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Dr. Kenneth Cheng

Family Medicine
Newport Beach, CA
32 years experience male

Locations

Office

Newport Beach, CA

Address

500 Superior, Suite 100, Newport Beach, CA
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About

Bio

Dr. Kenneth Cheng is Board Certified in Family Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is also a co-founder of Personalcare Physicians, LLC, a management company of concierge medical practices utilizing technology and best practices to assist physicians in providing optimal care to their patients. In addition to Family Medicine, Dr. Cheng has particular interest in Sports Medicine and Disaster Medicine. He is a regional expert on Disaster and Tactical Medicine, where he teaches on these topics to local law enforcement and the lay public. Dr. Cheng has previously volunteered with FEMA in New Orleans during the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and he currently volunteers as a reserve deputy sheriff as a tactical physician for the SWAT team, and is a search and rescue team member where he is a rope rescue technician. TO ALL USERS OF HEALTHTAP, BOTH PHYSICIANS AND NON-PHYSICIANS:Dr. Cheng believes that HealthTap can play a vital role for individuals who need questions answered without getting a diagnosis. He also believes that it is reward enough to help those in need and that no additional reward is needed.  As such, he DOES NOT ask for or seek votes, recommendations, awards or other accolades.  Instead, he believes that the true ranking of a physician is based on 1) the quality of his answers, 2) the number of colleagues who agree with his answers, and 3) the genuine and heartfelt "thank you" notes and thank you's.  This is reward enough.  Lastly, he will "agree" with physician answers when appropriate, but will not recommend or vote for physicians as he has no personal knowledge of that physician's skills, personality, traits, bedside manner, or practice style.

Specialties
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Family Medicine

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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Broken down: Insulin, if taken orally, is rendered inactive because of stomach acids breaking down the insulin.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Lighten dark areas: Bleaching creams are commonly prescribed by dermatologist to lighten areas of hyperpigmentation (areas of darker skin).
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Infection: Pelvic inflammatory disease (pid) is an infectious process and the first line of treatment is with antibiotics, not surgery.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
No: According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), it is estimated that between 8,000 and 18,000 patients are hospitalized for Legionnaire's disease i... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Low and slow: Assuming no other lung or heart issues, this is likely due to not working your respiratory muscles. No different than lifting weights: I have no expec... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Keep active: My recommendations: stretch by laying on your back and pulling one leg to your chest, hold for 5 sec., repeat with the other leg, do it 12x on each s... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Yes: Studies show that raising HDL ("good") cholesterol levels above 45 mg/dl can result in plaque regression. It should be noted, however, that there sho... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Difficult to tell: Skin issues are extremely difficult to evaluate without actually seeing the skin up close. As such, it is best for you to see your doctor or dermatol... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Not normal: Sciatic nerve pain that causes numbness and/or tingling to the leg indicates some type of "irritation" to the sciatic nerve. Some use the term "pinch... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Depends: Wheezing is a common symptoms of asthma (aka reactive airway disease). It is caused by the bronchial tubes being constricted and/or inflamed causing ... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Variable: Sprains can take as little as a few days, or as long as months to heal. See your doctor to make sure there is not a tear causing the pain.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Free clinic: Consider seeking care at a local free clinic; many may offer free or low cost dental services. Also consider going to a local dental school where den... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
See your doctor: Bloating is caused by gas, which could occur because of any of the following: 1) stomach acid is being neutralized by a base (opposite of an acid), 2)... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Many support groups: When one has a family member with alzheimer's dementia, or other forms of dementia, it can be very stressful for the family members and caregivers. F... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Not easily: To separate plasma in the blood requires that blood be drawn and spun in a high speed centrifuge. Unless one has the proper equipement and skill, thi... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Should be fine: There is no listed interaction between kenalog (triamcinolone) injections and vicodin or percocet.
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A member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin: Fever reducing medications (antipyretics) include tylenol (acetaminophen) (acetominophen) and motrin/advil (ibuprofen). Both are equally effective. ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Lots of options: See your doctor or an allergy specialist. There as still options available to you, including other antihistamines, nasal steroids, mast cell stabiliz... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Many possibilities: Stomach pain with black stools can be symptoms of a serious condition; usually from an ulcer or other cause of bleeding. Anyone with these symptoms s... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Hard to say: Unusual vaginal discharge can be due to hormonal changes, pregnancy or an infection. A thorough examination and testing is needed to determine the ca... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Many possibilities: Although there are many possible causes to a sore throat, the most common cause is due to some type of infection, usually viral. These just run their ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
No: Aspirin taken daily can be very beneficial in preventing heart attacks and strokes. However, not everyone should be on Aspirin therapy as there are m... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Exercise: The key to weight loss is not the calories we consume but the calories we burn. Cardiovascular exercise is the most important way to safely and effec... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Most insect bites: Insect bites can cause a variety of reactions, ranging from infections, mild allergic reactions, serious allergic reactions, and "toxin" reactions (bu... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Yes: The herpes virus can be transmitted from contact with a toilet seat that has been in contact with a an individual who has active herpes.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
See your doctor: Food always getting stuck in the esophagus can be caused by narrowing of the esophagus (scarring, tumor, congenital, etc) or from diminished saliva pr... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Yes!: Alcohol, like some anti-inflammatory medications, can irritate the stomach lining and worsen stomach ulcers. One should not drink alcohol if diagnosed... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Evaporation: When your body temperature is high, it tries to cool itself by opening capillaries near the surface of the skin. This brings the "warm" blood to the ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Possibly: All medications, including bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) can cause symptoms of indigestion. This is primarily due to your intestines b... Read More
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A 65-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Maybe: I advise my patients on vitamins by using this analogy: vitamins are like your car insurance; you hope you never need to use it but it's nice to have... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Commendable but rest: Your exercise program sound vigorous and should be commended, but the muscles also need time to rest and rebuild. Your tiredness could be how it's tel... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Preferably yes: Your doctor is your partner in health. He or she can oversee your health, and make recommendations as they pertain to vitamins and exercise (and more!... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Possible, but.......: Back pain could be from a cancer (lung or other), but there are many more common, non-cancerous causes to back pain. Best to see your doctor to have y... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Yes: Valtrex, (valacyclovir) if taken appropriately, can prevent the outbreak of herpes, as well as shorten the course of a current outbreak.
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A 76-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
More info needed.: The decision for valve replacement surgery (or any surgery for that matter), is a very complicated decision that involves looking at all aspects of on... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Depends on the cause: Ear aches can have several causes, including a wax, an external ear infection, a middle ear infection, fluid in the middle ear cavity, or other causes... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Boxer's fracture?: Not sure exactly where you are feeling pain but striking something hard with a closed fist can result in a boxer's fracture, or another fracture. Get ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Yes: There is no interaction caused by taking Meclizine and advil (ibuprofen) together, according to epocrates.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
No likely: Assuming one takes the birth control pill regularly without missing any pills, and has been on the same pill for at least one month, it is unlikely (b... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Bacteria: Most bladder infections are caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract. This commonly occurs in women due to tight clothing, wiping incorrectly (ba... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Yes: Going to bed, or just leaving your hair wet after washing or swimming is a common cause of seborrheic dermatitis, where itching is a common symptom. B... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Many sources: One who is in need for handicap transportation can usually get this information from a number of sources, including the internet or phone book under ... Read More
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A 92-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
No: Hepatitis c is a different disease than hepatitis a and hepatitis b. Thus, having previous exposure to hepatitis a and being immunized for hepatitis b... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Possibly unsafe: Xanax (alprazolam) is listed as "possibly unsafe" as studies have found Xanax (alprazolam) in breast milk. This means that the breast fed infant would... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Possibly: More pungent stool with travel can be common due to different diets and/or different bacteria or viruses that we ingest. If the symptoms occur with a ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Yes, as long as.....: Yes, low cholesterol levels due to Crestor (rosuvastatin) is perfectly fine, and actually preferable, as long as there are no side effects and no issu... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Inflammation: Knee tendonitis usually refers to an inflammatory condition around the tendons of the knee. A common example would be a patellar tendonitis affecting ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Ophthamologist : An ophthamologist takes care of medical issues of the eyes, whereas an optometrist treats diminished acuity of vision (vision changes that are more ag... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
See a your doctor: For men, once a vasectomy has been performed, the options are a vasectomy reversal, or a sperm extraction. Speak to a urologist about these options. F... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Many possibilities: Chest pain with deep breaths can be due to a number of causes, including costochondritis (a rib/cartilage pain, a rib fracture, muscular strain, a pne... Read More
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Nov 7, 2014
He is an expert in Backaches, Exercise, Dyslipidemia, Obesity, Depression- We are glad to have him as part of the health tap community because of the service he is performing here.
Jul 5, 2013
Dr. Cheng provides great answers on all kinds of topics. I'm grateful for his knowledge and caring attitude towards others.
Dec 11, 2011
Thank you for your kind words. I like your answers as well
HealthTap member
Thanks. I used to take medicine for ADHD back in college. I stopped after I graduated now I'm wondering if I should visit with my doctor to get back on. I used to see a psychiatrist that prescribed me...Read More
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Thanks Dr. Cheng! I really appreciate your help. I will see a doctor ASAP. This HealthTap app is quite amazing- to get answers on Chritmas Day from an expert physician like yourself- I'm really impres...Read More
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Went to allergist, he said don't do testing just stay away from all pen drugs and cipro drugs. Said if son needs pen or cipro drugs one day we will test then. Do u agree? I'll re post. As a question i...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, CA
Graduated 1990MD

Awards

Most Influential, First Place, California - Winter
2013
Top Family Physician, Second Place, Orange County, CA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Orange County Region, CA - Summer
2013

Affiliations

Association of Socially Active Physicians (ASAP)
Personalcare Physicians of Newport Beach
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