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Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn

General Practice
Santa Ana, CA
41 years experience male

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Active clinical practice in Orange County California for 28 years. Clinical Professor of Family Practice/Psychiatry, Western University of Health Sciences.COMP, and Midwestern College of Osteopathic Medicine/ Arizona. Certified in Pain Management and Addiction Medicine. Fellow, Diplomat , ABPN/Psych Fellow , Royal Society of Medicine .Fellow, Diplomat, American Academy of Neurologic and Orthopedic Surgeons/Clinical Neurology/Psychiatry

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222 Answers
183 Agrees
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Possibly: Soft tissue injury can be painful and debilitating...It is possible that you may have torn something....Pain and debilitation are part o nature's way ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Too little info: This is not enough information to go on. Need to know more....How long have you had it?. The nature of the lesions, ..Size, pain, etc i would suggest ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Not good: An exudate in a current smoker is not a good thing...This needs to be evaluated further by your family doc in the near future. A comprehensive histor... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Difficult to say: Trampolines can be quite dangerous..This type of trauma is not uncommon with this activity. Best advice is to avoid further injury and see your family... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Try this: You will generally be okay if you avoid adding any extra salt when you eat out. And look for naturally lower sodium containing foods on the menu....At... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Probably not: I know of no study that shows this to be true...In fact vitamin e supplementation has been shown to have some deleterious cardiac effects...Best to e... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Not really: Not really...However, when you are cold, your body needs to use more energy to maintain a stable core temperature. This requires more energy expenditu... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Time for a visit: For your peace of mind, it would be a good idea to visit your family doc or ob/gyn for a test.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Get some helpt: If you are so anxious that you need to use a drug to calm down, i would suggest that you see a psychiatrist for a discussion and an evaluation. There ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Not sure: This could be many things. Not really enough information to address adequately......First thing to consider is cardiac issues. Best to see your family... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Always: Always better to avoid smoking...Always a good idea , with risk factors, to follow-up regularly with your family doc/internist/ob/gyn...
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Possible: It is possible...But it may not be the same virus, or it may not even be a virus at all..If it reoccurs or continues to bother you, i would suggest a ... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Many things: It could be many things...Not enough information to even guess here....I would seek an evaluation from your family doc. Be prepared to give informati... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Not enough info: Two months is a long time for a sore throat...Not sure how the other info is related. I would see your family doc for a good history, physical and lab... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Side effects: All medications have the potential for side effects...It is important for you to discuss this with your doc when medications are prescribed...Another ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Hard to tell: These are generally non-specific symptoms...It could be many things..In order to determine the cause and appropriate treatment, you should see your fa... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Seeyour Family Doc: See your family doc soon and avoid sexual contact until you have a good history and physical evaluation and are cleared your doc.
A member asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Not uncommon: This is not uncommon...I would check back with your surgeon and discuss this..
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Allergic?: Possible reaction to the spray...I would avoid further use, and see your family doc if it doesn't improve..
A 72-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Possible: If it bothers you to the extent that you are concerned, it may be a good ides to see your family doc for a good history and physical exam.. Yes, there... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Dematologist: Good hygiene, grooming, nutrition ...And then go see your family doc for referral to a good dermatologist...
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
2 weeks?: Two weeks is a long time for these symptoms to persist. It sounds like you are in some degree of discomfort from this. It is time to see your famil... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Many things: This is a good question.. It depends on several factors. Most important is the cause of the depression. I suggest a consultation with a psychiatrist f... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Troubling: These are troubling symptoms that require further evaluation sooner rather than later. There could be a myriad of causes for these symptoms. They need... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Seeyour Family Doc: Blood lipid levels can be a function of both genetic and environmental factors. Some people are genetically pre-disposed to elevated lipid levels, whi... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Possible: The mind has powerful influence on the body functions...In med school, while studying different diseases, some students develop "vicarious illnesses".... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Could be: If the gallstones are causing inflammation, sweating could be a symptom. But it probably wouldn't be the only symptom...Best to get this checked-out b... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Could be many things: 5 to 7 days is about average...The discharge is difficult to evaluate without a history and exam...Could be many things...I would suggest a visit to y... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Many things: It could be many things.....Metabolic, infection, vascular...Etc it definitely needs to be looked at, and evaluated soon....I strongly recommend a vis... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Yes: Most certainly if you are an adult...If you tell your doc that you want confidentiality, he/she must respect and follow your wishes...As long as you ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Problem?: This is a problem? Isn't it a good thing to look young? Maybe you don't think so now, but later you will appreciate this more. 5'3" is an adequate h... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Pain is meaningful: Pain is a way your body talks to you...If you have pain, there is probably something wrong.. It may be your body telling you to stop that activity to... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Check: Check with your local family doc or the local university hospital for a referral to a registered dietician/nutritionist..
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
See someone: A change in a mole or skin lesion can be cause for concern...I would see your family doc or dermatologist for an evaluation...
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Have it looked into: Rashes are difficult to evaluate without actually seeing them and obtaining a good history and possibly lab work...This sounds like something that nee... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Just get it treated: Don't worry...Just go and get treatment...Good doc's understand and will help you...
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Good: That's pretty good...Good that you are monitoring and controlling...Follow up with your endocrinologist as scheduled..
A member asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
See a Doc: This is an endocrinology issue...It needs to be monitored carefully and frequently by a physician. It can impact other systems in the body including c... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Not a good idea: This is not a good idea at anytime...College or not...
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Maybe: Pristiq is a cogener of effexor...Pristiq is the right rotatory molecule of the racemic mixture known as effexor...Basically, the same medication...Pr... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Could be: This is something that should be evaluated by your family doc asap...History (including family history) is indicated as well as a good physical exam a... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Maybe, BUT: Never abruptly stop or change these medications without consulting your prescribing physician first. These medications work very subtly...I would sugg... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Both will make you : Both can make you jumpy..Check with the doc giving you stimulant, and join a smoking cessation group.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Many causes: It could be many things...Not enough to say for sure. You may have a urinary tract infection. Best way to find out is to see your physician/ob/gyn and... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Simple, but difficul: To lose weight you must have greater caloric output than you take in. Or, to put it another way, eat less and exercise more. There are no known safe ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
No short answer: Snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea...It needs to be evaluated and treated...If it is that much of a problem, you should see your family doc for a c... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Diet and exercise: A good balanced diet and exercise...There is no shortcut..Consistent.Lifestyle change is the key to success. Don't waste your time and money on supple... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
1/32 inch per day: Hair grows about 1/32 inch per day..Give or take...Few factors can impact this..Nutritional and metabolic issues can be influencing factors. If you ar... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
See CDC website: Too many to name here...I suggest that you contact the center for disease control...They will have common listings for you. You might also reference t... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
41 years experience
Need more informatio: Not enough info or history here to reasonably advise you...Enough symptoms, however, to advise you to see your family doc for a checkup and discussion... Read More

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Apr 1, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
Apr 7, 2013
Answers patient's questions in a timely manner. Very knowledgeable!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Schermerhorn is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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I have gone to the doctors and they said it was either bed bugs or bug bites and said they would go away in about 6months to a year,
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Very straight forward, that was helpful and saved my money. Thanks!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank u very much. I'm on it. Do have a wonderful day God bless

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

American University of the Caribbean, St. Maarten
Graduated 1981MD

Awards

Most Influential, Second Place, Orange County, CA - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Third Place, Orange County, CA - Winter
2013
Top General Practitioner, First Place, California - Winter
2013
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