Dr. Keith Leap

Emergency Medicine
SC
30 years experience male

About

Bio

I'm a husband and father of four. I am originally from West Virginia and was educated at Marshall University and the WVU School of Medicine, followed by a three year emergency medicine residency at Methodist Hospital of Indiana. I have practiced emergency medicine for 21 years in South Carolina. Now, in addition to telemedicine with HealthTap, I do locums (or travel) medicine in five states around the country. I am a former USANG flight surgeon and DoD consultant, and I have expertise in radiation accidents and in the management of the medical effects of Weapons of Mass Destruction. In addition I am a columnist for the Greenville News, The SouthCarolina Baptist Courier and Emergency Medicine News. I am also a frequent blogger at www.edwinleap.com/blog. I am a Christian.

Specialties
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Emergency Medicine

Licenses

United States: Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

129 Answers
10 Agrees
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Probably not: Home pregnancies are quite accurate. However, if all tests are from the same batch, I suppose there could be a problem. If you continue to have sym... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Lots of things: Febrile illnesses mostly come from infections, caught from others. They can be viral (like head colds, bronchitis, intestinal infections with vomitin... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Possibly: What your describing could be due to nerve impingement in your spine, or narrowing of the spinal canal where the spinal cord is located. I suspect yo... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Probably muscular: A cough is a pretty forceful motion. It may be as simple as muscle strain from the energy of the cough. Also, viral illnesses can make you ache all ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
More information: Have you recently traveled a long distance or had surgery or an illness where you had to lie around a lot? Do you take oral contraceptives? Are you s... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Hyperventilation: Talk to your doctor or to a counselor about ways to think through the panic attacks. If that fails, there are medications that may be useful. Panic ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
See a doctor: Lots of things can cause abdominal pain like that, including infections in your pelvis or bladder, inflammation in your colon and rectum, and tubal pr... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Go to the ER: If you're coughing, you could have bronchitis or (with the gurgle) pneumonia. The gurgle could also be reflux. Chest pain can be from muscle strain o... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
It could: Certainly the force of bending over and vomiting could cause back pain. It is unlikely that it caused your disc to rupture, but it certainly could ma... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Possibility: It may be because lower atmospheric pressure allows more 'leaky' blood vessels and joint capsules, so there's more fluid to restrict movement.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Many causes: Left lower abdominal pain in a woman can be from ovarian cyst, urinary tract infection, pregnancy, tubal pregnancy and many other causes. It's best y... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Make sure it's BV: Antibiotics, like Metronidazole gel, are usually the best way to cure BV. However, if you've used antibiotics and continue to have symptoms, you need... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Suggestions...: I suggest that you reduce your exposure to computer screens and television before bed. Read and turn on some quiet music or a fan (or get a white-noi... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Sometimes: A rapid heart rate can sometimes cause a sensation of chest pain. On the other hand, things that cause chest pain can elevate your heart rate. I thi... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Not likely at 32: At 32, it's very unlikely that you have lung cancer. Especially if you have no weight loss, no sweats and are not coughing up any blood. If you smok... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Allergy or bites?: This could be symptomatic of hives (urticaria), which may be a response to a chemical or other exposure in your life. If they're worse at night, inse... Read More
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Ask your surgeon, or: If your surgeon doesn't think it can be repaired, don't be afraid to ask for a second opinion. Also, was it numb since the surgery or just lately? If... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Wait a little longer: Probably best to wait until you feel back to normal. And don't forget to hydrate well, since cough can contribute to fluid losses (as can fever and sw... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
See your doctor: It's probably a good idea to see your doctor and have your blood count (hemoglobin) and blood chemistry (including glucose) evaluated. You could be a... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Bruised...: Sounds like it's just bruised. I assume you had no bleeding from your nose and you can breathe through both sides?. The situation you describe shoul... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
It depends: It all depends on what is causing the discharge. If it is an infection, different kinds of infection require different medications. So you need to s... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Wear and tear: It simply means 'wear and tear.' Over time, our back, our hips and other areas in our bodies develop changes of arthritis from use; particularly thos... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Tendinitis or strain: If you are very active and lift a lot, or if you're engaged in sports, you can develop muscle strain in your forearm. It could also be tendinitis in ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: That combination shouldn't be a problem. Zofran (ondansetron) really isn't sedating.
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Not withdrawal: That isn't long enough to cause any kind of withdrawal to that class of drug. Your headache must have another cause. Talk to your doctor if the head... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Yes and no: A CT scan, if it's given with intravenous contrast and the computer is configured the right way, can see aneurysms. That's called a CT angiogram. A no... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Bladder infection?: This could be due to a bladder infection, a kidney stone or even a kidney infection. See your doctor this week to have your urine checked. Go sooner... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Yes they can!: Your PCP can certainly order an X-ray, if he or she feels that it's necessary. You really don't need to feel obligated to see a podiatrist first, as ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Probably lymph node: There are lymph nodes in that area, called 'preauricular nodes.' They swell in response to infection/inflammation in the area. If you have pain in y... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Certainly: I'm not aware of any reason you couldn't have a simple, local procedure like that with absolute safety. As for the healing time? I'm no dermatologis... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
See your doctor: This sort of pain could be due to disc disease in your neck, misalignment of your spine from scoliosis or other sources. When you breath, your chest ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Why four?: Four benadryl (diphenhydramine) tablets is a lot. They can make you very sleepy and cause you to have a racing heart, dry mouth, difficulty urinating... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Not likely a clot: Emily, if your legs have been having this dull pain for years, and it's on both sides, it's very unlikely to be a blood clot. However, the fact that ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
See your doctor: Unbalance can be due to many things, but is often an inner ear abnormality. However, that seldom causes headache, and given that you're having headac... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Not likely, but...: Being punched in the abdomen can be very dangerous, of course. It can injure your liver or spleen, or cause bruising on bowel. Most of the time, the... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Keep it simple: Exercise can be hard to work into your routine. But it doesn't have to be a marathon or five hour bike ride either. Lift weights twice a week. Take a... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Not likely from ring: It's unlikely that her symptoms are related to the ring. However, if she continues to have nausea, vomiting or develops abdominal pain, she should be... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Have it drained: This is likely what is called a paronychia, and it's an infection along the side of the nail. You may have trimmed a nail too closely. (Or could have... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Go to the ER: While your chest pain could be related to back spasms, at 52, chest pain is cause for concern. May or may not be related to donating blood, but you sh... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
See your doctor: See the doctor who put you on the antibiotic. You may have a sinus infection as well as tonsillitis. Some types of infection cause different colored... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Some reasons: When you're pregnant, you can have pain in several areas as your body adjusts, your uterus grows and your hormones change. However, if you're early an... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
See an eye doctor!: I suppose I wonder why you're having so many! See an eye doctor to evaluate them. Until then, most doctors just recommend warm compresses on your ey... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
See your doctor: Because the area is so sensitive, you should start taking some benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Zyrtec. But unless it's very mild, see your doctor and a... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Make your fur thick!: The goosebumps are where you have hair follicles. Presumably your inner, ancient self is trying to fluff up its fur to stay warm. At least that's one ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
See a doctor: Those symptoms might represent a urinary tract infection(which could be in your bladder or your kidney since you're sweating). Another consideration ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Probably not: Generally, clots occur because you have 1) a blood condition that promotes clotting or 2) you've been traveling or had a medical problem and were immo... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
See a doctor: Ice and elevate, take Advil or Aleve (naproxen). You probably need an xray since you fell onto the area and have pain like you're describing. It may... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
See your doctor: It's probably best to see a doctor. Your symptoms could be as simple as muscle strain/spasm, but could also represent compression of a nerve by a dis... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Don't worry!: If there's no swelling and it subsides with activity, I wouldn't worry. Clots produce swelling, almost always on one side only. And the symptoms wou... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Get it checked: Red bumps can be normal tongue structures, but are worth having checked at either the family doctor or dentist. Some oral cancers can start on the to... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Leap is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Leap is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Sep 16, 2014
Excellent experience and wonderful doctor.
HealthTap member
This made me feel good. Thanks! I was a first timer, talked a lot on Meth n' stayed awake thru the nite. It's 13 hours ago and it's now 9:24am Is it ok to sleep or I skip till 2nite?
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you so much for your answer. I am booked in for an ultrasound and mammogram tomorrow.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you very much for your timely response, I haven't vomited since.

Education & Training

Residency

Methodist Hospital of Indiana
Completed 1993

Awards

Apex Award
American Society of Healthcare Publications Editors awards x 5 years

Affiliations

American College of Emergency Physicians
American Board of Emergency
American Society of Healthcare Publications Editors
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