Dr. Martin Raff

Infectious Disease
louisville, KY
58 years experience male

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Retired from the University of Louisville School of Medicine where I began a Division of Infectious Diseases in 1971, but continue to teach on a voluntary basis. Gave up clinical consultative practice on January 11, 2011 and spend time with family and hobbies, including oil painting, stamp collecting and travel.

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Infectious Disease

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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Parasites: Yes, there are some parasites which can do this, including ascaris and several others.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Possibly: Ecthyma gangrenosum is usually seen in people with profoundly low white blood cell counts and is due to bacteria getting to the skin through the blood... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Tick bite: Caused by a spiral bacteria (borrelia burgdorferi), symptoms are fever, headache, fatigue, and a rash called erythema migrans which expands out like a... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Sepsis: This is a well-defined clinical syndrome which is characterized by the body's response to infection and is diagnosed by physicians. You might feel il... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Predominantly cause: One is produced by bacteria, and usually we find the alveoli (tiny air sacs) filled with inflammatory material showing as consolidation on imaging stu... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Orally: Almost always by mouth, eating food which contains the toxin produced by clostridium botulinum, but can also occur after wounds contaminated with this... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Yes: Certainly more than priests. This is not an uncommon condition and should be managed effectively by a gynecologist.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Not directly: Sinus infections may occasionally lead to other infections within the skull, including sub or epidural empyema, brain abscess, and rarely thromboses o... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Difficult: Without more information it seems that you may simply have had two viral illnesses, but many other possibilities exist. If this recurs the best thing... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Maybe: But only if you are having sex with somebody with an std while in the swimming pool.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Depends: Typhoid fever is produced by a bacteria (salmonella typhi) and the sensitivity of this organism will vary depending upon where you got it. From you ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Depends on what: Cannot answer the question unless know what is causing the myocarditis. As in prior answer there are many possibities including viruses, bacteria, pa... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Pneumonia: Fever, cough, production of sputum, chest pain, shortness of breath, chills, and a variety of minor issues. The confirmation, however, is the presenc... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Maybe: It may be due to herpes, but more commonly, if it is on the inside of the cheek or on the gums it may be an aphthous ulcer. The cause is not known, b... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Herpes simplex: For localized mucocutaneous lesions they may present as blisters which break down and form shallow very painful and tender ulcers that generally last ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
UTI: Yes, you can wear a tampon with uti.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Complicated: One thing which distinguishes influenza from many other viral infections is its systemic manifestations. It would not be surprising to see a low grad... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Take tylenol (acetaminophen): A low grade fever should not deter you from going to or even participating in a ballgame if you feel otherwise well. You can suppress the fever with ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Could not say: Strongly suggest you see your primary care doctor, and if they deem it necessary, will refer you to a dermatologist. There are many possibilities.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Mechanical action: Peptobismol is not a cure for travelers diarrhea (which may be produced by several different microorganisms and sometimes requires antibiotic treatmen... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Not likely: Am assuming this is genital herpes. In which case, depending on whether or not you agree with president clinton's definition of sex you can get it f... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
About the same: Either one should provide some relief from minor symptoms and reduce fever.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Absolutely: To either party from either party. It can also be transmitted by oral sex or any contact of lesions on the genitals with another persons genitals.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
See a doctor: If you become jaundiced, this is one indication that your live may be damaged, but quite often you can have few if any symptoms while the liver is chr... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Need more info: Sounds like you should see your local family physician. You may need a rather extensive evaluation with thorough history, physical and labs and imagi... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
What is swollen?: Need more information to answer this question appropriately. Is the swelling in the ear canal or in the external ear. Are there other symptoms? Hav... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Many possibilities: Without more detailed information about the location, the type of soreness, its relationship to other activities, and ancillary symptoms it is impossi... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Depends: Routine screening for STDs in general is seldom performed anymore. On the other hand if you know you have been exposed to a particular one, you may b... Read More
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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Question unclear: Pneumonia is inflammation of lung tissue. It can be due to many causes, including infection due to viruses, bacteria, fungi, atypicals, drug reaction... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
NO: Do not try to treat this at home with "home remedies". This is a bad illness which can result in profound damages if not appropriately treated and er... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Clinically & tests: Sometimes you can suspect the diagnosis based on the clinical circumstances. You can also detect the presence of the toxin in stools with lab tests d... Read More
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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Sepsis: There are now a set of 4 criteria that define sepsis. High or low WBC count, pulse of >90, respirations of 20 or greater and temperature elevation ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Probably not: Lymph nodes enlarge in response to inflammation since they are designed to help fight this. The oral cavity is a major source of minor inflammation/i... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Many: You should check the container for summary of ingredients and make certain that it does not contain sugar. Whether you should or should not take a sp... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
G0 to ER now: This is a medical emergency and your daughter should see a doctor immediately.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Hard to tell what: Without being able to see it, or to know if you have a sore throat, fever, swollen lymph nodes or other findings, it could be many things. Should let... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Nature: Viral meningitis is usually relatively mild and self-limiting. Bacterial meningitis is quite severe, damaging to tissues and progressive unless treat... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
No problem: There are no significant drug interactions between doxycycline and these HIV medications.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Vaginal culture: These cultures are designed to isolate an organism from the vagina which may be the cause of an infection. There are are a variety of organisms which ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Leezole: This should not have any adverse effect on your pregnancy.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Anything possible: Without seeing and examining you it is not possible to respond intelligently to the question. If the bleeding continues however would definitely recom... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Pyelonephritis: If you think that you may have an acute kidney infection you should go immediately to an ER and be checked. This is called acute pyelonephritis and ma... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Gastroenteritis: Have your baby seen by a pediatrician. If one is not immediately available then take him to an ER, preferably one attached to a children's hospital. 9... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Sexual disconnect: This can be due to many different things, both physical and psychological. Are you too tired? Does your husband not stimulate you adequately either pr... Read More
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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
See a doctor: You do not say where the pain is actually located in the abdomen, whether they have other symptoms, the actual temperature measured and how. A 4 year ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Yellow tongue: This may be inflammatory secretions from the back of your throat, but in order to diagnose this it must be seen in person. Best wishes.
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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Irregular menses: Any time there is a disturbance in your hormones due to infection, anxiety and other factors your periods may be altered. The brown discharge sounds l... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Pregnant?: You do not ask a question, but assume that you are concerned about pregnancy. This scenario does not make pregnancy likely. You do not say if you have... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Post endoscopy fever: It is not clear that the chills, abdominal pain and headache are related to the endoscopy, but the best person to evaluate this would be the doctor wh... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Herpes simplex: This virus is almost entirely transmitted by intimate contact although there is some data suggesting very close airborne transmission can occur. From ... Read More
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Dr. James Lin
May 11, 2014
I like & admire Dr. Raff's stock of passion & compassion, wealth of specialty knowledge, and keen instinct to conjecture useful solutions beyond available facts... So, I recommend her to anyone needin...Read More
Nov 1, 2013
Dr. Raff provides a tremendous service to patients with his expertise and caring manner. He is certainly my go-to source when I need expert opinion, and I've learned a great deal from reading his answ...Read More
Jul 19, 2014
Excellent well thought out answers. An excellent resource for patients and an asset to healthtap. Anybody who takes their personal time, to answer patient questions and does so without anything in ret...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! COMMENT: The findings are non-specific. Fragments of bone and marrow are seen in both specimens. There is also a large detached fragment of squamous epithelium present i...Read More
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Thank you Dr. Raff. I have had the MMR. My endodontist has agreed to take a look. Nystatin did work before for similar tongue syndrome that cropped up when abscess originally appeared 6 months ago, th...Read More
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I have been waiting to see him. He saw me in the hospital and asked me some questions, now I just need to get in to see him. The surgeon went over the sterilization records for the equipment, but see...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, TX
Graduated 1965MD

Residency

The New York Hospital CUMC

Awards

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Top Doctor, First Place, Kentucky - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Kentucky - Winter
2013
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