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It's cold, flu, COVID and RSV season! Skip the waiting room and see a doctor now.

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Online Cold and Flu Treatment

Get same-day treatment for your common cold or flu. Learn about different treatment options, including medications and at-home remedies. 

For: All ages
Estimated wait time: 5 minutes or less, wait times may vary during peak cold and flu season.

Who is this right for?

Patients looking for relief from classic cold and flu symptoms, such as fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache and fatigue.

Cold or flu symptoms

You are exhibiting cold symptoms and you have questions about how to deal with these symptoms.


You are able to take nasal spray, oral medications or antibiotics.

You want convenience

You’re looking for a convenient diagnosis and a cost-effective treatment. Doctor's note may be available upon request.

Quick relief

You’re looking for a cold and/or flu diagnosis. You prefer to be seen online and as soon as possible. 

An online visit costs
between $0–$89

Doctor On Demand is a covered benefit for over 98 million Americans. If you’re covered by your employer or insurance, then you’ll pay $0. No insurance, no problem. You can use Doctor On Demand starting at $89 per visit.

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Cold and Flu medication options
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Here are a few of the commonly prescribed cold and flu medications and treatment suggestions that you might receive from your doctor.

  • Over-the-counter medications, such as cough suppressants, decongestants, and pain relievers
  • Home remedies, such as staying hydrated, getting plenty of rest, and using a humidifier to ease congestion
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What to expect

During a telehealth visit for a cold or flu symptoms, patients can expect the clinician to:

Ask about your symptoms, medical history, and any current medications.

Determine if you are eligible to receive a same-day prescription or if you need additional testing.

Prescribe antibiotics to treat your cold or flu—either during the visit or after the lab returns your testing results.

Recommend over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers to help manage the symptoms.

Offer additional guidance on how to prevent getting a cold, flu or COVID-19.

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Prepare for your telehealth visit
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Getting ready for your visit with Doctor On Demand:

  • Find a comfortable and quiet space where you can speak freely about your symptoms.
  • Pull all of your insurance information together (if you don’t have insurance, you can skip this step).
  • Find a photo ID, like your driver’s license or passport.
  • Set aside five to 10 minutes, so you can answer questions about your symptoms and health history.
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How it works

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Set up your account.

Once you finish registering, you’ll be able to see the cost of your visit.

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See the next available provider or schedule your appointment.

Select your concern and answer a few questions to provide the doctor with some context.

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Start your live virtual visit.

Meet with one of our board-certified doctors who will diagnose your symptoms and offer a custom treatment plan. If needed, you can get prescriptions delivered to you or sent to your local pharmacy.

What our patients are saying

"I had been battling what I thought was a cold, but around day 11, I wasn't getting any better. I didn't have time to miss work, but was able to take a 5 minute break and visit with a doctor about what was going on in a life video chat. Wonderful experience!! Saved me so much time and money. Got my antibiotic and I'm feeling so much better. Great experience! Thank you!"


Five stars

"I love using Dr. On Demand! It’s fast and saves me so much time. I would normally have to go to an urgent care for things like sinus infections, colds, coughs, etc.. Dr. On Demand is the way to go! Friendly and efficient doctors!"


Five stars

"Great quick and easy for a common cold or psychiatrist visit."


Five stars

"Dr. Wilson was very efficient, caring, and knowledgeable. She asked great questions and was able to diagnose and treat me with a short "visit". In general, really like being able to get help without exposing a bunch of people to getting sick! While there are some things that I do think need a hands-on approach, highly contagious but "normal" conditions like strep, flu and colds are exactly the type of thing that I think Doctor On Demand is perfect for!"


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Why wait to be seen? Connect to care in as little as 5 minutes.

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Custom treatment plan

Get the right treatment option and prescription for your unique care needs.

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Care at home or on the go

Connect with a provider from anywhere you have internet.

Common questions you may have about the cold or flu.
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