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Dr. Steven Pouls

Family Medicine
Itasca, IL
male

Locations

Office

Itasca, IL

Address

Family Medical Associates, S.C., 1107 North Prospect Avenue, Itasca, IL
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Practice website

Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

About

Bio

I have proudly been a Family Physician for over 20 years. I enjoy my work--I enjoy helping people, and I believe that HealthTap is a great way for me to extend my reach, and help so many more people. HealthTap allows me to do good work, without the excessive costs of traditional medical care. I still DO believe in traditional medical care, and I truly believe that nothing can replace the bond between a person and their Family Physician that develops over the years. However, this is just not practical for every single person. HealthTap fills this need

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Family Medicine

Licenses

United States: Illinois

Doctor Q&A

73 Answers
22 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
You should not . . .: Good evening. You should not mix and match your medications without first contacting your doctor (the ones who prescribed these to you). Also, in my e... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Please see specialis: please see your specialist/psychiatrist. Unfortunately, this is not an ideal venue to try to assist with the type of problems that you are describing.... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Stress . . anxiety?: Most of the time, insomnia is 'due to' something else, like certain medications, or stress/anxiety, or pain . . . The goal should be to identify the c... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Inactive means . . .: Inactive means that it does not require any further treatment (think of it as scar, after you cut your skin. Once you've treated the cut, the scar may... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Melatonin . . .: this is perfectly fine for you to try at night. Your real question pertains to potential drug interactions. Drug interactions are both studied and rec... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
No drug interactions: There are no drug interactions between these two medications. However, please be aware that Advil (ibuprofen) is an aspirin based medication, and the ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: good evening. There is nothing dangerous about drinking a little prune juice regularly to help with your bowels. Just make sure that you do not have a... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Giardia: I would be highly suspicious of giardia, which is often found to contaminate freshwater sources--streams? Wells? It is well known to cause burping tha... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Dilated Blood Vessel: . . . Good evening.This is probably nothing to be concerned about. Any time that your body heats-up, your body will need to get rid of that extra heat... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
?: Really, the question is, since you are already 12 days late, could you ALREADY be pregnant? If you have not yet done a home pregnancy test, please do ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Not EXACTLY true . .: Good morning. If you do not eat enough calories to supply your body with the energy that it needs, your body will begin to look for other sources (sto... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Ignore: Working your CORE muscles will raise your metabolism--so, keep burning those calories!
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
More info. needed .: . . . Hard to help without additional info. Callous formation implies healing. The real question is the cause, correct? Rib fractures rarely occur spo... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Have you considered: Given that this has been ongoing for 4 years, and apparently has not deteriorated to anything worse, have you considered Vocal Cord Dysfunction? This ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
You could, but . .: . . . both of these can make you a little drowsy, so taking both might make you more sleepy on the plane than you may want--it also depends upon how l... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Age old question . .: Good morning. Unfortunately, the answer to your question is not that simple,because there are many causes/triggers for panic attacks (genetics, enviro... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes . . . or no . .: We have used Topamax (topiramate) alone for quite some time for the treatment of migraines. It is used in an attempt to reduce the frequency and seve... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Many possibilities: Good morning. There are many possible causes for this combination of symptoms. I would strongly recommend that your daughter be seen by her doctor.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes . . . an no: You may not be dealing with a Vaginal yeast infection--there are other possible infections that are not treated with anti-yeast medications. Also, som... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Lymph node vs. cyst: Well, there is really no blood test or X-ray study that will do this for you. The only real way to know is by removing the lesion. However, there are ... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Hard to say . . .: There are many causes for an elevated bilirubin. Some causes are harmless, while other causes can be pretty serious. If this is the first time that yo... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Many . . .: Possible causes may include medications (including over the counter/supplements), drugs and alcohol, metabolic problems like thyroid disorders, poor s... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Blood pressure?: There could be several reasons as to why you are feeling light-headed--especially out doors. The Florida heat and lack of good hydration may be contri... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Several possibilitie: . since there is no pain, it is unlikely (but not impossible) to be infection. It may be that you just have wax build-up, which may need to be removed... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Several reasons . .: Brownish spotting may simply be related to blood having been in the vagina for more than a day. BCP's can cause irregular spotting, even if you rememb... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Too complicated . .: Your symptoms may or may not be related.However,since you have CKD at the age of 48 yrs, I would anticipate that you have other medical problems as we... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes . . .: . . . this should be looked at immediately--especially if your are noticing red-streaks (?tracking?).
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes to nausea . .: Any antibiotic can cause nausea/vomiting or diarrhea. This is not an allergic reaction; just a potential side effect. Nausea, by itself, should not be... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Would notify your Dr: We use Lamictal for several conditions, and even though you will read that the 'maximal' dose is 200 mg/day, we have several patients that are actuall... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Difficult to know .: . . . without evaluation. Possibilities include a swollen lymph node (possibly infection?), or cyst or abscess of the skin itself. Certainly, since th... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
More details?: You had a single seizure at age 17 yrs.? No recurrences since then? Please explain what is concerning you, after so much time has passed. Was a cause ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Category 'C': There are no animal or human studies on the effects of Terconazole Vaginal Cream. However, since you are already 37 weeks along in your pregnancy, it ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
See your doctor: It's impossible to be able to tell you exactly what is going on through this type of venue. Could it be infected? Could there be a piece of glass stil... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: It will still work. In fact, for my patients that do have GI sensitivity, I typically tell them that it is okay to split up the 2 pills that you take ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
DVT???: I do hope that you have already called your Orthopedic surgeon. It's impossible to help you thru this venue, however, one of the potential complicatio... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
No two people . .: Technically speaking, Didrex is indicated to assist in the treatment of obesity. It is derived from the stimulant class of chemicals called amphetamin... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Not really . . .: By conventional standards, you would be considered underweight. Being underweight during your teenage years can actually lead to some pretty significa... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Do pregnancy test!: Even semen has some sperm (i.e. before he pulled out). Your irregular flow may not be anything significant, but please do a pregnancy test.
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Waist Circumference?: Based upon your numbers, your BMI is about a 28--that would be considered overweight (not obese, obviously). However, BMI alone is not an adequate way... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Fatigue . . .: The evaluation of fatigue is rather complicated due to the very wide range of possible contributing factors--such as physical causes, metabolic/chemic... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Hard to know . . .: Since your studies are all normal, it is unlikely that your symptoms are due to a physical blockage. There are, however, problems that we refer to as ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: In fact, taking BCP's to help to control your PMS symptoms is probably better for the health of your 1 kidney, than taking excessive amounts of OTC me... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes . .: . . . closed off completely. You should have been provided with an illustration of how this is done. Best of luck.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Too vague . .: The problem is that the shoulder is actually made of several boney structures--so it really does depend upon the specifics, such as : which bone, whic... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
No, but . . .: I would STRONGLY recommend that you not work-out while taking codeine. You will increase your risk of injury. Codeine can effect your balance, which m... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Many possibilities: . . . too many possible causes. This would not be the best venue to get this question answered. WBC's elevate for many reasons--some more harmless tha... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Absolutely!: Flexibility and bone growth are unrelated. Yoga and Pilates are wonderful, low impact ways of becoming or staying flexible as we age. Best of luck.
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Probably . . .: . . . Hi Joshua. So, more specifically you were punched on the left side of your chest. Your heart is very well protected. Just like your skull prote... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Severe cough . .: . . . I am so sorry for your situation, for you and your daughter. However, your daughter does need medical attention, based upon your description. I... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Several reasons . .: Several possible reasons for your nausea and your headaches, so please go see your doctor for further evaluation. HOWEVER, the one thing that is NOT a... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Pouls is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I have an appointment with my doctor on the 28th of this month. I'll definitely bring it up an find out what my next step should be. No drugs or alcohol but you named qu...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I have had stool cultures and all negative. I did have diarrhea, however my doctor could not conclude a diagnostic for my illness. I am better all has ceased but the bac...Read More
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1st time, I was in the office for anxiety and they did blood work to see if I had a vitamin D deficiency, and called back mentioning there was a slight bilirubin level,

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – New Jersey Medical School, NJ
MD

Residency

The Medical Ceneter, Beaver,Pa
Completed 1992

Awards

95% Overall Satisfaction Scores, Press Ganey Survey's
Top Family Physician, Second Place, Illinois - Fall
2015
Most Influential Doctor, First Place, Melrose Park Region - Fall
2015
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