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Dr. Alan Ertle

Internal Medicine
Bend, OR
46 years experience male

Locations

Office

Bend, OREGON

Address

Bend, OREGON
Directions

Insurances accepted

Cigna

LifeWise Health Plan of Washington

Premera Blue Cross

Regence

UnitedHealthcare

Office

Walla Walla, WA

Office

Sacramento, CA

About

Bio

I enjoy the out of doors including hiking, fishing, and big-game hunting. I truly enjoy doing those things with my three sons.

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.

Internal Medicine

Pulmonology

Languages spoken

English, German

Doctor Q&A

9 Answers
0 Agrees
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A member asked:
Dr. Alan Ertle
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Certainly : Certainly pneumonias can go away on their own. Before the era of antibiotics, people survived bacterial pneumonia. Today, some pneumonias are caused by viruses without any effective treatment other than supportive care. It is certainly possible that you had a pneumonia, but you could have also had a virus like influenza which can cause the symptoms you experienced. Depending on your circumstances, such as underlying conditions like diabetes or heart disease, it still may be wise to see your primary care physician to make sure that things have resolved.
A female asked:
Dr. Alan Ertle
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Pulmonary : Pulmonary fibrosis is a collection of lung disorders that affect the connective tissue in the lung that cause inflammation and thickening of the support structure of the lung. The areas between the alveoli (the tiny air sacs at the very end of the bronchial tree) become thickened and it is harder to get the oxygen into the capillaries and red blood cells, and likewise it is harder to get the carbon dioxide that we produce out of the capillaries. Pulmonary fibrosis is not copd. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is made up of two disorders normally caused by smoking. These included chronic bronchitis and emphysema. These disorders affect the lung and cause problems in different ways than pulmonary fibrosis. However, some of the end result can be the same: it is harder to get oxygen into the body and harder for carbon dioxide to get out of the body. It is very important to see a pulmonary specialist for pulmonary fibrosis. There are many potential causes of pulmonary fibrosis, including genetic causes. However, there are some disorders that mimic true pulmonary fibrosis so it is really important to have an expert evaluate you. Prognosis and treatment depend on an expert evaluation to determine what your condition really is.
A member asked:
Dr. Alan Ertle
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Smoking : Smoking can make the effects of pneumonia worse and it can also increase the risk for getting pneumonia. Smoking causes inflammation of the airways and in some people this can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd). COPD can either be chronic bronchitis or emphysema. Smoking can also make asthma worse. If someone has COPD and/or asthma, the effects and symptoms of pneumonia can be significantly worse. Because the airways are inflammed and air and mucous can get more easily trapped, it is easier for smoking patients to get pneumonia. It is important for your dad to quit smoking and if he needs to, he needs to seek professional counseling and help so he can quit.

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HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Ertle is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Regis University
Graduated 2003MD

Medical/Graduate school

Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
Graduated 1997MD

Medical/Graduate school

Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
Graduated 1980MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Oregon
Graduated 1975MD

Residency

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Residency

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Awards

Innovative Partnership Award, Oregon Partnership to Immunize Children
Graduate Honors, Regis University
Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians

Affiliations

American College of Physicians
American College of Chest Physicians
St. Charles Health System, Bend, Oregon
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