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Dr. Laura McMullen

Pediatrics
Butler, PA
22 years experience female

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Pediatrics

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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Without : Without examining her and watching her interact, it is difficult to make such a complicated diagnosis. If you have concerns about her behavior, you s... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Chronic : Chronic 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... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Enlarged : Enlarged lymph nodes or "lymphadenopathy" are very common. Lymph nodes are part of the immune system and enlarge with white blood cells to fight off i... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
A : A white discharge can be normal - the hormones from the pill can cause your vagina to make an increased amount of lubrication and discharge. As long ... Read More
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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
You : You should give your child's doctor a call and ask for a referral to a child psychologist, psychiatrist or behavioral specialist. You are not alone i... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
As : As long as you have been using your birth control pills correctly (taking them around the same time every day without skipping any) then you have a le... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
This : This somewhat common problem has a huge differential of potential causes such as: - nasal drainage - nasal polyps - bad tooth - gastroesophageal r... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Even : Even though there is a 1% chance of pregnancy after having your tubes tied, there are more likely causes depending on your age and other symptoms. Rea... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Without : Without testing your urine, it's hard to know whether you are pregnant, have a urinary tract infection, have another infection or illness, or have a c... Read More
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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
The : The purpose of the Prednisolone for her pneumonia is to decrease the inflammation in her lungs to make it easier for her to breathe while the antibiot... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Since : Since pregnancy is the number one reason for a missed period, did you take your pregnancy tests at least 1 week after your missed period? If so, then... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
It : It sounds as though you may have a skin infection with abscesses or "boils". These usually start out as tender, red areas which become hard and then e... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
There : There are no illnesses that i know of that cause a "mushy forehead". Some kids may have more fat under the skin of the forehead than others and she m... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Lupus : Lupus is an extremely variable disease. The prognosis in kids depends on the severity of internal organ involvement and success of treatment. Childr... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 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 ei... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
If : If you are not getting adequate answers to your questions, you may want to see an endocrinologist. They are the specialists who treat hypothyroidism ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
The : The mcmi-iii is the millon clinical multiaxial inventory (3rd edition). This test helps assess psychological problems such as anxiety, depression, pe... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
She : She should definitely see her doctor for an exam. Any vaginal bleeding after a full recovery from a hysterectomy is not normal and should be evaluated... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
If : If you are requiring albuterol treatments sooner than every 4 hours, your need to go to the emergency room for steroids and stronger albuterol treatme... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
1750 : 1750 probably goes back about 8 or 9 generations for you. Few people know their family history that far back! that means that you only share between... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
A : A sore throat is a pretty non-specific complaint that can have many causes. Most commonly, it is caused by a virus and really shouldn't last more than... Read More
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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
One : One of the most common side effects of the Plan B pill is that it can cause cycle irregularity no matter when you take it. It is great that you took ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
According : According to the national institute of health center for complimentary and alternative (cam) medicine, there is no conclusive scientific evidence that... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Well, : Well, it depends on what bone was injured or broken and the severity of it. In some areas of the back (such as the tailbone) if there is a mild fract... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
A : A paper published by the national cancer institute in 2007 looked at secondary malignancy rates in over 16, 000 kids diagnosed and successfully treate... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
It : It sounds like your doctors have been very thorough in trying to find out what is causing your daughter's discomfort and a scope seems like a logical ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
How : How quickly you break down alcohol and eliminate it from your system depends on many factors including gender, size, liver function, what medications ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
No. : No. Shingles is the reactivation of the varicella virus which lives in your body forever after either having chicken pox or after vaccination for chi... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Possible, : Possible, but unlikely you are pregnant. If you miss your period next month, you should take a pregnancy test, but odds are, you are not pregnant. G... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Sometimes : Sometimes it can be very difficult to know the difference between urine leakage and amniotic fluid at the end of pregnancy - often the only way we can... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
If : If there is a possibility you could be pregnant, you should take a pregnancy test. You can either take a home pregnancy test as long as it has been ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Even : Even though some pain can be normal from the stretching of the uterine ligaments, some pains can be more concerning such as early labor, blood clot, o... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Since : Since you are having your period, odds are you are not pregnant. If you are still concerned about pregnancy, you can take a test 3-4 weeks after your... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
The : The only way to know whether you are pregnant or not is to take a test. You can either take a home pregnancy test as long as it has been 5 weeks sinc... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Since : Since you have been using your pills correctly, you have a less than 1% chance of being pregnant. More likely, the breakthrough bleeding is a side ef... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
If : If there is a possibility you could be pregnant, you should take a pregnancy test. You can either take a home pregnancy test as long as it has been 5... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Pregnancy : Pregnancy is possible - especially towards the end of your period. If you miss your period next month, you should take a pregnancy test just to be cer... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 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 ei... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Antibiotics : Antibiotics can decrease how effective hormonal birth control (such as the pill) can be. We usually recommend using an additional form of birth contr... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Even : Even though increased vaginal discharge is normal for 6 weeks after giving birth, the foul odor may be a sign of an infection. The most common reas... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
The : The outcome of the pregnancy depends on a few factors: - your age - the older you are, the higher likelihood of miscarriage - the age of the fetus - ... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
The : The source of vaginal bleeding after sex is most commonly from the cervix - the part of the uterus that hangs into your vagina. It is most likely caus... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Sore : Sore throat is a fairly common symptom associated with many illnesses. Most of the time it resolves on its own without any other issues. Occasionally ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
It : It depends on the dose. For occasional use at a low dose, it'll be out of your system in 2-5 days. If you take it daily at a high dose, it can be de... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
20-30% : 20-30% of women will have some vaginal bleeding in the first trimester of pregnancy. First trimester bleeding can have many causes such as: threaten... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
By : By examining you and by your ultrasound reports, your doctor should know your due date and be able to tell you about when your conception date was. J... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
If : If you took one of the seven placebo pills at the end of the pack instead of one of the 21 hormone pills at the beginning, just take the first hormone... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
There : There are many illnesses - some rare, some common - that can cause pain in this area for a child/ young adult such as: - gastresophageal reflux disea... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Depends : Depends on the antibiotic and how much time has passed between your last dose and when you plan on drinking. If it has been a few days like you said, ... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Good : Good news! the only stool colors we get really concerned about are red (blood from colon), black (blood from small intestine or stomach), or white (li... 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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