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

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621 Answers
69 Agrees
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Close contacts: Scabies is a very itchy skin condition caused by tiny mites that burrow under the skin. It is passed from person to person, usually within a household... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
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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
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A 94-year-old male asked:
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More info needed: Most identifiable causes of itchy scalp are associated with rash, scale, or other visible skin abnormalities. A thorough description or a good look at... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
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Unlikely, but...: Pregnancy sounds like it would be unlikely, but there's only one way to really know, and that's with a home pregnancy test.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
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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
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A 23-year-old female asked:
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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
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
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Yes: In general it's never dangerous to stop using a contraceptive, unless a sexually active woman has a health condition that makes pregnancy particularly... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Houghton
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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.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
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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
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A 24-year-old female asked:
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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
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A 50-year-old female asked:
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Exam needed: Might be a basal cell cancer. An exam is needed to make a diagnosis.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Houghton
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Way too complex: This question is way too complex for a short text Q&A. Individual patient information is needed to really discuss risks and benefits. This discuss... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
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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
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Ultrasound needed: DVT unlikely, but ultrasound can tell for sure. A Baker's cyst is also possible and can be seen on ultrasound. A muscle tear can also do this. See a d... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Standard measurement: Kilograms are the standard scientific unit for measuring mass or weight. All drug doses are based on kilograms. Pounds are the common unit of weight f... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
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Talk to your doctor: Amoxicillin is not an effective drug for boils, unless it's combined with clavulanate. Even then, boils are commonly caused by MRSA (resistant st... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
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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
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A male asked:
Dr. David Houghton
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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
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A female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
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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
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Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Not related: BV doesn't cause symptoms outside the vagina. I think the cause lies elsewhere.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Daytime sleepiness: Usually daytime sleepiness results from poor sleep at night. The body is meant to sleep at night, so it's hard for most people to sleep during the day... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
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Yes: This should not pose any risk for your pregnancy.
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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
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Pumping: If the nipples get too irritated by baby's teeth it will be very hard to breastfeed. Pumping the breastmilk and feeding it to the baby with a bottle m... Read More
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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
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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
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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.
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Yes: The person doing the colonoscopy can tell you what the swelling is.
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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.
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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.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Talk to hematologist: If your neutrophils are that low, you probably need to talk to a hematologist. There are lots of things that can cause this, from medications to virus... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Brush: Germs cause plaque, and they will always live in the mouth, so plaque will always be forming. The only way to control it is to brush often. Mouthwash ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Very hard to do: The bowel is somewhat elastic, which is what allows it to expand to accomodate food, stool and gas. The surface is also very slippery. The end of ther... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
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Exam needed to know: There are many causes of abdominal pain, some of which can be simply annoying, like constipation, others can be deadly. The best way to make sure it's... Read More
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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
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
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I don't think so: The key to weight loss for men or women is reducing calories long-term. Men usually burn more calories per day than women, assuming similar levels of ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Nonspecific symptoms: These are pretty nonspecific symptoms that can be present in healthy people. But heart failure would be one problem that could cause all 3. Pretty unl... Read More
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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
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Chronic hepatitis B: This pattern of serology is consistent with chronic hepatitis B infection, which often leads to fatal cirrhosis and/or liver cancer. Consultation with... Read More
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A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Ask neurologist: It's hard to know if the symptoms are related to the meningioma. It depends on the location. If it were located near area of motor cortex controlling ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Probably not: A dog that lives with a family, well cared for and vaccinated, and in good health, is very unlikely to have rabies. However a dog that repeatedly bite... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
3-4days, 300mg: Fever in anyone over 3months old, if previously healthy, can be watched for up to 3-4days if no other worrisome symptoms. Most viral fevers will impro... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Is it really a vein?: There are lymph nodes ("glands") behind the ears that can get inflamed from certain infections. An inflamed vein in that spot would be very unusual. H... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Ask more questions: Progressively painful bumps on ribs are not normal. Ask your doctor what the diagnosis is. If he/she doesn't know or can't really say, or if it doesn'... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Probably OK: A serious knee injury almost always causes significant pain at the time of injury and when using the knee. If the knee still feels unstable after a we... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
You should seek care: There are many causes of abdominal pain, some of which can be simply annoying, like constipation, others can be deadly. The best way to make sure it's... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Yes but...: Analgesic/antipyretics include acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin and other anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen. They will likely help you feel ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Viral symptoms: These symptoms are commonly associated with viral illness, such as influenza (the flu). Many types of viruses cause these symptoms. If there is prolon... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Not contagious: TB is not contagious if it's not in the lung. Good luck with your treatment!
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
See a sports doctor: Glad you're exercising! There may be a strain. Hard to say much without an exam. A sports medicine doctor would be the best person to help you. Good l... 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
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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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