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Dr. Stephen Scholand

Infectious Disease
Meriden, CT
23 years experience male

Locations

Midstate Medical Center

Meriden, CT

Address

435 Lewis Ave, Meriden, CT
Directions

About

Bio

I'm a doubly board certified Infectious Diseases specialist and Internal Medicine doctor. I have an interest in rabies and rabies exposures, travel medicine, vaccines and other infectious diseases. I think it is a special privilege to be a doctor and I like to help whenever I can.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Infectious Disease

Licenses

United States: Connecticut

Languages spoken

English, Thai

Doctor Q&A

1.7K Answers
345 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
See the dentist: I worry you might have had a complication from some dental work-so I would definitely call the dentist for an immediate evaluation. Hopefully it is ju... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Chills, no fever: Certainly chills can occur without a fever, although it's not that common. I've seen this happen in my elderly folks especially - those who are 'weake... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Pelvic infections: PID, or pelvic inflammatory disease, is something that affects a woman's reproductive organs. There could be symptoms of lower abdominal pain, vaginal... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Barking cough: A cough can occur from any one of a multitude of infections. Barking coughs are classically associated with croup - which is a children's infection. I... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Doxycycline sun rash: Doxycycline absorbs UV-A, so if you're outdoors when the med is in your system, you could wind up with a photosensitive rash. That rash can be nasty -... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Call the doc: There are options when it comes to treating an infection. Indeed, azithromycin and clarithromycin are quite similar. It's too bad you've had trouble w... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Ignore: Ask your doc if they have Hep A or Twinrix vaccine which covers Hep A AND Hep B. Stay healthy!
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Ignore: Herpes may come out as a flare when you have stress- physical or psychological. Try to take it easy.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Ignore: Puncture wounds can lead to tetanus or lock jaw, so if it's a dirty wound u should get it checked.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Ignore: Pneumonia can make it hard to breathe, as your body recovers it will tell u how much u can/cannot do.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Ignore: The pain can be bad. Avoid stress for less outbreaks. Talk to your doctor.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Ignore: For the elderly, there is a high dose trivalent flu vaccine that's better than the regular vaccine.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Immunosuppression: Certainly some medicines can suppress the immune system -& whole classes of drugs are designed to do just that. For example, someone with lupus, i... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Myalgias: The term doctors use for body aches is 'myalgias'. There are various things which could cause those. Infections are quite common, because as the immun... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Low grade temp: For most, a fever is greater than 100.4. However everyone is unique -from the nose we have to the body temp we keep. I'm not sure 99.4 is really signi... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Be good to the body: When someone experiences an adverse drug effect, the body will try to heal. It's best to 'give it a break' to allow that to happen - so I recommend 'n... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Amoxicillin rash: Amoxicillin is a penicillin type medication, so unfortunately, this means you are allergic. Usually these rashes are quite mild. Once you stop the dru... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Malaria -bad disease: Malaria is a dangerous disease. 'Acute' just means it's happening 'now', over a short-course of time (most cases). Febrile just means 'with a fever' ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Ignore: A good nights sleep can help memory. In fact any sleep is better than none for remembering facts.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Ignore: Patients usu have a 'major stress' i.e. moving house, pneumonia... that triggers it. So avoid stress.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Animal antibiotics: I highly advise AGAINST taking any antibiotics or other medications for that matter without the close guidance of a doctor. You could end up doing you... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Find the cause: The key would be 'diagnosis' which means 'through' (dia) + 'knowledge' (gnosis). Diarrhea means 'through' + 'runs' (rrhea). So once you know what's ca... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Toxic shock dangers: This disease -Toxic Shock Syndrome- is known as a sudden, potentially fatal condition. It has been associated with retained tampons in young women, bu... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Gastroenteritis: It sounds like you have gastroenteritis with crampy abdominal pain/pelvic pain and diarrhea. I would wonder if you ate anything unusual, traveled some... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Ecology of viruses: Viruses, like many other living things, are just looking for a 'home'. All of life is like that -and we can find viruses affecting not just humans but... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Gastroenteritis: It sounds like you have a GI bug - the questions are 'from what' and 'how sick are you'? Fortunately most of these illnesses come and go, and simple h... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Rabies deaths: Rabies is one of the worst infectious diseases in the world. Dying from it is particularly cruel, since it's not possible to drink water because of th... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Treating malaria: The type of medications and length of treatment depend on the type of malaria, where the person was infected, their age, whether they are pregnant, an... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Look to the past: Different people do differently with different germs. I would look to your past history with bronchitis to gain insight into your projected course. Of... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Depends on medicine: Different antibiotics have different 'half-lives' or time they will stay in the body. A good clue to that is 'how many times per day' the doc recommen... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Amoxicillin t(1/2): The drug itself has a very short half-life -only about 30 minutes. Generally after about 5 'half-lives' the drug washes out of your system (which is w... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Surgical follow-up: If there's redness that you think is abnormal - you need to let your surgeon know about this. They usually have some sort of routine follow up schedul... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Fever in the tropics: Flanax or Naproxen is an antiinflammatory & antipyretic medication. That is, it will reduce a fever without getting at the underlying cause. I thi... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Liver enlargement : The liver has a capsule around it, so if you stretch that rather quickly (days) as might occur with an acute infection, it will hurt alot. If it's a s... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
OK to give Benadryl (diphenhydramine) : Benadryl (diphenhydramine) should be fine to give with an antibiotic. The medicine is sedating so your baby will probably fall asleep after that. Loo... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Clindamycin dosing : Clindamycin can be dosed within a range of mg. Your prescriber decided to give you that dose probably based on factors like your weight, the condition... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Mosquito bite eyelid: Mosquito bites can cause a localized allergic response where you get a very big "bite" area. Given that this is on your eye lid, I would probably avo... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Conjunctivitis: There are different causes of conjunctivitis or 'pink eye' as it is commonly known. You're probably wondering whether you have the infectious form of ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Big Stool: A key function of the colon is to absorb water from the stool. Sounds like you were dehydrated and thus you got stuck with a big problem. Good to DRIN... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Treatment will help: Hay fever, or 'allergic rhinitis' can be troublesome. There are a host of over the counter meds - antihistamines that help control symptoms. Avoidance... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Vaccines: Vaccines are fantastic things-- if u think about it, these (shots usually) can save your life particularly when a disease could be fatal like rabies. ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Yeast in kids: Yeast or candidal infections can occur in girls who haven't reached puberty yet. There are certain risks such as obesity, poor hygiene, skin diseases,... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Sepsis is dangerous : Having medical diseases like coronary artery disease (CAD) make the patient at higher risk for complications and death when ill with an infection. Sep... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Benefits vs risks: If your doc is telling you to do something, generally I trust that is the correct decision. However, if u have doubts, a second opinion is fine. The i... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Low iron: For some reason your iron stores are low - ferritin is the "iron warehouse" of the body. Either u are losing iron (heavy periods?) or not getting enou... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Infection of airways: Bronchitis is an infection, viral or bacterial, of the upper respiratory tract. Coughing, sore throat, fever and headache are common symptoms. The dis... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
No.: Herpes can only be acquired through sexual activity -& these days that can be through various routes. Inanimate objects cannot 'harbor' the virus ... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Herpetic whitlow : Usually a few days to a week after exposure will a herpes infection manifest. If exposure to infected genital tract secretions or oral secretions took... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Yes, clinda is safe: You are probably thinking of DOXYCYCLINE which is NOT safe in sunlight - given that some patients may have a photosensitivity to that. Clindamycin is... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Diagnosis needed: What we need here is the 'cause' for your swollen lymph nodes. Hopefully your doctors are working hard to figure this out. Immunophenotyping is a tech... Read More

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Oct 29, 2014
It is a wonderful thing that Dr. Scholand is a part of the HealthTap community! His answers are a great benefit to his patients, and frankly to me. I learn a great deal from the work he does. He's com...Read More
Dec 7, 2017
I recently sought Dr. Scholand's advice on an Infectious Disease question and was not disappointed so I started browsing through his responses. I had to stop after reading 5 or 10 of his answers becau...Read More
Oct 1, 2017
Dr. Stephen Scholand is really helpful to anyone with a medical question. Dr. Scholand's answers explain things clearly, in plain English, and make people feel comforted about their health concerns.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you so much! Your explanation makes sense. And yes i do have a doctor that i see annually. You are very kind and knowledgeable! I waited so long for a clear cut an...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank u so much for answering my question. I have contacted the doctor and been given Keflex which seems to b helping. As u said i will never take macrobid again and t...Read More
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Hi Dr Scholand, thanks for your reply, you are spot on, the pain became so severe that I was admitted to hospital, after tests it was diagnosed as Pericarditis. On medication now and recovering well....Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

George Washington University Medical School, DC
MD

Residency

THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Awards

Teacher of the Year in Specialty Training, 2011, 2008, 2007
Top Doctor, First Place, New Haven Region - Summer
2014
Top Infectious Disease Specialist , First Place, National - Summer
2014

Affiliations

Infectious Disease Society of America
CT Infectious Disease Society
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