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Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear

Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
Ft Thomas, KY
23 years experience female

Locations

St Elizabeth Physicians

Florence, KY

Address

4900 Houston Road, Florence, KY
Directions

Practice website

Fax

8592127710

About

Bio

Graduated from UNC-CH School of Medicine in 1999. completed an IM residency at UAB-Birmingham in 2002. Relocated to Miami,FL where I completed a Pulmonary/ Critical Care Medicine Fellowship in 2005. Joined South Dayton Acute Care Consultants in 2005 as an Intensivist. I stayed with the group through 2008. In 2008, I took a job with Patient First Physicians Group in Northern Kentucky where I was able to practice both Pulmonary (inpatient and outpatient) and Critical Care. I remain with this group but under a different name-St Elizabeth Physicians.

Specialties
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Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

Pulmonary Critical Care

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

162 Answers
59 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
COPD : Not sure what "dizzy" means-can be different things to different people. COPD can cause persons to feel light headed if their oxygen saturation is abn... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Congestion: Likely a viral illness. Can take a week to 10 days to run its course. Typically medicate symptoms and stay well hydrated.
A male asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Phlegm: If you are coughing up brown phlegm then you have bronchitis. You can get bronchitis even without having chronic lung disease. Cigarette smoke (even s... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Pleurtic Pain: Forcefully coughing for your chest/back/ abdominal muscles is like going to the gym and working muscle groups that you don't typically use in that man... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Mixing meds: I would not advise it. If you are having to mix them or exceed the recommended dose for symptom relief then you should speak with your doctor.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Asthma: Yes. One does tend to experience some degree of anxiety when they are having difficulty breathing.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Post Nasal Drip: An anticholinergic or antihistamine nasal spray may be useful at this point. Be sure you have given the others adequate time to work and discuss with... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Vitamins: There is no contraindication to taking the run of the mill multivitamins (centrum/ one a day/ etc) while taking oral steroids steroids for exacerbati... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Cough drops: Yes. There are many different ingredients especially in the herbal cough drops. Pay attention to the labels. May want to try plain peppermint or cinna... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Cough: Could be either. See how the symptoms progress. Try otc medications for fever/muscle aches. Make a doctor appt if it doesn't get better especially if ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
ProAir: This is albuterol and yes it can make it difficult to sleep because it causes increased heart rate and tremulousness. These are a few of the more comm... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Respiratory Illness: Not uncommon to have your senses of taste, smell, and hearing be altered when you have an infection. Takes time for the antibiotics to work and someti... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Hemoptysis: Bronchitis/pneumonia/congestive heart failure/pulmonary embolus/ ling cancer with airway involvement to name a few. If symptoms persist, you should se... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Wheezing: Wheezing is commonly associated with asthma but just means that there is turbulent airflow. If you are now coughing up phlegm then you have a bronchit... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Asthma: I rarely think of asthma as gone because some people have been known to enter a phase where they are asymptomatic and later sometimes after many years... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Cough: No. A forceful cough can sometimes stimulate certain nerves that can cause you to feel lightheaded or dizzy. This should resolve as the cough resolves... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Asthma: In order for asthma to cause coma, it had to be a severe attack which involved low oxygen levels in the blood for a period of time. Survival is not us... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Phlegm: If you are referring to post nasal drip then i would recommend trying a nasal spray- steroid/ anticholinergic/ antihistimine. Talk to your doctor to s... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Cough: Would seek the advice of the pediatrician. The baby is too young to communicate and you may not recognize the signs of something serious.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Cold: Not sure of the question. Sounds like a viral illness in which symptoms don't always develop all at the same time and typically don't all resolve at t... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Cold: If you feel up to it then go for it. Be sure you stay well hydrated! good luck!
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Inhalers: Some people use the inhalers and stay at home when they should be seeking medical attention. So that they are in extremis when they finally make it t... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Cough: Forceful coughing can headache which can be present until the cough resolves. Treat the cough and the headache should go away. If headache symptoms w... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
COPD: Recommended dosing of spiriva is one inhalation once daily. Tudorza is also an anticholinergic inhaler and can be used 2 times daily-1 inhalation each... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Doctor: Would start with a general practitioner which can be an internist or family practitioner. This person can evaluate you and help you organize your care... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Pulmonary Fibrosis: Unfortunately this is one of the diagnoses in pulmonary for which there are not really good treatment options . If the fibrosis can be linked to other... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Cor pulmonary: Yes severe COPD can lead to pulmonary hypertension and cor pulmonale.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Post Nasal Drip: Nasal steroids usually work well for post nasal drip. Available by prescription.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Pleurisy: Could be pleurisy which is essentially pain with breathing. Numerous causes-sometimes unable to isolate cause. Could be musculoskeletal which cause mo... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Runny nose: If the child is not febrile and fussy then a cough and runny nose does not have to keep you in. Just make sure he/she is eating/ drinking appropriatel... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Cough: Can be if you are coughing forcefully and it has lasted more than 24h or so!
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Throat: Although your risk for head and neck cancer is low due to you not being a smoker, it's always better to be safe than sorry if you have multiple family... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Cough: Go to your doctor and be checked out. Sounds as if the cough is debilitating and adversely affecting your quality of life.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Pregnancy: No. There has to be production of sperm (ejaculation) and a means of entry. Doesn't sound like you had either.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Cough: Numerous causes. Often multifactorial. Have you seen a pulmonologist?
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Cough: Unfortunately no quick fixes. Consider canceling your plans to allow yourself to get better and not risk infecting others.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Inhaler: You should have your doctor's staff or doctor show you the correct way to use your inhaler to be sure you are getting the medication. Sometimes pharma... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Asthma: Perhaps cold air is one of her triggers. Perhaps you could agree on a slightly warmer room or she could sleep in another room where it is not so cold ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Asthma: You are on the same classes of medications .Advair is fluticasone and salmeterol . The advantage of the nebulized medications is that they can be easi... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Asthma: Sounds like you have been diagnosed.Now you just need a good asthma regimen which more often than not will control your symptoms.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Asthma: Any that you tolerate. Every asthmatic is not the same nor do they have the same triggers.
A 83-year-old male asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
COPD: Inhalers-long acting beta agonist +/-steroid (advair, symbicort-most common combination inhalers approved for copd), anticholinergic (spiriva and tudo... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Cough: Cough is often multifactorial and can require more than one intervention to effectively treat. May be the heartburn itself or perhaps an alternate cau... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Sepsis: Any bacteria/mold/ fungus/ parasite. The blood is sterile and compromise of its sterility is a risk factor for developing septic shock.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
COPD: Depends on severity and presence of other co-morbidities/ health problems.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Sepsis: Sepsis is a clinical diagnosis that is made based on a number of laboratory and non-laboratory parameters. In practice, there is not one lab alone tha... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Cold: Stay hydrated. Medicate with otc medications for fever/ muscle aches. Get plenty of rest and be alert to signs and symptoms that suggest that this may... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Asthma: Asthma and any other condition that causes shortness if breath can likely cause some degree of tremulousness but also give consideration to the medica... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Cough: Can cause pleuritic pain/ result in collapsed lungs/ preclude sleeping just to name a few. Typically not life threatening but can be quite a nuisance.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Tonsillitis : No way to tell for sure without you having them be examined/ swabbed but sounds like an infection of some sort. Could be a tonsillitis or pharyngitis.... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Brown-Puryear is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Brown-Puryear is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This saved my life. Thank you. Thank you for letting me know that salbutamol can make you shake. I thought that I had overdosed!
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Thanks for your quick reply! Oh sorry about that, I ment sci spinal cord injury. He is a quadriplegic c3, c4, c5.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I had the shots, but have been catching a lot of flack from other Moms

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of North Carolina School of Medicine, NC
Graduated 1999MD

Residency

University of Alabama-Birmingham

Awards

Top Doctor 2012
Top Doctor 2013
Top Doctor, Second Place, Covington, KY - Winter
2013

Affiliations

ACP
ATS
ACCP

Publications

Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Endocarditis Secondary to Candida Albicans
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