Dr. Laura McMullen

Pediatrics
Butler, PA
23 years experience female

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Pediatrics

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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
"Failure : "failure to thrive" is the term used when a child does not grow as expected as compared with other children his age. There are many many reasons for ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Though : Though it is much more common in children, a visible epiglottis can be a normal variant in an adult. That being said, you need to make sure that it i... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
You : You should definitely see your doctor or a dermatologist for this recurrent problem. Non-healing lesions should always be looked at to make sure it i... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Kawasaki : Kawasaki disease is a very rare and poorly understood disease that affects the blood vessel walls, the mucous membranes, and the lymphnodes children u... Read More
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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
It : It is normal to have prolonged bleeding (a continuous period) and spotting in the first few months you are on the depo-provera shot. However, if you ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Ear : Ear fluid is a common problem for a lot of kids and some adults. It is due to eustachian tube dysfunction (when the tube that connects the ear to the ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Significant : Significant eye pain, unknown source of pain and worsening instead of improving are all reasons to go to the emergency room for an exam and treatment.... Read More
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A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
There : There are a few things you can do to treat a cold caused by an upper respiratory virus. - voice rest - probably the best thing you can do for a sore ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Your : Your symptoms are somewhat vague and do not necessarily mean that you are pregnant. However, there's no way to know whether you are pregnant or not wi... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Well, : Well, the first thing you need to do is check a pregnancy test to see if you are pregnant. There are other reasons besides pregnancy that can cause a ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Without : Without taking a pregnancy test, it's impossible to know whether you are pregnant. As doctors, anytime a fertile, sexually active woman has an abnorma... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
A : A thoracentesis is a needle aspiration of air or fluid in the space between the lungs and the chest wall. It is often used for diagnostic or treatmen... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
5 : 5 months old is a little old to still be having problems with the belly-button. Most kids lose their umbilical cords a few weeks after they are born ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
The : The most common symptoms of bladder cancer are: - blood in the urine - usually not painful (9 out of 10 people with bladder cancer will have this) - u... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
For : For diabetics, eating a low-carb diet and getting plenty of exercise is the best thing you can do for your health. Over time you will feel better, lo... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
ANY : Any bleeding in the second or third trimester is considered abnormal. You should call your ob/gyne right away.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Cold : Cold sores or fever blisters are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (hsv-1) and are extremely common. Most people become infected as an infant or s... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Amoxicillin : Amoxicillin does not treat gonorrhea. You need a different antibiotic. Often, people with gonorrhea have other sexually transmitted diseases, also, ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
You : You may benefit from speech therapy. A speech therapist can teach you how to enunciate your words more clearly and give you exercises to perform to m... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
It : It could be either and it's impossible to know unless you take a pregnancy test. As doctors, anytime a fertile, sexually active woman has an abnormal... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
No. : No. A home pregnancy test detects bhcg - a hormone excreted in the urine of pregnant women regardless of age.
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Unfortunately, : Unfortunately, your symptoms can be attributed to many, many different illnesses. Without an in-depth history, examination, and testing it's difficul... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Even : Even though it would be unusual to continue to have a period while pregnant, it is not unheard of. The only way to know for sure is for you to take a... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
As : As doctors, the first thing we do when we hear a woman is having a light or missed period or abnormal spotting, we check a pregnancy test. You can eit... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Tylenol (acetaminophen) : Tylenol (acetaminophen) is fine. Ibuprofen is usually not recommended but can be used in the first trimester if your ob/gyne syas it is ok. Try the ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
If : If after 2 weeks without any other symptoms you have not improved, you may want to look into other reasons for your laryngitis. There are number fun... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
You : You should go back and see your doctor. Most viruses tend to clear up in 7-10 days and when they don't, often we do further testing. You doctor may ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
As : As doctors, the first thing we do when we hear a fertile woman is having a light or missed period or abnormal spotting, we check a pregnancy test. The... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
I've : I've added a link below that is where you can request a cardiac surgery appointment at the mayo clinic in az. Good luck!
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Bleaching : Bleaching and other hair treatments such as dying or straightening do not remove drug metabolites from the hair shaft. It will not help you pass a dr... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Without : Without being able to examine you, it's difficult to say what the bump on your tongue could be. You should give your doctor a call and have them take... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
There : There is a syndrome associated with starvation called "refeeding syndrome". Your stomach doesn't "reject food", but after a prolonged time without fo... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
It : It is not common for the external ear to be affected with a middle ear infection (the kind of ear infection you get with colds). An outer ear infecti... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Things : Things you can do are: -do not drink juice or soda (which can worsen diarrhea) -instead drink oral rehydration solutions such as pedialyte or drink ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
A : A healthy blood pressure is anything 120/80 or less. 120-130/80-90 is considered pre-hypertension and anything 130 and above / 90 and above is hypert... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
With : With several negative home tests and a negative blood test, it's probably safe to say that you are not pregnant. There are other reasons besides preg... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
The : The two most common reasons for a woman to have painful urination is from either a urinary tract infection or from urethritis due to a sexually transm... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
As : As doctors, anytime a fertile, sexually active woman has an abnormally light or missed period, the first thing we do is rule out pregnancy. You can e... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
The : The cause of a chronic cough can be a very tricky problem to figure out in kids or adults. Common causes include: -asthma -gastro-esophageal reflux ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
It : It depends on the defect since some are more heritable than others. Not all heart murmurs are caused by heart defects, in fact, most heart murmurs oc... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
If : If you think you are having bloody vomit and stool, then you should be evaluated as soon as possible. Give your doctor a call. If you cannot get a hol... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
The : The best advice is to follow the advice of the child's doctor. Neither the american association of pediatrics nor the consumer product safety comissi... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Congratulations : Congratulations on your pregnancy! dates of conception are estimations made by calculations from the last menstrual period and ultrasound measurement... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
If : If this behavior is upsetting to your child or the family, then it's time to take her to her doctor for an evaluation. This could be a sign of obses... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Are : Are you pregnant? If you are, you could be miscarrying and need to call your OB doctor right away or go to the emergency room. Even if you are not p... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Even : Even though the condom is a pretty good method of birth control, they do have a 2% failure rate if used correctly every time and an 18% failure rate i... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Headaches : Headaches and their causes can be complicated, difficult diagnoses to make. Since it is dizziness and weakness, you should make an appointment with yo... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
There's : There's really no other way to do it safely without putting your life at risk. If you don't feel comfortable talking to your doctor, you should call ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
It : It sounds as though you probably have a low likelihood of being pregnant. As doctors, the first thing we do when we hear that a fertile woman is havi... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
If : If your girlfriend is only 6 weeks pregnant, then it may be too early to detect a heartbeat - even with a transvaginal ultrasound. A fetal heartbeat ... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Dec 21, 2012
Excellent responses to complex issues. Has an excellent command of language necessary to convey complex information to non-physicians.
Mar 26, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
Oct 29, 2013
Outstanding, caring, thorough, very knowledgeable contributor!
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! What should the young lady's next step be once she see's sitting in her ob/gyn's office. What direction should she be heading?
HealthTap member
This saved my life. Thank You! I have tryed the BV treatment s they have at the stores and they seemed to help but after abit it keeps comein back..so I will ask my Dr thk
HealthTap member
Thx.Similar issue but I take Bentyl for IBS. Not stopping and IBS-d daily pain is interfering with being mom & work. Working with my GI Dr.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Graduated 2004MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Rochester
Graduated 2000MD

Residency

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Pittsburgh, PA - Winter
2013
Top Pediatrician, Third Place, National - Winter
2013
Top Pediatrician, Second Place, Pittsburgh Region - Summer
2014

Affiliations

American Academy of Pediatrics
Children's Community Care Pediatrics
Next Generation Pediatrics
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