Doctor Q&A for Dr. Thomas Stern

A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol): I don't think those symptoms are related to symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) or prednisone eye drops.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Antibiotics: Antibiotics are only inidcated if there is evidence of a bacterial infection. Most causes of fever and cough in an otherwise healthy 29yo are not due ... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
COPD treatments: While the underlying damage caused by cigarettes cannot be reversed, COPD symptoms can be greatly improved with current treatments.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Asplenia: Yes - without a spleen you are more susceptible to infection with all encapsulated bacteria - of which capnocytophaga canimorsus is one.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Fever in kids: Most children get several viral infections a year which result in high fevers. Luckily children with normal immune systems will take care of the infe ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Sepsis: Maintaining good hygiene will certainly help prevent infection and sepsis - but it is not the only factor for developing sepsis.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Hemoptysis: Coughing up blood - whcih is called hemoptysis - is most commonly caused by acute bronchitis or inflamed air tubes. Chain smoking can cause bronchiti ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Pulmonary fibrosis: Pulmonary fibrosis is a pattern seen on ct scanning of the lung. There are several things that can cause fibrosis such as smoking, exposure to asbest ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Sinusitis: Yes it is fine to use Nasonex (mometasone) with sudafed - they work by different mechanisms and are often used together, .
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Shortness of breath: I would start with your primary care physician. Typically shortness of breath is due to a heart condition or a lung condition. They can determine if ... Read More
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