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Dr. David Houghton

Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Layton, UT
male

About

Bio

I am board certified in both adult internal medicine and in pediatrics. I finished my dual-specialty training in 2000 and have years of experience in primary care for adults and children, emergency medicine, critical care, and hospital medicine. My current focus is hospital medicine and urgent care. I have years of experience in telemedicine, providing direct patient care via video link. I spent 2 years practicing remote medicine in arctic Alaska, and have spent an additional 7 years serving the urban uninsured and Native Americans. I am an Air Force Reserve flight surgeon and a father of 4 grown children, and love outdoor activities like hiking and biking. My most passionate medical interests are education, tackling the obesity and prescription narcotic epidemics, and reducing wasteful, ineffective and excessively expensive health care.

Specialties
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Internal Medicine & Pediatrics

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Licenses

United States: Utah

Doctor Q&A

621 Answers
69 Agrees
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Eustachian problem: The eustachian tube's purpose is to allow air to pass freely between the throat and the middle ear. When this tube gets blocked by a cold virus or all... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) not needed: Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) contains a silver salt that reduces bacterial growth. Its used on severe burns and wounds to reduce infection. Its not... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Soak in mineral oil: Soaking a stuck-on bandage in mineral oil should loosen it quickly without causing pain or harming the wound.
A male asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Exam needed: Impossible to say what it might be without seeing it. Get a medical exam.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Skin infection: Sounds like a small skin infection, possibly from a clogged sweat/oil gland or hair follicle. Warm baths can speed healing. If getting larger or more ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Why?: Why would you do such a thing for someone else's entertainment? If there is pain with activity then x-rays are probably needed to check for fracture. ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
No way: This can be very harmful for an infant. Simethicone is available without a prescription for bowel gas in infants. But often family members are mistake... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Many possible causes: There are many possible causes of abdominal pain and bloating. X-rays cannot diagnose gastroduodenitis, so this was the opinion of the doctor. You wil... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Depends on symptoms: This is a description of a bulging disc on MRI. There is nothing about such a finding that requires any treatment. It's a common finding even in peopl... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Hernia?: Abdominal mass that hurts to touch or to strain sounds like a ventral hernia. A medical exam can usually determine that. Sometimes ultrasound is neede... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Too many calories: If you are not losing weight, then you are still eating enough to satisfy the body's energy needs. Every person's metabolism is unique. Keep cutting b... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Maybe you're empty: Irritation of the rectum can make one feel like a bowel movement is needed, even if there is no stool there. It sounds like you're passing stool easil... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Possibly: If your partner had active herpes lesions, and you or she touched them, and then touched you, then you absolutely could have been infected. Herpes les... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Probably okay: The smell and mucus are not really an issue. If there is persistent diarrhea (more frequent and more watery than usual), then an exam is warranted. St... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Sounds like a pimple: Deep pustular pimples are larger than superficial ones hurt since they are inflammatory and fill with pus. Warm compress might help it resolve faster,... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Medical exam needed: Many things can cause abdominal pain and nausea. A detailed interview and exam, and sometimes tests, are needed to determine the cause. If the pain st... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Probably normal: Popping of joints in a young person is probably normal. Not sure what it means for the wrist to "spazz out". If the arm goes to sleep when it's being ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
No: There is no magic cure for excess body fat. It must be burned by the body in place of food. That means you need to eat a lot less food in order to for... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Thyroiditis: In 2013 the thyroid may have been inflamed (thyroiditis). That eventually subsides, and the gland can shrink afterwards.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Postnasal drip?: Lots of things can cause an unpleasant taste. If it seems to be in the throat then mucus draining from the sinuses could be to blame. Acid reflux from... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Not normal: Your persistent symptoms aren't normal for simple gastroenteritis. You should be re-evaluated.
A female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Tremor: Many people have what is called 'essential tremor'. It often runs in families. It causes fine tremor of the hands when using them. There is no tremor ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Not the same: People can cure themselves of hepatitis B, but it's much less common than hepatitis A. Hepatitis A is virtually always cured by the body. Hepatitis B ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Nonspecific symptoms: Assuming routine blood work is normal, then frequent urination is not due to any disease. Headache after eating sugar is very unlikely to be due to an... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Probably: The temporal artery is there but is not usually visible. If so, there could be an aneurysm or other vascular abnormality. Probably a good idea to have... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
CDC.gov/travel: Go to CDC.gov/travel for country-specific recommendations. You can Google travel clinics in your area where you can get appropriate vaccines and presc... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
See an ENT: Sounds like something is irritated in your nose/sinus that is producing fluid, and it is able to drain when you bend over. An ENT can look inside your... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Retained products?: Concern would be retained products of pregnancy. Sounds like you need to consult with whoever ordered the ultrasound.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Many causes: There are many causes of back pain, most are annoying but not dangerous. Impossible to tell what might be causing your back pain without a lot more in... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Many possibilities: A lot more info is needed to figure this out. Are they painful? Any other medical issues? Medications? You can get a HealthTap Prime consult to furthe... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Tonsilitis hurts: If you don't have a sore throat, you don't have tonsilitis. A painless white spot is likely a tonsolith. This is a collection of debris trapped by the... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Probably not: Appendicitis causes constant pain that steadily worsens over 24-48 hours until the appendix bursts. At that point there is constant severe pain and us... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Exam needed: Might be a basal cell cancer. An exam is needed to make a diagnosis.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Muscle tension: Sounds like you have some muscle tension from maintaining an unnatural posture for a prolonged period of time. Give the devices a rest, or put them on... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Cyst or lymph node: Usually this is a sebaceous cyst or an enlarged lymph node. A medical exam is needed to tell. The cyst can be removed. An enlarged lymph node usually ... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Nothing: Urine dipstick will indicate presence of white blood cells (leukocytes) as trace amount (TR) or higher amounts (1+,2+,3+,4+). Larger amounts suggest i... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Probably okay: If there is no confusion, unusual weakness or clumsiness, severe headache, vomiting, or unusual swelling/tenderness of skull, then unlikely to be anyt... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Probably not: If the spot has really remained unchanged for years, then it likely is not serious. However if it's bothersome, a dermatologist can tell you what it i... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Don't fall for it: "Fat burners" and other supplements promoted for weight loss are bogus. They are either worthless, or they are stimulants that can cause bodily harm. ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
A few possibilities: Usually this is caused by hormonal irregularities or a problem with the clotting system. A clinical exam and probably blood tests are needed to determ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Doesnt really matter: If vitamin D is being taken for general health, then any brand should be fine. People with kidney disease may need a particular form of vitamin D. Not... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Listen to your body: You are shaving a very sensitive area. The razor causes trauma to the skin, resulting in irritation. Stop shaving the area, use a protective emollient... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Probably okay: Everyone has large bumps on the back of the tongue. They shouldn't be painful. However it is common for taste buds to get swollen and sore once in awh... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
No meds: Most sore throats are caused by viruses. Gargling with warm salt water works as well or better than any medication, cheaply, without side effects.
A member asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Too complicated: Insurance questions are generally too complicated for a brief online Q&A like this. Better addressed with whoever has ordered the rehab.
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Unusual: Very unusual to get welts or hives with all food intake. A detailed medical interview, exam and lab work can help figure it out.
A female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Seizure?: Both medications have been associated with seizures. Alcohol also increases seizure risk. If your body is prone to seizures, then the combination of t... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Get pregnancy test: If there has been any sexual activity in the past few months, and there are now menstrual irregularities and pain, a pregnancy test is essential. Ecto... Read More

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Dr. Philip Miller
Oct 21, 2014
I highly endorse Dr. David Carl Houghton as an expert on both HealthTap and HealthTap Prime. His comments are asture and educational for both patients and physicians alike. Dr. Houghton is an asset to...Read More
HealthTap member
Dec 22, 2014
Dear Sir, Thanks for your valuable reply.Please note my babies all development is perfectly ok. She doing too much noisy but not clear word.Last 2 months ago she also called mum,pup but now just noisy
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Jun 15, 2015
my app froze during the consult so I had to end it. wasn't able to read his advice.
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I quest. this yes bc I don't stand to eat,I sit down.So of course when you stand the stomach will empty better.I've been told I have ideopathic gastroparesis. Eat 1cup & full.Veg & meat cause bad pai...Read More
HealthTap member
This made me feel good. Thanks! Thanks for clearing up this question for me, as there is so much misinformation on the internet, it was had to know what was true and what was false :) cheers!!
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Its true ive been havin irritation from the enemas. Tomorrow I'm plannin on tryin a home enema kit instead of fleet. If its there after, its to the Dr

Awards

Commendation Medal, United States Public Health Service
Isolated Hardship Award, United States Public Health Service
Top Doctor, First Place, Ogden Region - Summer
2014

Affiliations

Fellow of the American College of Physicians
Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
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