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Dr. Vijay Karia

Internal Medicine
Houston, TX
14 years experience male

Locations

Integrative Rheumatology of Texas

Houston, TX

Address

10111 Grant Rd., Ste. E, Houston, TX
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Aetna

Cigna

Tricare

UnitedHealthcare

About

Bio

Dr. KARIA, from Houston, TX, and a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Karia trained in internal medicine at Michigan State University and continued his rheumatology fellowship at Louisiana State University, New Orleans. He is a published medical author and learned the skills to treat complex autoimmune and rheumatologic conditions. Dr. Karia is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Specialties
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Internal Medicine

Rheumatology

Licenses

United States: California, Texas

Doctor Q&A

101 Answers
167 Agrees
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
No.: The ANA test is not perfect. It is positive in some people who do not have an autoimmune disease. Also, there are other tests that are important in ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Fever: Yes, with fever, your temperature could rise above 99 degrees F.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Need further eval: Yes hypothyroidism can contribute to anemia but your ferritin level is low and you require further evaluation with endoscopies as you have planned
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Strained muscle : It could take up to 4 to 6 weeks for a strained muscle to feel better. In the meantime to get better try ibuprofen and things like heat and Bengay. ... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Nifedipine & warmth: First try to dress warmly and not spend too much time in cold or the cold grocery aisle. Ask your physician to start you on a calcium channel blocker... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Diagnosis : It is a diagnosis of a medical condition reached by a process of elimination, which may be necessary if presence cannot be established with complete c... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Food poisoning : Food poisoning generally lasts from a few hours to several days
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Growth and function: Macronutrients are those nutrients required in large amounts that provide the energy needed to maintain body functions and carry out the activities of... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Yes: See a rheumatologist for further examination and lab tests to get a diagnosis.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Ophthalmology visit: This could be due to a variety of reasons. But it would be important to make sure your vision is okay and visit an ophthalmologist for a full eye exa... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Lymph node swelling: If your full workup has not led to a diagnosis, and you have chronic lymph node swelling, then the next step would be a biopsy/ct scan.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Uterus growing: Pain in the abdominal region during pregnancy is a common complaint, as the uterus grows it can cause some discomfort. If the pain is accompanied by ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Abdominal pain: Yes, abdominal pain can be due to a variety of issues and can move in location. Gas and constipation can occur due to stress. Consider decreasing st... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Maitake Mushrooms: Maitake mushroom drops do not show enough evidence to be used for weight loss in humans. It also hasn't been studied enough to find all the side effe... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Foot swelling: You can use pain medications and ice to assist in swelling. As a rule of thumb, it can take two days for every one day your foot is immobilized or in... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Strep throat: The contagious period is over after being on antibiotics for 24 hours. Relief from the sore throat should come within 24 hours to 36 hours after you s... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Steroid side effects: Long term, chronic, high dose steroids can have side effects on the bones, eyes, appetite. However, in the short term, the steroid inhaler can help y... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Hand injury : Pressure pain at the site of injury can be a sign of fracture. Seek evaluation from your primary doctor or hand surgeon
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
AIDS: There are case reports of seroconversion (going from a positive to negative test) while still having the disease. There is a rare disease known as id... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Neuropathy: It sounds like it is possible that you have a nerve impingement, possible originating from the neck. However, in order to get a definite diagnosis, y... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Lupus and fatigue: Yes, lupus and parkinson's can both cause fatigue. You should continue with medical treatment, a healthy diet (fruits and vegetables) and try to prac... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Kyphosis: Kyphosis can be either the result of degenerative diseases (such as arthritis), developmental problems (common example being scheuermann's disease), o... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Bursitis: Tarlov cysts are usually asymptomatic. Cysts with diameters above 1.5cm are more likely to be symptomatic. Bursitis is more likely the cause of the ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Eczema: Both of the diagnoses are plausible. Bed bug bites also happen often on the arms and legs. Also, you may find them if you search and you might notic... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Autoimmune issues: There is management to improve these conditions. Your wife may benefit from a comprehensive workup with a dermatologist and/or rheumatologist. Avoid... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Meibomian Gland Dysf: Continue the warm compress. Try lid massage. Use a q-tip or a warm washcloth on the tips of your fingers to rub along the lash line on the top and ... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Voltaren (diclofenac) reaction: The Depo Medrol (methylprednisolone) injection including other steroids should help to alleviate the allergic reaction. There should be no residual e... Read More
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Tonsillitis: If you are under treatment for the tonsillitis and able to completely avoid the allergy trigger, the swelling should resolve in 10 to 14 days.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Atelectasis: Atelectasis is a condition in which one or more areas of your lungs collapse or don't inflate properly. If only a small area or a few small areas of l... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
NSAIDs and therapy: You can try ibuprofen and physical therapy. Get a physical therapy evaluation and then you can continue proper exercises to improve your shoulder and... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Many things: To get to the bottom of this question, you should see a physician for a medical/physical evaluation. Answers could range from pregnancy, infection, s... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Dermatographia: The exact cause of dermatographia is unknown. However, it is more associated with allergies rather than lupus. Symptoms of dermatographia usually go... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
CT scan risk: There are items that can increase the lifetime risk of cancer. A single ct chest scan will increase that risk more than an xray. But if you need the... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Variety of causes: This could be due to a variety of causes due to the structures in this area. It could be due to fracture, strain, sprain or neuropathy. You would ne... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Fatigue and Muscles: With lupus, fatigue is one of the major symptoms that affects quality of life. If you have overexerted, then those muscles requiring power can feel e... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Rheumatologist: Both kinds of physicians treat bone and joint diseases but orthopedic physicians also perform surgery. You should see a rheumatologist first.
A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Steroid tapering: Your symptoms may not be withdrawal. However, when taking steroids, it is important to make a slow taper of the dosage. Recommend to talk with your ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Salpingitis: Salpingitis (infection/inflammation of the fallopian tube) is commonly treated with antibiotics. Anti-inflammatory medications do not show a clear be... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Cervical bump: With a history of genital herpes and vaginal child birth, you should see an ob/gyn as soon as possible. Also, make sure you ask have had your routine... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Smoking: Bumps on the lips could be from a variety of causes. Cold sores, viral infections, stds, smoking. Smoking has many side effects and consequences. I... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Depo-medrol: Pain response time varies somewhat between individuals. But time of onset is 6 to 48 hours and peak effect is 4 to 8 days by injection and 1 to 2 hou... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Academic center: You may be looking for an academic center. UT Southwestern has good specialty departments.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Annually : Skin problems can occur at any age and you could see a dermatologist. During annual physical exams your skin should be checked. Regarding skin moles... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Back pain: It is controversial whether Schmorl's nodes are the cause of back pain. They can be found on imaging studies, however, the patient is often without s... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Hair loss prevention: There is no 100% remedy, however, some people have had success by completing a scalp coconut oil massage about 2 to 3 times a month.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Asthma: It could be part of acid reflux. Also, it can be a form of asthma. Cough-variant and exercise-induced asthma. Recommend a visit to a pulmonary spec... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Allergy: The symptoms of itching could be related to an allergy. You may have to make a diary of what might cause the symptoms and visit a physician. You cou... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Ignore: An afternoon walk expels warm air, along with the fibro symptoms.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Light head fainting: These symptoms could be due to a variety of reasons. Anxiety, stress, anemia, fibromyalgia, dehydration, organic brain problems, sleep issues to name... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Rectal tumor: Yes, many rectal cancers produce no symptoms and are discovered during digital or proctoscopic screening examinations. Occult bleeding is detected vi... Read More

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Oct 30, 2014
Dr Vijay Karia is an excellent physician very knowledgeable,passionate and on the top of his field he is a great value to the peolpe of TX and to the family of health tap
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Karia is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Karia is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I did as you suggested and it turns out it is the nerve endings that had been cut during the surgery reconnecting. Many thanks for your advice, much appreciated.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for your kind helpful professional reply Dr.Karia,Happy Holidays to you from England UK
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This was very helpful. Thanks! It means alot that you would help! I am scared and it really means more then you know.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada
Graduated 2005MD

Residency

Michigan State University

Awards

American College of Rheumatology Slide Competition Honorable Mention
Top General Internist, Third Place, Texas - Fall
2014
Most Influential Doctor, First Place, Houston Region - Fall
2014

Affiliations

American College of Rheumatology
American Board of Internal Medicine
Notre Dame Club of Houston
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