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Dr. Raja Abusharr

Family Medicine
The Woodlands, TX
22 years experience male

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Specialties
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Family Medicine

Licenses

United States: Texas

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

97 Answers
12 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
SNRIs need taper: Venlafaxine (Effexor) and other SNRIs (Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors) are wonderful medications helping many people with depression... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
12-18 during health: According to Dr. Williams in a professional review of geriatrics pulmonary assessment from 2009, "Normal respiratory rates for older patients are 12 t... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Bones hurt moving: I would start with a general physician who can take a thorough history, family history and exam and obtain common labs that are useful in placing this... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Get tested: The only way to determine if you are pregnant, even in the best of circumstances (timely depo, iud, tubal ligation, ocps, etc) is to have a pregnancy ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Darkening menses: The color of your menses is only related to how "old" the blood is. The older the blood the darker it gets. You don't have much to worry about if it g... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Varies by brand: Quantitative blood (serum) tests detect HCG levels at 1 miu/ml. This must be ordered by a doctor. Urine tests advertise detection thresholds between 2... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Lose weight: Fat never turns to muscle as some would have you believe. Fat around the buttocks will be lost like any fat anywhere else in the body. Sometimes it c... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Nasal Bleed: "chunks" you are referring to are likely a combination of dried nasal discharge ("snot") and dried blood from previous bleed, and possible healing ski... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Arcus Senilis: Arcus senilis is the technical term for the whitish or bluish rings around the cornea of the eye in people generally above 40s or 50s. It is usually d... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Airway Resistance: Puzzling question as term used in technical literature and ICU medicine related to ventilated individuals. Not sure what you mean and what "ram" refer... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Cheek Lesion: Any discoloration inside the mouth that his new should be evaluated by a dentist or physician. If you bite the inside of your mouth it is likely a "he... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Non-std lesions: There are several other dermatological diagnoses that can be considered besides the std cause of genital area skin changes. Simple issues like hyperke... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Egg yolk contents: Yolk contains about 60 calories, three times the caloric content of the egg white. The yolk of one large egg (50 g total, 17 g yolk) contains approxi... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Beta blocker CCB OK: There are no problems if these were prescribed by a physician. Each works differently and the only concern i would have would be potential low blood p... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Hydrogen Peroxide: I use hydrogen peroxide only rarely and recommend to my patients to avoid it altogether. Simple lacerations (bleeding stops with pressure after a few ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
SNRI and BZDs: I agree with dr. Fowler and would add that we often make combination of medications for patients that are not "ideal" in other words where a single me... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
COPD: Copd, asthma, or other lung diseases by themselves do not cause fever. Recent "atelectasis" that can occur after prolonged bed rest or inactivity can ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
No worries: Pigment changes to "apocrine" areas like underarms and groin are not unusual especially if you are already have pigmented skin. Sometime we worry abou... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Seborrhea: Not all dandruff is equal. In some cases otc brands like h&s or t-gel are enough. Patients will often have to see their doctor to get something more p... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Cannot gain weight: Folks who cannot gain weight would benefit from recording their intake. By writing down all you eat and using a simple online reference like www.Calor... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Immune System: Its a very complicated topic and a good place for you to review the basics without going into medical books and lectures is http://www.Cancer.Gov/canc... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) not culprit: Stimulant medications usually cause diarrhea instead of constipation. My suspicion is that the stimulant effect of vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) has prob... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Endometriosis: It sounds to me that you are trying to find out how endometriosis is diagnosed and treated. You are right that there are no good imaging studies for t... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Taking narcotics?: I am assuming that the back pain and headaches came first and the constipation followed... If that hunch is right then I am going to assume that your ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Evaluation needed: As family doctors we tackle many issues regarding women's health and this certainly seems to be one of them. May i suggest that you do things in this ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
See your MD: This is a new medication for treatment of pulmonary TB and consists of four ingredients: isoniazid, rifampicin, Pyrazinamide and ethambutol. It is co... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Am I pregnant?: There is a simple way to answer this question. Pregnancy is a yes or no situation. There is no maybe, half, or three quarters pregnant... I know that ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
It can be reversed!: Metabolic syndrome is a name for a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, and type 2 dia... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Excessive sweating: Your doctor can prescribe either a solution called drysol or an oral medication called robinol. There are dermatologist who also offer bo-tox to knock... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
No help for virus: Cold sores, usually caused by a variety of viruses (most famous among which is the dreaded herpes simplex virus) are unaffected by antibiotics which a... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Doxy or Levaquin (levofloxacin): Common problem with Azithromycin 1000 mg! ask your doctor if you need retreatment if the infection was 6 months ago. Chances are you need to be retes... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Eczema hands: You probably already know these things but... 1. Don't over wash hands 2. Avoid all hand sanitizers 3. Avoid all hand lotions 4. Use gloves when w... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Complicated Answer: Chances are if you already had a tubal pregnancy, the scar tissue from that event (even if non surgical) might preclude a second pregnancy in the same... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Craniosynostosis: You made your own diagnosis, but its a shame that it might have not been discovered in infancy... At this point you cannot do anything to change that.... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
ENT unless fever: This always need to be drained and the outpatient procedure can be done by an ENT as the er will only want to do this if it is an emergency (airway re... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
NSAIDS are dangerous: The other doctors answer is corret. More specifically, out of about 7 or so chemically similar grouping in the NSAID class (non steroidal antiinflamma... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Am I pregnant?: There is a simple way to answer this question. Pregnancy is a yes or no situation. There is no maybe, half, or three quarters pregnant... I know that ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
De Quervain's: Inflammation of one of the most important flexor tendons in the wrist is a good possibility. Evaluation by an upper-extremity orthopedic physician... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Chest Pain: Frustrating problem for both patients and physicians... What did your cardiologist tell you about other causes of pain? Has costochondritis been ruled... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Body Shape: The only body proportions you have any chance of affecting will be the width measurements. Since your height at 18 is most likely not going to change,... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Flushing of face: Common problem and related to (1) rapid dilation of superficial blood vessels called capillaries that increase in diameter and blood flow in response ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Contagious periods: The contagious period differs for each type of infection, even among different viruses! there is a range of values based on different infections rangi... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Tonsillar Enlargment: Its pretty unlikely that 3 ents missed a tonsillar abscess or foreign body, as you can often see this without otolaryngoscopy. Having said that, the s... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Better Question: It might be helpful for you to better articulate what you mean when you ask what to look for after a hysterectomy. If you are considering having one, ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Low Potassium: Muscle cramps are not always tied to specific serum potassium levels so your 3.3 may or may not be causative with your symptom. However, if you are on... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Axillary Boil: Usually a "knot" under the arm that is painful, red, warm and growing is a "boil" or glandular abscess. It must be examined and likely incised by a ph... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Steroids short term!: Corticosteroids (like triamcinalone, mid potency steroid) are amazing drugs and can reduce inflammation very quickly almost miraculously. They are how... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Vagal Response: Hard laughing, like coughing or retching can stimulate the VAGAL NERVE, an important nerve regulating our parasympathetic system. This nerve travels f... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Posture is important: Sitting at a desk (most office workers) is both unnatural and detrimental to your skeleton. From the neck down to your lower back, the spine is confin... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Water Weight Loss: Its true that the majority of rapid weight loss (1-3 pounds daily) is due to loss of water. The reason this happens is because a reduction of sodium i... Read More

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HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Abusharr is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Abusharr is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I already had an appendectomy in 2005. My lower back hurts also & im always tired. Thanks Dr. Raja
HealthTap member
Thank you very much, Dr. Abusharr. That link about the immune system is perfect. I have something interesting to read, now! : )
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Wait so are you saying that I do have craniocynocytosis? I don't have any seizures but I am so self conscious about my head

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, OR
Graduated 2000MD

Residency

LANCASTER GENERAL HOSPITAL

Awards

Pfizer Teaching Award 2010
National Health Service Corps Scholarship 1996-2000
Active Teacher in Family Medicine, American Academy of Family Physicians

Affiliations

Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Assistant Professor
American Academy Of Family Physicians
Texas Medical Association
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