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Dr. Scott Hamstra

Pediatrics
Sells, AZ, Mexico
37 years experience male

Locations

Office

Sells

Address

PO Box 548, Sells
Directions

About

Bio

3 decades of pediatrics, pediatric infectious disease, public health, medical informatics, and Indian Health Service

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Pediatrics

Emergency Medicine

Pediatric Infectious Disease

Licenses

United States: California

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

40 Answers
16 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No - keep boosting: Pets get rabies vaccines every 1 or 3 years. In humans, most never get exposed to rabies, most never get the vaccine. When a person is exposed - th... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Yes ok: Interesting question as you now know you have a blood type that is rh negative and so to protect your rh+ baby from your immune system reacting agai... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: A middle ear infection, otitis media, is a simple localized infection. It is often caused by a virus and will resolve spontaneously. Otitis media can... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Hemorrhoids likely: Small lblood vessels just inside the anus can dilate as internal hemorrhoids and cause some bright red blood to show on stool or in toilet water - sca... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Losing pregnancy wt: Without a doubt - breastfeeding is best - is the olders form of (oral) liposuction - as your baby breastfeeds for the first 6 weeks at least and prefe... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Hepatitis B vaccine: Yes. The hepatitis b vaccine, like other vaccines, trains your immune system to recognize hepatitis b virus as it enters your body and prevent it fro... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Flu: Influenza virus is spread into the air by coughing or sneezing. This can be minimized by covering up the cough or sneeze. You can help by #1 getting ... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Pretty rash: Based on your observation over time, doesn't seem likely to be dangerous. You didn't note that they are painful, itch, are raised or fluid filled or... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Breast enlargement: The hormones of pregnancy directly impact breast tissue which causing enlargement of the breasts which continues after the child's birth specifically ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Depends: Not an easy question to answer in detail since the effects of any illness or condition depend on the person. In general in 2013 would be optimistic ab... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Hepatitis b: Any hepatitis virus that damages the liver can prevent the liver from performing it's normal functions. If enough liver cells are damaged by the virus... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Unlikely: For transmission from one person to another you have to have exposure to the virus for that to happen #1 during the biting you would have to caus... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Likely: You are very likely correct that some little critter is chewing on you. Sometimes difficult to figure out which one exactly -- where you live in the c... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: Lots of medications come in liquid form for children - no worries from bitiing into a gel tablet.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: Bedbugs don't move from person to person they do get transported in luggage, furniture, bedding, folded clothes -- places and things where they can h... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: Bed bugs are not going to attack while you are standing there they will come out to feed at night while people are sleeping.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Rare: Based on experience in the usa and around the globe, rats are not the mammals to fear for rabies in india, by far, dogs are the main risk. Would... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Not likely: Your body is designed to protect your kidneys - covered by ribs and muscles and fat - a fall to the floor would not have the energy like a car acciden... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: While you can see with both eyes, your brain does not like double vision that comes from an eye that is 'lazy' --- left untreated your brain will 'pre... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Be patient: Your body will heal - lips often remarkably quickly. No need to 'treat' -- but can do a few things to make it feel better while it heals. After the fi... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Viral syndrome: Since you're in the first week of symptoms - appears to be a viral illness that you are treating appropriately. It does not suggest meningitis or the ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Yes indeed: Blood cells show A or B antigens - if neither are present the blood type is O. A parent will AO or AA genes will be Type A. Since the child gets on... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Probably Yes: Do not routinely test for vaccine response. Testing is considered for persons whose subsequent management depends on knowledge of their immune status... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Yes - probably: If you got all 3 doses -- even if doses are further apart than the recommended schedule - your immune system likely responded and you have protection.... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Absolutely: Ovulation occurs in the middle between periods and the egg is only present for about a day -- must have sperm present during that time to fertilize th... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
It varies, sorry.: The negative effects of alcohol during pregnancy vary from individual to individual child which is complicated by the unique characteristics and abili... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Nothing: A hepatitis b positive person already has been exposed to the wild virus. The immune system already has responded and has either eliminated the hepa... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Better than none: All vaccines improve your body's immune response to an infectious agent most of the time the vaccine prevents the illness or keeps from getting as si... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: Better to leave skin intact over clear fluid blisters. Once popped the expose raw skin will be very tender, painful and sensitve and more at risk for... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Healing tissue: Not too surprising -- following the initial bleeding or bruising injury - as the body's wound healing process occurs - will see changes in bruise colo... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Fluid balance: Why do you think it's 'wrong'? Your body wants to be in fluid balance. If you add excess fluid - your body will want to balance out the fluid by el... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Blood in stool: If the stool was particularly hard and large, this could cause a small tear in the anus tissue causing some bleeding. Blood is not normally seen -- i... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Hives treatment: 7 yo child? Hives are an immune response - over reaction - that is usually treated with anti-histamines, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is one of the mo... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Blister care: Most blisters are fairly superficial 2nd degree burns that you can treat at home to save you time and expense. If blisters break, will be painful - c... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Skin blisters: Possible sunburn - especially if see redness on other exposed skin without blisters consider insect bites too - keep an eye on - watch them heal ov... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Space issue: One of the primary reasons is too little space in the mouth along the bones so that as the wisdom teeth erupt they crowd the other teeth and push them... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Prevention: For classic genetic autosomal recessive pku detected through newborn screening, the treatment is prevention by restricting dietary intake of phenylala... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Depends: The body is a finely tuned machine that adapts to meet changing needs. To meet body/muscle demands during exercise, the heart rate increases. Anxiety... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Common cold: Nasal congestion with fever in this age is best treated with nasal saline spray to wash out the secretions and help nasal breathing, I would treat th... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Blood exposure: Blood can carry disease & spread to another person. The other person would first have to have an active contagious infectious disease like hepatit... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hamstra is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hamstra is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :) thank you so much for your advise
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I appreciate ur quick response. Ur answer is very helpful. Thank u!
HealthTap member
Thanks. Its the BPD/ lung disease that is of concern. Worse nights

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1985MD

Residency

Oakland Children's Hospital

Awards

Top Pediatrician, Third Place, Arizona - Summer
2013

Affiliations

Commissioned Officers Association
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