Dr. William Harris

Family Medicine
Tumwater, WA
35 years experience male

Locations

Littlerock Family Medicine / Urgent Care South

Tumwater, WA

Address

6981 Littlerock Rd SW, Suite #101, Tumwater, WA
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 9:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

Cigna

Premera Blue Cross

Assurant Inc

Office

TUMWATER, WA

About

Bio

Dr. Harris completed his MD training at Texas A&M University & his Family Medicine residency at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Practice & is a member of the American Medical Association. Dr. Harris practiced Family Medicine in the Aberdeen, Washington area for 14 years prior to moving to Olympia, Washington in 2004. He has a special interest in the full spectrum of the human condition from urologic concerns to migraine headache; newborn care to urgent care issues; or from allergies to chronic pain. His philosophy of treating patients includes listening to the complete details to most clearly define a patient's problem(s); & then offering a spectrum of treatment options that most closely fit the patient's comfort level.

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.

Family Medicine

Occupational Medicine

Pain Management

Urgent Care

Doctor Q&A

851 Answers
957 Agrees
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Many ways: Metformin stop the liver from releasing excess sugar. Actos overcomes Insulin resistance in the muscles. When food is in the intestines, onglyza, janu... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Macrobid: Current recommendations are that the first medication given for UTI is microfurantoin twice daily for 3-5 days. This drug is ideal, because it is quic... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Poop Battles: You are uber-constipated! Become aggressive with bowel cleansing: 1) drink 1 bottle of magnesium citrate over crushed ice, 2) take 2 Fleet's enemas an... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Ringworm: If this discolored area is itchy, first try an antifungal like lotrimin or lamisil twice daily.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Many things: If you were younger (20s-30s), i would consider migraine headaches. Depending on your general health/medications taken, diabetes or cataracts could be... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
The Net is right: Prostatitis is a difficult problem to treat. The prostate has a relatively poor blood supply and poor antibiotic penetration. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Ulcers: Bright red blood in the stool is from hemorrhoids. Black stool is digested blood from stomach ulcers. These can be treated with Prilosec and supposito... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Probably stuck: It takes a while to be convinced that blood pressure medicines are necessary. If diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes aren't enough, then we resort t... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Be happy: Most 35-year-olds would kill to have great eyelashes like that! in fact, they're spending $200 for products to lengthen their lashes! there is no goo... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Maybe big trouble: We check for several nonspecific liver tests like ast, alt, alkphos, bili and one specific GGT test for alcoholism (and others). We worry when these i... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Missed beat: We all probably have minor heart irregularities every day and don't even know it. There may be premature or delayed beats in the course of 100, 000 b... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Gall bladder trouble: If you have pain relieved by meals, you could effectively be covering up ulcers. If you have pain caused by meals, you could be having gall stones. T... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Pregnancy test: Beta-hcg is the hormone that rises exponentially in a woman's bloodstream when she is pregnant. Pregnancy can be diagnosed by either detecting HCG in... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
It will take years: Technically, probably the answer is, "yes, " but you may not like it in the beginning. For example, if you start to wake up at 5 in the morning to go ... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Blood sugars go up: You can go to the pharmacy and get Insulin without a prescription. Just take some proof that you are an insulin-dependent diabetic and they will give ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Look for irritants: There are substances that may cause bladder urgency and frequency: chocolate, peppermint, citrus, carbonation, tomato, spices, alcohol, tobacco, caffe... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Almost any: There are many older, cheaper, effective beta blockers that will work for both problems: atenolol, metoprolol, propranolol. The newer, brand-name med... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Stepwise: 1) start with metformin 500mg, increasing doses. If a1c is not below 7.0 after 3 months, then 2) add a second drug (onglyza, januvia, tradjenta, (lina... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Examination: It may not matter. What does matter are 2 things: can you breathe through both sides, and how is the appearance? If you cannot breathe through one sid... Read More
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A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Test blood sugars: Absolutely! see your fp for an a1c, bloodwork, and a plan for self-maintenance of checking blood sugars and taking medications to manage diabetes. If ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Concerning: The quantitative beta-hcg test should double every 48 hours. If this was truly 48 hours, then there is reason for concern. This relatively low numbe... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Measured HCG: A qualitative pregnancy test tells you either yes or no. It can be by blood or urine. A quantitative HCG measures the exact amount of the pregnancy ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Hard to say...: If you inr is in the protective range, then you should be ok from a pulmonary embolism standpoint; however, anything can happen in medicine! check out... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
No prob: Every month, the ovary selects an egg to mature, a follicle is made, and then the egg is ovulated for fertilization. A cyst is a follicle that did not... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Immediately: In theory, a miscarriage is as significant as a very heavy period. The whole cycle resets and restarts, and gets ready for the next round. Assuming t... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Ulcers: Bright red blood in the stool is from hemorrhoids. Black stool is digested blood from stomach ulcers. These can be treated with Prilosec and supposito... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Probably: If you're already been examined by a doc and been told everything is ok, then that's alright for now. Unfortunately, there are a lot of things that li... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Yes: I can't tell you how many depressed women i've given estrogen to or how many menopausal women i've given Lexapro (escitalopram) to! at 43, you may ha... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Almost neither: Official "brown fat" is only present in newborn babies as a source of immediate energy. As we age, this turns to regular yellow fat as you know it. I... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Pregnant?: If you have had breast and nipple enlargement, with tenderness, it is possible you are pregnant if you have been sexually active. I'm not sure what t... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Watch for bleeding!: Sore nipples just confirm the pregnancy. I wonder, though if you truly are just 4 days pregnant -- could you be a month and 4 days pregnant? It's pos... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Try OCPs: Start taking oral contraceptive pills not for birth control, but for period control. You may have better luck with prescription anaprox (naproxen) ds.... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Both: There are many products on the market that claim to reduce wrinkles, and some do. The best face program includes a facial cleanser, exfoliation, moist... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Several: It depends on the age of the patient. I'm assuming that you are over 18 here. Zoloft, paxil, (paroxetine) and Lexapro work well for anxiety. Ritalin (... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Bad news.: Sorry. At age 20, you have probably grown about as much as you are going to. Mature adult growth ends at 25 years old, but most of that maturation is ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
In Theory, NO!: The cervix has crypts which will keep sperm alive for 48h. This essentially creates a mechanism for a single ejaculation to deliver sperm over the per... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Cymbalta (duloxetine): Cymbalta (duloxetine) will also help with pain and female stress urinary incontinence.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
You're sick: Just being sick with nausea and a fever can throw off your period. If you've been on the pill for years and this is a sudden abnormality, chances are... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Herpes concern: You could have herpes. It burns, tingles, hurts, and can occur in the mouth and on the skin. Type 2 happens mostly in the "boxer's shorts area, " whic... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Pregnant?: The signs of pregnancy include breast enlargement and tenderness, abdominal fullness, nausea/vomiting, and perhaps some emotional changes.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Baby-Making 101: Here's what you do: day#1: period starts. Day#14 is ovulation day. Have sex on days 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 scheduled. He must wear boxers and be well hydr... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
To: To prevent osteoporosis, engage in regular exercise that has some impact to it to stimulate bones.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
No: It depends on how your define pain. If you believe that gasping for air and feeling like you are unable to breathe is painful, then it does hurt. In a... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Many possibilities: Intense burning is a strange one... If you have a rash, it could be shingles. If you have pain after eating fatty foods, it could be gall bladder pain... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Many possibilities: Make sure you don't have a metabolic problem: have your fp check thyroid, anemia, diabetes, or other explanations for fatigue. At your age, it would b... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Zantac (ranitidine) or Pepcid: If you are just starting to be bothered by gerd, then otc zantac (ranitidine) or Pepcid should work well. Those are "h2 blockers" a more potent class... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Fairly likely: Birth control pills these days have very low levels of hormone. Missing 4 days of pills may cause you to ovulate or start your period. Because of this... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Treat allergies: Dark circles under the eyes could represent dilated blood vessels from allergy congestion. If you have runny/itchy eyes&nose with sneezing, then you d... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Somebody's lying: Open sores are never normal - even after a cold (wrong neighborhood). Herpes hurts! on the other hand, 25% of people have herpes but 90% don't know it... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
UTI: Period time is just a hassle - it may have nothing to do with urinary burning (never normal). Usually a UTI causes burning, pain, sex pain, frequency,... Read More
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Jan 8, 2013
Dr. Harris is a welcomed addition to the Avvo community. He provides detailed, compassionate and insightful answers to complicated patient questions. I heartily endorse Dr. Harris.
Jan 8, 2013
I would like to welcome Dr. Harris to AVVO.COM. Although I have just begun reading his responses, they are outstanding. His input is thorough, accurate and shows common sense.
Dr. Harris is a great family doc who helps people in his practice and online and on mobile through HealthTap! Thanks Kirk for all you do to help others.
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the pharmacists felt like this was an OK dose but it seemed like a lot of medication to me! she does know how to take pills, yet i was not the one to take her to the doctor or get the script filled!
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Thank you so much for taking the time to answer! It is the only medication that has actually worked for me. I just hate the side effects. However, I would rather live with side effects than RLS!
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! How long does it take for the sun damaged skin to turn back in an african AMERICA . It has been 9 months. Little dots of the change is occur

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
Graduated 1988MD

Residency

Texas Tech University Health System

Awards

25 Year Member Award, American Medical Association
Top Doctor, Second Place, Washington - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Olympia, WA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Medical Association
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Board of Family Medicine
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