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Dr. Donald Alves

Emergency Medicine
Baltimore, MD
25 years experience male

Locations

MDSP-HQ, Medical Unit

Pikesville, MD

Address

1201 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD
Directions

My office hours

Tuesday: 12am - 12pm
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Fax

410-653-4290

Insurances accepted

Other

Baltimore

Baltimore, MD

About

Bio

My background, education, and experience is in criminal justice, fire service, emergency medical services, search and rescue, and disaster response. I currently function as a Tactical Physician and serve as Medical Director; in addition to being attending Emergency Medicine faculty; husband; and dad to an exceptional daughter.

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.

Emergency Medicine

Aerospace Medicine

Critical Care

Occupational Medicine

Licenses

United States: Maryland, Virginia

Doctor Q&A

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
small risk: The 'pull out' method is not a highly effective one, as pre-ejaculate also often contains sperm and is produced early in intercourse as a lubricant. I... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Not impossible: Unlikely though. If concerned, check home pregnancy test.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Likely: Common to cycle antibiotics to reduce risk of this, and alternate antibiotic should work.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
1 hour OK: If you are saying you are taking it one hour late pretty often, a) that is ok, and b) it is a hint you should move your time by an hour and just take ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Well, it IS a needle: Puncturing the skin with the needle is a skill and art. It cannot be pain free, however, a good phlebotomist (at whatever level of training), can oft... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Go to ER: Any chance you have atrial fibrillation? Should get checked to be sure is not a clot problem requiring intervention.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
possibly, yes: If partner is ovulating or near that time, semen in the vagina can survive 72 hours to make contact with egg and fertilize it.
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
See Hematologist: Often close outpatient management and medications to minimize the number of sickled cells can keep patients from severe crises and er visits.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
"very painful" = Dr: If you truly are having a lot of pain, then it suggests more serious injury and should be seen soon. See your dr / urgent care / orthopedist for exami... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Depends: If you are at the point you are feeling better and not having noticeable fevers, then you can resume exercise at a reduced pace. While ill / recoverin... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Combo?: Could easily be a combination of the sinus infection, which can interfere with your sense of balance, and the tension in your shoulder (-s) and neck. ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Maybe: Could also be a local reaction to a chemical (cleaner or otherwise), fungal or possibly an early whitlow. If antifungal does not make an improvement i... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
"Normal" wrong Q: Is it reasonable, yes. Does it help resolve premature ejaculation cause, not really, but it aids with the problem, and does not have much of a downsid... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
No: Keep with the benzoyl peroxide and good facial cleansing regimen. Try the newer (aka: proactiv) products or consult a dermatologist.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Hard to say...: However, if not pregnant, the bladder is in that anatomic area, and each perceives discomfort in their own way, so may be a urinary tract infection. S... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
None: Think you meant creatine level. It is a marker of how well the kidney functions by how it lets out the muscle waste product (/building block). Old sc... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Can be normal: The MCH (mean corpuscular hgb) can be up in heavy smokers / other lung diseases, anemia or other blood diseases, or just you. Neutrophils fight off ac... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Ride-along: It is either completely coincidental and you were getting sick when had sex, or may have had an std along with which is causing a pharyngeal infection... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Maybe: Some women do have short cycles, but at your age, more likely they are just irregular, as can be for the first few years. If excessive blood loss or o... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Minimums?: Does depend a LOT on what you do there--keep a car covered, or rebuild and fabricate--but for ANY, would say: CO detector; smoke alarm; fire extinguis... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
No, see ENT Dr: No, should not get pain or tinnitus, definitely not lasting for weeks and not transmitting to both sides. Should see an ENT dr for evaluation.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Can't say: If you aren't convinced it is a pimple, then should see your dr/gun or an urgent care to get it looked at.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Not uncommon: If you are mid-cycle, then ovulating and high pregnancy risk. If not, less. If late for period, check home pregnancy test.
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A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Simple is best: Start with saline nasal spray and/or a vaporizer (cool mist if kids or other burn risk). Next step is afrin or similar nasal spray decongestant, which... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Need more info: Where in the chest? What kind of pain? What brings it on? How long does it last? What eases it? Taken any medication for it and did it help? Any famil... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Fungus?: May be an early fungal infection vs early wart appearance. Can either try topical antifungal (like lotrimin (clotrimazole) / micatin) for few days and... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
"Inhaling lunch"...: ...Gets a new and literal meaning. Aspiration is when stomach contents reflux up the esophagus and run into / are inhaled into the larynx. Depending o... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Not recommended, and if considering or done intentionally, need to go to er to obtain urgent assistance and stabilization. If dose higher than you are... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Virus: You more than likely have a viral respiratory illness and the antibiotic will not change its course, only add symptoms from its side effects. Symptom ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Chance or ?: It is not impossible that at least 3 of the 4 symptoms are related to your tooth issue. If headache is "sided" and on same side as bad tooth, even mor... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Maybe, but...: ...More likely due to the seasonal dry air catching up with your nose this year--it dries out and cracks the mucosa inside nose, and once just deep en... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
And?: Sorry, but the equipment is 40 years old--some wear and tear is bound to happen. May be incidental, may stay same for next 60 years, or may progress t... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Need more info: What was tapped and what was sought? In er, most basic tests are done stat and back within a few hours. If more-sophisticated testing required, like a... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Too vague: Medications, surgery, electro-convulsive therapy, implanted drug pump or stimulator...Exorcism? Spiritual enlightening. Higher education. Your questio... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Depends: It depends if 25 or 50mg dose, your body size, your age (30's not a problem), and the intensity of the "trigger." it should last 6 to 8 hours in most ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Likely a wart: But you should see your dr. / gyn / urgent care / std clinic for thorough examination and testing so any necessary treatment can be prescribed.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Training: Rn=2-4years schooling + experience. Md=4 years after undergrad + ENT residency 3-5+years +/-fellowship + experience. It is the dr's responsibility to... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Hardly: Purple drank or 'lean' is Codeine (narcotic, obtained illegally or diverted) + sedating antihistamine (usually Phenergan (promethazine) or compazine) ... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Known risk: Often depends on amount of manipulation of ducts involved / extent of procedure, and to lesser extent the meds used for procedure and meds you are on ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Start there: It is not an unreasonable thought, particularly with the red & itchy components. Can try otc yeast treatment (i never recommend the 1-day options, as ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Not intuitively: Many std/sti can have prolonged (months--years) latent (=dormant) period. Testing is only sure way to know. No 'free time' to get symptoms or be clear... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Time to see your Dr: Can be due to constipation; hemorrhoids; nsaids or other blood thinners; cancer; diverticular disease; infection...Too many choices for the internet. ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Welcome to life: High functioning people do well until too much 'stuff' hits them and they get stressed out and anxious. Crazy part is ignoring it and suffering when a... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Ice: Cold compresses to area (20 min on / off) will help reduce surrounding inflammation and any spasm while the body 'remembers' that is where it belongs,... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
See your Dr ASAP: You are retaining fluid in your lower extremities and likely your lungs as well. Need exam and testing for heart failure, kidney functioning, and othe... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
'Don't pick it!': Really not much is necessary, our designer created an excellent system for repair. You might occasionally put a topical antibiotic / vaseline / skin c... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
See your Dr: Sorry, but cannot narrow possibilities without good history and examination. Need to see your dr. May order imaging or refer you to neurologist or ENT... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
No: When the risk (eye injury/globe rupture and vision loss) is high, the potential for radiation exposure for a skull xray before MRI is less worrisome. ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
56 days: In the us, red blood cell donation is restricted to one unit every 56 days. If your family member needs blood-products (platelets / plasma / etc.), th... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Max 2 per day...: and only for a short period of time without specific diagnosis. 7-10 day trial should show improvement if reflux.
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Mar 18, 2013
Dr Alves provides an excellent public service through HealthTap. He is clearly knowledgable about many areas in medicine. The input he provides is clear and helpful. I recommend Dr. Alves.
Nov 7, 2014
He is an emergency room expert who is knowledgeable in, Men's health, Blood donation, Education, Health education. We are privileged to have his expertise here on health tap.
I recommend you as a well know expert in your field. Dr Jakavick would recommend this Dr To all who seek their expertise.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! thank you doctor!, im able to keep it under control now with Imodium. keeping most fluids down. almost replaced what i lost so the ER might not be warranted. will be ab...Read More
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Having cold sometimes hurts cold medicine feel like going into left face neck to lungs heart going underneath left boo b to left side sometimes going into stomach sharp pains i do have mild inflamma...Read More
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I am apatient i am adoctor of dermatology,and i ask if you can help me to consult you about my patients in my country have many skin lesions. Best regard

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Eastern Virginia Medical School
Graduated 1997MD

Residency

MORRISTOWN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Residency

Eastern Virginia Medical School

Awards

Maryland State Service Medal (for service in the Maryland Defense Force)
Top Doctor, First Place, Maryland - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Maryland - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
American College of Forensic Examiners
American Academy of Emergency Medicine
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