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Dr. Keith Leap

Emergency Medicine
SC
29 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
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
See your doctor: Headaches come in many varieties, from stress/tension to migraine and many others. But if you're having a new pattern of headache unlike previous hea... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Compare scales: First of all, scales can be wrong. So borrow a set and compare, or try the scales at a gym. Weigh the same way each time, in the same clothes (or wi... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
A few suggestions: Don't take any pills or alcohol to sleep! Lie in a dark room, with a fan or some quiet music. (White noise). Make sure it's cool. It will take time... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Yes...: Semen can move out and across your perineum and then into your vagina, so yes it is possible.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
See physician: Boils can certainly bleed, but it sounds like this one needs to be checked in person by a doctor. Apply pressure directly to the area for 30 minutes ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
See your doctor: Pain at the bottom of your ribs can be from many sources, and certainly, heartburn can be one. However, gallbladder disease and other intestinal prob... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Yes: Yes they are. There's no contraindication to using them in pregnancy.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Stress and emotions: Sometimes the emotional stress of the situation, or the release of the brain chemicals associated with stress or strong emotions, can lead to headache... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Where is your pain?: Where is the throbbing sensation located? Head? Chest? Elsewhere?
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Possibly: Appendicitis can be diagnosed by ultrasound in some patients. It is being used more and more in children to avoid radiation exposure. However, much ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Yes, so check: Pregnancy is a possibility; take a test and find out.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Common symptoms: Yellow discharge that may have a bad smell. Pelvic pain, sometimes when walking. Pain during intercourse. Sometimes pain with urination. If you th... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Possibly lymph node: This could be from an insect bite, a lymph node or a small abscess in a hair follicle. Apply heat and give it a couple of days. If it doesn't go away... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Several things: There are several things you can do. Get plenty of sunshine. Vitamin D is good for immunity. Eat a well-balanced diet, in reasonable quantities. Sl... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Don't worry, check: Is it a recent sunburn? If so, it's probably just healing skin. But if it has been a while, or you've had many others in that area, you need to see a... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Lots of things!: Ulcers can cause RUQ pain, and so can colitis (colon inflammation). Liver issues like hepatitis or cirrhosis can also cause some pain in the right up... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Sorry it hurts!: Joe, I understand and I'm sorry it hurts, really. But we can't give you advice on how to break the shunt! That would be very dangerous for you, and ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
See your doctor: This could represent a swollen lymph node if it's closer to the neck. However, given that it's 1 cm and persists, this should be evaluated in person ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
No major risks: Risk of what? If he touched it to you and did not ejaculate, there really isn't any risk of pregnancy (although if he does, you could get pregnant wit... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Possible abscess: Probably best to let your doctor decide in person. Selling, pain and redness obviously can mean infection in the form of abscess/cyst. (You know thi... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Yes: Yes, Aveeno (oatmeal) is safe to us in pregnancy.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Go to ER: Post-partum fatigue is not unusual. But, shortness of breath and blurry vision are concerning. If you're very recently post-partum, there's still a c... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Fever, cough, green: As long as your child has no fever, has clear to light yellow nasal drainage and no significant cough, it is likely a head cold (or ' viral upper resp... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Some ideas.: Check with his pharmacy. They may know of programs through the drug company to help you. You can ask his family doctor or rheumatologist, who may al... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Go to the doctor now: Many things can cause rapid heart rate and the sensation of 'flopping,' which is sometimes called a 'palpitation.' However, when associated with naus... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Dry air: Most airline cabins are pressurized to feel as if they're about 8000 feet in altitude. As such, the air is very, very dry. Keep using your drops, an... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Several things: This can be caused by problems with your esophagus, such as esophageal stricture or web (narrowing or extra soft tissue). It can also be caused by en... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Yes there are: Often, anti-depressants are used for anxiety issues in addition to depression. However, another class of drugs called 'benzodiazepines' is frequently... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
No worries: You should be fine. Just resume your normal schedule tomorrow.
A member asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Many possibilities: Cough can come from allergies and drainage, from head-colds, bronchitis or asthma. From inhaled foreign bodies or from workplace contamination. If yo... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Absolutely!: Sinus fluid often drains down the back of your throat, causing a cough reflex. This is fairly common. If you have known allergies and aren't having f... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
A contusion: If you had 1) No loss of consciousness 2) no confusion or visual change 3) no vomiting, continued headache is probably due to contusion/bruising of yo... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Persistent?: If it doesn't improve in 2 weeks with OTC pain meds and immobilization, go to see your doctor or an orthopedist. Look at the medical supply store for... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Call the clinic: They may have done tests for STD, so go back for a recheck and ask if they did. If symptoms continue, then you should also return for a repeat exam. ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Go to your doctor: Without looking at the rash, I'd say that herpes is possible, but not the only thing you might have. It's best for you to go to your doctor, or healt... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Not likely: If it's a raised line in a rough circle, with some clearing and loss of hair in the middle, then it could be 'ringworm,' which isn't actually a worm b... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
See your surgeon: You should contact your surgeon. Tingling can be a very vague symptom, and may or may not relate to your disc. It's reassuring that you don't have p... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Go to ER if...: I assume you mean that you fell and hit your head on the ground. If so, as long as you don't take a blood thinner, had no loss of consciousness, vomi... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Injury or infection: Have you injured it? If so, blood can accumulate under the skin and cause permanent swelling/deformity (cauliflower ear). It needs to be seen right ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
See a dentist: I don't know of anything other than see a dentist. There are some pretty amazing things they can do these days to restore your teeth and your smile! ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
See your doctor: Sometimes headaches are stress and fatigue related, but can be due to many causes. Having recurrent headaches in the morning can also have to do with... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Not really: Not really. There are many OTC cough medicines and additives for vaporizers, etc. But none of them really act the same way, or as well, as albuterol... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Not likely: It would take a very small amount to go into your lungs with no symptoms. Thinks that go into your airway are very irritating and your body does its ... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
A couple of reasons: It could be because you snack and eat empty calories; a lot of carbohydrate snacks like chips have the effect of suppressing your body's ability to fe... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 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
A female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 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
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 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
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 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
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 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
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 29 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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HealthTap member
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?
HealthTap member
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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