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Dr. Tom Harrington

Internal Medicine
chesapeake, VA
43 years experience male

Locations

churchland internal medicine

chesapeake, VA

Address

2994 churchland blvd, chesapeake, VA
Directions

Fax

(757) 686-2805

About

Bio

I am general internist who has practiced in private practice over 30 years. I enjoy taking care of all ages of patients and I have gotten more exposure to geriatrics in the past 10 years. I enjoy especially sports medicine concerns as I remain an active participant running local road races, doing triathalons. I deal with all different type of general internal medicine problems and always welcome a challenge.

Specialties
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Internal Medicine

Licenses

United States: Virginia

Doctor Q&A

117 Answers
33 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Gilbert's disease: This is a common and benign condition where on a fasting lab your total and indirect bilirubin are elevated. Your liver is having problems conjugatin... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Possible yeast: You could have a candidal infection that could be helped via otc creams. Ie lotrimin (clotrimazole) or monistat. Possible a contact dermatitis d... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Hyperthyroid: Many people feel anxious, warm, and clammy and think they have an overactive thyroid. The blood tests will decide whether or not your thyroid is abn... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Depression: Depressive symptoms may often be more present at night than during the day because during the day one is more active with their mind preoccupied with ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Back pain: hard to say--but usually a heating pad and OTC pain meds ie advil, aleve, or tylenol (acetaminophen) can be of help. A common problem as one gets olde... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Pain after running: It is hard to know--not knowing where indeed your pain is. You need to stop running and cross train--ie bike--ellipitical trainor or pool---maybe tak... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Lump on knee: If you say there is yellow in it--it sound like it could be a boil that would need to be drained. I would seek medical attention--if not better with ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Pyriformis syndrome: Pyriformis syndrome is pain in the buttocks cause by imbalance of the pyriformis muscle that crosses near the sciatic nerve that can cause sciatica ju... Read More
A 92-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Nursing home meds: I suspect since your parent is in the nursing home you could ask the nursing staff what meds your parent is on. I do not have time to review with the... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Exercise time: I recommend to my patients to do 4-5------ 30--45 minute sessions per week. To get your heart rate to 80% maximum and to break out into a little sw... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Nasal congestion: Warm salt water sniffs or long hot shower sudafed if not hypertensive -afrin nasal spray for 3-4 days.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Muscular tension: Most of the causes of pain in the back of the chest is muscular in the setting of poor posture, scoliosis, osteoporosis or other. A kyphotic spine is... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Hunger pains: Certainly if one could answer this question it would help alot of peope. Hopefully just think positive about your results. Take a walk. Eat a piece... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Diuretics: You are concerned about potassium. If your potassium is indeed low (which is not always the case) bananas would be one good means to increase dietar... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Possibly ipoma: If it feels like fat and it is midline and not on the sides of the back of the neck it very well could be a lipoma which is a benign fatty tumor-very ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Preventative TB meds: If you took the treatment as prescribed and it was a long time you will probably be very safe. However if in the future your body gets compromised ie... Read More
A 68-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Sinusitis: Ge reflux is certainly a common cause and oftern empirically treated for a patient with a chronic cough. I find that chronic rhinitis or sinusitis is... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Hiatal hernia: Hiatal hernias are are very common and often without any symptoms at all. It is not like a groin hernia that one worries about stragulation or need ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Heart irregularities: A normal echo tells you that your heart muscle is strong and there is no valvular problems. A normal test does not r/o blocked arteries. Heart irreg... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Fiber health: It sounds as though fiber has helped in your constipation as it normally does. It is a real cornerstone in consistent bowel habits--i would give in a... Read More
A 63-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Cymbalta (duloxetine): Cymbalta (duloxetine) is once a day med for pain and depression. I think the best way to take it as many days you may not have issues--is at a simila... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Chest pain: Many causes. Most all probably not serious ie musculoskeletal, chest wall or pleurisy, acid reflux would be common ones.
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Broken eye vessel: Most commonly a broken blood vessel is caused by a subconjuntival hemmorrhage that causes the white part of the eye to be blood shot--but does not imp... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Post viral: Simplistically the post viral fatiigue, malaise, and maybe cough or sinus symptoms may linger for a few weeks. Treat your particular symptoms with o... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Prostatitis: I would wonder about a possible infection ie prostate infection. See your pcp and get a urinalysis.
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
SOB: If the necessary heart and lung tests are normal which is great news, he has to change his lazy habits and try to get in shape. Maybe he would bene... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Chronic cough: Sometimes a cough can persist after viral upper respiratory tract infection for a few weeks. Antibiotics often do not play a role in therapy. For p... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
SOB: It is really hard to imagine why you are noting sob with eating--if you are having chest pain or indigestion or choking--one would think about reflux ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Sweating: Sweating is the way your body gets rid of heat. Perhaps as you get more efficient in your aerobic exercise this will lessen. Make sure you look into... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Male baldness: There is no solution-as this is genetically driven--besides going to hair restoration clinics--the topical application of rogaine (minoxidil) may offe... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Ignore: 1. do something that you enjoy. 2.start slowly and increase your distance no more than 10% a week.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Ignore: EXERCISE.- whatever pleases you ie take a brisk walk, ride your bike. This will energize you.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Lower abdominal pain: It is hard to say. Possibilities would be bladder--colon--or female reproductive system. If it feels like a full bladder--i wouid push fluids--maybe ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Cloud y urine: hard to say--a urine test is easy and cheap and should be done--most infections will give obvious sxs. sometimes if you push fluids--the urine will cl... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Chest pain: in a 17 yo--strongly suspect some chest wall inflammation ie costochondritis. this should get better with taking it easy--maybe just walking--taking ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Polycystic ovaries: It is always possible but more likely when placed on medication ie metformin or other per ob-gyn i would use some protection if definitely d... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Unilateral tinnitus,: need to see your doctor to rule out fluid--wax or infection. sometimes this can be caused by a virus--sometimes an ENT doctor will check some xrays
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Swelling post injury: if you have not had a venous doppler ultrasound to rule out a superimposed blood clot--you should do this. certainly swelling can be seen after this t... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Knee pain: sounds like there is some arthritic changes--and I suspect MRI has ruled out meniscal tear. If not responding to high dose nsaids ie aleve (naproxen)... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Calf cramps: Deep vein thrombosis would be strongly considered if there is unilateral associated swelling. Typically there should be risk factors for blood clots... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Genital herpes: Of course herpes is very contagious to you as his partner. I do not think your sarcoidosis is of any concern in this issue.
A male asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Alcohol abuse: You have serious concerns and have obviously developed a significant tolerance to alcohol. You sound concerned and this may be a good time to get hel... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Tingling palm: Tingling is usually neurotic and not circulatory in origin. Ie pinched medium nerve ie carpal tunnel syndrome or even coming from your neck. See yo... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Dry skin: Definately--the aging process is not good on the skin. It will always be worse in the winter as well. Apply moisturizers as much as you can esp afte... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Strep carrier: If you are a carrier that means you have strep in a throat culture even when you feel well-- it would be safe to say that you should not be contagiou... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Ignore: Don't smoke; eat well; try to walk every day. Call doctor for increased cough, sputum, or SOB.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Ignore: Ice after exercise. consider new running shoe and consult with a good running store.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Ignore: Increase fluids. Get plenty of rest. Treat symptoms with OTC meds. Don't rush for antibiotics.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Bumps on scalp: most likely this is ingrown hair follicles--i would do normal hygiene on scalp--consider topical antibiotic ie neosporin--but may need to see your doc... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Burn fat: I am not aware of any exercise that will specifically work on a part of the body--wouldn't that be nice. Burn off 500 more calories a day than you t... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Harrington is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Harrington is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I would really like to thank you. I can't even ask my Doctor questions so I ask my pharmacist and no one else. Again thanks so much. I have been taking them since 2007.
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Hi thanks I work on an acute stroke unit do u think I should ask his doctor to send him for carotid Doppler check his cholesterol is high an
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Thank you!! Tried cutting calories, but never considered amount consumed versus amount burned! Thanks again!! :)

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Vermont College of Medicine, VT
Graduated 1979MD

Residency

letterman army medical center
Completed 1982

Affiliations

Fellow of American College of Physicians
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