Dr. Catherine Carroll

Internal Medicine
San Diego, CA
13 years experience female

Locations

Catherine Carroll

San Diego, CA

Address

3350 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA
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About

Bio

I am a board certified internal medicine physician. My specialty is primary care. I attended medical school at the University of California at Davis and completed my residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose. I believe in preventing problems before they start! My practice focuses on a healthy lifestyle and managing medical problems with the minimum number of medications.

Specialties
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Internal Medicine

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

105 Answers
203 Agrees
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A female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
See a doctor: A rash usually needs to be seen to be diagnosed. Sometimes they even need to be biopsied. I suggest starting with your primary care doctor. He or she ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Hard to say: A picture is worth a thousand words and that is certainly true in your case. Most skin diseases need to be seen to be diagnosed. Red spots that last f... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
No: I wish it were that easy. The only way to lose weight is to reduce the number of calories you eat.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Talk to your doctor: If it's been over a year, you need to see a physician. The list of things that affect your fertility is quite long. You should see an OB/GYN.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Skin infection: This could be a kind of skin infection called a yeast infection. This usually starts on warm, moist areas of skin, like under skin folds. It can be tr... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Talk to your doctor: Please talk to the doctor that is giving you your medication. SSRIs, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, including Prozac, (fluoxetine) can cause... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Be kind to your skin: Treating adult acne can be a challenge. The first step is to be kind to your skin and clean it with a gentle cleanser. Harsh scrubbing and strong soap... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Lots of choices: I assume you are asking about a vegetarian diet. If you are looking for meat replacements, you can try any of the following for protein: tofu, tempeh,... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Very unlikely: Semen needs to get at least to the vagina for any chance of pregnancy. If you don't want to get pregnant not, use condoms every single time.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Psychiatry: I suggest talking to a psychiatrist. Depending on what kind of thoughts you are having, medication may help.
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Talk to your doctor: Ketonazole is not an acne treatment. But your doctor may have given it to you for another reason. I suggest going back to your doctor to discuss it. ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Sunscreen: If the darker areas are on the face and neck, sun is the most likely cause. You need an excellent sunscreen with SPF of about 50. I suggest looking fo... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Acne Treatment: There are many over the counter options to try. In general, you need one medication to kill bacteria, like benzoyl peroxide, and a second medication t... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
No.: There is no safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy. Alcohol during pregnancy can cause Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, which leads to disabilities, such as... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Staying: Staying up late can make your memory worse. Get a good nights sleep before an exam.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Yes: Missed periods can indicate several things. Pregnancy is one possibility. A pregnancy test could help answer your question.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Iron: IV iron is generally given by a hematologist, a blood specialist. They can calculate how much iron you need based on your lab results. Ask your hemato... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Garlic: Since you are already working with a physician, that doctor can best answer your question. Generally speaking however, the amount of garlic in most fo... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Depends: Our body temperature naturally fluctuates. Women can also notice changes in their body temperature with ovulation. As long as your temperature is belo... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Menstrual Cycle: Women's menstrual cycles can vary in length for a variety of reasons. Small changes in your cycle does not necessarily mean that something is wrong. ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
No: There is no cure for HIV. However, the treatments for HIV are far better than they were in the past. Many people with HIV who have access to these med... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
No: Steroid creams are not a treatment for acne.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Maybe: Any kind of physical stress can change your period.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
RICE: In general, mild sprains can be treated with RICE. This stands for: 1) REST. Stay off your injured foot as much as possible. 2) ICE. Apply ice to the ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Many possibilities: There are many reasons why your period can be irregular. Pregnancy, PCOS, thyroid problems, and many other things can cause this. I suggest starting w... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Maybe: Some of the medications used to treat epilepsy can affect your sex drive. You should talk to your doctor.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
It depends: If the blade was new and never used on anyone else, you should be fine. If the blade was used on anyone else, then you might have been exposed to some... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Go to ER: Any pregnant woman with blurry vision and headaches needs to go straight to the ER. This can be a sign of a serious condition called pre-eclampsia.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
No: You should never eat undercooked meat.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Shortness of Breath: Shortness of breath is a serious medical condition and requires an immediate evaluation by a doctor.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Menstrual Cycle: Women's menstrual cycles can vary in length for a variety of reasons. Small changes in your cycle does not necessarily mean that something is wrong. ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
C. diff: I think you are asking about Clostridium difficile, also known as c. diff. C diff is a cause of diarrhea and can be a serious infection. It most frequ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
CSF Leak: A CSF leak is a serious medical problem. If you believe you have a CSF leak, you would need immediate medical attention.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Burning leg pain: There are several causes of burning leg and foot pain and the treatments are different depending on the cause. Peripheral neuropathy is a nerve proble... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Yes: Yes. Good hand hygiene, such as washing with soap and water for 15 seconds, can remove the virus from your hands.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Ignore: Be kind to your skin. Harsh cleansers and scrubbing aggressively can make acne worse.
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A female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Radiation Exposure: If you think you have been exposed to radiation, you should see a physician. Most people should not be exposed to radiation in their day to day lives,... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
None: I do not know of any essential oils proven to lighten skin. There are some over the counter products that can have a mild effect on skin tone. More po... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Acne Cream: It depends on what type of acne you have. There are different types of acne. Benzoyl peroxide, which is over the counter, is used for papular and pust... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Maybe, maybe not: Levothyroxine can interact with multiple other drugs and supplements. Other medications can often be taken safely with it, but may need to be taken at... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
See your doctor: A fever that lasts 5 weeks deserves more investigation. The doctor who did your initial tests can refer you to a specialist, if needed. You might need... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Not the best idea: This drug is also known as Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). I would wait to try to conceive until after you are done with this antibiotic.... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Be kind to your skin: Treating adult acne can be a challenge. The first step is to be kind to your skin and clean it with a gentle cleanser. Harsh scrubbing and strong soap... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Fragrance and color: Look for products without a lot of hard to spell ingredients. Children have sensitive skin and might react to things that adult skin can tolerate. We ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Less is more: Look for products without a lot of hard to spell ingredients. Children have sensitive skin and might react to things that adult skin can tolerate. We ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Not a good idea: Supplements are generally a bad idea in pregnancy. They are not regulated by the FDA so it's never clear that you are actually getting what you are pa... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
No: If you are asking if gabapentin causes ischemic heart disease, then the answer is no. Gabapentin is most commonly used for nerve pain, although it has... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Weight loss: Hormones, such as thyroid hormone, do affect your metabolism and therefore your weight. Any significant unexplained weight loss requires an evaluation... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
No: Miscarriages are common, even in fertile women. When multiple miscarriages happen, this can be a sign of a problem. One miscarriage however is totally... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Maybe: You should talk to your OB/Gyn. An ultrasound can give you an approximate date of conception.
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Dr. Philip Miller
Jul 31, 2015
Dr. Catherine Carroll is a knowledgeable, intellectual. compassionate physician with insight into patient's issues and solid recommendations, She is an asset to the HealthTap community and I highly e...Read More
Aug 2, 2015
Always gives thoughtful answers and good recommendations.
Aug 9, 2015
Thank you for all your assistance. Fantastic answers!
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :) Thanx waiting a lung transplant getting healthy Great Start ThanxAgain
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Will c heme soon. GI Rx'd IVI. Ferritin up 7 to 520. Is it overload?
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Thank you lots, but can swimming in the (lake) harm my baby ?

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC Davis School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 2010MD

Residency

SANTA CLARA VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER
Completed 2013

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