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Dr. Robin Merlino

Internal Medicine
Fairfax, VA
42 years experience female

Locations

Office

Fairfax, VA

Address

3020 Hamaker Ct, B 106, Fairfax, VA, US
Directions

Fax

(703) 208-9946

Insurances accepted

CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield

Aetna

Tricare

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

72 Answers
20 Agrees
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Dry skin: Take less showers/ baths, use dove or cetaphil soap, use aveeno (oatmeal) anti itch or sarna, both otc.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Toe irritation: Try otc anti fungal cream such as lotrimin (clotrimazole). Often can get a yeast ( tinea) infection in between skin of toes. If not improving get eva... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
POSSIBLE FRACTURE: THIS IS A TYPICAL INJURY THAT CAN CAUSE A COLLES FRACTURE IN THE WRIST OR NAVECULAR FRACTURE. IN THE HAND BY THE THUMB. GO TO URGENT CARE OR EMERGENC... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Retroperitoneal Fibr: Retroperitoneal fibrosis is a rare disease, often idiopathic, but drugs, infections malignancies, prior surgeries, radiation therapy, smoking, and as... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
FLUID IN YOUR LUNGS: MANY POSSIBILITIES INCLUDING PNEUMONIA, TB AND OTHER UNUSUAL INFECTIONS, HEART FAILURE, KIDNEY FAILURE, LIVER FAILURE, AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES SUCH AS LU... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Colon Cancer: CEA is blood test associated w/colon Ca. However, not a good screening test - significant false +, can be high with benign conditions & in early C... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Radiculopathy: Your symptoms are from nerve irritation likely from your neck.. Consult with a neurologist or spine doctor.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Lisinopril ; alcohol: In moderate amounts this is safe.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Menstrual cramping: Nsaids help quite a bit Ibuprofen 600 mg 3 x a day or aleve (naproxen) 2 pills 2 x a day as needed.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Ignore: Eat lots of salty food and drink lots of fluid, wear support hose, stand up slowly.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Healthy Life style: Mediterranean diet high in fruits, veggies whole grains, olive oil, nuts. fish and occasional small portions of lean meats, preferably white meat pou... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Birth control pills : Yes, often have scanty periods with birth control pills.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
GI upset and vomitin: Absolutely needs evaluation, could be reflux, ulcer disease, pregnancy, gallstones or many other diagnoses. Make an appointment with your doc. Try not... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Arthritis: This is typically from osteoarthritis and are known as heberden's nodes. If you can use Ibuprofen or Naproxen otc safely (ie. No ulcers, reflux, hyper... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Gas: Excess gas could be due to a lactose intolerance, go dairy free for a week to see if that helps. Chewing gum, sucking candies, using straws and drinki... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Asthma steroid inhal: steroid inhalers Advair fluticasone propionate/ salmeterol inhaled AeroBid flunisolide Aerospan flunisolide Alvesco ciclesonide Asmanex Twist... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Insomnia: There are many reasons for waking up in the middle of the night including depression, posttraumatic stress syndrome and anxiety, stress, alcohol, caff... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Back pain: Tyler although i cannot tell you what your back pain is from, i can tell you that kidney damage from anti inflammatory rx such as advil (ibuprofen)... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Depression ; anxiety: I would only use Abilify (aripiprazole) as a last resort. There are many other drugs to try before adding this drug. Although Abilify (aripiprazole) i... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Upper GI Bleeding: This needs attention, throwing up blood is never normal. Possible causes include an ulcer, gastritis, esophagitis and tumors. He needs to see a doc as... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Cirrhosis: Nothing is 100% in medicine but all 3 of these tests are normal making it improbable that you have cirrhosis.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Rectal bleeding: This should be evaluated.Possible causes include hemorrhoidal bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease, infection, fissure and less likely a tumor.
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Hypothyroid: Tpo antibodies do not change with treatment. They are indicators of the cause of your hypothyroidism - autoimmune thyroid disease aka grave's disease.... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Stuck in throat: Pills can get stuck in your esophagus especially if you do not drink water while taking. They can cause an ulceration and this is like a burn, can be ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Nose bleeds: Likely from your URI and dry mucus membranes, unlikely from RX. NSAID such as OTC ibuprofen, naproxen & aspirin also can contribute to bleeding. U... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Drug Addiction: You are taking very high doses of Oxycontin. You clearly have an addiction issue and I would strongly recommend that you do not use cocaine but rathe... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Warfarin: New medication, diet, different generic rx and then we don't know, i often prescribe brand name Coumadin (warfarin) as there is less variation than ge... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Yeast infection: Nystatin treats the yeast infection, triamcinolone treats inflammation. We often use them together when we are not sure what the cause of the infectio... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Clonazapam & Zoloft (sertraline): Sertraline (Zoloft) is an SSRI and is usually a 1st line drug for anxiety or depression. It takes a few days -weeks to work and is very effective. Clo... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
? hives: Staph coag neg is a normal skin bacteria and not the cause of your symptoms. None of us are sterile, we can culture bacteria off all of us. If deslora... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Menstrual cramps: This is very common. Often symptoms are improved with ibuprofen 600 mg 3-4 x a day or Naproxen (Aleve) 220 mg, 2 pills 2 x a day, both over the counte... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Ceruloplasmin: 85 - 90% of patients with Wilson disease have low ceruloplasmin. Ceruloplasmin may be low in patients without Wilson disease & may be normal or el... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
TEE: It is normal to have some mild throat irritation after such a procedure. If it persists or worsens you should be evaluated by your doc.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Depression ; anxiety: I would only use Abilify (aripiprazole) as a last resort. There are many other drugs to try before adding this drug. Although Abilify (aripiprazole) i... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
How to take meds: Best to take one hour before a meal or 3-4 hours after meals.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Coffee Benefits: I also love coffee.. I usually recommend decreasing by 1 c/ wk, a bit slow but less withdrawal symptoms. Recent evidence suggests coffee is beneficial... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Pleuritic pain: Pain in your chest with breathing is called pleurtic chest pain. Possible causes include pneumonia, blood clots in your lung, rheumatologic diseases (... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Sinusitis: A fluid level in your sinus is usually a sign of an infection with "pus" likely. I often treat this with antibiotics and a steroid nose spray for 2-4 ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Addiction: Overcoming an addiction and staying drug-free require a persistent effort. Learning new coping skills and knowing where to find help are essential. Se... Read More
A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Fever after chemo: This needs be looked into asap. Call your oncologist. After chemo your WBC count is often low. Thus your immune system is compromised and this predis... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Hematuria: RBC in the urine especially a male needs to be evaluated. It can come from any part of the GU tract, bladder, ureter, kidneys & prostate.Can be du... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Timing of Meds: I tell my patients to take Prednisone in the AM, less likely to cause insomnia. Protonix (pantoprazole) should be taken before a meal. Plavix should b... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Use Protection: those sperm can swim so yes, use protection!
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
ANXIETY/DIZZY: Absolutely–anxiety often presents with somatic complaints including heart racing or palpitations, shortness of breath, sweatiness, abdominal discomfor... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Insomnia: There are many reasons for waking up in the middle of the night including depression, posttraumatic stress syndrome and anxiety, stress, alcohol, caff... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Cough rare in Strep: Cough is usally not present with strep throat. However a cough following any upper respiratory infection can last a few weeks. If it is associated wit... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Ear pain: This could be TMJ syndrome due to grinding your teeth. Ask your dentist if he/she sees evidence of such. A night guard may be beneficial
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Cardiomyopathy & GI: Yes if you are on a diuretic you can get very dehydrated, also may be side effect of medication. talk with your doc tonight. Try to keep up with fluid... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Pregnant??: Nausea with the smell of food is most compatible with pregnancy. However, other causes are possible. Check a home pregnancy test and if negative see y... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
TSH: Your TSH is normal, meaning your thyroid is functioning normally. Therefore there is no need to take T4(thyroid replaacement). Thyroid nodules are qui... Read More

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Mar 22, 2015
Great Doc!!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Merlino is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Merlino is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thanks I feel better about it now. My friend got bit once by a spider and looking at mine made me think of that
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This was very helpful. Thanks! i thought it was a serious problem I'm so relieved doc thank you so much :D
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Thanks for your quick reply! I will keep checking my BP this week, then make an appt to see my dr.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Michigan Medical School, MI
Graduated 1980MD

Residency

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV HOSPITAL

Awards

Washingtonian Top Internist from 1985 to current
Top General Internist, First Place, Virginia - Spring
2014
Top Doctor, Third Place, Arlington Region - Spring
2014

Affiliations

MDVIP
MSNVA
Inova Fairfax Hospital
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