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Dr. Tso Chen

Internal Medicine
Houston, TX
17 years experience male

Locations

Houston VA Medical Center

Houston, TX

Address

2002 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
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Insurances accepted

VA healthcare

About

Bio

Board-certified Internal Medicine physician with five years of clinical experience at the Houston VA Medical Center. My main interests are health promotion and improving clinical outcomes of patients.

Specialties
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Internal Medicine

Licenses

United States: Texas

Languages spoken

Mandarin

Doctor Q&A

223 Answers
151 Agrees
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Several possibilitie: It would be hard to tell what it could be without a physical exam. I recommend that you see your family doctor or gynecologist for a thorough evaluati... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
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Hormonal disorder: It could be that your female hormones or other hormones, such as thyroid hormone, are not working appropriately. Please see your primary care doctor o... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
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Call her doctor: She will need to be checked out to make sure no infection or fracture.
A 20-year-old male asked:
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No: Highly unlikely. You do not have to worry about it.
A 53-year-old male asked:
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A bit high: Zestril (lisinopril) is an ACEi and it may cause potassium to be a bit high. Your level is not that high, I would ask your doctor to repeat it in a we... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
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I think so: If you still have significant pain after 2 wks, it's reasonable to have your doctor order a x-ray to make sure no fracture.
A 32-year-old male asked:
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Hydroxyzine: The mental health providers in my hospital like to use Hydroxyzine for patients with anxiety. Because it's an antihistamine, it may help with sleep be... Read More
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Yes: It's safe to take Acetaminophen during pregnancy, but it's not recommended to exceed more than 3000 mg a day. It's also advised to avoid taking Acetam... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
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Okay to take: It's okay to take Omeprazole and zyrtec D together. I would recommend not to take zyrtec D for more than a week at a time. The Decongestant component ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
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Several options: In my experience, the brands of sinus wash or sinus rinse do not make any significant difference in terms of symptom relief. Some people prefer using ... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
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See a doctor: You should see a gynecologist or primary care doctor to make sure that you are not pregnant. Please remember to always use protection (i.E condoms) w... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
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See a gynecologist: You will need to see a gynecologist to help with the problem. He or she will likely run some tests to see why your cycle is not regular. There is no... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
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Possible: Some diabetes medicines can cause side effect of weight gain. If the list of medicines stated in your profile is up to date, then i don't think any o... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
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Not usually: Sores caused by herpes virus usually would cause some discomfort - burning, numbing, and/or tingling. If in doubt, I recommend seeing a doctor for eva... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
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Probably okay: I commended you on quitting smoking. That is the best decision you can make to improve your heart health. It's still uncertain if e-cigs have any long... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
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MRI: You likely will need a MRI of the neck spine after an initial evaluation with your doctor. Sometimes, a nerve conduction test may also be needed if t... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
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JNC 8 guidelines: The new guidelines recommend blood pressure below 140/90 if patient is younger than 60 years old, has diabetes, or has chronic kidney disease. Definit... Read More
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Possibly vaginitis: Bad vaginal discharge smell accompanied by discolored discharge likely suggest vaginitis, or inflammation of vagina. It may be sexually transmitted. I... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
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See a doctor: Palpitations that are associated with symptoms of dizziness and tiredness may suggest underlying heart condition. Please see your primary care doctor ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
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May have BV: The bacterial flora in the vagina may have been off. When that happens, it can cause a bacterial overgrowth condition called bacterial vaginosis (bv ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
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That's okay: You may have developed airway sensitivity or reactive airway disease following the cold. Using inhaled steroid for two months won't cause significant... Read More
A 47-year-old male asked:
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Maybe: You need to consult with your doctor as soon as possible regarding the symptoms that you are having. If the symptoms occurred right after you started... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
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Not likely: Hpv is usually contracted through sexual contact. Touching the toilet bowl is very unlikely to have any medical consequence.
A 21-year-old male asked:
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Postnasal drip: You probably have postnasal drip or drainage. Typically as result from sinus allergy or inflammation. Make sure that you see a doctor for full evaluat... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
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See a doctor: I suggest that you make an appointment to set your doctor. Symptom of breathlessness is not normal and needs evaluation.
A 21-year-old male asked:
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Neck spine problem: You may have a neck spine problem, which includes diagnoses like herniated disc. Consult with your doctor for evaluation.
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Increases the risk: Hypertension is one of the risk factors for development of heart disease and stroke. Since you are in the pre-hypertension stage right now, it is the... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
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Ignore: Chronic hepatitis B infection increases the risk of liver cancer, without development of cirrhosis.
A 36-year-old female asked:
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Sinus infection: You may have sinus infection. Please see your primary care doctor or ENT doctor for treatment.
A 43-year-old male asked:
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About an hour: It takes time for the medicine to be absorbed from the GI tract. Generally, you can expect to start seeing the effect after an hour. However, you wi... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
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Probably weak quads: People with weak quadriceps tend to have problems with knee. The quadriceps are the groups of muscle on top of the thighs. It's known that regular ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
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Depends: The risk factors for heart disease and stroke depended on age, cholesterol level (particularly the LDL and hdl), gender, smoking history, and family h... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
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No real studies: Unfortunately, most of the supplements are not approved by the FDA and there are no definitive studies to prove that they are effective when comparing... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
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Varies: If you have not seen a doctor for evaluation, you should do it as soon as possible. The earlier the treatment, the chance of faster recovery is greate... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
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See a doctor: There could be several possible diagnoses. You need to see a doctor soon for evaluation.
A 40-year-old female asked:
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Yes: It should be fine. But, if your headache does not subside, then you should consult with your doctor.
A 49-year-old male asked:
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Possible: It's possible if you consistently getting the symptoms after taking losartan. It would be wise to discuss with your doctor first regarding the possibl... Read More
A 82-year-old female asked:
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Floater or other: It could be floaters but you need to be checked out by an ophthalmologist soon to make sure it's not retinal detachment.
A 19-year-old male asked:
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No: It won't cause skin damage. Over time, the hair follicles will regress and the area will be hair-free if you keep plucking.
A 26-year-old male asked:
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You are okay: The heart rate is not very low to be worried about. Usually, the heart rate is lower in people who exercise regularly. Low heart rate can be a p... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
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Ok: It is okay to take both medicines together.
A 21-year-old female asked:
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See a doctor: You seem to have several problems going on. I advise you to see a primary care doctor for initial evaluation. Then he or she may refer you to see a sp... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
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Change medicine: Consult with your doctor to change to a different medicine. It's likely that you have GI side effects from zoloft (sertraline).
A 51-year-old male asked:
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Not likely: I have not seen any case of it. I don't think it's possible for fleas to survive in the area that you asked.
A 48-year-old female asked:
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Consult with a doc: It's not recommended to start taking Aspirin without consulting with a doctor. Depending on your age, gender, and number of cardiovascular risk facto... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
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Depends: If you are having severe nausea and vomiting with inability to pass gas, then it can be a problem. Otherwise, the stool would just get very hard and ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
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Not to worry: Your number just a bit above the reference range. Some of us will have lab values above reference range 1-5% of time.
A 28-year-old male asked:
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Hard to say: I would suggest you go see your primary care doctor first for initial evaluation and treatment. If not working, then seeing a dermatologist may be he... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
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within minutes: Iron pills should not cause irritation to the stomach or esophagus. Thus, you may be able to lie down within minutes of taking it. It may cause consti... Read More

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May 19, 2014
Very accurate and timely responses.
Aug 2, 2014
Great help! Thank you!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Chen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I'm. Glad you didn't think internal bleeding or messed up organs and emergency. I feel much better. And will see pcp tomorrow
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! He snores& sometimes it's loud& then he will stop& start again. Thanks
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! EMG and NCV determined radiculitis today. MRI being scheduled by neuro

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Texas Tech University School of Medicine, TX
Graduated 2005MD

Residency

Baylor College of Medicine
Completed 2008

Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honors Society
Top General Internist, First Place, Houston Region - Summer
2014
Thought Leader Doctor, Second Place, Houston Region - Summer
2014

Affiliations

American Medical Association
American College of Phyiscians
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