Dr. Eric Ernest

Emergency Medicine
St. Paul, MN
13 years experience male

About

Bio

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 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
Likely not: It sounds like this could be your normal period. If this is not part of your normal timing or you are having other symptoms, you may consider a pregn... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
You should : establish care early with an OB/GYN and discuss all of your past medical history. Although you should be able to have a safe pregnancy, close monitor... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
Tips include: Following the aftercare instructions given to you at the time of the piercing. These include frequent cleaning with salt solution, minimize touching ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
It depends: Ovulation is caused by variations in your hormone levels, specifically of estrogen and progesterone. The rise of certain hormones can alter the skin ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
Not necessarily: The sensation of movement is primarily dealt with in the inner ear. Certaiin diseases of the inner ear can cause symptoms of movement even if you are... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
You can: take it with food. You can also use it only sparingly and when needed. If your pain is at a level that you need it frequently, you might ask your pr... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
It depends: A person can develop a pimple anywhere on their body. Glands in the skin can get clogged with dirt, sweat, or other material causing local inflammati... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
120/80: This is at least the goal. People vary widely with their blood pressure but we like to make sure the top number is less than 130. If it is higher th... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
Either…: You would need an x-ray to determine if and where the piece of glass is located. If there is a piece of glass in the soft tissue, you should try to ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
It depends: If the tick is still attached, the tick will be secreting enzymes so the blood does not clot and you don't feel the tick bite. Once it has detached, ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
Here is a nice...: Website from the mayo clinic outlining risks of dvts. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/deep-vein-thrombosis/basics/risk-factors/con-2003... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
Some caution: Although a nose piercing uses a relatively small gauge needle, those with ITP are at increased risk of bleeding due to deficiency in platelets which h... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
Not typically: Scoliosis is commonly defined as an abnormal curvature to the spine, usually related to developmental issues. A single car accident should not produc... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
Not likely: Dyskinesia is more of an acute side effect of medications such as Reglan (metoclopramide). It would be highly unlikely that you are having persistent... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
Most certainly: Depending on the speed of the crash and from what direction you were hit, the restrictive mechanism of the seatbelt has the potential to cause damage ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
You can take: up to 800 mg of Ibuprofen up to 3 times per day. Tylenol (acetaminophen) should not exceed 3,000 mg in a 24 hour period.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
It should probably..: be replaced. The word catheter is designed to create a tract for drainage from the cyst area and then allow the cavity to close by itself. This is u... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
Yes, it is ok: It is ok and even recommended to ensure adequate vitamin c intake during pregnancy. You would be ok to take up to 85 mg per day. Anything greater th... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
It is possible: I would recommend seeing your primary care physician for a thorough history and physical examination including a pelvic exam to check for signs of an ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
A brain aneurysm: is an out pouching of one of the vessels inside of the brain. The biggest concern is if this were to rupture. This in turn, could cause a person to ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
Yes...: I would say that you are pregnant give the numbner of pregnancy tests. I would advise establishing care with your OB/GYN for further ongoing care.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
It can be: A bruise can persist for several weeks and will go through a natural healing process. If you are having other troubles with abnormal bleeding/bruisin... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
It depends: Heat intolerance can commonly be caused by thyroid related issues. It would be advised to check with your regular doctor and they can run simple bloo... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
No, it is not normal: Human bites carry with them a large risk of infection from a host of different bacteria. This can lead to a localized skin infection and possibly an ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
It is not common: Over the counter pregnancy tests have become very accurate. They are not 100% accurate however and accuracy can depend on when you test and testing t... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
It is possible: Anytime somone undergoes general anesthesia, there is a moderate to high probability that the airway can become compromised requiring artificial venti... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
You would need...: To get tested by your primary care provider for gluten autoantibodies. After that, a biopsy from the small intestine would need to be done. If the d... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
It depends: Your menstrual cycle can vary from month to month, depending on several factors. The accuracy of home pregnancy tests are usually very high assuming ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
Several ways: You can apply ice to the area. You can also use a topical cream such as Hydrocortisone cream. If there is associated itching, you can use medication... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
I would wait...: 24-48 hours after taking your last dose of Metronidazole to avoid what we call the disulfram reaction.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
Pain with sexual: Intercourse is indicitive of something else that could be wrong. A thorough history and physical exam including a pelvic exam by your primary care ph... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
It depends: If you don't have any symptoms of dizziness, lightheadedness, or extreme fatigue, it is probably ok. BP varies with people's body size and level of a... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
It depends: The causes of dizziness are many. Most commonly, dizziness can be caused by rising from a seated or lying position to quickly. It can also be caused... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
It depends....: There is an area above your knee called the pre-patella bursa. This can become swollen for a variety of reasons including trauma, overuse, and some f... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
It depends: Your menstrual cycle can vary from month to month, depending on several factors. The pain in your stomach may be indicative of your return period. I... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
Very unlikely, but: Not entirely impossible. There have been cases of failed tubal ligations resulting in pregnancy. If you're concerned about the possibly a pregnancy, a... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
It is possible: Depending on where you were hit, it is possible to fracture your leg if there was enough force. More than likely, you just have a deep bruise from th... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
Probably: Hair patterns in men have a great deal of variation.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
It all depends: If you are still having pain, i would be re-evaluated by your physician. There are some serious causes of abdominal pain post colonoscopy that should... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
It all depends....: On what the ordering physician wanted for labs. You could discuss what tests your physician ordered and why s/he ordered them.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 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
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 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
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 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
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
It depends: Unprotected sexual intercourse does put you at risk for sexually transmitted diseases. Herpes is one of them. Herpes typically presents wtih small, ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 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
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 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
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 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
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 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
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 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
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
This could be caused: By an ingrown hair from shaving or a true pimple. Without being able to examine you, it would be hard to say what it is.
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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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