Dr. Sarah Kohl

Travel Medicine
Pittsburgh , PA
37 years experience

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Pittsburgh , PA

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1370 Washington Pike, Suite 107, Pittsburgh , PA
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Travel Medicine

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319 Answers
285 Agrees
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Itchy bottom: Puritis ani describes itching around the anus. It has many causes including excessive or inadequate wiping, moisture (chapped), sensitivity to scented... Read More
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
No minimum age: Many parents want to know when they can travel with their babies to visit other countries. The destination will significantly impact the preparation ... Read More
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
No: Many cruise lines have minimum ages to travel. A typical minimum age is 12 months but varies by cruise line. You will want to check with the cruise li... Read More
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: Begin providing supplemental vitamin d soon after birth. Many families spend the first week or so getting settled with feeding their baby before begin... Read More
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
When they come in: Begin to brush or wipe your baby's teeth twice daily as soon as they come in. Developing healthy dental habits early leads to a lifetime of healthy te... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: Simple avoidance measures help: wash your hands, drink bottled water, avoid ice and eat cooked food served hot. Mild traveler's diarrhea (td) can be ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Prevent hitting head: Concussions are caused by trauma to your brain. Avoiding activities which involved hitting you head is the best prevention. Wearing a seat belt or usi... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Injury for long time: Post concussion syndrome occurs when concussion symptoms, typically headache, dizziness, fatigue, and poor concentration, last longer than 6-8 weeks. ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
No: Concussions are a type of brain injury. Your brain needs rest. While it is healing it is very sensitive to stress, such as drinking. Allow your br... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Sometimes: Concussions are brain injuries. They can last as short as a few weeks or longer than a year. The long term effects depend upon the area of the brain ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Plan carefully: Many people on injectable immune suppressants are able to travel widely. Discuss your plans with both your travel doctor and rheumatologist. You will... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Maybe: Check with your doctor how to manage all medical issues including swelling of your leg, increased risk of blood clots, and mobility options. Call the ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Simply & truthfully: You can tell your young daughter that you have cancer in simple language. She may not yet be able to comprehend the serousness or cimplexity of your ... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Measure her growth: Many babies spit a small amount of formula. If she is letting it run down her chin she is telling you she is full. Continue to feed as usual and have ... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Reduce qty / thicken: Mild spit up is very common. It sounds as if you baby may be eating too much at each feed or have mild reflux. Try reducing the quantity in the bottl... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: Mosquitoes and other insects transmit a wide variety of infections. Wear protective clothing 30% deet or 20% picardin applied according to package dir... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Illness in self/sib: Banking cord blood is becoming widely advertised. Currently cord blood can be stored and used to treat about 100 rare illnesses in the donor or a bro... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Gets better in time: Many people with concussions have difficulty concentrating. Most heal within a few weeks, but some have problems for months. Brain rest is essential.... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Usually: Most children will use their pacifiers until it is taken away. You should aim to wean your child by 24 months to limit any interference the pacifier ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Cigarettes worse: Both are really bad for you, in different ways. It doesn't matter which is worse, they are both dangerous, avoid them. Both have carbon monoxide. Cig... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Real: Oppositional defiance disorder (odd) is a difficult to manage behavior disorder which has a biologic cause. Severe discipline or lax discipline may wo... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Preparation: Disabled travelers are spanning the globe. Travel to major cities is easier than to rural locations. Most spend extra time planning their travels; s... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Maybe: As in all coached sports, the quality of the coach will determine the quality of your child's experience. Respect, personal responsibility, and disci... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Planning: Children can learn to overcome fear of needles. Teaching relaxing techniques and practicing at home with pretend needles can help the child master the... Read More
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: Goat milk has been used by many who have food allergies. But plain goats milk and raw goats milk are not safe for your baby. Pasteurized goats milk mu... Read More
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Maybe: Parasites are common at some destinations (and even in daycare). Consult your pediatrician if your child has diarrhea or a new skin rash after travel... Read More
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: Most destinations disposable diapers are available. In remote locations you may have some difficulty locating diapers. Call ahead to check on availab... Read More
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Treat symptoms: Measles is caused by a virus. There is no specific medication for measles. Most children with measles are miserable. Fever & pain control with Acet... Read More
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Altered shot schedul: Modified immunization schedules have been discussed more lately. The major drawback to spreading out immunizations over longer time periods is that yo... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
None which work: Many popular supplements claim to boost the immune system. However scientific testing does not show they they actually work in people eating balanced... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Level of risk: Vaccines are recommended for people at risk for certain diseases, most take 2-4 weeks to work. Military personnel are at far greater risk, due to the... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Depends upon country: Salmonella causes typhoid fever and paratyphoid fever . It is usually spread by contamination of food or water. The most common place for travelers ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Not usually: Traveler's diarrhea occurs when you accidentally eat or drink food contaminated with germs. To prevent it eat cooked food served hot, drink bottled w... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Rest: Rest your injured brain to allow it to heal. If you stress your brain with physical activity, too little sleep, or cognitive stress (schoolwork, readi... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
It can be done!: Patients on either hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis can travel the world with advance planning. You will need to work with your home dialysis cente... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Help child learn: "spoiling" is a term understood but hard to quantify. I like to think of it as a child demanding attention/things/activities which only benefit the ch... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Be a role model: Children and pets seem to go together. Children learn to love and care for others while caring for pets. You will need to demonstrate how to best int... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Supervision: Many children are attracted to animals. Teach your child that animals have feelings, don't like to be poked or prodded, and should be left alone whil... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: Snakes do not aggravate allergies. Many people enjoy keeping reptiles as pets. But exotic pets such as snakes are not for everyone; they usually live ... Read More
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Suck during descent: Infants and toddlers have difficulty relieving the pressure differences in their ears when flying. This can become very painful. Allowing your child ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: Travel to high altitude (above 8000 ft / 2400 m) can be very stressful on both parents and babies. Babies have a limited ability to communicate if the... Read More
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Immunity to flu: Giving the adult dose of flu vaccine to a child will result in immunization to influenza. We currently use a smaller dose of flu vaccine in babies sin... Read More
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: You can bring your child's car seat on the airplane, but you will need to purchase a ticket for your child. Some car seats are suitable for airplane ... Read More
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Weight & skin check: The first check-up is usually a few days after going home. Your doctor will want to learn how you have adjusted to the new family member, answer any ... Read More
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Many medications: Migraines are an annoying part of life for many women. Medicines used to treat acute migraines such as tylenol, (acetaminophen) ibuprofen, & sumatript... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
It depends: Often infants will grunt as they develop speech and control of their voice. Some infants grunt due to underlying problems such as heart or lung probl... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: Your liver is already stressed by the type of hepatitis you have. Protect yourself against other types of hepatitis with vaccination. Talk to your d... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Yes, but cover up: Shingles is re-activated chicken pox. Unlike chicken pox, it is only spread through direct contact. Keep your rash covered with bandages and clothing... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Bite of mite larvae: 'chiggers' is an itchy rash casue by the bite of an immature (larval) stage of a mite. The mite secrets chemicals which trigger an intense itchy react... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Bird Flu Vaccine: Vaccine to protect against avian influenza (bird flu) also known as strain h5n1. This is different from the annual flu shot and the recent swine flu v... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Mar 9, 2014
Dr Kohl has a vast fund of knowledge that allows for effectively contributing to this online community of health.
Dec 3, 2012
Excellent travel and immunization physician.
HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Kohl is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Thanks. We did discuss it. Finally stopped the vomit festival & severe eczema across my little ones. Gaining weight well- finally have all 3 in the teens for BMI measures (up from 1st, 3rd & 6th). Gro...Read More
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thanks dr kohl and i do all of those things minus the exercise part i was just sick two weeks ago though with similar side effects so i find it strange that it has come back again its not even wi...Read More
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I never hear of anyone having this. The symptoms seem to fit past experience. Is there any test to know if you have had this and is it something once you've had it your immune system blocks?

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, PA
Graduated 1986MD

Awards

Board Certified American Board Pediatrics 1989-present
Certificate in Travel Health 2010
Fellow American Academy of Pediatrics
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