Dr. Amy Tezza

Internal Medicine
San Francisco, CA
38 years experience female

About

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.

Internal Medicine

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

88 Answers
6 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Viral : Cold sores that occur on your lips are caused by a herpes simplex virus; it's usually type 2; type 1 can also cause sores on the mouth but are primari... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Bladder infection: It's possible that you have a bladder infection. Your bladder becomes inflamed in an infection and gives you the feeling that you have to go even when... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Varicocele: You could have a varicocle which is a dilated vein around your testicle. There are other benign conditions that can cause masses in your testicular ar... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Depends: Mild hypothyroidism might not cause any problems however low thyroid levels can lead to infertility, weight gain, depression, fatigue, hair loss, dry ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Yes: A long slow taper can work but it's difficult and you have to have a plan to deal with the pain and the withdrawals as the narcotics leave your system... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Yes: Usually they are referring to amniotic fluid when they talk about "liquor" so adequate is okay.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
No and yes: Coffee is not known to cause heart disease although large amounts can cause arrhytmias due to heart stimulation. Not exercising and eating junk can de... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Possibly: Is the baby drinking your breast milk fine and then refusing when it's offered from the bottle? And then will drink the enfamil from a bottle without... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Possibilities: Does your face appear flushed? Certainly hot flashes can make your face feel as if it's burning but usually associated with flushing. Also rosacea can... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Yes: If the ekg didn't show any signs of ischemia then that 18 year old with normal testing as above could have many other possible illnesses; including re... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Unclear: It's unclear why you would take antibiotics if you don't have an infection; possibly to prevent an infection? There are a lot of reasons not to take a... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Why?: It's normal for a young woman to have fat on her thighs despite what you might see in magazines. If you are overweight of course then exercise and die... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Watch it: Many meningiomas don't change in size and it's safe to watch them over time. I would wonder why there was a ct scan or MRI done in the first place; if... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Not usually: Mucous is produced by your gut in order to move the byproducts of digestion more smoothly through your intestinal tract. Things that irritate your int... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
No: If there is underlying coronary artery disease then smoking could certainly exacerbate this and can cause arterial spasm that might cause myocardial i... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Pleuritis: One possibility is pleuritis; it is inflammation of the lining of your chest; typically pain is worse with a deep breath or movement. The causes inclu... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Possibilities: One common condition that causes lumps on the wrist are ganglion cysts. These are formed by the fluid in your joints, synovial fluid, that normally lu... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Better treatments: If you have a herniated disc a support belt might make you feel more comfortable (particularly if you need to lift with a bad disc) but it's probably... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Possibilities: Prepatellar bursitis is inflamation of the fluid filled sac located in front of your knee cap; it can cause swelling and tenderness to touch. Also pat... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Yes: Although "normal" body temperature is supposed to be 98.6 a difference of a half a degree or even more is not worrisome. Your body temperature will va... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Other possibilities: It's not likely that a nerve from your back is causing gastroparesis. And degenerative disc disease in your spine should not affect your vagus nerve. ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Possibilities: Some women benefit from exercise; regular aerobic exercise can relax you and serve as an outlet for your emotions. Some women find that birth control ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Perirectal abcess: A perirectal abcess is an infection that normally requires drainage and antibiotics. Usually it is caused by obstruction of anal glands although they ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
How's the iron level: It is interesting that you say you have iron deficiency; the urge to eat odd things like ice or chalk or even dirt can be a sign of iron or other mine... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Well: You can have a throat swab done for chlamydia and gonorrhea in order to rule those out. Both can cause throat infections and both are easy to treat. A... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Need more info: It's hard to know what you mean by "poor digestive power" do you have constipation or diarrhea? Heart burn nausea or vomiting? A good diet is varied... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
BP: First; your blood pressure should always have the highest number first so 133/89 goes to 140/100 and then back down, correct? You probably should be ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
?info: Bright red blood generally means that the bleeding is near the end of your intestinal tract; like a hemorrhoid or fissue or tear in the lining of your... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Eczema: Could be eczema ; you might want to try a cortisone cream. Unfortunately the over the counter ones aren't as effective for eczema in your hands; you m... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Not too: That ef is at the lower end of normal; however if you have high blood pressure lowering it might improve your heart function and your ef. There are sp... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Needs workup: You would need to have a workup; it would be helpful to know more about the quality of your headaches; pressure like a band as in a tension headache; ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Twins: There is no way to ensure that you have twins. They can run in families so you might have an increased possibility of having twins. And people that ha... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
Possibilities: Possibilities are diverticular disease, ovarian cysts or other problems, uterine fibroids, even bladder trouble. If your symptoms change with a bowel ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
NO: No; it might make them urinate more and a lot of coffee can cause bladder irritation but not kidney problems.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 years experience
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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
38 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

Testimonials
Recommendations and Thank you notes are endorsements given from patients or other doctors.

2
Recommendations
137
Thank you notes
HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Tezza is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Tezza is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
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.
HealthTap member
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
HealthTap member
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
HealthTap Founding Doctor
90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions, provide medical advice, write prescriptions, and more.
Answer emailed
in 24 hours or less