Dr. Paul Williams

Family Medicine
Harrisburg, PA
37 years experience male

About

Bio

Board certified family medicine physician - 26 years of active practice experience. Interested in general family practice/family medicine questions as well as questions related to addiction medicine. "There is no such thing as a "stupid question"!!

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.

Family Medicine

Addiction Medicine

Licenses

United States: Pennsylvania

Doctor Q&A

582 Answers
15 Agrees
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Barking cough: My concern is that your child has croup - usually viral in nature - try putting them in a bathroom and runny the shower on hot - allowing the steam ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Left sided pain: Any urinary symptoms or fever? Left sided flank pain may be a sign of a kidney stone (depends on your age) or possibly a kidney infection. Have y... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Yellow vomit: Sounds like you may have vomited up some bile. Bile is the fluid stored in the gallbladder that helps the body digest fats. It is a very bitter tast... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Chest pain/back pain: Pain in the chest with movement or coughing can sometimes be pleurisy -inflammation of the lining of the chest. Doesn't sound cardiac. You can try ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Hernias and mesh: Generally the mesh is "tacked in place" by staples or a suture and should not wander. Are you sure its the mesh moving versus another hernia - arou... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Nuvaring: Unfortunately this is the way your body is reacting to the "withdraw" of the hormones that the NuvaRing were providing. Depending where you were in y... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Bigger breasts: Unfortunately not - there are products out that that help develop the pectoralis muscles - the muscle under the breast but nothing to develop the bre... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Headache and crying: It may be due to the emotional stress that caused the crying or it may be related to the muscle contractions that occur as you cry. I would suspect ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
BV: Bacterial vaginosis BV - is usually due to a change in the vaginal flora allowing bacteria to over grow. It could be due to over zealous doucheing or... Read More
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A 75-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Itchy discharge: Hopefully someone has taken a culture of this to exclude a variety of infections. If not - i would insist that you be tested with a "routine" bacter... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Tietizes syndrome: Fancy name for costochodritis - or inflamation of the sternum rib joints. The cartilage between the sternum and ribs becomes inflammed - sometimes c... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Nose job: A maxilofacial surgeron should be able to perform a "nose job" - but they tend to do more reconstructive work. If you have questions about a specific... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Seafood and scuba: You should have no problems doing scuba with a seafood allergy - as long as you don't touch fish without gloves on. But just swimming should pose n... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
K pneumonia in urine: Do you have underlying medical issues or have been hospitalized recently?? K pneuonia UTI's are uncommon in healthy individuals and can generally be... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) long term: Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) - the active isomer of Prevacid is approved for treatment up to 8 weeks. Long term use - over a year has been associated... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Missed BCP: I would simply to keep things straight although your protection may NOT be as it should for the next cycle. Modern birth control pills have very low ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
UTI and cipro (ciprofloxacin): For an uncomplicated UTI 3 days of cipro (ciprofloxacin) should be enough. However pyelonephritis (kidney infection) will usually require 10 days. ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Oral meds: Yes there is no contraindications for taking those two medications together
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Gyn exam: If they are doing a proper exam - yes this will likely do a "bimanual" exam which includes inserting a finger or more into your vagina - HOWEVER - a ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Oxymetazoline use: it stops having an effect and can actually make things worse - Oxymetazoline or AFRIN (oxymetazoline) - works well for maybe 1-2 days but then can c... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Ovulation: Generally ovulation should NOT cause an odor - if anything the cervical mucus may be thinner prior to ovulation and become cream or white colored to... Read More
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A 71-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Myeloma: myeloma is a cancer that starts in plasma cells in the bone marrow. The cause is unknown but its found more in the older patients. Blood tests us... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
HR of 57-60 concern?: At your and if your are in good physical condition that is a perfectly normal heart rate. Fit people generally run a lower heart rate than unfit pe... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Mixing meds: If any interaction it would be mild. I would say to be on the safe side allow 4 hours before or after a dose to take the other medication but I thi... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Abd pain: Likely related to not moving you bowels in a week. Constipation can cause abd pain - as the bowels will still have peristalsis action. Is not hav... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Smoking weed: simple answer - NO! - first off you are under age - and thus its illegal second - while you may not be a regular smoker - you have no idea wh... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Bacterial vaginosis: Sounds like you have been treated completely for all the usual suspects BV is linked to an imbalance between "good" bacteria and "bad" bacteria in... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
X-ray without shield: Assuming she was not in the early stages of pregnancy likely minimal risks. Remember 99% of the x-ray beam follows in a straight line from the x-ra... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Stool issues: Stool gets its color from bile pigments - so lighter color stool for a while may be a sign of gall bladder issues - If it's been going on for 3 yea... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Biopsy: I think an excisional biopsy - removing the remnants and any surrounding tissue is appropriate - first off - if it is a melanoma - a wide excision is... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Allergies and thyroi: Generally not but they can cause lymph swelling that may feel like enlarged thyroid. As well. A malfunctioning thyroid may cause a variety of symptom... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
2 yo and antibiotics: is the issue taste?? - if so certainly soda will help mask it - my only concern might be the carbonation - flat soda might be better. Some p... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Neosporin and a cut: Any type of hand soap should be fine - you might want to avoid hand sanitizers as some of them have alcohol in them. But good old soap and warm w... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Liver ultrasound: It sounds like you have a condition called "fatty liver" - which can cause right sided abdominal pain. Unfortunately there is no real treatment e... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Extreme menstrual: assuming this is during your normal menses - a good anti inflammatory might help - Aleve (naproxen) or Motrin - or a prescription one might help ... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Pain in the ***: somewhat common condition - coccydynia - may be a sign of infection - pilonidal cyst. inflammation of the area can cause pain with sitting and st... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Dry air: YES - the purpose of your nose (besides the sense of smell) is to condition the air you breathe in - low humidity (from winter air or electric heat)... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Breast feeding: Does he latch on and have a good suck? breastfeeding is hard work 4 a newborn. Sometimes babies get "lazy" after a bottle - the holes in the nipple... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Upset stomach/sore: Running a fever?? sounds like you are developing a viral infection. I would try to eat light foods - avoid spicy or highly seasoned foods, drin... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Up and down and out: It is possible but usually unlikely. Vomiting is a way for the body to get rid of stomach contents quickly in the case of food poisoning or too much... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Clarification needed: are you talking sperm on the outside of the body and you are trying to clean it? or are you using germ x (a hand sanitizer containing ethyl alcohol)... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Trich cure: Unfortunately the gel form will not. Metronidazole tablets either 2 grams as a one time dose or 500 twice a day for 7 days is the standard recommen... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
3 yo and diarrhea: Has she been on antibiotics - if so - probably best to take her to a doctor to be checked if not and if this an acute issue - probably the best is t... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Eczema: If its bad i can understand your frustration but sometimes steroid creams aren't the best - long term use especially on large sections of the body can... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Nuva ring: Generally i recommend that patients wait at least 3 months after stopping hormonal contraceptive before attempting to conceive. The longer time inte... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Trying to get pregna: So far you have done everything you can. Stopped smoking. Having only one tube makes things a little harder - but not impossible. I would start ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Throat pain: Assuming the pain was from some type of infection it may be residual from that - you may also have a swollen gland on that side that hasn't resolved.... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Male kegel: Kegel exercises - contracting the muscles of the pelvic floor can benefit men- especially those with urinary control issues. They can sometimes be ef... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Cramps: You may be having what is called mittelschmerz - pain and cramping that occurs in the middle of the menstrual cycle - usually related to ovulation... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Sutures and water: They can be wet within hours of having the sutures placed. As long as the water is clean - ie washing or showering or swimming pools should be fine... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Jul 21, 2014
Excellent Family Practitioner. Experienced,dedicated,knowledgeable,caring and takes time with his patients.
Mar 31, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Williams is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you doctor for the very prompt response. This is my first time use of this application following a recommendation. This is sensible advise. I just feel that I need to get the eczema under contro...Read More
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thanks It wIll be hard to walk away I have thought about It but we do have a chIld together he has never hurt hIm before so I keep hopI.g he needs help and I feel bad because he grew up wIth abuse and...Read More
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thank you very much. I have been taking the vicoden off and on for a few days and completely forgot I took it when I took the benedryl for some stuffiness I have been e...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, PA
Graduated 1986MD

Residency

The Polyclinic Medical Center of Harrisburg, PA
Completed 1990

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, Harrisburg Region - Fall
2014
Top Family Physician, Second Place, Harrisburg Region - Fall
2014
Most Influential Doctor, Third Place, Harrisburg Region - Fall
2014

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