Our nurse practitioners answer the questions! Read their tips for when it's safe to cut costs on healthcare and when it's time to splurge a little.

Generic medications

The Food and Drug Administration says generic drugs use the same active ingredients and are equally as effective as name brand medications. The only difference between generic and name brand medications is in the appearance – size, shape, and color. We’re always confident recommending generic options because they have the same benefits – so save those extra dollars for something else.

Mary Jensen,
Virtuwell Nurse Practitioner

A 5-star humidifier

Moisture in the air can keep nasal passages moist, speed up the healing process, and help prevent dry skin. So consider splurging on a top-rated humidifier. Better models will have a humidistat to keep humidity levels consistent. And if you have allergies or chronic sinus infections, a whole-house humidifier may be the most convenient option for balanced humidity year-round.

Yan Huang,
Virtuwell Nurse Practitioner

Warm pack (free!)*

You most likely already have what you need to make a warm pack at home. A washcloth and microwave can do the trick. Just follow these simple steps – wet the washcloth and place it in the microwave for 10 seconds. The warmth can help relieve ear aches, menstrual cramps, UTI pain and more. Bonus Tip: Freeze a wet washcloth for 10 minutes, and you’ve got a great way to help relieve itchy eyes, reduce redness and swelling for cold sores, and sooth itching from common rashes.

Lindsay Nelson,
Virtuwell Nurse Practitioner

Electric toothbrushes

In the same amount of time, an electric toothbrush is more effective than a manual toothbrush at removing plaque and stains. They are gentle on gums and easy to use, helping to maintain good gum health. When you consider the costs of deep cleanings or more complicated dental work, electric toothbrushes are worth the investment.

Mara Glantz,
Virtuwell Nurse Practitioner

Digital stick thermometers

Often, the more complex the thermometer, the higher the price. However, complex thermometers don’t guarantee a more accurate reading and less expensive thermometers are typically as accurate. So – good news – some of the top-rated digital stick thermometers are the cheapest (from $5 - $10), so next time you need a thermometer, opt for a less expensive one.

Valerie Clary,
Virtuwell Nurse Practitioner

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