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Antibiotics

What is antibiotic resistance?

If you’re reading this, odds are good that you’ve taken an antibiotic at some point in your life.
Antibiotics

Can antibiotics make you feel tired?

If you’ve been prescribed a round of antibiotics, you might be thinking, “Whoa, hang on! Will these make me sleepy?” And that’s a reasonable concern—it’s possible.
Antibiotics

What are the best antibiotics for strep throat?

We all get sore throats and swollen glands from time to time. But how do you know when yours is strep throat that demands special attention? And what types of antibiotics might you need to treat it?
Antibiotics

Do I need antibiotics for a UTI?

UTIs are uncomfortable and can cause serious issues if they’re left untreated and allowed to spread. The treatment involves some type of antibiotic, which means you’ll need to see your doctor.
Antibiotics

Are there over-the-counter antibiotics for my tooth infection?

A tooth infection is no fun to deal with. But before you run out to the drugstore in search of a quick fix, let us save you the trip: over-the-counter antibiotics for a tooth infection don’t exist.
Antibiotics

Should I take antibiotics for gonorrhea?

If you have or think you may have gonorrhea, HealthTap online doctors say antibiotics are a must.
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All blog articles are reviewed by HealthTap Medical Editorial Board for medical accuracy.

Angela DiLaura, NP

Clinical Informatics and Quality Manager
Angela DiLaura is a board-certified nurse practitioner with experience providing obstetric-gynecologic services in diverse settings in the San Francisco Bay Area. She completed her nurse practitioner degree and clinical training at Columbia University in New York. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she had a career in clinical research, including publishing original research. As HealthTap's Clinical Informatics and Quality Manager, she supervises the quality of care delivered in the HealthTap Medical Group. Learn more about HealthTap's Medical Editorial Board at https://www.healthtap.com/about-doctors/

Dr. Geoffrey W. Rutledge

Chief Medical Officer and Co-founder
Geoffrey W. Rutledge MD, PhD, FACMI, Chief Medical Officer and co-founder at HealthTap, is a double-board certified physician who practiced and taught medicine for more than 25 years. He earned a PhD in medical computer science from Stanford, was an NIH-funded researcher, and served on faculty at Harvard, Stanford, and UCSD medical schools. Before HealthTap, he created the first consumer health website and PHR at Healtheon/WebMD. Learn more about HealthTap's Medical Editorial Board at https://www.healthtap.com/about-doctors/

Sean Mehra

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
As Founder and Chief Executive Officer of HealthTap, Sean Mehra (@seanmehra) has been on the front lines of technology innovation in healthcare for more than 10 years. HealthTap’s mission is to place an affordable, quality personal care doctor at every American’s fingertips — orchestrating care for every part of their lives.

Dr. Robert Kwok

Director of Health Informatics
Robert Kwok, MD, Director of Health Informatics at HealthTap, is a board-certified physician who practiced medicine for 28 years. Before coming to San Jose, he trained at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. In his office practice, he provided primary care for children from newborns to high school students. Dr. Kwok liked and initially joined HealthTap because its public forum let him deliver accurate medical information to people both in his local community and also across the globe. He was for many years a consultant at HealthTap for the Medical Operations team and joined HealthTap full-time after retiring from office practice. Dr. Kwok is the Director of Health Informatics and oversees the quality of the consultations in HealthTap's virtual clinics, plus the quality and suitability of the questions and answers on the public forum. Learn more about HealthTap's Medical Editorial Board at https://www.healthtap.com/about-doctors/

HealthTap Editors

HealthTap articles are reviewed by MDs, PhDs, NPs, nutritionists and other healthcare professionals. Visit https://www.healthtap.com/about-doctors/ to learn more and meet some of the medical editorial board members behind our blog. The information does not constitute and should not be relied on for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment. HealthTap is a virtual-first, affordable urgent- and primary-care clinic, providing top-quality physician care nationwide to Americans with or without insurance. Our proprietary, easy-to-use, and innovative apps and electronic medical record apply Silicon Valley standards to effectively engage consumers and doctors online to increase the equity, accessibility, and efficiency of ongoing medical care for consumers, providers, employers, and payers. In addition, with HealthTap, businesses can offer virtual primary care to employees for less than the cost of free coffee. HealthTap's US-based board-certified physicians are available throughout North America. For more information, visit www.healthtap.com.

Angela DiLaura, NP

Clinical Informatics and Quality Manager
Angela DiLaura is a board-certified nurse practitioner with experience providing obstetric-gynecologic services in diverse settings in the San Francisco Bay Area. She completed her nurse practitioner degree and clinical training at Columbia University in New York. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she had a career in clinical research, including publishing original research. As HealthTap's Clinical Informatics and Quality Manager, she supervises the quality of care delivered in the HealthTap Medical Group. Learn more about HealthTap's Medical Editorial Board at https://www.healthtap.com/about-doctors/

Geoff's second opinion

Dr. Geoff Rutledge is a double-board certified physician who has taught and practiced medicine for over 25 years.

Virtual Primary Care is a new type of care delivered by primary care physicians who manage a panel of their patients exclusively via virtual (video) consultation and text chat to deliver personalized ongoing care.
Dr. Geoffrey W. Rutledge

Dr. Geoffrey W. Rutledge

Cofounder and Chief Medical Officer

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Neurologist Dariush Saghafi, MD, presented an informative and engaging presentation on how to evaluate headaches in primary care.
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Understanding your flu-like symptoms: A helpful chart just for you

With COVID-19, the flu, allergies, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and the common cold, how do you know if a sneeze is from the leaves in the yard or if it’s the beginning of something more?
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What is type 1 diabetes?

Unlike type 2 diabetes — which most often occurs in older adults and is preventable –– type 1 diabetes is a chronic (life-long) autoimmune condition seen mostly in children, teenagers and young adults
Asthma

Understanding asthma symptoms

For many, breathing easy comes naturally and requires little effort. However, for the nearly 25 million Americans who suffer from asthma, it can be complicated.
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Shining the light on men’s health this November

If you’ve happened to notice an uptick in men’s mustaches in November, there’s a deeper meaning behind the fall facial hair trend.
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Earliest flu-symptom season of past 30 years

In 2022, the "flu season" includes influenza, COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and other respiratory viruses; starting weeks earlier than usual. During most years the season begins in Dec.
Virtual Care

10 myths and misconceptions about virtual primary healthcare

Can doctors who meet their patients via video form an effective doctor-patient relationship, and does that relationship lead to appropriate & needed primary care? The answer is "YES!" on both counts.
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HealthTap Launches Eval360 for Health Plans

HealthTap launches Eval360 for health plans to offer members comprehensive primary care evaluations for better outcomes and lower costs.
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Reevaluating our understanding of comorbidities and risk factors

This article by Harold Kennedy, MD, examines our understanding of comorbidities and risk factors and notes how they have changed.
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