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Dr. Sarah Kohl

Travel Medicine
Pittsburgh , PA
35 years experience

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Office

Pittsburgh , PA

Address

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

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416 Answers
368 Agrees
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
None needed: Tick bites are not usually much of a problem. Sometimes you can get a infection at the site of the bite, so if you see redness and swelling at the sit... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
No vinegar: Sunburn does not need vinegar. Sunburn is an actual burn caused by the rays of the sun. Apply your usual moisturizer. Keep protected while it is heali... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
The Web: Purchasing an individual international health policy is easy and affordable. Don't forget to includ the option for evacuation or repatriation in the ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
NO: Insect repellents are designed to repell insects, olive does not work. When your doctor recommend insect repellents it is to prevent the diseases inse... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Cdc, ISTM, ASTMH: Many sources are available to help you. Start at cdc.Gov/travel, then check state.Gov/travel for more information. While on the state department websi... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Affects the brain: Mefloquine is used to prevent malaria. In some people, it can cause unpleasant side effects such as vivid dreams or anxiety or depression. In those wi... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Common side effect: Babies may have minor side effects from vaccines. Many will sleep longer for the first few days after vaccination, others develop fever or grumpiness.... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Good hydration: Diarrhea where undigested food comes out is a sign of a severe diarrhea. Dehydration can be a problem in this more severe type of diarrhea. Treating... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Fever & pains: Dengue fever is characterized by fever, headache behind the eyes, and severe muscle aches. Some go on to severe internal oozing. The only way you can... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Unknown: We don't truly know but hypothesize it is due to stimulation of sensory nerves in the intestine.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Check blood pressure: Mild dengue and influenza have many of the same symptoms and are treated the same way. Fever, headaches, muscle aches. Often influenza has cough & ru... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
See a doctor: There are many causes of chronic diarrhea, too numerous to post here. See your doctor to find out both the cause and which treatments can help.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Diarrhea with Blood : Bloody diarreha results when the intestinal wall is irritated. You will see red blood in your poop. This can be from an infection, chronic disease, or... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Maybe: Floppy baby syndrome or hypotonia has many causes. Most babies with hypotonia can receive their immunizations on time, however each child will need t... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Pedialyte: There is not an appropriate medication to treat the symptoms of diarrhea in a 10 month old baby. However, the danger of diarrhea is dehydration. If yo... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Discuss with your MD: It is likely that your intestinal symptoms are due to your medication. Call your doctor to discuss the symptoms and how best to manage the intestinal ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Many possibilities: Bed bug bites are very itchy so this is unlikely. Red bumps can occur wih insect bite such as mosquitoes, bed bugs, spiders etc. Bug bites usually bot... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Travel within year: Travel outside of your commlunity exposes you to different illnesses. Let your doctor know if you have traveled outside of your community or country w... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Gastroenteritis : The symptoms you describe are typical of gastroenteritis. In the western hemisphere this is usually caused by a virus and resolves by itself. If you... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Decongestants: If you suffer from respiratory allergies taking medication wile you travel may make you more comfortable. A strong decongestant such as afrin (oxymeta... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Undercooked meat: Tapeworm (cestode) infection usually occurs when a person eats undercooked meat. Rarely, they can be ingested by eating contaminated food or water. To... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
No: No, pinworms are very common. Many people don't even know they have them. If your doctor has found them on a tape test then you have them. Follow your... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
See your doctor: Diarrhea longer than a week may have many causes. Sometimes the virus which caused the illness damages the intestinal lining and it takes a few weeks ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Discuss with family: Atending a funeral from out of town is both a personal and family decision. Discuss this with your family to help you make a decision.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Many: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) has many manifestations. Some of the symptoms depend upon age and some based on underlying health. Two groups are particularly v... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Yes: People who have gastro-esophageal reflux (gerd) and take certain medications which block acid production, such as Prilosec or nexium, (esomeprazole) a... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Clothes Dryer: Bedbugs are an annoying but not dangerous. They are spread throughout the world. These clever bugs have become resistant to many insecticides. If you ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Depends upon med: Stop the medication and allow to wear off. If it is an antibiotic she should be back to normal in a day or so. If she took an medication to treat symp... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Screens & nets: Sleeping in houses with screens on windows or under a Permethrin treated bed net are the best way to avoid mosquitoes at night. Keep your sleeping a... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
3 months: The atovone/proguqnil (malarone) will be out of your system in about a month but your risk for developing malaria doesn't go down until about 3 months... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Won't die: Round worms / tape worms are annoying and rarely uncomfortable but you won't die. If you have accidental exposure (such as eating with unwashed hands ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
See your doctor: There are many reasons for traveling numb feelings in your body. A careful history and physical exam can help you figure out what the cause is. Know w... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Yes for 1 year: Traveling to countries where malaria exists will make you ineligible to donate blood products for at least one year. This is true even if you travel ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Yes, in moderation.: Green tea is full of many healthful compunds and some caffine. Enjoy your tea. Like all foods and beverages, moderation is a good idea.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
History of bite : Rabies is contracted by contact with saliva of infected animals- through bites or licking of cuts. The first symptoms are flu-like illness: fatigue, f... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Not from bed bugs: Black heads are blocked oil glands that have been exposed to the air. The oil undergoes a chemical reaction which changes the color to black. Bed bu... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Unproven: There are many drugs reported to work for motion sickness. Most work a little bit but have significant side effects including drowsiness, etc. Epanau... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
GO to ER ASAP: Snake bites can vary from the annoying (non-venemous) to life threatening. If you are biten go to the er as soon as possible! specfic anti-venoms are ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Intriguing: We don't know how or why infection with nematodes minimizes the chance of developing autoimune diseases such as crohn's or ulcerative colitis. Prelimi... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Irritable Bowel?: The symptos you describe may be from irritable bowel. They sound as if the bother you a lot, limiting your activities. Good news: many things can imp... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Call poison control: Accidental ingestions of insecticides can vary from mild to life threatening. The decision whether to give milk or water before going to the emergency... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Plan Wisely: Congratulations! it's always a good idea to be fit and healthy; you will feel better and enjoy more. You should be able to walk up a flight of stairs... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Thank you.: Your adult children may be concerned for many reasons. Reassure them that you are taking good care of yourself and you involve your healthcare provide... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Startle Response: When falling asleep in the sitting position we often droop our heads. This can cause a startle response which can be accompanied by a small snort. Oth... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Several minutes: Airplanes are pressurized to keep you relatively comfortable: set to alttudes between 6, 500 and 8, 000 ft. Sudden decompression while flying at alti... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
See ENT doc: If you suffered a broken nose, or are having trouble breathing through your nose see your local ENT doctor. There are many possible causes, each with ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Antibiotics: Bug bites are an annoying fact of outdoor life. When the bite becomes infected (which happens rarely) you will need to go to your doctor for oral anti... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Yes, lots of pain: Dengue fever's nickname is 'break bone fever' because every part of your body hurts so much it feels as if your bones are broken. People with dengue ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Antibiotics: Traveler's diarrhea(td) is a bacterial diarrhea spread in water and food. Different countries have different bacteria with different susceptibility ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Very diffifult: Bed bugs are resistant to many insecticides, and they can switch genes to suddenly 'develop' resistance to a new ones.. Discard stuffed furniture an... Read More

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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.
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Mar 31, 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
HealthTap member
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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