Smartphone app helps you decide whether to visit the doctor

First Opinion allows users to text a doctor for advice

By Jenelle Shriner - News Executive Producer

HOUSTON - Want to talk to a doctor?  Just text one.  That's the idea behind First Opinion.  It's a free iPhone app that you can download and within seconds get connected to a doctor and ask advice.

The man who created it wanted to make healthcare more accessible and preventative, especially for first time parents.

It's not a replacement for a doctor, and you can't send photos. But texting with one of the app's doctors could help you decide if you need to seek medical attention, or at least know the right questions to ask if you do go. 

Unlike the time you spend in the waiting room, First Opinion says in most instances, you get a response in 9 minutes or less.

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