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Dr. Alan Steinbach

Family Medicine
Woods Hole, MA
male

Locations

Office

Woods Hole, MA

Address

18 Mast Rd, Woods Hole, MA
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My office hours

Wednesday: Closed
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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.

Family Medicine

Licenses

United States: California, Massachusetts

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

286 Answers
24 Agrees
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A member asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Left behind pigment: Hi Karen136 Sounds like it may be a varient of the 'mongolian spot', which is believed to be melanocytic pigment cells that didn't migrate as they sho... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Diet and planning: Hi hbj. Assuming you are a type I, you know immediate treatment is dietary glucose. Longer term, you will develop an understanding of the glycemic i... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Next MRI: if you and your practitioner are really concerned, MRI is probably a better test for identifying possible pancreatic cancer, particularly a small grow... Read More
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Chest pain mixed bag: A good reason for going to an ER to evaluate chest pressure in anyone over 50 with risk factors for coronary artery disease is because its hard to dis... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
See a gi specialist: sounds like you have something more complex than an appendix infection. I would strongly recommend a careful diet and consulting with a GI specialist... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Checkup: At your age a feeling in the hip like this should be evaluated by a practitioner who can order imaging if indicated to prevent increasing pain/dysfunc... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: Taking clomid (clomiphene) does increase the chance of having non identical twins or even triplets, or more. This is especially true at higher dosage ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Many possibilities: if the normal fold lines are brown, its likely to be a chemical reaction to some topical material...could even be tea, or hair product etc. If the li... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: sodium chloride is common salt. Its also the most common salt in the blood. A physiologist named Homer Smith put it this way: "Potassium is of the sea... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
High but ok: i recommend 30-40 mg/kg which would correspond to about 500 mg per day...you were prescribed 800. I doubt this will have any toxic effect, but it does... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Eczema: flaky itchy skin is often due to overgrowth of skin cells and is often called eczema. There are genetic and environmental factors (such as temperature... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Guessing: Hi JenniLegal23 Since the exact position of the thyroid gland isnt important for its function (it releases hormone directly into the blood stream), I'... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Interesting...: Hi Julia237 One connection of neck and hands is the cervical nerves that emerge in the neck and connect to the hands. Strangely, the same neural circu... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Several tissue layer: Hi MohammedA Gastr-itis is any inflammation of the lining of the stomach. Usually confined to the innermost layers. If combined with bacterial infecti... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Be sure not blood: Hi YijunB Test to be sure its not blood. Many dietary items (skins of fruit or vegetables for example) can appear as dark blobs in otherwise formed s... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Ask your doctor: HI LeoM From the history you provided, it sounds like you may be having a number of other symptoms that might be relevant. Body aches and nausea are ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Test, dont guess: if you have irregular menses, you should use some BCM at all times you dont want to get pregnant. The only way to tell for sure is to test. These are ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Try herbal: I've used herbal treatments...the more gentle ones being teas/infusions of peppermint, chicory, and lemon balm... I havent used the older 'fast/blast'... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
No major interaction: acetaminophen/tylenol seems to have most of its action on the central nervous system, thus affecting the temperature setting brain, and the pain rece... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Depends on test: If your results are from a PCR (molecular) test for SAR-Cov2, you should self quarantine for 7-10 days if you have no symptoms. If you develop mild sy... Read More
A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes or no depending : If knowing your status is important for work or personal life, test 3-5 days after your exposure to her. If you are distancing, continue this for 7-10... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Cut back, review: high heart rates in interval training usually is an invitation to drop back a few notches and continue, waiting for your body to catch up with your en... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Not for sure: imaging like ultrasound or mammography or even MRI can tell a lot, but to know for sure you need biopsy. However, based on ultrasound, you could also ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
See a practioner: Plan B: ..US Food and Drug Administration states that the drug is “believed to act as an emergency contraceptive principally by preventing ovulation o... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: some women regularly spot during ovulation, some never. If the spotting comes throughout the cycle, consult a gyn or fp specialist.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: a single red bump with a white tip is generally a localized bacterial infection. Use heat ( a hot water bottle or something about 104 to 106 degrees... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
14 days before: as you may know, human ovulation is generally 14 days before next period..roughly 2 wks after last on a 28 day cycle. If your period lasted 5 days, an... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Retest: the 4th generation test is supposed to be accurate 8 weeks after exposure, but I would always retest to be sure.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Feelings and reality: Hi RoodleK Feelings of fluids moving in the body are often virtual..the result of stimulation of sensory nerves that would respond if there was fluid ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Thanks for asking: Hi LindseyB. Thanks for your concern for your mom? Kidney infections usually require antibiotic treatment, sometimes for weeks. Being sick with flu o... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
See a practitioner: Hi Timothy 572. Bumps right after an injury are part of the inflammatory response and not necessarily indicative of a break (fracture). But if you ca... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Better have checkup: left sided chest symptoms might be related to heart or lungs...didn't catch where it radiates towards...so I would suggest a face to face with your ow... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Lymph node?: if he's young, its likely one or more reactive lymph nodes that are usually unfelt in the occipital area. Could be from a scalp infection. If concerne... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Get checked: Hi Kevin911 You dont include your age, but continual menstrual bleeding outside of periods should always be investigated because it either suggests h... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Over 2000 tests: Hi SuH543 why not check out http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/genetictesting.html good luck
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Guesswork: sounds like you are reading a imaging report..perhaps based on a CT scan or ultrasound. The description is based on the radiologists experience, and i... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
1.yes 2.no: there are various skin bleaching agents, but if you mean over a large area, usually not. However, sometimes hyperpigmentation that comes on at your ag... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Ignore: Get on a program. Strength becomes more expensive to gain as you get older, so start young.
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
See doctor: bilateral ankle swelling can indicate cardiac insufficiency, local vascular problems, metabolic imbalance or local blockage. Severe pain in the dorsa... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Referral: You might try asking your GP for a referral - either to a counselor, or specialist, depending on the reasons that you were taking the dexedrine (dextr... Read More
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: assuming that the cannula had one end inserted into a vein, then by definition an I (intra) V (venous) administration, and a push(2 minutes) rather th... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes and no: if its your left armpit, you're over 60, and you have known heart problems, maybe. If not, its probably a myofascial (that means muscle and connectiv... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Possible impetigo: if the patch is like a red rash and a little bit painful, it might be a staph/strep infection...often called impetigo. You could try otc antibiotic oi... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Could be infection: lumps in the lady parts might be an infection. I suggest you schedule with a medical practiioner skilled in gynecological assessment.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Capillary dilation: Hi Linda803 Our faces are evolved to show others how we are feeling; to give warning of anger, and to help attract those we love. A feeling of heat is... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Heart or lungs?: At your age, a feeling of being short of breath is often due to anxiety. Breathing too fast can make anxiety worse. Another possibility is something d... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Pain localization: tooth throat ear pain about the same to brain.. need exam to decide what basic problem is, and see if infection.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Barometric ear: since you can't scale the highest hill in Fla (Mt Trashmore if I recall correct), even though NJ isnt known for great hts, you are probably experienc... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Hernia, lymph node?: Its an anatomical area with many treasures. Cysts growing from hair follicles can occur anywhere. A hernia of inside stuff should go away when you lie... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Very different: at the level of Zoloft you are using, any medication changes should be made after consultation with a qualified practitioner. Rispridone is VERY diffe... Read More

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Dr. Steinbach has already taught me a lot after just an hour of reading his responses. I am impressed with the compassion he demonstrates for each and every person asking a question and with his abil...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Steinbach is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Steinbach is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Will search out. At same time I can also bet that every chiropractor will state they are an expert in this. I live in south Florida. Must be so cautious of imposters I h...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Gracias Doctor tengo 48 años tuve quistes mucho tiempo en mi vida No fui muy activa sexualmente y a los 40 años se retiró la menstruacion , pregunto por si tengo que us...Read More
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Thank you. No. They increased in size initially and one had some superficial bruising. No bruising on other.They have stayed same size the past few weeks. Saw a GP, he looked at them but did no seem...Read More

Education & Training

Residency

SAN FRANCISCO GENERAL HOSPITAL

Awards

Top Family Physician, First Place, Massachusetts - Fall
2014
Top Family Physician, First Place, Massachusetts - Winter
2015
Top Family Physician, First Place, Massachusetts - Spring
2017
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