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Dr. Amy Tezza

Internal Medicine
San Francisco, CA
37 years experience female

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Internal Medicine

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

88 Answers
6 Agrees
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
?spleen: Your spleen size was measured during the ct scan? If it is enlarged it can mean liver cirrhosis or a hematologic problem or even an infection like mon... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Shampoo: There are shampoos that can help: selsun type shampoos are over the counter and not too expensive; they have selenium sulfide in them. Best way to use... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
NO: No; it might make them urinate more and a lot of coffee can cause bladder irritation but not kidney problems.
A 23-year-old male asked:
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37 years experience
Many possibilities: The stomach is up in the left upper quadrant of your abdomen so I am guessing that this pain is lower down in the pelvic area? Is it affected by havin... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Inflammation: Drinking can cause inflammation of your stomach and gastrointestinal tract which could potentially lead to a low grade fever. You can also get inflam... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Not sure: It's hard to tell from your question but you can get pregnant using the withdrawal method; there can be sperm in the "pre ejaculate" which is fluid th... Read More
A 90-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Tylenol (acetaminophen): Tylenol (acetaminophen) or acetominophen can be a safer drug for older patients to take. If you have liver disease or drink heavily you should check w... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
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37 years experience
Do the math: Protein has about four calories per gram; if you are eating 70 grams of protein that is only 280 calories. Even on top of the 1000 calorie diet unless... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Vaginitis: Burning on urination is typical for a urinary tract infection. Vaginal burning without urination generally denotes inflammation of the vagina which ca... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
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37 years experience
Depends: This might be long enough; it depends on your situation but 4-6 weeks is typical. If you have had recurrent infections then your doctor might want you... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Yes: Angina represents decreased blood flow to the heart, this can lead to heart muscle death (a heart attack) if blood flow is not promptly restored. Som... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Unlikely: There are some red bumps that are supposed to be seen on the back of your tongue and throat so unless you have other symptoms: trouble swallowing, thr... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
No: Most people eat protein every day; even vegetarians. So it's not bad to eat it everyday. High creatinine can mean kidney problems and i would need to ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
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Hiv symptoms same: The symptoms of inital HIV infection can be fevers muscle pain rash headache and aren't changed by having herpes. And some people have no symptoms at ... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
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37 years experience
? examination: You should get an examination of your lower intestinal tract if you haven't. The sensation of having to go without having a bowel movement might mean ... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Nerve issue: If the tingling is within the distribution of a cutaneous nerve then it's possible that that nerve is being pinched somewhere. The tingling of hyperve... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Some tips: If you are overweight, weight loss will help. Regular exercise (check with your doctor first if you aren't already active) can also help. A low sodium... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Feeling low: Not sure what you mean by blood level; do you mean you aren't anemic? Low energy levels can be caused by many other issues like underactive thyroid, d... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Probably not: Your urine will smell differently depending on what you are eating, medications and supplements. Sometimes an infection will change the odor and if it... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Two possibilities: It could be infection with a herpes virus; typically hsv 1 which causes oral lesions often times associated with stress, sun exposure or other illnes.... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
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37 years experience
Red lines: This could represent striae; these are seen in areas where the skin is stretching like rapid growth or weight gain.Women can get them during pregnancy... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Probably not STD: More likely you have a urinary tract infection; the bacteria from your wife's colon could have been pushed up into your bladder and caused an infecti... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
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37 years experience
Likely benign: This sounds like a benign thyroid cyst; thyroid cancers are generally solid tumors. If there were any reason for concern your doctor would order a fol... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
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37 years experience
Possibilities: You could have an infection or a problem with your endometrial lining where it isn't sloughing off normally. This might be related to a hormone proble... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
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Need more info: Would this be in the context of opiate or other drug withdrawal? If so i think it's a matter of time and regular exercise along with a healthy diet. B... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Still possible: Type 2 herpes is mostly "sexually" transmitted and type 1 often isn't. Type 1 causes oral lesions and is know as a "cold sore" often on the lips. Geni... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Probably not: Pain in the last joint of your fingeris typical of osteoarthritis (o.A.) which would be more common at your age. Sometimes people even get little lum... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
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37 years experience
Which way?: If they are length wise it's not likely to be a serious problem. Even horizontal ridges can be due to repetitive trauma. However you might want to hav... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Possibilities: After surgery there is inflammation from tissue damage that may cause frequent bowel movements (might explain the fat "attenuation"); this will resolv... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
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37 years experience
Not likely: It sounds like you might have some autoimmune process (although anas are notorious for false positives) which could explain your sedimentation rate. ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
One possibility: A common cause of throat soreness without evidence of infection is gerd or gastroesophageal reflux disease, a fancy name for heart burn. "silent gerd"... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
No: Prenatal vitamins are pretty safe; taking an extra dose isn't going to hurt your baby. Of course you don't want to make a habit of taking more than th... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
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Excessive screaming: I would wonder if the pain isn't really mild. If the person has dementia sometimes they will seem to overreact to stimuli that wouldn't bother oth... Read More
A male asked:
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37 years experience
A lot of work: A board certified cardiologist is generally a doctor who, after medical school. Did an internship and residency in internal medicine and then went on ... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Erectile dysfunction: There are many causes of erectile dysfunction, as you are a diabetic you could have neurolgic problems or circulatory problems that might contribute: ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Don't worry: I don't think you need to worry but if it persists you should call the doctor who did the d and c. Give yourself more time to recover from the procedu... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Why not?: As long as you are ovulating and have a functional uterus you can get pregnant. Or at least you should assume that's the case and use birth control if... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
ALP: Does this stand for alkaline phosphatase? This can come from bone or liver and there is a blood test that can differentiate the two. If it's the liv... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
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37 years experience
Vaniqua: There is a topical cream called vaniqua that can slow hair growth; it is prescription only. Or you might want to consider electrolysis which can get r... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Gas: Most air in your stomach comes from being swallowed. Some people swallow air without being aware of it; sometimes it happens if you chew gum or do a l... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Poss unrelated: The triglyceride and HDL levels are not as worrisome as the elevated SGPT which is a liver test. You might have a "fatty liver" from high triglyceride... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
See your doctor: Foamy urine can be a sign of protein in the urine and needs to be checked out. It's pretty easy for your doctor to test your urine for protein right i... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Unknown: No one really knows what causes giant cell arteritis or inflammation of the blood vessels. I hvae never heard of any relationship to birth control or ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Tinea versicolor: The skin changes that occur with tinea versicolor can take a long time to change back to normal color. Limited sun exposure can sometimes help but mos... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
No: You can't really eat some other food to decrease the affect of another. If you eat a diet high in fat sodium and sugar and eat a lot of vegetables and... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Sinus?: Most common would be a sinus issues; the sinuses are located throughout your skull to lighten your head but can get congested and fill up with mucous ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
My opinion: Sunscreen has been proven to decrease signs of aging in your skin. Retinoids like retin a (tretinoin) can decrease wrinkles. Some good moisturizers ar... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Possible reason: My guess is that you have been immunized against hepatitis b which is the anti_hbs. You have antibodies against a protein on the surface of the virus;... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Contusion: A contusion is just a fancy name for a bruise; a contusion of your knee generally means there was an injury and leakage of blood and fluids into the a... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
37 years experience
Periods: The most common cause of low iron in women you age is menstrual blood loss. You may not be taking in enough iron to compensate other possibilities are... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Tezza is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Tezza is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you so much I was so confused and worried about this for so long. You have put my mind at ease.
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My throat itched for about 5mins this morning. I took the epi -pen shot the day I ate the Peaches. The bumps are just there. No puss or nun
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thank you, I have had no other symptoms just this pain as if someone has an elastic band and is tightening it. had it for about 6 months

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, PA
Graduated 1985MD

Awards

Top General Internist, Third Place, California - Summer
2013
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