Dr. Jon Ahrendsen

Family Medicine
Clarion, IA
41 years experience male

Locations

Iowa Specialty Hospital Clarion Clinic

Clarion, IA

Address

P.O. Box 271, 215 13th Av, Clarion, IA, United States
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

5155322523

Insurances accepted

Wellmark Inc

Medicaid

Medicare

About

Bio

Jon Ahrendsen received his undergraduate & MD from the University of Iowa in 1978 & 1982. He completed his residency at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines and has been in Clarion, Iowa since 1985. He was the family practice representative for the Iowa Lactation Task Force from 1995-1999. He was a Medical Associate of La Leche League International, is a FAA and DOT Medical Examiner, a MAPS(Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs) doctor, the Medical Director of Gateway Hospice of Clarion & the Wright Co. Medical Examiner. In 2000, Dr. Ahrendsen took a 10 mo. working sabbatical at the Ceduna-Konniba Aboriginal Health Clinic in South Australia. He also went to La Paz Mexico & took an 8-wk Medical Immersion Spanish Course. 80% of his clinical work now is with ADHD and ASD.

Specialties
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Family Medicine

Travel Medicine

Urgent Care

Licenses

United States: Iowa

Doctor Q&A

743 Answers
188 Agrees
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Alternate Opinion: With all due respect to my colleagues, I have seen autistic children improve their behavior, mood, grades, speech & their social interaction with sele... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
A reason 2 see a Dr: I don't mean to be trite, but your symptoms sound significant enough that you should see a doctor. Loss of coordination could be due to some type of ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
A good test? No: Unfortunately, there is not good early screening test for ovarian cancer. If u happen to have a strong family history of the disease, it might be wor... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
NO: No. But when you have your own children, please try to make sure that they get breastmilk, as that is by far the best food for them.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Any Bacteria: Any bacteria can enter a urethra from contaminated water. It’s more likely in females due to the short female urethra. Shistosomasis is a parasitic di... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Most of the time: Superglue works really well on something like a paper cut. It can be used on larger and deeper cuts, but there are limits. Not every cut will get clos... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Good & Fair Question: It depends what you mean by little or no immune system. Does she have a specfic diagnosis. Obviously her immune system is good enough to maintain and... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Not that I know: The only likely association i can think is klinefelter's sydrome. But this is not close. Ks is only in males, they tend to be taller than average (sim... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
NO they don't: Most people with colon polyps have no symptoms! that's why it is so important for people to get screened when appropriate. Generally when you are 50,... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Usually yes: This should not be a problem. Always monitor the baby. There is an extremely tiny risk the baby could get a rash from the medication that you are taki... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
It depends: Why do you have cardiomyopathy? It can be from a diseased heart due to lack of oxygen (blocked arteries), it can happen as a side affects of some drug... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Testing: Typically they ask the person thinking questions and gauge their ability to respond. Subtract 7 from 100 and keep going. Perform a memory test of thre... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
To check high levels: Elevated catecholamines in the urine can be associated with hypertension, kidney problems or some excess secretion of catecholamines from other body t... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
1 where U feel good: You should find a home that makes you feel good about where he is living. A facility where you would be comfortable staying yourself. A place where th... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Ask her: Some options: 1. Ask her if she will do this. 2. Speak to the staff to see if they can encourage her more. 3. You could arrange to pick her up and ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
A type of hernia: A cystocele occurs when the wall between a woman's bladder and her vagina weakens and allows the bladder to droop into the vagina. This condition may ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Maybe: A study published in the june 17, 2006 journal of european child & adolescent psychiatry showed a significant reduction of adhd symptoms in children a... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
It Depends: Your best answer is for you to ask your surgeon what it typical for his patients. There are many variables, how healthy and fit you are, how routine ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Movement: It depends a lot what exactly was the injury to the finger. In general if the skin is intact, and there is no infection or stiches present. Washing d... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Possibly diabetes: To my knowledge, uncontrolled diabetes might also cause this, but i would expect the person to also have weight loss, and frequent urination besides j... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Not studied: After researching this on the internet, I am assuming you are referring to a type of kung fu training that focuses on "strengthening" the penis. I do... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Sometimes: Sometimes this can help with hand eye coordination and be used as a diversion. And give a sense of accomplishment. Beware though that some children ca... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Usually not: But there are exceptions. But any change that you notice in your breasts, your nipples or your skin should be checked by a knowledgeable doctor and a... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Yes: Close skin to skin contact without any sexual intent can cause the transmission of these infections.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Things to Try: Where nipple shields, sometimes they help the nipple protrude. Sometimes gentle traction from your fingers, a breast pump, or a modified open ended an... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Many Variables: It matters if this was a recent tatoo, or an old one. It probably was not water but a serous fluid (the watery part of blood). Or maybe your body was ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
It Depends: There are probably diabetics younger than high school age who manage everything themselves. Part of the requirements of the nurse at the school, migh... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
A slight chance: There have been case reports of this being successful, but there are many factors. If the woman has previously lactated, there is a better chance for ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Do not eat at work: A lot of dirt? Or a lot of germs? If it is really dirty (germy) don't eat or drink at work. Make sure you wash your hands well before you eat or drin... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Yes As long as awake: I would suggest oxygen for the patient with chronic kidney disease as long as they are aware of those around and able to have a recognition and awaren... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Keep Trying: There are so many factors to consider, how handicapped is he, what can he do, what can't he do? Make sure to talk a lot. & to let each other know how ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Be there with them: Much depends on why they are in the nursing home now. Did they have a stroke and now there are some things that they just can't do? You could help t... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Everybody does: The short answer is everybody does get one, it is just that it is expressed differently in different people. Some are more severe than others. It also... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
NO: According to an journal article by storrow in the archives of emergency medicine vol 24 issue 6 in 1995. When 14 volunteers had urine drugs screens d... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Several possible: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/therapy/tamoxifen the known, serious side effects of tamoxifen are blood clots, strokes, uterine cancer... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Watch the child: Red flags: lack of or regression of language development, lack of pointing to objects, lack of eye contact, doesn't play with toys in a 'typical fashi... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
For Sure: After this type of surgery any of the commonly used narcotic based medications can be used. This would similar to using pain medication after any typ... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
It depends: Again there are so many variables that go into a decision process to decide what is "best". You really have to work that out with a doctor who knows ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Plain Glass: I really wonder why this question is asked. I suppose you could get glasses with a plain glass lens if you wanted to wear the glasses as a fashion ac... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Seriously you can't: With the exception of some specialized plastic surgery by a specialized urologic surgeon, there is no reliable way you can make this happen by a cream... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Complex problem: There are certainly medical and emotional adjustments after this. Are your periods normal now? Are you on birth control? Do you have any symptoms of d... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
It should not matter: I think your bladder problem probably has more to do with your pregancies and (maybe the last vaginal delivery). Breastfeeding and lactation should n... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Many variables: It depends, which sleeping pill are you taking? How long are you taking it?, will you still wake up to attend to your babies needs? How old is the bre... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Pressure on eyes: When you vomit, the blood pressure in your head temporarily rises and this puts more pressure on your eyes. The nerves in the back of the eyes respon... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Complicated: There is proof. Do a google search for autism.asu.edu. Jim Adams PhD at Arizona state has a nice summary of published studies that do show an effect... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Should only matter: If it is big enough in it's "active" state it doesn't matter when it is flaccid. This should be a private matter for the consenting parties involved... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Maybe Infection: A wedge or pie shaped red section on the lactating breast often means an infection is present. It is best to see a doctor used to treating this probl... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Topical cream: You want to make sure that this is the correct diagnosis. There are other diseases that can cause a skin lesion on the penis. If it is yeast you usua... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Just do IT!: Most of the time grocery stores can get different produce nearly year round. Remember the southern hemisphere has their seasons opposite those in nort... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Not likely: I can't think of any scenario where your condition of polycystic ovaries could affect your infrant through your breastmilk.
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Testimonials
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Nov 3, 2015
Dr. Ahrendsen is a dedicated and compassionate family medicine physician who never fails to provide sound advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Ahrendsen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Ahrendsen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks ! I have a gastroenterologist scheduled endoscopic ultrasound of stomach and pancreas in 10 days... also, the radiologist recommends MRI or CT dedicated only ...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Indeed, Autist tend to accept mariage, willing to please, happy to be with someone, loyalfull and honest partners. But not social...
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This saved my life. Thank you. I m on my period...i just wash my hand with plain water after touching semen...then touch my vagina...is it possible of being pregnant?

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, IA
Graduated 1982MD

Residency

BROADLAWNS MEDICAL CENTER
Completed 1985

Awards

Most Influential, First Place, Iowa - Spring
2014
Thought Leader, Third Place, Iowa - Spring
2014
Top Doctor, Second Place, Iowa - Spring
2014

Affiliations

Iowa Specialty Hospital Clarion, Iowa
Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs
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