Dr. Bret Boyle

Wound care
Salt Lake City, UT
30 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

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

Fax

8012789182

Insurances accepted

BlueCross BlueShield

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Medicare

Molina Healthcare Inc

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Humana Insurance Company

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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
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.

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 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Many possibilities: Sedentary lifestyle, medications, heart and kidney disease, "bad" veins, obesity and a few others can all cause and/or contribute to chronic edema in ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Yes,: However it would be unusual unless axillary lymph nodes were removed at the same time. Once nodes are damaged (radiation therapy) or surgically remove... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Variable: An post-operative wound infection can manifest anytime within 24 hours to even weeks later if a foreign body such as un-dissolved suture material rema... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Proper evaluation: The appropriate treatment will depend on what the wound needs. Sometimes partial opening is necessary with clean out and good wound care, while other ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Get help: I recommend seeking out a wound care specialist in your area.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Bacteria: Most wound infections are caused by the common bacteria that live on our skin such as staph and strep. More rarely, yeast and other less common bacter... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Unlikely. : Typical features of pheochromocytoma would be facial flushing and difficult to control hypertension. Another possible diagnosis for anxiety and boundi... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Yes: As there are lymph nodes there that can swell.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Do not use this.: Hydrogen peroxide has been shown to damage new cells that are going to heal your wound. If you think your wound is infected, you are better off cleans... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Yes: If it is done very carefully so as not to harm the healthy skin this can actually help reduce your risk of infection because it is easier to clean and... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Yes: The normal healing process involves an inflammatory phase which most often manifests as redness and slight swelling in the first few days. For skin cu... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Yes: However as long as there is not inflammation and/or infection, it is often acceptable to leave staples in longer to allow maturation and strengthening... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
It is more likely: coming from the muscular contractions of the uterus causing small blood vessels to rupture. Usually not a problem.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Yes.: It is more likely that a 2nd pregnancy will be normal if the first was normal. However, only her Obstetrician will be able to say for sure based on ev... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Most likely you are : safe to exercise, but if you still have SOB you should continue the investigation to find cause.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Keep it clean and : and moist and covered. An over the counter ointment such as Bacitracin is a good choice.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Ignore: A fungal infection that will respond to topical anti-fungal creams applied twice per day.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
I have worked : With many patients within days of having this procedure and few had any significant pain problems.
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A female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Get help: This description sounds very unusual and i recommend evaluation with family physician or a dermatogist. Avoid emergency or instacare centers for unus... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Cold intolerance: Is. Often attributed to thyroid dysfunction however there are other possible causes. I believe the most common form of this problem is what would be... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Ignore: Acclimatize a few days b/4 strenuous activities. Hydrate well. Lower altitude if symptoms serious.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Ignore: Treat burn like abrasion-cleanse & cover with Bacitracin oint to keep moist & reduce sticking.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Maybe: But be aware that if a wound is consistently too wet, it can macerate (over hydrate) the new skin and possibly destroy it. This can result in a non-he... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Reduce the callous: With a pedegg or similar device then dress the crack with some vaseline or antibiotic ointment daily. This should help. If it does not, you ought con... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Search the internet : For a highly rated podiatrist in your area and call for an appointment. Have any previous records, or x-rays sent to the new clinician prior to your a... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Very unlikely : to be a sexually transmitted disease and mor likely to be a skin ulcer from the friction trauma during intercourse. It should heal within a week.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
If you can: reproduce the pain by pushing on the area it is most likely costochondritis which is inflammation of the rib and cartilage junction near the sternum. ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Highly unlikely. : Pain from heart is often heavy, crushing sensation in center of chest most frequently related to exertion. Would be rare in 23 year old.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Yes.: I am assuming that you are referring to the outer abdominal muscles and not intra-abdominal pains of the intestines. Abdominal muscles are trunk muscl... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
??: I think you need to restate your question. Not sure what you mean by "routine down." If you mean a physical exam - then yes if you are due for one or ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Yes. : You will be fine. Sexual satisfaction for a woman can be provided in several different manners.
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
That sounds: potentially serious and I recommend you seek medical attention.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Ignore: Leave dandruff shampoo on wet hair for at least 5 minutes and alternate between tar and zinc based.
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Most likely: drainage from infection or abscess. Rinse as directed and keep taking antibiotics as prescribed and the taste should resolve in a few days.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Possibly from back. : Those symptoms if persistent are suggestive for sciatica.
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Hard to say. : Some normal use and/or abuse of drugs or medications could factor in. Seek out help either way. You may need evaluation for possible physiologic caus... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Weight gain,: Hot and cold intolerance, dry skin, constipation, sluggishness and fatigue, menstrual irregularity or cessation of periods. There are many others whic... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Massage.: A special massage called manual lymphatic drainage used in conjunction with wraps and periodic elevation of leg is the best approach to reduce the ede... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Not likely to help: Cellulitis needs either oral and sometimes intravenous antibiotic treatment to cure. Topical antibiotics or antiseptics are not going to cure this typ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
True lymphedema is: Typically a permanent condition that requires daily control with compression therapy. Many times swelling or edema is called lymphedema when it is not... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Ignore: When infection involves a limb, it is important to reduce swelling to achieve fastest healing.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Almost every wound: will heal faster and with less pain if it is kept clean and covered. Too wet or dry often create problems. Moist wound care is best.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Unsure: Psa stands for prostate specific antigen and because it is specific for the prostate there is no rationale for why could be affected by a wound infec... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Your description : is complete enough for me to surmise that this could be pinching or impingement of nerve coming from upper neck. Likely the sub-occipital nerve. Warm... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Ignore: Alternate washing hair with tar-based and zinc-based shampoo every other time for best control.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
Bacteria on skin.: Folliculitis is fairly common from shaving especially areas that are not accustomed to the trauma.
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 years experience
"Floaters" are: Normal "shadows" cast onto retina by normal products within the fluid center of the eyeball.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 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.
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 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
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 30 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
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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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