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Dr. Paul Williams

Family Medicine
Harrisburg, PA
37 years experience male

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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
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Family Medicine

Addiction Medicine

Licenses

United States: Pennsylvania

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582 Answers
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Pain in testicles: Sounds like the epididymis (the "tubes" you refer to) are tender and swollen - possibly with a low grade infection causing your pain. Excessive mas... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Yeast/pimples: probably NOT. vaginal yeast infections are exactly that - vaginal. It sounds like you may have had two small infected hair follicles - folliculi... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Nicotine/Lioresal: I don't believe there are any bad interactions - the nicotine in the patch is like smoking a pack of cigarettes. I would go ahead and use the two. ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
? thrush: Unusual for thrush to appear this far removed from a course of antibiotics. Thrush will appear like a whitish coating on your tongue and possible gu... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Breast calcification: Calcifications in breast tissue are NOT always cancerous but sometimes help to show up an area that is - were they rounded or spiculated?? Spicul... 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 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Mixing Zyrtec (cetirizine): You might experiment first - it might curdle the formula. If it does not - probably no problem mixing it. Just make sure the dose is mixed in jus... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Food bolus: that is the "left over" sensation caused by the food bolus. This will resolve on its on without intervention. cool liquids may help relieve the s... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Irregular period: I am assuming you are referring to your menses or menstrual period. Generally periods will be fairly regular both with length of time between and l... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Bad black heads: on the thighs - it might be from rubbing on clothing causing irritation of the skin leading to pimples and blocked sebum glands. The same for the a... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Pickle juice: first off - why?? - typical pickle juice contains water, salt, calcium chloride, vinegar and some flavoring like dill. It was once thought to be... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Dental questions: while I am not a dentist - if the teeth are unhealthy and not strong enough to support bridgework - you might end up with having them removed and a s... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Ocugold and Lasik: Ocugold is a multi vitamin supplement with ingredients specific for eye health. Assuming your lasik was uneventful the supplement is just for gene... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Baby drop: Babies dropping - or engaging - when the head drops into the pelvis in preparation for birth/labor - first time pregnancy - as early as 36 weeks. A... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Croup: Croup is a viral condition ( laryngotrachiobronchitis) which causes a barking cough - similar to a seal barking. Humidification will help with the c... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
PMDD: Some work to treat pmdd was done with selective seritonon reuptake inhibitors as first line treatment. Your doctor can give you some recommendation. ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Sodium amytal: Sodium amytal - also known as "truth serum" is a barbiturate - has addiction and abuse potential. It is a CNS depressant. And has been used as a se... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
DVT's : Tough question - but generally its a process - until a "critical mass" of clot has formed and thus a dvt. Prolonged immobilization can cause blood t... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
IUI specimen: "manually" - normally a semen specimen is collected by the male masturbating into a glass container - plastic will interfere with sperm motility.
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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 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Death by sepsis: Hard to give a good answer. sepsis if caught soon enough can be successfully treated. Sepsis in the very old or chronically ill has a high mortality... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Breast lump: That is a fairly significant sized lesion. I am assuming a needle biopsy was performed to establish the diagnosis. While it most likely is benign... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Elevated LFT's: Not sure multiple infections can cause elevated LFT's however, the antibiotics used to treat the infections may cause transient elevations as the med... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Allergy meds: Yes - there should be no reaction with the singulair and maybe a slight reaction (increased somnolence)the the zyrtec but since you are heading to b... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Thrush/yeast infect: As long as the mom washes her hands there is no way to potentially transfer a vaginal yeast infection to a breastfeeding baby. While they are both ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Niacin long term: At that dose - Niacin would be safe - niacin is a B vitamin and thus water soluble so if you don't need it - the body excretes it by way of urine.... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Benzoyl & acne scar: No - benzoyl peroxide will treat acne and help prevent worsening pustules and inflammation by helping to kill the bacteria causing acne. However... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Dermovate cream: As long as its used for a brief amount of time - no more than 5 days at a time and away from the mouth you should be fine. The problem is - unles... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Nasal questions: As the weather turns colder, the humidity tends to decrease. One of the functions of the nose is to condition the air we breathe by adding moisture.... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Xanax and alcohol: That is a fairly strong dose of xanax. I would be concerned about mixing alcohol with that high a dose - I am assuming the dose is taken throughou... 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 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Bad taste: Sounds like you might be having some esophageal reflux of stomach contents into your esophagus causing the bad taste. You might want to try sleeping... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
UTI and vaginal pain: Typically uti's can cause bladder pain which may be perceived as vaginal pain or there may be some discomfort at the opening of the urethra which is b... 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 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Stomach pains: Sounds like a bad case of reflux - or possibly bile reflux. I might try any one of the over the counter acid reducing agents to see if that changes ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Short of breath: First off - determine why you are having sinus tachycardia - i think once you fix what ever is causing that the shortness of breath will resolve. ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Flu ? contagious: You may be - but its probably viral and if anything - your kids probably gave it to you. Good hygiene will help reduce the risk of spreading it - ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Fever: A fever that high in a 5 month old is very concerning. You should medicate with Acetaminophen - 5mg per kg dose every 6 hours - in addition, tepid ba... 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 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 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Blister pain: The best treatment is to leave it alone - unopened blisters are protective to the body. Unroofed blisters ie the skin is gone - are very painful as ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Diarrhea: Assuming its acute diarrhea - i would go on a clear liquid diet for at least 24hrs - anything you can see thru you can have except alcohol. This wil... 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 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 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Sex during period: He may have experienced some burning due to the menstrual blood. It should be harmless in the long run. The tiny dots are most likely the skin rea... 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 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 female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 37 years experience
BV cure: Generally Metronidazole is effective for BV assuming it was BV in the first place. And 5 days worth should have taken care of the problem. Just ... Read More
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Testimonials
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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

Affiliations

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