Dr. Tso Chen

Internal Medicine
Houston, TX
18 years experience male

Locations

Houston VA Medical Center

Houston, TX

Address

2002 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX, US
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 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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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
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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
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Saline nasal spray: Have you tried saline nasal spray? It is available over-the-counter. It should help to some degree.
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
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No: If you two are serious and committed about seeking fertility treatment, then both of you should get evaluation by the doctors without any secrecy. An ... Read More
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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
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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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A 29-year-old female asked:
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See a doctor: It's hard to say without examining him. I suggest that he goes see an urologist for evaluation.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
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Yes: But if you are having coughing spells, why do you want to make yourself feeling worse by smoking again?
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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
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A 47-year-old female asked:
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Not necessarily: Did you get a CAT scan of the kidneys and ureters already? I realize this may be causing some anxiety for you, but we don't want to jump to conclusion... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
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See a gynecologist: If you haven't done it, please see a gynecologist for evaluation. Irregular menstruation may be caused hormonal disorder or imbalance.
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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A 68-year-old female asked:
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Possible: I recommend that you discuss with your cardiologist regarding other treatment options.
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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
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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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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
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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.
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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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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
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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
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A 52-year-old female asked:
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Repeat test: I would advise you to get a repeat liver function test In a week or so. If it doesn't normalize, then your doctor may order additional test. Did you h... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
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Not normal: Have you made an appointment to see the orthopedic doctor yet? Need to make sure there's no complication.
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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
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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
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A 33-year-old female asked:
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Yes: It should be fine.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
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Ok: It is okay to take both medicines together.
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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
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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
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A 62-year-old female asked:
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Seek help: Common causes for cramps or muscle pain are due to medication side effects or electrolyte imbalance. Heavy physical exertion can cause cramp also. A... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
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Possible: Warts in general do not itch. But in the genital area, they may become irritated and can be itchy. Please see a dermatologist or primary care doctor f... Read More
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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
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A 52-year-old male asked:
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See a doctor: You may have bruised the muscle in the back. If the pain does not improve with rest, ice, and taking anti-inflammatory such aleve (naproxen) or motrin... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
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Seen a neurologist?: It seems like you have chronic headache. If the usual medicines are not helping, you will need to see a neurologist for further evaluation and treatme... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
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See a doctor: A unilateral swollen leg is not normal. It needs to be evaluated soon to make sure no blood clots.
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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! EMG and NCV determined radiculitis today. MRI being scheduled by neuro
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! He snores& sometimes it's loud& then he will stop& start again. Thanks

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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