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Dr. Thomas Mcgowan

Family Medicine
Lindenhurst, IL
male

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Family Medicine

Licenses

United States: Illinois

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

764 Answers
318 Agrees
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Ignore: Apply sunblock to scars no matter what season for the first year.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Fine: not an issue, you can continue your treatments, no interactions with citalopram.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Heal: Some people get very dry skin from Benzoyl peroxide. Stop using it and it should resolve.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Get checked: Sounds like an infected sebaceous cyst or a boil, which is not related to his having an affair, but your description is lacking a bit of detail and it... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Still normal: Some women bleed for up to 6-8 weeks after delivery. Discuss with your OB at your 6 week follow up appointment.
A female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Abdominal pain: You need to watch out for appendicitis as your pain is still very early, if you continue with right lower quadrant pain and get a fever or lose your a... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Red eyes: Most likely from dry eyes which could be for many reasons including allergies. I would start with natural tear drops before bed while trying to get i... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Stress: If you are normally a good sleeper and have just noticed this as of this week, it is probably rested to stress. This time of year with holidays and l... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Discuss with peds: Most folks wait till 6 months but many will start rice cereal at 4 months. Check with your pediatrician as to what makes sense for you and your baby.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Not likely: highly unlikely way to transmit rabies.
A female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Now: Call your doctor now. Some blood work can be done to help determine a possible cause of your irregular period.
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Foot throb: none that I can think of. Many medications can cause muscle soreness or joint pains but isolated to a foot, none that I know of.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Ulcer: Exercise should not cause an ulcer (assuming you mean stomach) or make it worse. If you do have an ulcer though, when you exercise you may be more fa... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Call OB: Sounds like normal pressure that many women have but typically later in pregnancy than you are. I would discuss with your OB.
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Mental health: Sounds like you are having a difficult time. Propranolol is used for anxiety, especially for stage fright, but it sounds like you may need to conside... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Blood: Two main causes for small amount of blood with painful bowel movement… anal fissure or external hemorrhoid. Not an emergency, but see a doctor to mak... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Lid?: Do you mean eyelid? Some folks get twitching of the eyelid with increased stress, decreased sleep. Resolves on own once sleep improves and stress im... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Elaborate please: Not sure if you forgot to type something else… July had period on 8-14th and did it not recur on the 8th of August or thereabouts? If you are late b... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
No for sure answers: Your ages are not an issue with conceiving, maintain a healthy lifestyle and if you are both healthy to begin with, normally within a year there would... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
May never: If she has no pain from the stone, leave it be (do no harm). It may stay there her entire life or may pass out into her colon without any knowledge. ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Thyroid: Start with a general doctor, be it family medicine or internal medicine or even your gyne who can run some blood tests, do an exam and if needed, orde... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Period: Many women have bleeding during a pregnancy, fi you see a positive test result on a urine test, assume you are pregnant until told otherwise. Go see ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Recurrent yeast: First, are we sure it is yeast infection this time? If yes, many times symptoms not relieved as quickly with oral med vs topical. Also if second one... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Sensation: When people describe things with warm or cold or wet or burning, I usually think about the cause as something neurological in nature, such as a pinche... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Body aches: sounds like an infection. Maybe it will pass with nothing else, but be on the look out for other symptoms like fever and cough.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Weight: if you are consuming as many calories as you are burning, you should get a few labs checked to see if your issue is related to a metabolic issue like ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Word changing: You should see your doctor as this could be a sign of a stroke or dementia. It may also be related to a medication, but your list does not contain an... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Lump: If it has been there for six months, be seen by an MD. A few possible things it may be are a lymph node, a hernia, a sebaceous cyst, lipoma or carbun... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Side effects: Most folks with snri withdrawals typically resolve within a 10 days. Some though take longer. I usually wean folks down if on longer than 6 weeks.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Bump: Likely a mild infection or cyst, almost like a pimple. If doesn't resolve with ice pack on it, go see someone to evaluate.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: those nerves along with C5 help control your diaphragm which helps expands lungs at the base of your lungs between lungs and abdomen.
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Start with MD: i would start with your primary doctor. It may be as simple as post nasal drip or heartburn. If unable to help they can send you to ENT.
A female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Neuro: A stroke affects your brain and the nervous system. YOur nervous system controls a lot, from breathing, to heart rate, but mainly a stroke reveals it... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Back pain: this could be a muscle issue in your back or a problem called pleurisy which is where the lining of your lung is inflamed. Try some ibuprofen if able... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Can vs should: You can do it, but I would not recommend it. I would see an MD for an exam to determine the cause before treating with anything. May be a yeast inf... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Infection likely: Sounds like it may be a infection of the skin, like a boil or pimple "gone bad". I would see an MD and put neosporin on it until you are seen.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Color: i assume you mean your scrotal color as you can't see your testicles. Most likely purple hue due to varicosity or varicose veins around your testicl... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Ask ortho: Likely just post op swelling and nerve compression from the swelling. I would call your surgeon to ask what he/she would suggest or they may ant to s... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Hand: if it is only your hand it is probably not related to the food. Can you move your hand, strength is normal, sensation normal (numb)? If you are havi... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: You have lymph nodes in your neck close to the carotid arteries. It may be completely normal for you but if it is a new finding to you, have it check... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: is blood from stool or urine? If urine, stone or infection likely, if stool, could be colon infection like diverticulitis. See a doctor.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Meds: should not be an issue. You can check with your pharmacist and doctor too regarding your specific case. There was a book that was PDR of herbs and a... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Pain: lots of reasons for abdominal pain.... Need to get checked out but most common reason for right sided upper pain would be a gall bladder issue, but ty... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: If you have a new finding like an increase in pus or exudate on your tonsils while on antibiotics, you should be re evaluated, if possible by the same... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: if this was your first time with intercourse then you may be sore or if it was more aggressive intercourse you may be sore. If you do not feel good a... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Birth control: If you are consistent with the pill for the past 5 months, there should be no reason to feel like the birth control pill will not be effective in prot... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Eye: brojen blood vessel likely from a cough or sneeze which may happen with a cold.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Transition: Everyone responds differently to going off ssris, and some people are fine with one and not with another. Both of the meds you are talking about sele... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Nodes: Typically they are symmetrical but not always. The node is on the other side of your neck but either your neck muscle is not symmetrical making it h... Read More

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Oct 21, 2014
Dr. McGowan always provides meaningful, easy to read and understand answers for patients here on HealthTap. In addition, he's a wonderful, supportive and caring person and we are all lucky to have him...Read More
Dr. Carrie Cannon
Sep 6, 2014
Dr Thomas McGowen is a caring physician who goes above and beyond the call of duty to help his patients. I recommend him highly.
Aug 28, 2014
Dr, McGowan, is a thoughtful, caring guy with a vast fund of knowledge that Healthtap can now tap!
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This can't involve my guardian. Look I know how old I am. I came here for answers not to be scolded like a baby I have my mother for that. I didn't think it was a big deal. Hello this isn't the mafia...Read More
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Ive just seen a chiropractor for the first time and discovered the curve of my neck is completely backwards. Gathering info from all around to see if chiropractor is the best route for me. Thanks!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for answering. I will take your advice and see a dermatologist. My overall health is not bad- no diabetes or meds. So I'll take your advice!Thank you!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Rush Medical College, IL
MD

Awards

Top Family Physician, Third Place, Illinois - Fall
2014
Top Family Physician, First Place, Illinois - Spring
2015
Top Family Physician, First Place, Wisconsin - Fall
2015

Affiliations

American Academy of Family Physicians
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