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Dr. Bret Boyle

Wound care
Salt Lake City, UT
29 years experience male

Locations

Physician Wound Care Specialists of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

Address

1220 E 3900 S, Suite 3A, Salt Lake City, UT
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

8012789182

Insurances accepted

BlueCross BlueShield

Altius Health Plan

Medicare

Molina Healthcare Inc

Aetna

Cigna

Humana Insurance Company

Coventry Health Care

Tricare

UnitedHealthcare

About

Bio

Before coming to Utah to practice Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, Dr. Boyle spent 13 years on active duty Army service as a physician in Italy, Hawaii, South Korea, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and California. He is military trained and board certified in Family Medicine. He is trained as a Flight Surgeon and served as the consultant to the Army Surgeon General for Hyperbaric Medicine and opened the first Wound Care Clinic for the Army. Dr. Boyle is dedicated to providing individual service with genuine compassion. He specializes in Venous and Arterial Ulcers, Diabetic Ulcers, Traumatic Wounds, Surgical Wound Complications, Abscesses, Lymphedema, Burns and other problem non healing Wounds. Dr. Boyle tries to educate others through his Living Well Articles. Website is www.pwcsu.com

Specialties
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Wound care

Family Medicine

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine

Licenses

United States: Utah

Doctor Q&A

140 Answers
76 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Saline: Is a salty liquid which mimics the sodium content of most body fluids. It is often used to clean or rinse wounds to reduce bacteria and debris and the... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Timing is important.: If redness resulted immediately following the puncture wound it could be a result of histamine release and not infection. If redness, pain, swelling d... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Ignore: Alternate washing hair with tar-based and zinc-based shampoo every other time for best control.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Serum : Is the clear or straw colored liquid that naturally drains from most healthy, open wounds. A superficial wound on a swollen leg can also drain lymphat... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
No: If you have cellulitis which is caused by a bacterial infection of skin and subcutaneous tissue, antibiotics are an absolute must to cure the infectio... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Ignore: How would I recognize an infection since a "flushing" effect is common at 1st and not from infection.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
It depends on : The extent of the tissue damage, but should not last more than 2-4 weeks for a healthy individual.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Ignore: Not a worm but a fungal infection that usually responds well to anti fungal cream twice daily.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Probiotics: A daily helping if a good quality yogurt will give you needed calcium and may help you with this issue. You could also take probiotic capsules instead... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
No need. : Just monitor for any changes and then seek evaluation if true changes occur.
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Yes. : Heat flashes from hormones can act that way. If she has already completed menopause (over age 60) then likely another hormonal process is taking place... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
If it lasts for more: than a day or two, I would have it looked at.
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
2 possibilities are:: Skin pustule (boil, abscess, furuncle), inflamed lymph node (below skin).
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Deep and tunneling: Due to narrowness and depth, gs wounds are harder to keep clean without surgery. Without proper cleansing and drainage of deep wounds, antibiotics alo... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Yes: This is Amoxicillin with clavulanic acid which is a very good choice to treat bacteria which have developed some resistance to plain amoxicillin. For... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Try this.: It is important to help the swelling come down with both: 1. Light compression applied such as an ace wrap extending from just behind toes to a few in... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Incisional bleeding : A hematoma associated with a surgical incision would typically occur due to small amount of bleeding under the staples or sutures shortly after closur... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Petroleum based: Products such as vaseline or an antibiotic ointment such as neosporin or Bacitracin ointment are good choices.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Not likely. : Lymphedema will typically affect the entire extremity or large section of an extremity.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Yes - : Descriptions are consistent with gastritis which is most often caused by either increased acid in stomach, or normal acid production with inadequate a... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Unless she was: severely sleep deprived, "collapsing" into a "normal" sleep is not very typical. If she is not arousable, then there is more a likely a true problem.
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Kidney stone?: The abdominal cramping is less typical of a muscular back strain. If you have had any change in urinary symptoms such as frequency, burning or darkeni... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
This product: Is not recommended for use inside wounds as it has been shown to be toxic to healing cells. In other words, it can inhibit the healing process.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Replace: The gauze packing with clean gauze. Although there are better products than plain gauze for packing a wound, if your health provider recommended gauz... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Maybe: Because inflammation due to the trauma of surgery can cause fluid collection and "induration" which is a hard feel to the tissue.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Most likely: pain from frontal sinus. If loculated with mucus hydrating well with healthy fluids and oxymetazoline nasal spray can help.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Way too many: possibilities to narrow it down without a very thorough history and physical. If this persists for more than one month, get a check up.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Bacteria on skin.: Folliculitis is fairly common from shaving especially areas that are not accustomed to the trauma.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Yes. : At your age if you are properly educated in the types of exercises to do and are diligent and consistent in doing them, you can improve or overcome a ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
If the inflammatory: markers (ESR,CRP) are normal, it is less likely to be arthritis causing the joint pain. However, it is possible and may need evaluation by Rheumatolog... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Nerve irritation.: Your description is suggestive of nerves along thoracic spine possibly irritated. If it is mostly toward the end of the day that would also fit with p... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Also -: Use of a humidifier in your indoor space can help a lot since you likely live in an air conditioned dwelling.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Keep moist.: It has been shown that all wounds heal faster and with less pain, scarring and infection if kept moist. A topical antibiotic ointment such as Bacitrac... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
"Floaters" are: Normal "shadows" cast onto retina by normal products within the fluid center of the eyeball.
A female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Symptoms of: infection are typically increased frequency of urination, urgency of urination, hesitancy of urination, superficial burning or deep bladder discomfort... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Good wound care.: A scar is made by new skin cells that are arranged differently. You cannot heal a wound without a scar. You can minimize the bulkiness of the scar by ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Protein & sodium. : Consistent protein in diet can help and too much sodium can make things worse.
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Yes: Clean the area daily and use either neosporin of Bacitracin ointment covered with clean gauze.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Many choices. : Although there are many possible choices for topical application of dressing product's to help treat infection, it is unlikely that you will achieve m... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Possible Herpes. : If you have never had sexual intercourse then herpes is less likely. However, you can have an outbreak (small cluster of superficial blisters with bur... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
A few possible: Answers are abscess (boil) which can happen spontaneously or precipitated by shaving, or if this has occurred before, this could be hidradenitis suppu... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Important: to clarify the statistic which is; those who quit for good, ON AVERAGE took seven attempts to do so. Therefore you could quit after only a few attemp... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Many possibilities : Intestinal cramps from gas, infection, ulcer. Urinary infection or kidney stone. Uterine cramping from endometriosis, fibroid tumor. Ovarian maladies... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
A few possibilities: are mechanical obstruction from tumor, prolapsed uterus, neurologic dysfunction of bladder, medication side effect. Hope that helps.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
If this is your own: self-diagnosis, then the only tests you need at this time is a proper history and evaluation by a competent clinician. That individual will then expla... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Only your surgeon : can tell you what is best for you. We do not know the important details such as your weight, level of fitness, degree of injury to your meniscus, etc... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
De Quervain's: Tenosynovitis. Look this up and read about it and see if this is consistent with your symptoms.
A male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Hopefully. : However this is impossible for anybody except your surgeon to say with confidence.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Adhesive reaction: If the shape of the red, itchy spot is close to the shape of the bandaide, then this is most likely an allergic reaction to the adhesive. If you appl... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Yes it can.: The direct affects of heavy alcohol intake on wound healing are less than the indirect affects such as poor nutrition and neglect of a wound due to in... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Boyle is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Boyle is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I will try wrapping it, I've only been wearing aircast to keep foot at 90 degrees.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! If I understood u that was after the procedure.. what about During it
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you! I found a Gatorade homemade recipe - will try that!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Graduated 1993MD

Medical/Graduate school

Duke University School of Medicine, NC
Graduated 2001MD

Residency

Tripler Army Medical Center

Awards

Meritorious Service Medal - United States Army
Top Family Physician, First Place, Salt Lake City Region - Summer
2014
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

Association for the Advancement of Wound Care
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