularly perform strenuous exercise, you might be familiar with a feeling of temporary shortness of breath. If you have trouble breathing while resting or performing everyday tasks which should not normally cause any problems, there may be another underlying cause and it might be advisable to seek immediate medical attention.

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Sinus & Cold Symptoms

The common cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract, which includes the nose, nasal cavity, mouth, throat, and voice box. Cold symptoms include a sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, coughing, sneezing, mild headaches, mild body aches, and a general sense of malaise or fatigue. These symptoms typically appear within one to three days of exposure and disappear within about a week. A number of different viruses can cause colds including several types of rhinoviruses and coronaviruses. Cold-causing viruses are most prevalent during the winter months but can be active year-round. Children under age 6 are at greatest risk of catching colds. Other risk factors include smoking and having a compromised immune system due to chronic illness.

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Skin Rash

A rash is an outbreak of inflammation of the skin. Affected areas may appear red or swollen and may feel itchy, painful, bumpy, or scaly. In some cases, rashes can result in blisters, welts, or patches of raw skin. Skin rashes can be temporary or chronic and can stem from many different causes including an allergic reaction, direct contact with an irritating substance, excessive sun exposure, hot and humid weather, or an underlying disease.

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Sprains & Strains

Sprains and strains come in many types and levels of severity. While sprains affect ligaments and joints, strains affect muscles and tendons. A sprain occurs when the fibrous tissue connecting bones at a joint is stretched or torn. Sprains commonly occur in the ankles, knees, wrists, thumbs, and elbows. Muscle strains—also called pulled muscles—occur when a muscle is overextended or torn. Tendon strains occur when tendons—the fibrous connective tissues which connect muscles to bones—are strained or torn just like muscles or ligaments. Muscle strains commonly occur in the lower back and hamstrings, while tendon strains commonly occur in the hands and joints such as the ankle.

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Strep Throat

Strep throat is an infection which causes the throat to feel extremely sore and uncomfortable. It is caused by group A. Streptococcus bacteria, which can easily spread through airborne droplets due to an infected person sneezing or coughing. Strep throat is more common among children than adults. If you think you have strep throat, our online doctor can diagnose you quickly and determine the best treatment.

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Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused by bacteria within the urinary system, especially the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra. UTIs occur more commonly in women than in men. If not treated, a bladder infection can worsen and spread to the kidneys. Our online doctors can treat UTIs in women using antibiotics. We do not treat UTIs in men and recommend in-person care instead.

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Vertigo

Vertigo

Vertigo is a sensation described as a severe spinning feeling, as though your environment is circling around you. It is typically caused by an inner ear issue or an infection. Severity and frequency of vertigo may vary. Our online doctors can prescribe a vertigo care regimen which may include practiced exercise movements to help reduce the effects of vertigo when you experience an episode.

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Behavioral Health

SAMI-Aid's compassionate therapists and psychiatrists can treat a wide array of behavioral health conditions including stress, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, trauma counseling, eating disorders, insomnia, and more.

ADHD

ADHD—attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder—is a chronic metabolic disorder in the brain primarily triggered by genetic factors, although some experts believe that social environmental factors influence the development of ADHD in children. ADHD is characterized by hyperactivity, impulsiveness, disorganization, forgetfulness, extreme talkativeness, a low tolerance for frustration, and a lack of mental concentration or focus. The medical term ADHD also encompasses all types of ADD (attention-deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity). While many people sometimes have trouble concentrating, experts will typically only diagnose you with ADHD if you have shown multiple symptoms on a regular basis for more than six months and in more than one setting.

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Anxiety & Stress

Stress and anxiety can make you feel nervous or tense even in seemingly mundane situations. Severe cases can cause panic attacks and feelings of fear and helplessness. If stress and anxiety are affecting your life, our online therapists can offer counseling and help you create a less stressful environment and lifestyle, and our online psychiatrists may prescribe stress-relieving medication if deemed appropriate.

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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder—also called manic depression—is a mental health condition characterized by extreme mood swings including alternating periods of extreme emotional highs (manias), extreme emotional lows (depressions), and intermediate stable moods. Manic episodes often last at least a week while depressive episodes often last at least two weeks, but every case is unique and the manic-depressive cycles can be frequent or rare.

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Depression

Depression can cause a loss of appetite, a change in weight, trouble sleeping, a decline in energy, trouble concentrating, feelings of hopelessness, and decreased interest in hobbies and social activities. Regular exercise and a strong social support system can help. Our online psychiatry and online counseling services will help you create a depression treatment plan tailored to your needs from the comfort of home.

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Eating Disorders

Eating disorders cause psychological as well as physiological symptoms. If you suffer from an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia, you may grapple with complex emotions related to how you see yourself. Psychological issues left untreated can have lasting repercussions. To help treat eating disorders, SAMI-Aid offers many services such as cognitive behavioral therapy, nutrition advice, and psychiatric care.

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Insomnia

Insomnia is a chronic sleep disorder which can prevent you from falling asleep or make sleeping very difficult. Better sleep habits, relaxation routines, and over-the-counter sleep aids can help if you struggle with insomnia. Our online behavioral therapy for insomnia can help you reduce stress and retrain your body to embrace rest. Our psychiatrists can prescribe medications to help with insomnia treatment.

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