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Dr. Saul Hymes

pediatrics - Infectious Disease
Stony Brook, NY
16 years experience male

Locations

Stony Brook Long island Children's Hospital

Stony Brook, NY

Address

Stony Brook, NY
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My office hours

Wednesday: 1:00pm - 7:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

Affinity Health Plan

Cigna

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Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

Health First Health Plan, Inc

Medicare

MultiPlan, Inc

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About

Bio

I am an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook Children's Hospital on Long Island, just outside of New York City. I grew up in New York City, where I also completed much of my training. Aside from a four-year stint at University of Chicago for college, I returned to NY for medical school at Columbia Univeristy, pediatric residency at Mount Sinai, and fellowship back at Columbia in pediatric infectious diseases. During fellowship I performed research into bacterial vaginosis and the role of biofilms in the disease process. I transitioned into clinical practice and clinical research when I started at Stony Brook in July 2012. My current clinical interests include management of resistant infections (MRSA), HIV, TB, Lyme disease, FUO, and recurrent fevers.

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pediatrics - Infectious Disease

Pediatric Infectious Disease

Doctor Q&A

175 Answers
126 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Std's: Eye contact with semen is contact of a potentially infectious fluid with a mucous membrane. Thus transmission of many stds can occur--a person infecte... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Gastroenteritis: Ugh, sounds like a bad family case of gastroenteritis! Encourage your kids to drink lots of fluids. There are really no good remedies to stop the diar... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Steroids and Zoster: Shingles is caused by the Varicella Zoster Virus. Defense against any viral infection depends on a healthy, intact immune system to rid the body of th... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
No: No. There is no interaction between those or any shots and the HIV test.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Not necessarily: Using culturelle to treat "diarrhea" in a five month old is not always advisable. Stooling every feed can be normal in some infants especially if they... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Go to the doctor: This sounds like a gastroenteritis, which are usually viral but can be bacterial or from a parasite too. The most important thing is that you stay hyd... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Consult your doctor: Any change in the character of your symptoms while on treatment is concerning. Could be a worsening of the uti, could be a drug reaction, could be a n... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
BV is very tough : Unfortunately, chronic and recurrent BV is a major issue and we don't have a good response for it. If probiotics aren't helping and it keeps coming ba... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
UTI: Common signs & symptoms of a UTI include frequent urination, burning pain on urination, a sense of extreme urgency (have to urinate right now), bl... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
It depends: Cellulitis is usually very treatable with antibiotics, depending on which bacteria is causing it, which antibiotic you are on, and the location. Ultim... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Not sure what u mean: I'm not sure what you mean by this question. Antibiotics can be used to treat bacterial gastrointestinal infections, and will often shorten the course... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Could be an STD: You could have an STD. In particular, urethritis & cervicitis, both of which could cause some of the symptoms you are describing, are caused by go... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Herpes: This sounds like Herpes. Herpes is a virus that your body never fully expels--once you have it, you have it for life and it can come back just as you ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Shaving: If the area is no longer inflamed and you are on therapy, shaving should not be an issue.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Probably not: It shouldn't. But you always want to be careful using herbal products or supplements as they are not as well-regulated and can cause a variety of unkn... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Better wait: Azithromycin has a long half life and a five day course is in your system for around ten days. So probably better to wait three more days. Alcohol and... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Go to the er: Your pain may not be cramps and may be due to an infection or appendicitis or something else. If your symptoms are that severe as you describe you sho... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
All connected: The eustachian tubes empty into the oral cavity and the oral/nasal cavity is connected to the sinuses, so it's all one interconnected space. If thengs... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Could be a while: Could be as short as a fee days but sometimes it can take time for the stomach to heal, on the order of a couple of weeks. As long as you are slowly (... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Adolescence: My general rule is around ages 10-11 in that ore-adolescent time period. Basically if they can take pills they should dose themselves. That doesn't me... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Not necessarily : Different fungal organisms cause infections in different parts of the body and different anti fungal medicines are used depending on where and which o... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Yes: That means that you are immune to rubella, likely from the MMR vaccine you would have received as a child. Your baby and you are protected from rubel... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Depends: That is likely a positive result so you are likely immune. But it is impossible to know without seeing the normal values. Also, do not get the rubella... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Very unlikely: If the hernia is small and reducible (you can push it back in) it is unlikely to cause problems. If the hernia ever causes you pain or you cannot push... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
It depends: Periods when you are younger and closer to the start of your periods can sometime come irrgularly. If it happens regularly that they do not follow a s... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
It depends: In general, it depends on which antibiotic. There should be instructions with the antibiotic as it was prescribed to you--usually something printed by... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Not necessarily: A bone age of 1 year behind from 5 years ago could very well have changed by now--could be that the bone age has caught up and now he is a bone age of... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Consult your doctor: There are many different causes and degrees of severity of hepatitis. And many different definitions of "drink socially". Thus every patient with hepa... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Depends: It depends what you mean by overgrowth and where. Candida overgrowth in the mouth presents as a whitish plaque on the toungue and inside hte mouth--th... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
No: There is no legitimate data outside of purely conjectural and correlation-based case reports that HPV causes any significant side effects outside of p... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
May be a problem: You should consult with your physician or if you do not have one, go to an er. While coughing up blood (hemoptysis) can be seen after extreme fits of ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Yes: Pseudomonas is a very uncommon organism to find in the throat. It may just be a contaminant though it can be found as a true pathogen--causing an infe... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Depends: Mycoplasma genitalium infection may not always be symptomatic. If it is, it should be within 2 weeks or so of intercourse.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
AIDS: Sorry to hear about your predicament. You are correct that a CD4 count of 156 is AIDS. This also requires taking new medications for prophylaxis--prev... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Yes, rarely: The rash of syphilis as well as the chancre (the initial ulcer) both contain bacteria and so touching either of these with ungloved hands or from geni... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Fever & Sore Throat: This could be caused by many things other than strep. Many viruses can cause sore throat and fever that last a week or longer, including adenovirus, m... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
No: Not really good or bad--nearly all adults have positive antibodies to herpes (HSV) and most of that is HSV 1--this is the virus that causes oral cold ... Read More
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Synthroid (thyroxine): Tyrosine is an amino acid. Synthroid is thyroxine, a hormone based on the amino acid tyrosine but extensively modified. They are two different things-... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Chronic cough: A number of medical conditions can cause chest pain and chronic cough. In my world of infectious disease, we think about walking pneumonia, bronchitis... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Could be tinea: This does sound like it could be tinea, but it could also be psoriasis or eczema or other issues. The baby should be seen by a pediatric dermatologist... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Not sure: Not sure how you know she is a carrier even though she tested negative. If she has genital warts, visibly, then she has them. She could also have HPV ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Many: Staphylococcus, streptococcus, listeria, enterococcus...these are a few genera of gram+ bacteria.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
1 to 2 days: Most antibiotics will start to work within 24-48 hours of when you start them. But if your problem was an abscess, as indicated in the clinical findin... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Maybe: E. coli is a common cause of urine infections. The precise sensitivity to antibiotics varies by strain & infection. The lab that identifies the ba... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Culture: All a culture means is they take the sample--pus, presumably in your case, and they put it onto a dish coated with material that is bascially food for... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
STD: Urethral discharge and blood is definitely concerning for an STD, though there could be other causes. You should see your doctor or a local STD/sexual... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Could be viral: There are many viral causes for sore throat and the other symptoms you dxcribe and these would not respond to antibiotics. Additionally, Clarithromyci... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
It depends: There are many strains of HPV. If you both have the same strain, then there is less of a concern but if your strains are different, you can infect eac... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Probably not: While allergies could account for some of your symptoms it sounds as if you may be developing a throat infection, especially if antihistamines don't h... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
No: The only blood tests alcohol will disrupt the results of is a blood alcohol Ievel or possibly a lipid panel or glucose testing. For HIV and std testin... Read More

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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, NY
Graduated 2006MD

Residency

mount sinai HOSPITAL

Awards

Elected, Phi Beta Kappa
Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)
Gold Humanism Honor Society

Affiliations

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS)
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