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Dr. Eric Ernest

Emergency Medicine
St. Paul, MN
12 years experience male

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I am a practicing emergency medicine physician with subspecialty training in Emergency Medical Services. I enjoy getting to know each of my patients in the emergency department and strive to provide the best care in a timely fashion.

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Emergency Medicine

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100 Answers
36 Agrees
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
See your doctor: A thorough history and physical exam as well as some basic lab tests may be needed to further evaluate the cause of the lump.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
Thyroid...: Because this pituitary area is next to an area which produces thyroid-stimulating hormone, the prolactinoma may be causing or related to decreased thy... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
You need to be: on controlling medications for your herpes. A thorough discussion with your primary care physician is needed as well as a prescription for medication... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
Risks include....: Radiation imparted to the body as a part of the scan. 1 ct scan of the chest is the equivalent of about 5, 000 chest x-rays. This sounds like a high... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
It is because: A zit is a localized skin infection. The redness at the base is caused by this local infection. It will take time for the body to clear this infecti... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
Yes: When checking your blood pressure, you are inflating the cuff to a high enough pressure to stop arterial blood flow to the limb. While it is inflatin... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
Maybe look elsewhere: Your doctor should maintain levels of professionalism at all times, even in a situation where you as the patient are sedated. I would be concerned gi... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
Typically 4-6 weeks: I am sorry to hear about the loss of your baby. In regards to trying again, it will take several days to weeks for the body to heal. If you are cont... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
It is possible: Being that late after your normal menstrual period in the context of unprotected sexual intercourse would be strongly suggestive of pregnancy. I woul... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
It depends: Without being able to physically examine the rash, it is difficult to say what it is. A thorough history and physical examination by your primary hea... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
You should probably.: Have it evaluated by your doctor to assess severity. At minimum, the jewelry should be removed and the area cleaned thoroughly. If there are signs o... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
Roxicet: is the narcotic portion of percocet. Percocet has oxycodone (roxicet) as well as Acetaminophen (tylenol).
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
I would be careful: You might be getting too much tylenol (acetaminophen) which is present in both of those medications which can be harmful to the liver in excess. Also... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
Medical evaluation: Acid reflux can cause ulcers to develop in the stomach. In some instances, increased acid production and/or ulcer formation can be caused by a certai... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
It is probably...: the sandal. The strap part of the sandal can rub on the nerves that innervate the toe. If there is enough trauma to the nerve, you can experience sy... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
Not always...: There are many structures that live underneath the jaw including lymph nodes that can become enlarged with recent infection, etc...A thorough history ... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
Yes: Shingles is a reactivation of the same virus that causes chicken pox. It typically occurs in the same dermatomal distribution of the body, so to answ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
It is possible: If you are concerned about hypothyroidism and have some of the following symptoms, feeling tired, weak, or depressed, dry skin and brittle nails, ha... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
These could: be birth marks but without being able to physicially examine her, it is difficult to say. A thorough history and physicial examination by your physic... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
It depends: Pain with breathing could be muskuloskeletal pain or could be indicitive of something more serious such as a blood clot in the lungs. Certain risk fa... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
This could be...: signs of your period. If you are concerned about pregnancy, a simple over the counter urine pregnancy test could determine if you are pregnant.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
You can really: take any anti-nausea medication while on percocet.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
No: Pain this far out from your surgery could indicate that something is wrong. I would advise been reevaluated by your primary care doctor and/or surgeo... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
Side effects...: The most common side effects with Revolade (seen in more than 1 patient in 10) are headache, anaemia (low red blood cell counts), decreased appetite, ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
It depends: Bumps around the labia can be from a number of different pathologies. If you shave in that area, it can be caused by an ingrown hair which in turn ca... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
Unfortunately: there are not a lot of other alternatives. You might try a hydrocodone containing product such as vicodin.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
It depends: It is normal for a surgical incision to go through various stages of healing. If there is no discharge, no redness around the site, no tenderness aro... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
Yes, it is possible: While constipation can give you pain anywhere in your abdomen, there are specific things like the appendix that can cause pain in certain places. If ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
Not necessarily: Cough and nasal congestion are two symptoms on a list of symptoms that can occur with an upper respiratory tract infection. You can have a sore throa... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
It is possible: You might try an over the counter home pregnancy test if you are concerned about the possibility of pregnancy.
A 77-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
Yes: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an anti-histamine and has properties to dry secretions. If you are having sinus congestion from seasonal allergies, thi... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
It can...however: There are many other causes of miscarriage. If you have had two previous miscarraiges, i would talk with your ob/gyn about your concerns. There may ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
Roxicet is: an opiod pain medication. Taking more than prescribed can cause changes in mental status, increasing fatigue, respiratory depression, and potentially... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
It is possible....: Vitamin d is involved with bone growth and development and a lack of this important vitamin could be a cause for someone who is short in stature. The... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
Anxiety can be: a component of bipolar disorder. If this is becoming troubling enough, I would suggest an evaluation by your primary care provider and/or psychiatris... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
I would not....: use castor oil as a natural induction method. There are other natural induction methods that can be discussed with your physician. Castor oil can le... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
Possibly: Here is a link of a depression screening tool: http://psychcentral.Com/depquiz.Htm. A physician or mental health professional can make a diagnosis of... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
It depends: Reimplantation of a digit is a complex topic. Depending on the location, amount of amputation, how long it has been amputated and the viability of the... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
You may consider...: It if you are continuing to have problems. Your ears can experience trauma with the changes in pressure experienced with an ascending/descending airp... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
Possibly: Depending on the type of birth control you are taking, it is possible to get pregnant if the birth control is not taken on a regularly scheduled basis... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
It depends: Cervical mucous goes through various levels of thickness and viscosity and it is hard to say if this is ovulation. I would recommend a physical exami... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
It depends: Swelling in the lower extremity can be caused by a DVT and it can be accompanied by redness. A thorough history and physical exam by your primary car... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
Probably needs eval: If your sister does not normally get headaches and this would be described as the worst headache of her life associated with vomiting, she probably ne... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
You may need further: Imaging and testing. You can still have gallbladder pain without evidence of inflammation (cholecystitis) or stones (cholelithiasis). Other tests ca... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
There is nothing...: specifically that you can do to loose your 'Adam's Apple.' The Adam's Apple is the thyroid cartiledge and it comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
Symptoms could be: Lower abdominal or pelvic pain, abnormal vaginal discharge, pain with intercourse, and possibly spotting. A thorough history and physical exam includ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
It may not be: Any kind of drainage that far out from surgery should be evaluated by the surgeon. There is a possibility of infection or a fluid collection under th... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
Schedule II: is a classification given to a medication by the DEA (Drug enforcement agency). There are certain restrictions placed on schedule II medications in r... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
I would probably: Be evaluated by your primary care physician. It sounds like it could be related to your urinary tract and a urinalysis could help rule out infection ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
Probably need eval: Morning headaches associated with vomiting are typically not normal. A thorough history and physical exam with your doctor would be warranted and pos... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Ernest is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Ernest is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! It has been helpful, I really appreciate your help
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you so much! Will definitely call my surgeon later.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Creighton University School of Medicine, NE
Graduated 2010MD

Residency

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American College of Emergency Physicians
National Association of EMS Physicians
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