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Dr. Stephen Scholand

Infectious Disease
Meriden, CT
25 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
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Infectious Disease

Licenses

United States: Connecticut

Languages spoken

English, Thai

Doctor Q&A

1.4K Answers
279 Agrees
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
No worries re: HIV: HIV -the virus that causes AIDS is acquired from sexual activity or injection drug use. You cannot get HIV infection from blood outside the body -sinc... Read More
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A 71-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Diagnostics w/ fever: The key is to get to the doctors or have the tests done WHEN you have the fever- this is the time to 'capture' what is causing the problem. You may be... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Azithromycin : has a half life of almost 4 days, so once u take one dose, it will be in your system for at least that long. With adverse reactions to drugs (allergie... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Flying is safe: Both of those meds have sedation as side effects- so you may really be zonked out on that flight. I'm not sure taking those meds is a really good idea... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Youthful bodyweight: Think of when you were 21 years old-- how much did u weigh then? And how did your body look? Through exercise and excellent nutrition I think we can ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Thrush not a threat: Thrush can look horrible but it is relatively harmless and with some good antifungal treatment should melt way in a couple days. Looking for the caus... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Spiders don't bite: Of all the hundreds of cases I have seen where a patient reported a spider bite- on further questioning there was no actual spider seen biting the pat... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Neuromuscular issues: It sounds like you need a thorough work-up to make clear the cause of these symptoms. Seeing a neurologist might be a good place to start - or if you... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Acute HIV infection: HIV-1 infection can occur with unprotected sex or injection drug use. 2 - 4 weeks after an exposure, a patient may develop a flu or mono-like illness ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
HSV 1 infection: Whether you realize it or not you are infected with HSV 1- the cold sore virus. It is actually very common. This virus "hides" in a nerve root and wil... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Rabies risks: Dogs primarily are responsible for transmission of rabies to people. It would be extremely rare for a rabbit to transmit rabies. In addition, your rab... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Greenish yellow pus: That sounds like a localized infection of the abraded area. I would use the triple antibiotic treatment 3x day. If you see redness expanding around t... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Tuberculosis in LN: TB can be troublesome. If you've been told you have TB lymphadenitis, I wonder 'what areas' might be affected? Usually it's around the neck region. Th... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Ignore: Plain old soap and water prevents 90% of rabies infections- so be sure to start there and see a doc!
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Ignore: Fecal transplant although it seems disgusting can be highly effective- esp for those relapsing cases.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Recovery from GI bug: You describe an exhausting illness, but I think the key point is you're recovering. To vomit or hurl up material from inside your GI tract may require... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Troubles of mono: 'Infectious mononucleosis' can start 4–6 weeks after initial infection. Exposure to saliva is the route -hence the name the 'kissing disease'. Symptom... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Don't: Don't touch wild animals. It's fine to observe but animals can spread diseases like rabies.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Doubtful: Although albendazole has listed in its side-effect profile 'agranulocytosis' or aplastic anemia-it actually has an extremely good track record of safe... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Positional changes?: I wonder if these may occur when changing position, such as rising up from a seated position? I wonder if you could be mildly dehydrated - it is summe... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Painless sore throat: Everyone has a different pain threshold - and some people complain only when excruciating pain sets in. Common things being common, you probably have... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
A simple blood test: Ur doctor can easily look for Hepatitis B infection through a blood test. The problem is, in the Philippines, many people were infected at birth, so t... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Toxic shock: TSS or 'Toxic shock syndrome' is caused by bacteria that have a certain toxin. Often it is either Streptococcus pyogenes (group A Strep) or Staphyloco... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 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
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 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
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A female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
No: This is not possible - you can only get herpes from direct contact with the person who has the infection. The tricky thing with herpes, however, is so... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Tooth trouble: Pain is subjective - and certainly some people feel it 'more' than others. Given that you had a tooth pulled out from your jaw bone, I would expect th... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Could be the 'flu': It's flu season now, and hopefully you've been vaccinated against the flu. The CDC recommends everyone over the age of 6 mo. get a flu shot. With thes... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Recovery time: I usually tell patients that it depends 'how sick' you were in the beginning to predict 'how long' it will take you to recover. So if you were really,... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Genitourinary rash: Candida, or a 'yeast infection' in the female genital tract is usually characterized by a thick curdlike discharge with reddened, itchy vulva. I look ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 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
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
HIV viral load tests: The short answer is 'yes' -since HIV-1 is an RNA virus. We quantify how much virus is there per drop of blood by using PCR technology (polymerase chai... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Dysuria: I doubt that the Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) has anything to do with these urinary symptoms. What u describe is the symptom of dysuria-so ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 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
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Spinal tap questions: This procedure is generally considered safe in an experienced doctor's hands. I would ask how many procedures they have done before. There is also the... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Motion sickness: If the visual inputs to the brain differ from what the middle ear (spatial system) report, then the feeling of "motion sickness" can result. I imagine... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Appropriate Rx?: That seems like an unusual bacteria for sinusitis – I question the accuracy of the test. Probably that was a skin contaminant that has nothing to do w... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 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
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 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
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Taking care of baby: Taking care of your baby is important. You should be able to tell from cues how your baby is doing. When you say 'lukewarm' - I assume that means comf... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 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
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Absolutely not: These mosquito borne diseases are all very serious, in fact potentially fatal. Avoiding the bug-bite is of paramount importance. Get some bug spray, s... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Itchy rash: I wonder if you have a cat? Possibly these are flea bites, although it's hard to know without seeing the rash itself. Important 'not' to itch if you c... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Contact allergy: Good you've tested negative for a sexually transmitted disease (STD), but given you still have a problem, the doctors should seek out the cause. I won... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Good health: Certainly antibiotics may have side-effects, and so it's important to only take antibiotics under the direction of a physician. It sounds like you've ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Yes. See a doc: It sounds like this could be a localized Staph infection - and you definitely should have proper treatment to prevent complications and to get rid of ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Best to balance: Honey, I believe, does have medicinal properties. Mostly this is for treating skin diseases and wounds - there are scientific studies now proving this... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Strep transmission: Strep is very easily passed from one person to the next - especially if they might be involved in kissing, sharing drinks/cigarettes etc. Funny thing ... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Rabies shots protect: The good news is you will be protected since you did not YET have symptoms of rabies. Of course getting seen and treated is usually better, but since ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Probably warts: It seems more likely that these could be genital warts. Herpes lesions would be red and 'blister like' - and also are very painful. Warts would be 'fl... Read More
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Testimonials
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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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