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Dr. Lori Semel

Pediatrics
Mount Vernon, NY
36 years experience female

Locations

Lori J Semel, MD, PC

Mount Vernon, NY

Address

559 Gramatan Ave, #208, Mount Vernon, NY, US
Directions

My office hours

Tuesday: 10am - 6:00pm
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Fax

(914) 663-0154

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Affinity Health Plan

Amerigroup

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

Atlantis Health

Cigna

ConnectiCare Health Plans

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

Group Health Incorporated (GHI)

HIP Health Plans

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Medicaid

Oxford Health Plans

Other

Tricare

WellPoint Health Networks Inc

UnitedHealthcare

About

Bio

My name is Dr. Lori Semel. I am a board certified pediatrician and board eligible neonatologist. I have had my own private practice for 17 years. I started doing virtual consultations 18 years ago when I was pregnant with my middle son and on bed rest. I look forward to answering all your questions with compassion and expertise. I have recently gotten my diploma in aesthetic medicine with a specialty in injectibles, acne and spider vein sclerosis.

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

Adolescent Medicine

Aesthetic Medicine

Neonatology

Licenses

United States: New York

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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Tattoo allergy: There are a variety of heavy metals used in tattoos that can possibly cause allergic reactions and nickel is one of them. If you are concerned (as you... Read More
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Dr. Lori Semel
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Yes: It is normal to have no reaction after taking postinor. Your periods for the next couple of months, may be abnormal as well. It does not mean that it ... Read More
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Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Possible ringworm: It is possible that your son has a patch of ringworm (tinea corporis). Have your pediatrician evaluate asap.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
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Neuralgia ?: The superficial branches of the radial nerve runs across the anatomical snuffbox. It is the nerve that supplies thumb and next 2 1/2 fingers. It is po... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Use Your Judgement: Moms have been having babies with toddlers in the house for all time. You can pick up your 1 year old but use caution. Avoid kicking and rough housing... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
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Call Your Surgeon: This may be after effects of the surgery or expected healing. However, it is essential that you call your surgeon and discuss it. Surgeons wish to kno... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Irregular: Your periods are irregular. This is really only important in preventing pregnancy or trying to conceive. It is less predictable than someone with a co... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
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Saline: You can add some normal saline infant nose drops with a bulb syringe to clear her nostrils. I am glad to hear the cough and lower respiratory issues a... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
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Lingering Cough: It is not uncommon after a significant respiratory infection for the cough to linger. For you and the 3 year old Delsym (dextromethorphan) twice daily... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Yes: Pyloric stenosis does always require surgery.As time passes the muscle become more and more developed and less and less can leave the stomach into the... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Time to Wake Up: Be consistent and create a routine. Make sure all of her electronics are turned off 15 minutes prior to sleep, create a bedtime routine you can both l... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Breakthrough Bleed: This is called breakthrough bleeding and it is not uncommon to happen with the pill. If it persists, you might need to switch to a higher hormonal dos... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Breast rash: The bruise is probably from scratching the itchiness on the breast. Have it evaluated to be sure there is nothing going on within your breast that is ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Evaluation: A cough that has persisted a week and now causing hemoptysis (coughing up blood) deserves an evaluation by your physician. The blood may just be strai... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Poop :poop:: This can be a normal stool for a 3 month old. What is the baby drinking? Breastmilk/formula or a combination of both. Is there are discomfort with the... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Pregnancy: When you have unprotected sex, the possibility of being pregnant is always there. Douche and showering will not prevent pregnancy. Tingling cervix and... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Piercing: I think you should have the piercing removed by your physician because it is likely that antibiotics will have to be started as well.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Bromocriptine: Nasal congestion is a known side effect of bromocriptine. Many drugs including bromocriptine can make you feel sick and tired. I would continue the me... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Vaginitis: A fishy odored discharge has been associated with trichomonas infection. Other potential cause are yeast or gardenella infection. It is a good idea to... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Prefer ibuprofen: It probably would be safer to take ibuprofen or naproxen for pain as this is metabolized via the kidney rather than the liver.
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Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Ear Wax: Many Docs have their own way of suggesting to clean cerumen ( ear wax). Mine is this... add 1 ounce of hydrogen peroxide and 1 ounce of water into a s... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Arterial blood test: The bruising is most likely from the blood test itself. There is almost always some bleeding at the site of an arterial stick for blood. Playing footb... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
NO: A small amount of salicylic acid is absorbed through the skin and even studies looking at ingested salicylic acid showed no sign of birht defects. Thi... Read More
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Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Sore throat: Most likely not, when you have mononucleosis, you have significantly enlarged inflamed tonsil with generally a pus discharge, and are acutely ill in t... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Unlikely: Condoms are 98% effective in preventing pregnancy when used correctly, every time. zIf there are no accidents or condom leakage or breakage, there sho... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Unlikely: The morning after pill is highly effective in preventing pregnancy. However, it was unprotected sex, so no guarantees.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Most Likely But...: The odds are highly in your favor, but no birth control method is 100%.
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Pediatrics 36 years experience
Not Dangerous BUT...: The answer is there will be a teaspoon of claritin (loratadine) mixed in with the ibuprofen. While neither medicine will be changed, you will be givin... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Irregular periods: It probably is suggestive that you are not ovulating every month and that your endometrium eventually becomes so thick that the uterus must expel it g... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
ESR: ESR (sedimentation rate) is a very non specific test of inflammation anywhere in your body. If your liver functions have normalized and you dont have ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
HSV 1: It culd be a false positive but more likely you were exposed to hsv 1 and never had symptoms from it. Youdid however make some antibodies. If the viru... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Yes: If you were taking the old brand properly then you are protected as if you had never switched brands. :)
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Unlikely: Very unlikely it is kidney stones. More likely a urinary tract infection. However, that can progress rather fast, so probably a better idea to take hi... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Pink Eye: 24 hours after starting anitbiotics in the eye. Conjunctivitis (pink eye) travels easily....good handwashing and purell.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Yes: There is a good chance that you can experience mood swings until your periods normalize once again. Thans for using Healthtap !
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A female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
More Info Please: Intersex babies can have genitals that cannot be classified as male or female,incomplete development of internal reproductive organs, or variations of... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Highly unlikely: The diarrhea is probably totally unrelated to the cycle or bcp. If you used bcps and condoms, it is highly unlikely that you are pregnant.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
No: A 3 month old baby can not have cough medicine. You can steam up the shower and then sit with her in the bathroom, you can elevate the head of the cri... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Constipation: Be sure that the purees don't include bananas or rice. You can try puree of prunes or baby prunes once daily. You can use 1/2 of a pediatric glycerin ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Sinusitis: Only if it is a true sinus infection (bacterial). Many have fluid in their sinuses. It is when the headaches, pain, fever or purulent discharge persis... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
NO: menstrual cramps are the cramps associated with menses. However, you can get some cramping with ovulation at this time. This is called Mittelschmerz.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Flu woes: Coughs can linger for a long time, but in this case I think it is probably coincidental and unrelated. It is possible that she she is suffering from a... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Depo shots: It is variable when you will get your period and ovulation back. It is possible to get pregnant as soon as 12 weeks following the last injection, thou... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Inguinal node: The two symptoms are most likely unrelated. The swollen groin node can be from a diaper rash or a systemic viral infection. The mucousy stool is eithe... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
S/p c section: The discharge following childbirth in general and after C-section can be pretty foul. If he ruled out a possible infection, then dont worry. Practice ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
No: There is not a way to increase your height from what it is predetermined genetically to be. You can not be "stretched".
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Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Average weight: Around 95 pounds but there are many normal variations to this.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
FSH High: The level of FSH should be repeated in two different menstrual cycles without any medication interfrence. A level below 25 with a normal afc and amh a... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Increased Risk: The antibiotic can decrease the effectiveness of the pill. So even if the pill is taken properly, there is an increased risk of pregnancy during that ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Home Pregnancy Test: At this a home pregnancy test might be reliable to let you know with your first morning urine if you are pregnant or not. You can also go to a doctor ... Read More
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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Aug 22, 2014
Dr. Semel is a caring, and knowledgeable doctor, who gives outstanding recommendations, and advice. Her answers are always timely, and pertinent. She is a true asset to the HealthTap Medical Team/ Co...Read More
Dr. Philip Miller
Oct 3, 2014
Dr. Semel is an excellent expert and quite knowledgeable- quite an asset to the HealthTap Prime panel. I highly endorse her expertise.
Oct 26, 2014
Dr. Semel gives consistently excellent advice to questions on Healthtap. Excellent clinician.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank-you this helped. I told my health food store what you thought it was the gave me Bell#60 Clear Skin/Help for Skin Disorders. Swelling gone! thxs
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This was very helpful. Thanks! My wife was given cipro as treatment for ovarian cyst. We discontinued the dose because we are expecting her to take in asap. She ovulates from Monday
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Let's see how this 50 year old handles the stress of moms upcoming oncologists consult. This will be reality. Mom totally independent/sound minded.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica
Graduated 1985MD

Residency

ST JOSEPHS HOSPITAL
Completed 1989

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, New York - Fall
2014
Top Pediatrician, First Place, New York - Fall
2014
Most Influential Doctor, Third Place, New York - Fall
2014

Affiliations

American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy Of Aesthetic Medicine
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