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Dr. Esther Poza-juncal

Internal Medicine
Durham, NC
39 years experience female

Locations

Esther Poza MD

Durham, NC

Address

105 Newsom Street, Suite 106, Durham, NC, US
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My office hours

Tuesday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Cigna

Wellpath Select Health Insurance

United HealthCare Insurance Company

About

Bio

I was born in New York City, moved to Arizona in high school, went to college in California and went back to Arizona for medical school. I married a guy from North Carolina and we moved here to be near family while I finished my residency. We got settled here, started our family and 2 daughters, 20-some years, many dogs and cats (and some unfortunate moments with ferrets and guinea pigs) later we are established and thriving. I've been in private practice since 1988. It's a small practice that focuses on health maintenance as well as treating illness, with the idea that the more we do the former, the less we'll have of the latter. I love what I do and enjoy meeting so many interesting people. I learn something from them every day and try to return the favor.

Specialties
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Internal Medicine

Licenses

United States: North Carolina

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

136 Answers
38 Agrees
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Infection: you probably have an infection. It needs to be evaluated and may need antibiotic treatment. Don't put off getting medical care. Untreated this can ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Hard to answer: If you have been in the hospital for a week, the usual causes have probably been addressed, but include pancreatitis, gall bladder disease, peptic ulc... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Check and prevent: As part of a good physical exam lab is done to screen for health problems. With a strong family history a blood sugar level, glucose, will be part of... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: It should be fine to take another enteric coated peppermint pill today. Hope you feel better soon. If symptoms are getting worse instead of better pl... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Could be: If it's an area you have shaved it's more likely. Take a nice hot bath, then pat dry the area and let it heal. If still worried please go see your doc... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
It's always work: It will involve limiting your calorie intake and increasing your calorie use = eat less and exercise more. Weight Watchers is a tried and true healthy... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Infection?: Recommend you see your doctor for evaluation. Possibilities include bladder infection and ovarian cyst. Go ahead and make an appointment. If you dev... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Non-specific..: ... means exactly that, non-specific. The ECG is just one part of a clinical evaluation, and must be interpreted in the context of what is happening ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Orthopedist: An orthopedist who focuses on problems of the foot and ankle is another good option.
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Each one different: Can't predict but there are things you can do to get ready. Ask for exercises you can do to strengthen the muscles that work the knee. Eat a healthy... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Take it easy: It can take a day or two to recover from a stomach upset. Stick with liquids for now, advance as tolerated to bland foods. Signs that you need medic... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Let's be honest: The best thing you can do to stay healthy is to drink plenty of water, and bottled is fine if you prefer, stay away from processed foods, eat a variet... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: When you have a bout of vertigo, the best position is partly reclined, like a recliner halfway down, with your head neutral, i.e. not turned to the le... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Healthy diet: It's best to eat a balanced, healthy diet. Balance your plate as follows: 1/2 green (vegetables, salads, etc), 1/4 protein (fish, chicken, eggs, tof... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Sinus infection?: I'd need to know more and examine you, but you might have a sinus infection. Get in to your doctor as soon as you can get an appointment.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: Amoxicillin is one of several antibiotics used to treat sinusitis. However, the diagnosis needs to be confirmed and the dosage has to be correct. Plea... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Go to ER: Without knowing your medical history or examining you I have to recommend going in to get evaluated right away. many different things can cause these... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Other infection?: Try an over-the-counter medication like Monistat vaginal cream for 7 days. If no effect, see your doctor about the possibility of something other tha... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Temporary fix: It depends on which pill and what your medical status is. Generally diet pills work in the short run, but without making changes in what and how much ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Especially your??: You have a lot going on and deserve a thorough evaluation. Schedule an appointment with your doctor.
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Just cold...: Hands can just get cold, period. Cold hands from a heart problem would be a very advanced heart problem, and other symptoms would be more prominent. ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
No: Exercising one part of your body does not slim it. You can tone the muscles and look trimmer but belly and thigh fat decrease just like fat in the re... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
No: Whenever you start a new medication, you can have temporary reactions, or of course unforeseen ones. It's best to start one at a time so you know wha... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Virus: It sounds like a viral infection, and could be a herpes infection. I recommend seeing your doctor when you have a new one so it can be cultured. It ... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Good question: Statin drugs can raise good cholesterol, but lowering your LDL cholesterol with medication is more important. Raising your HDL with medication does n... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
No: The inflamed tendon does not cause fever, especially that high. Prostatitis and epididymitis are two infections that need to be considered. Please se... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Call the OB: Although the worrisome time for Voltaren (diclofenac) is the 3rd trimester, it's still to be avoided at all stages of pregnancy unless prescribed by h... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Could be normal: This is not a specific pregnancy symptom.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Sad?: Being a teenage girl is difficult! Hormones are affecting your body or mood and change all the time. However if you are feeling depressed, have thou... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Not possible: Pain medication is not prescribed on Health Tap.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Here's a link: http://www.physioadvisor.com.au/8110950/upper-back-stretches-upper-back-flexibility-exer.htm I took a look at these and they are a good start. Make ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Many possibilities: You really need to talk to your doctor and be examined. Bladder infection, ovarian issues, appendicitis, hernia... it's a long list of possibilities ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
No: There is no connection between the warm feeling across the chest and the mucus in the stool.
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Bladder infection?: You might have a bladder infection. Other symptoms would be burning with urination, frequent urination, urge to urinate without much urine at a time.... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Radiograph: There is no blood test that will help diagnose lung cancer. A chest X-ray would be the place to start, but in the absence of symptoms (cough up blood... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: Well, that's it. Yes. Let it heal. It is due to an underlying infection, and when that infection is treated or resolves on its own, the lymph node... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Not due to iron: A cup of Cheerios has 8.9mg of iron, which is a small amount and is not causing the upset stomach.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Basically yes: Radiculitis refers to inflammation of a nerve root itself. Radiculopathy refers to the symptoms that occur along the distribution of that nerve becau... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Follow up: Falmina is a low dose birth control pill, with low estrogenic, pro gestational and androgenic effect. It may be that you need a change in pill, incre... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Possibly: While heart is the gorilla in the room that must be addressed (got to check it withMD), esophageal spasm and anxiety are also causes of chest pain tha... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Many possibilities: My first thought is to wonder about your stress level. If you are distracted, worried, or even just adjusting to a life change your short term memory ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
LOW SODIUM: The cornerstone of dietary management is to limit your daily sodium intake to 2000 mg. The key is to look out for high-sodium foods. For example, a f... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
No: There are many things that can cause chest pain, but the sarcoidosis is not at the top of my list. Any unexplained chest pain deserves to be evaluate... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Straight: Depends on what test it is exactly but 7-10 days total most likely.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Probably not: A stone-protocol CT (that's what they call it) looks specifically at the kidneys and ureters, the tubes that lead to the bladder. If there were a larg... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Double check: Dermatix is a silicone gel that comes in a topical gel, clear sheets and fabric. It is used topically, not internally. While I suspect that it may be... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
And your question is?: I'm sorry, I can't tell from this what is happening. Could you be pregnant? Could you have gastroenteritis? Really need more specifics. Please see y... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Symptoms?: It would be helpful to know what your symptoms are. You've been checked for the usual culprits in NSU, namely GC and chlamydia. Trichomonas and myco... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Antibiotics/clean: Keep the area of the cyst clean by washing with soap and water and patting dry. Complete the full course of the antibiotic. If it is still swollen, ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
YES, absolutely: The most worrisome possibility is that something is causing a blockage in her intestines, and she needs to see her physician and be evaluated specific... Read More
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Testimonials
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Oct 19, 2014
I know I am lucky to have the benefit of Dr. P.J's presence here. We can all learn from each other, and she is generous with her wisdom, and support. Not all doctors are as great. Her patients and ...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Poza-juncal is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Poza-juncal is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank You so much for Your input. It really helped to have a straight answer. I cut the calcium down to 600 and it worked!
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Thank u so much. I'm new to all of this so not sure what I'm suposed to be at or eat or anything so thank you so much for ur advice
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for your help! Guess it's time to have the gall bladder checked!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Arizona College of Medicine, AZ
Graduated 1984MD

Residency

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Completed 1987

Awards

Achievement of Recognition for Delivery of Quality Diabetes Care, ADA/NCQA
Top General Internist, First Place, North Carolina - Fall
2014

Affiliations

American College of Phyiscians
North Carolina Medical Society
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