Dr. David Lipkin

Internal Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
54 years experience male

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Bio

Hello. Im Dr. Lipkin and it would be my pleasure to meet with you and help you with your medical concerns. My goal is to help you feel better if you are ill, and also to provide you with the information you need to stay well and make the best medical decisions for your health. I grew up in New York and received my BA cum laude from Adelphi University, Garden City, New York and my MD from Howard University College of Medicine, Washington D.C., where I was named to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. My Internship was done at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia and my Internal Medicine Residency was completed at Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. I am Board Certified in Internal Medicine. When I’m not online helping patients, or reading the latest Medical Journals, you can find me spending time with my family, raising Koi fish and enjoying nature.

Specialties
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Internal Medicine

General Practice

Holistic Medicine

Preventive Medicine

Licenses

United States: New York, Pennsylvania

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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
It depends: Flovent is a corticosteroid inhaler. Advair also contains a corticosteroid, but also contains the long lasting bronchodilator Salmeterol. There is co... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
See answer: There are a number of different treatments. For a discussion of the treatments go to > http://bit.ly/247woPi I think this will answer your questi... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
It depends: It would depend on what kind of allergy you are referring to. For example, allergy to pollen, foods, dust mites etc. etc. There is a lot of informat... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
See answer: If the records are computerized and backed up with the back up off site then the records are secure. If not computerized it's likely the paper charts ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
See answer: Multiple diseases have been associated with natural disasters ranging from diarrheal diseases due to multiple infectious microbes, to Tetanus and meni... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Avoid Deny Defend: Training in how to survive a mass shooting can save your life in the statistically unlikely event you are involved in one. The Avoid Deny Defend progr... Read More
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
See below: The disease starts with a plugging of the hair follicle followed by follicular rupture, and an associated immune response. Genetic susceptibility, mec... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Take this home test:: Test each foot with the Ipswich test: Compared to the standard monofilament test, it was able to detect neuropathy("positive test") in 3 out of 4 pa... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
DO NOT USE!!: Reglan (metoclopramide) has a Black Box Warning from the FDA. This is only used when a drug poses serious side effects. Reglan (metoclopramide) can ca... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Use ORS if needed: Do not use any anti-diarrheal medication.Young children and infants should not be given a clear liquid diet. They should continue a normal diet but av... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Likely from aspirin: Occasional bruising on the lower extremities is not unusual even if you don't remember banging into an object. Aspirin can interfere with normal plat... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Not normal: There are a number of causes for chest congestion, coughing and sweating. It's not possible to venture an educated guess as to the cause of your sympt... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Unable to say: A symptom of "soggy tongue" would not mean much to a Western trained physican. However to a Chinese practioner of Oriental Medicine this symptom would... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
See below: You may have a gastrointestinal virus. Ginger tea can help calm down nausea. However, if your symptoms don't improve you will become dehydrated. So if... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
No: It always causes symptoms. Usually the pain is severe enough to bring the patient to the emergency room and is often accompanied by fever, anorexia, n... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
See doctor very soon: You already have some blockage of your leg arteries. Chest pain could be due to partial blockage of a coronary(heart) artery. This type of pain is ca... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Yes: You may have what is called Benign Fasciculation Syndrome. The cause is as yet unknown. Patients have fasciculation or twitching in various voluntary ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
No: Most likely the pain is coming from the chest wall due to muscle strain. If muscular maneuvers reproduce the pain, such as twisting or stretching the ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
No: If the heartbeat is low at 6-7 weeks but normal at 8 weeks the risk of 1st trimester fetal demise is approximately 25%. If the heartbeat at 6-7 wks is... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
See below: It's not unusual for a viral upper respiratory infection(cold) to settle in the chest(bronchitis) The cough can last several weeks slowly improving. O... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Two causes: The appendix is usually located in the right lower quadrant(RLQ). That is where the most pain and tenderness usually occur. However occasionally the p... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Yes: There is no exact size requirement re: penile length for having satisfying sex. As long as both partners are satisfied the exact length doesn't matter... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Yes and yes.: EMG and NCV is the preferred test to diagnoses nerve problems of the brachial plexus. Complications from the test are unusual when done by experience... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Don't use OTC: Over the counter cough and cold meds like Coricidin use a shotgun approach combining several medications that don't even work. Usual ingredients: acet... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
See answer: Likely reflux and tan stools aren't related. Having tan stools occasionally can be normal. But if the change is persistent it can indicate a problem i... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Not necessarily: If the toenail is embedded in the nail fold it's possible to redirect its growth so it doesn't do so soaking the toe in warm water for 20-30 minutes 3... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Not likely: In an untreated patient with colon cancer the partial obstruction would not relieve itself. The stools would become progressively thinner until the pa... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Less likely, but: The fact that the lesion was healed over means is would not be shedding as much virus as an open sore. Most herpes labalis is caused by HSV1 with oral... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
It depends: I'm not certain what you are referring to. I am assuming you are referring to otitis externa which is infection in the external ear canal (also called... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
See below: This is a complicated question. It really depends on his risk factors for coronary heart disease. There is no definite evidence that elevated triglyce... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
No: Cervical dyskarosis (dysplasia) should not make a patient tired. This is a premalignant lesion and is localized to the cervix. It's caused by human p... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Will resolve: **TB pleural effusion resolves with or without drainage within 6 to 16 weeks after starting medication for TB. This suggests that although the fluid r... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Watch for infection: Agree with above, but it does sound like wound was never closed and now 4 days later there is some swelling. X ray apparently ok. No drainage from wou... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
See answer: Sometimes PPI's can help. One reason is that "non-acid" is defined as pH >4. The range of pH from 4-7 is actually weakly acidic but usually doesn'... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Discuss with your Dr: Break thru bleeding is a common side effect of oral contraceptive BCPs. Discuss this with your gynecologist as there are several alternatives besides ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
No: If your period is a normal period for you(i.e. not just one day of bleeding) then you could not be pregnant given the above information.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Can take 3 Advil (ibuprofen): You should see a physician quickly if you have a fever, if the joint is swollen or warm to touch or if very painful to walk. If 2 Advil (ibuprofen) do... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Yes: Hypertrophic scars are usually the result of injury to the skin. They represent an excessive amount of collagen build up in the deeper layer of the s... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
See below: There are a number of different causes of abdominal pain and excess gas. With a symptoms like this the best advice is to not ti diagnose yourself and... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Osteoarthritis(OA): Osteoarthritis involves the whole join: the articular cartilage and the menisci(shock absorbers) that sit between the femur and tibia. On standing the... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Salivary glands?: The symptoms you describe may be due to silalolithiasis(stones in the salivary glands or ducts). Stones can form in the ducts that drain the glands, f... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Suspect allergy: Symptoms suggest allergy. A less likely possibility would be sensitivity to some chemical in your environment. See your primary care physician. He o... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Many possibilities: Giving you a list of all the causes of abdominal distention won't be helpful because you can't diagnose yourself and we can't diagnose you without the... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Nothing serious: If you have a relatively small numb area on hip it's likely due to nerve compression of one of the small sensory nerves to that area of skin. The most... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
See a physician: It's a bit unusual for a cut to be hurting that much the next day. To be on the safe side I would have a physician evaluate the wound to be sure there... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
No> symptom of BPH: Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy is the term for the gradual enlargement of the prostate in most men as they age. Symptoms can begin in your 40's and cons... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
See answer: Any defect in the corneal surface epithelium is termed a "corneal epithelial defect"(CED). When it occurs due to mechanical trauma the CED is termed a... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
See below: Itching and burning of the vulva is commonly due to a Candida(yeast) infection. However there are many conditions that can cause vulval itching or pai... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Call doctor ASAP!: You are very anemic. Normal hemoglobin for a female is 11.5-16 range. While severe anemia can be a sign of leukemia, a much more common cause in a me... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Sciatica: Your symptoms suggest pressure on the spinal nerves from a bulging or herniated disc. Most patients with back pain or sciatica improve after several ... Read More
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Dr. Lipkin is an experienced clinician who is dedicated to the care of his patients at all times. His large following is a testimonial for his integrity and the depth of his knowledge and experience. ...Read More
Dr. Philip Miller
Oct 28, 2014
I highly endorse Dr. David Lipkin as an expert consultant on both HealthTap and HealthTap Prime. His commentaries are insightful , astute and educational for both patients and physicians alike. He is...Read More
Dr. Lipkin is an extremely reputable, master clinician. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking help with a complex medical issue. He has years of experience and is a trusted physician. I would...Read More
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thanks doc! I noticed a temporary relief after taking ibuprofen & Tamsulosin. Another Dr suggested Tamsulosin a muscle relaxant to help pass kidney stones for bladder s...Read More
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This made me feel good. Thanks! thank you, so even though its oil, i will be fine/ can recover from it if i do get lipoid pneumonia?Thought since it was a oil, it would cause problems that would be ha...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Hi Dr Lipkin,thanks for your reply I have had a couple answers which were not very clear but yours is , so re-posted just in case i haven't really explained myself clear...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Howard University College of Medicine, DC
Graduated 1969MD

Residency

Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr, PA

Residency

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha- Medical Honor Society
Top General Internist, First Place, Pennsylvania - Fall
2014
Top Doctor, Third Place, Philadelphia Region - Fall
2014
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