Dr. Shaym Puppala

Internal Medicine
Spartanburg, SC
27 years experience male

Locations

Doctor for Life Weight Management and Treatment Center

Spartanburg, SC

Address

3020B Reidville Rd, Spartanburg, SC
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: Closed
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About

Bio

Dr. Puppala received his MD from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelpha, Pennsylvania. He subsequently received post-graduate training in the categorical internal medicine program at University of Rochester's Strong Memorial Hospital, in Rochester, New York. Dr. Puppala and his wife moved to Greenville, South Carolina in 2008, and feel very lucky to have found such a lovely city to call their home. Dr. Puppala currently practices in an internal medicine based obesity management clinic in Spartanburg, SC.

Specialties
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Internal Medicine

Licenses

United States: South Carolina

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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
No: Amyloidosis is indeed an abnormal build-up of proteins in the tissues which can contribute to a number of problems including cardiomyopathy. It has a... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
VT/VF, certain other: In addition to preventing dangerous ventricular arrhythmias (which can cause sudden cardiac death) in people who have had these, in certain select cas... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Breast, melanoma: There does seem to be a correlation between length of time as a flight attendant and increased risk of cancer above the general population, particular... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Time + vs -: I believe this is one reason: if you generally are ready for sleep at 10pm eastern time and travel to the west coast, you would be ready for sleep at... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Varies: It is difficult to give an "average" wait time, because the wait time is dependent on how sick the person is. At this time, there are not enough live... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Not directly from DT: Heavy alcohol use over a long period of time can lead to severe vitamin b1 (thiamine) deficiency, which can cause delirium (wernicke's encephalopathy)... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Depends on disease: You should not fly at all if you have unstable angina (resting or worsening chest pain or trouble breathing or symptoms that your doctor has said are ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Generally, no.: An epidermoid ("sebaceous") cyst can be hard and painful, particularly if infected. Any unexplained bumps should be evaluated by a medical profession... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Many types are: There are many types of amyloidosis, several of which are inherited.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Phlebotomy: For hemochromatosis (an inherited iron overload condition), treatment includes phlebotomy (removing blood in the same way as donating blood). This, o... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
It can be: Bacterial pneumonia can be deadly, particularly in the elderly and in people with poor immune systems (on chemotherapy, with hiv, or even uncontrolled... Read More
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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Not likely to help: A one-time dose like this is unlikely to kill, but also unlikely to help. It is an entirely unnatural amount of vitamin a to ingest, and there is som... Read More
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Internal Medicine 27 years experience
It can.: Primary sclerosing cholangitis (= psc, inflammation of bile ducts) can give symptoms such as itching, pain in the right upper abdomen, fevers, chills,... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Depends on reason: Numbness in fingers and toes can have a number of reasons to occur, and the first step in treating it is to find out what is causing it to treat the u... Read More
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A 60-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Allergies, possibly: It is possible to be allergic to the material in sheets. It is less likely in the setting you describe for sheets to be infested with scabies, since ... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Not necessarily CA: Blood in the urine (hematuria) has many possible causes, including kidney/bladder stones or kidney cysts, urinary tract infections, urethral trauma. ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Type of food allergy: Oral allergy syndrome (oas) is a type of food allergy, with symptoms limited to the mouth and throat and prevented by cooking all food. There are oth... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Comprehensive eval: You will start treatment, have urine checked for diabetic kidney disease, get eye exam for retinal disease, & treatment for cholesterol and blood pres... Read More
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
See doctor: Any woman who is pregnant should see a doctor before taking any medication over the counter, and should be careful to avoid self-diagnosis; it is not ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Underlying reason: There are a variety of medical reasons for separation of the nail from the nail bed (onycholysis), for example autoimmune diseases or fungal infection... Read More
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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Nasal irrigation: Nasal irrigation is safe and effective.If you add 1/4 t o 1/2 teaspoon of pure sodium chloride (no additives) and 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda (... Read More
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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
We are not, usually.: Gout can mimic a number of other diseases including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and infected joint (an emergency). While gout classically a... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Anemia: The most common complication of B12 deficiency is anemia. Pernicious anemia, which is an autoimmune process that can cause profound B12 deficiency, i... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Primary care is OK: The primary care physician is the usual first stop in the evaluation of laryngitis. Depending on circumstances and/or response to treatment, referral... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Depends on cause: Vertigo due to a passing viral infection should pass quickly. Vertigo due to an acoustic neuroma (a non-cancerous tumor) can be chronic (always prese... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Several: Prognosis would depend on a number of factors, including whether the cholangiocarcinoma is associated with primary sclerosing cholangitis, the locatio... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Serious: Acetaminophen (apap) is one of the most commonly overdosed over-the-counter medications; overdose can seriously damage the liver & can kill. Isomethep... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Blood tests: There are blood tests to detect the antibodies attacking the liver. Further tests/procedures may be needed to confirm that the problem is not somethi... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
No.: Lipase is the pancreatic enzyme that splits (hydrolyzes) triglycerides in oils into fatty acids and monoglycerides. Lipase does not act on olestra, s... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Why go alternative?: When up to 75% of people can achieve a cure of hodgkin lymphoma with conventional medical treatment (see reference), why go the unproven alternative r... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Pharyngitis: Sore throat has different causes, and treatment depends on the cause.Sore throat due to infection can respond to antibiotics(if indicated)/nsaids; due... Read More
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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Various causes: Cannot answer in your case; i cannot interview you/perform exam.Generally, blood pressure (BP) can rise despite treatment from emotional stress, physi... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Blood tests (titers): Blood tests can show whether or not you have immunity to mumps, measles (rubeola) and rubella (german measles), if you do not have the records to show... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Depends on cause: In general, gas pain can be prevented by avoiding legumes (beans), broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, chewing gum. Eat small mouthful of food and chew w... Read More
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A 58-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Auto-immune disease: Systemic lupus erythematosis: a complex disease. It is an "auto-immune" disease (production of antibodies attacking the sufferer's own body). Symptom... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Nasal irrigation: Nasal irrigation is safe and effective. 1/4 - 1/2 tsp pure sodium chloride (no additives) and 1/4 - 1/2 tsp baking soda (not baking powder) to 8 oz of... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Painful disk? Maybe.: There was a study looking into this (eur spine j. 2007 january; 16(1): 33–38). If back pain is due to a painful disk, there is a possibility that an ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Arthropods: Collembola are arthropods. The arthropod phylum includes the insects, collembola (springtails), arachnids (eg. Spiders), and crustaceans. Although m... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Yes: Anyone with a heart rate this high should be seen by a physician asap; generally at this rate the heart is not effective at pumping blood. Symptoms c... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Absolutely: Dietary changes and vitamin/mineral supplementation are needed, and a visit with a dietician familiar with gastrectomy is an important part of coping ... Read More
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Not from diagnosis: It is unlikely that the diagnosis itself of wilson's disease (inherited tendency to accumulate and deposit copper in organs including liver and brain)... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Maybe: There have been reports of oral birth control pills containing estrogen failing with tetracyclines (eg doxycycline), but no conclusive evidence (from ... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Should be OK: One recommendation for dosing probiotics is to take them three to four times daily, with the total daily dose between 1 billion to 10 billion cfu (med... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Complications: The risks of not checking: life-threateningly high/low blood sugar, progression of kidney failure until dialysis needed, progression of diabetic reti... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Laser cryptolysis: Although tonsilloliths (stones) can have a foul odor, they do not necessarily contribute to bad breath (rosenberg m, ed. Bad breath: research perspect... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Nothing beats exam: For a proper diagnosis, it really is necessary to be seen; nothing beats a physical exam and obtaining a full history. In the case you describe, it r... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Not everyone knows: When we listen to the lungs, we are listening for abnormal breath sounds and air movement. It is necessary to take deep breaths in and out for the so... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
No: If you have leg cramps from low potassium (from diuretics, for example), then a potassium supplement can help. True restless legs syndrome, in which ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Lyrica, (pregabalin) probably: Lyrica (pregabalin), Cymbalta (duloxetine), and savella (milnacipran) are fda approved for fibromyalgia, although other medications including Flexeril... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Many things: For many, prevention = avoiding fried/oily foods, peppermint, chocolate, cheese, tomatoes, alcohol, nicotine, spicy foods, black pepper, orange juice,... Read More
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I've spent time enjoying and reviewing Dr. Puppala's answers to a range of questions and am duly impressed by his enthusiasm and scope of knowledge in answering patient queries. Responses are thoughtf...Read More
Aug 28, 2014
Dr Puppala has a stellar command of medicine combined with unparalleled empathy and support for all.
Aug 4, 2014
Very bright and knowledgeable specialist in Internal Medicine and other subjects. I trust his advice.
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thank you! Theres is not a lot of information about hsv 1 genitally. Everything I read said hsv1 can be transmitted through kissing. Thank you so much
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This was very helpful. Thanks! WBC started 3.6 in Aug 2014. On Lisinopril 10mg since then for high BP. WBC dropped to 3.2, then 2.4 week ago. no other wb counts off on previous tes
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This was very helpful. Thanks! thanks sir for your kind reply.as my bp has already been lowered by intake of polyethylene glycol 3350 now i will not take the risk of taking lactitol

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Temple University School of Medicine, PA
Graduated 1996MD

Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Most Influential, Second Place, South Carolina - Summer
2013
Top General Internist, Third Place, South Carolina - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American Medical Association
American College of Physicians
American College of Physician Executives
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