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Dr. Christopher Dowd

Internal Medicine
Suffolk, VA
21 years experience male

Locations

Office

Suffolk, VA

Address

5849 Harbour View Blvd., Suite 250, Suffolk, VA
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Bio

Innovative, advanced primary health care delivered on-time in a personalized fashion. We provide high quality medical care with special focus on proactive care. We are a limited-size, private-fee practice. Our services include ongoing primary care, extended appointments, in-depth cardiovascular and diabetes risk evaluations, genetic testing, digital mole tracking, nutrition and fitness consultations, in addition to the full spectrum of a traditional primary care practice.

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Internal Medicine

Family Medicine

Doctor Q&A

276 Answers
414 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Need Rx treatment: While there are some things you can do to ease symptoms, true strep throat requires a visit to your doctor for antibiotics. Untreated strep throat can... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Lifestyle changes: For type 2 diabetes mellitus (the most common kind), first steps in treatment center on learning about diabetes, and making changes to the diet and ad... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Yes, potentially: All the ssri class of medicines have a similar side effect profile, but these are potential side effects. Having a side effect with Prozac (fluoxeti... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Hard to do: Although there are some "kits" that can give a total cholesterol level out there, i'd encourage you to work with your doctor on identifying & tx'ing y... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Some thoughts: Couple common problems can do this: corneal abrasion (scratched eye)-perhaps something got into that eye. Subconjunctival hemorrhage-when a tiny blood... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Work w/ your doctor: Tx can serve to stabilize the plaque that is present & later to try & reverse it. It will req hard wk, determination, but you can do it w/ help from a... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Probably okay: I think you're probably okay. I'm sure others have done this before. Our bodies are pretty amazing in their ability to tolerate the things we do to it... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Varies: Several possibilities, but here are some: dehydration, esp in the summer when we can loose more water than we realize. Medications (lots-best to talk ... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Up to a few weeks: It can last a few weeks. If more than this consider whether you've been exposed more than once, or if you still have intermittent exposure (ex oil fro... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Try these: I typically recommend moisturizing/lubricating eye drops as a first approach for these symptoms. If this isn't sufficient then next i'd usually sugges... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Maybe: If you don't sleep well related to your anxiety/tension, then you could wake feeling unrefreshed inthe morning. I would also consider other things bes... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Depends: That could be a variety of things ranging from minor to concerning. Although things like heartburn or chronic post nasal drip could play a role, a con... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Right sided heart: Dextrocardia is a congenital (present at birth) condition in which the heart is situated on the right side of the body instead of the normal left side... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Sounds like reflux: U can have gerd w/o h pylori. Avoid triggers like alcohol & caffeine (caffeine is in: coffee, tea, soda, chocolate.) other triggers: mint (gum, candie... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
No good answer: If you're trying to figure out if your boyfriend is the father of the child this woman is pregnant with, pls remember that either way, he's still havi... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Yes: High blood pressure is one of the major risk factors for heart attacks. If you have it, take steps to keep it under control with health diet, regular... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
See discussion: Hitting your head won't cause a stroke in the way we generally refer to a stroke-a blockage of a blood vessel in your brain. However hitting your head... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Duration: The main difference is in how long the neurological symptoms last. In a TIA they resolve fairly quickly (<1 day and often in an hour or two). In a str... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Reset conduction: You heart has an electrical conduction system that controls how the heart muscle contracts. Often in cardiac arrest that conduction system is sending ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
See discussion: Diabetes, like other cardiovascular diseases/risks, can sometimes be "silent" until significant damage has occurred. This is why seeing a physician re... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Many things: Many things contribute; some modifiable, others not. Things you can't change include family history, gender, genetics (although you can test for the l... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Support system: Sounds like it could be a challenging task. Suggest you take steps to develop a support network to help you help others. It's also important you don't... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Info gathering: Usually a doctor will have you fill out initial paperwork, talk to you about your history in general, as well as the history of whatever problem you'r... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Is possible: I agree with dr. Tran, & would add dehydration to the list of relatively common concerns that can develop with certain extreme diets. Dehydration can... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Many: Ptsd is characterized by heightened responses (more than would be expected) to reminders of a traumatic event. Flashbacks, anxiety, running-away behav... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Depends on cause: There are a few considerations. If this is related to rosacea, then there are medications that can help. If it's from sunburn then time, uv protection... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
May not happen: Heart failure generally refers to dysfunction in the pumping action of the heart (various types exist). Defibrillation is basically an electric shock ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Foodborne illness: Salmonella organisms can cause a variety of illness ranging from "regular" gastroenteritis to serious bloodborne infections of the heart or bones.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Info gathering: Usually a doctor will have you fill out initial paperwork, talk to you about your history in general, as well as the history of your migraines, then d... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
No but: Depression is not generally considered to be a cause of obsessive compulsive disorder, but the two problems can certainly co-exist in the same person.... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Maybe: There is some evidence suggesting certain omega 3 fatty acids (found in fish/fish oil) may help nerves. I don't think we can say this definitively ye... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Gum disease: Swollen gums often indicate gingivitis. However, with good, regular dental care, you're gums should become healthy and stop bleeding so easily and st... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Depends: The scan images will most likely include images of other organs/structures around the kidneys, but the extent to which it does depends on whether the... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Symptoms: Typically your stomach/intestines react to food poisoning with symptoms such as: nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, fever, headache, decreased appet... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Possibly: All meds (& supplements) have possibility of side effects. Poss side effects of toprol (metoprolol) include: sexual dysfunction, increased triglycerid... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Maybe: I'd think that emotionally and psychologically it'd be more challenging to have been forced into retirement, as opposed to choosing to retire. Emotion... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Potential. Uncommon: All meds have potential side effects, & this is no different. Potential side effects of this type of med include GI upset, ulcers/gastritis, kidney pr... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Avoid if possible: Avoid if possible with long pants/socks/long sleeves and perhaps bug spray. To treat try Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream or Hydrocortisone cream. Be ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
A few things: You'd want to make sure you don't have strep throat, especially if you're having fevers and feel lousy. That's a fairly simple test that your doctor ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Get checked out: Candida in your esophagus is not common without some underlying problem. I assume you were treated for the candida, but you'd also want to know why yo... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Hair dye: I think hair dye (or shaving) are probably your only choices. Or just go with it--you probably look very distinguished!
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Try these: Here are some suggestions: do regular core strengthening exercises. You want to try to share some of the load that your back is taking with other mus... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Generally you can't: It's possible you'd have pain in the tooth or sensitivity to cold/warm. However, it's best to catch a cavity early before it does more damage. Also,... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Depends: It depends on what you mean by low bp. Some people have lowish bp's normally. For ex small framed women can have bp's in the 90s/60s and be fine. Low ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Many & yes: Ptsd is characterized by greater-than-would-be-expected responses to reminders of a traumatic event. Flashbacks, anxiety, running-away behaviors & som... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Get checked out: I presume you mean vaginal discharge to go along with the cramping. This combination of symptoms brings up a few different possibilities, and you'll ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Eczema: There are a few considerations, but eczema would be one that is fairly common. Dry skin itself is also common and can sometimes cause dry patches. T... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Infection: Sounds like your piercing may have become infected. If it's minor then topical treatment with an antiobiotic ointment like Bacitracin may help (make ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Can try these: Mederma and vit e gel caps used as topical treatments can potentially help decrease scarring. Both are available over-the-counter.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Yes: I'm a physician not a speech therapist, but have seen & cared for many stroke pts who rec'd & benefited from speech therapy when their stroke left the... Read More

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The printout says Contiguous axial CT Images from lung bases -the level of the femoral necks w/I UV contrast per renal stone protocol. It says that the remainder of solid abdominal organs are unremark...Read More
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Thank you for answering my question. I didn't start feeling crummy until after I used the bleach so I'm wondering if it's from that. There's the possibility of it being a bug....I work with preschool ...Read More
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You summed it up great. We just wish we had a good preventative medicine and a pain medicine that works to use to use both before and during. We have been to doctors many times, but nothing she got re...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, MO,2001
Graduated 2001MD

Residency

SENTARA NORFOLK GENERAL HOSPITAL

Residency

SENTARA NORFOLK GENERAL HOSPITAL

Awards

Valedictorian
Top Internist, Virginia. HealthTap 2011
Most Compassionate Internist, Virginia. HealthTap 2011

Affiliations

Cornerstone Private Practice
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