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Dr. Varun Verma

Internal Medicine
Boston, MA, Nepal
14 years experience male

About

Bio

Board-certified in Internal Medicine. My clinical interests are patient safety, reducing preventable adverse events, and increasing efficiency in inpatient hospital settings. Also I am fascinated by healthcare IT and all of the benefits that data science offers. I would like to help patients online in any way that I can - I understand the tremendous anxiety and fear that one confronts when faced with illness and uncertainty.

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.

Internal Medicine

Hospital-based practice

Licenses

United States: California, Massachusetts, New York

Doctor Q&A

58 Answers
11 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Unclear: Anything is possible. Don't think anyone has looked at Anime. But the U.S. children's show Sesame Street has been studied a lot http://www.plosbiol... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Go back to optom.: Glasses are sometimes made incorrectly. Other times the refraction (measurements) are done incorrectly. You shouldn't be having headaches from a presc... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Yes it's fine: There is no 'normal' number of pieces. Sure- if you're having prolonged runny/watery stool, bleeding, pain on defecation, weight loss etc. That's not... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Good 1st step: Congrats on taking a first step - expressing worry about your possible addiction. Go see a doctor. Most will go through a checklist of things like -... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Perhaps: Depends what you mean by symptoms. There have been studies suggesting that gut microbes interact with the CNS "not only with the enteric nervous sys... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Go see a doctor: You're a young person and I am concerned about your statement 'often breathless occasional dizziness.' Presumably you're not taking any medications -... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Sciatica maybe: Pain radiating down the leg is concerning for 'sciatica' which is usually due to a slipped disc in your spine impinging on a nerve root. How long hav... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Yes: Sure - give it a try. As long as you're not having other symptoms like fever, difficulty urinating, burning when urinating, and there is not concern ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Differential is huge: Could just be from your pregnancy (you stated in your history) If you're having fevers, sharp flank pain could be kidney stone. Could just be muscul... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Many causes: Sorry you're going through this. How bad is the hairloss? Upto 50-100 strands per day can be normal as hair goes through phases. When you say 'not ho... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Follow up with doc: When you say 'cure' do you mean your symptoms are not controlled on these medications? If so - return to your doctor, because 6 months is a long time... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Possible drug rxn: If you've just changed your medicine from one to Trileptal - like any medication - you can have an allergic reaction to it. See your provider. Like... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
See a doctor: How do you know it is a bacterial infection? It certainly could be... However, recurrent skin lesions in the same spot can be allergic (contact derma... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Likely no: Is this an old problem ie. known in your medical history, or are you having acute flank pain/blood in your urine/ difficulty urinating / fevers right ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Get tested: Take a pregnancy test. Most tests claim to work on the 1st day after a missed period. Doctors usually recommend to wait 3-7 days to ensure you don't ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
No: Why did you have a urinalysis to begin with? Are you having burning, difficulty urinating, blood in the urine? Many times they just indicate that th... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Yes: Yes, you can. Many people require an antianxiety medication just to be able to get through the procedure. Often we prescribe a short acting form (at... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Perhaps: Although there may be other causes of your symptoms - pregnancy is certainly one of them. Please take a home urine pregnancy test if this is availabl... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Not likely: Epstein Barr (EBV) is one of the most common human viruses in the world. It spreads primarily through saliva & most people are infected in infancy... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Many causes: All meds have side effects. Sorry you're feeling bad. Antibiotics sometimes cause 'upset stomach' like feeling bloated, having different bowel moveme... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Likely not: Glaucoma usually causes painless vision loss over a long period of time & the visual field ceases to exist (like trying to see your hand from the ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Maybe: Bed rest for a few months? You left out WHY you were on bed rest? I presume you saw a medical professional who advised it... In most cases walking et... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Ignore: Some providers recommend zinc gluconate or brewer's yeast. Of course no trials/FDA approval data.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Ignore: Zinc gluconate for hair loss is sometimes effective; of course no randomized controlled trials exist.
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Should be ok: Blood clot from just a peripheral IV should have no impact on whether or not you can take your nitroglycerin.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Drug rxn: If you've just changed your medicine from one to Trileptal - like any medication - you can have an allergic reaction to it. See your provider. Like... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Hard to say: How long have you had it? Sometimes we just bump ourselves, don't remember and then notice it later. So it could be that. Can you have friend/family... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
More info: Many people have changes in bowel movements for a brief period of time & it has no consequence. How long have you had your symptoms? Has it been ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Get a pregnancy test: Although white discharge with blood more indicative of a yeast infection, or sexually transmitted illness, there is no way no way to know for certain ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
See a provider: Although many causes of headaches are benign - I don't think anyone will fault you for seeing your doctor. (Especially since you have a VP shunt). So... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Likely nothing: See how you go the next few days. -Whether you have blood on the toilet paper (hemorrhoids are common) -Whether it just goes away by itself (irritati... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
More info: So you actually feel a lump - is that correct? How long has it been there? Days/weeks? Do you have fevers/chills/weight loss? If there is no palpable... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Home management: Without seeing it; sounds like you have a partial thickness 2nd degree burn. You can use something like bacitracin or polysporin (bacitracin and poly... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
It is ok: You didn't say what you were taking the antibiotics for- I am assuming urinary tract infection? Also, I am assuming a medical provider told you to swi... Read More
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Maybe: Like with all masses, the problem with Xray is that some lesions are opaque/visible, and others are not. That being said- acid reflux is definitely a... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
After missed period: Many tests claim you can take a home pregnancy test one day after your missed period. Many doctors think they're more accurate if you wait 3-7 days af... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Many causes: Some dark skinned people just have pigmented spots on their feet. If you're certain they weren't there yesterday- they can due to viral infections, ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Asymptomatic spread: Most STI testing is based on finding antibodies that are made in response to an exposure/infection. So short answer - most take a few weeks. However y... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Try this: Zinc pyrithione shampoo can be helpful to some people with oily scalps. Not evidence based - but another thing you can try to calm some anxiety of fa... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Snug: It shouldn't be loose, and shouldn't be so tight that it cuts off your circulation. So keep it snug above the elbow... I am assuming it is an automat... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
"Heartburn": Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a common cause of such symptoms ("heartburn"). If it's in the right side of your abdomen - it can also be due to ga... Read More
A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Can try anti-inflamm: Pain in the buttock and down the side of the leg is concerning for 'sciatica' which is usually due to a slipped disc in your spine. How long have you... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Varies: Are you having trouble breathing? Coughing that won't go away? Sometimes paint fumes like any chemical inhalation can cause irritation. If no symptom... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Stress and cortisol: The disorder where serum cortisol is elevated is called Cushing's Syndrome and can be due to pituitary tumors, adrenal tumors, using oral steroids (e... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Likely nothing: When did you first notice them? The way you're describing them - doesn't seem like a mass/ulcer/anything else concerning. Of course without seeing a ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Maybe: If you have unprotected sex there is always the risk of sexually transmitted illnesses and pregnancy. Get tested for both if you're concerned. If yo... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
It's possible: The vitreous humor is ideally a clear gel like material that allows light to pass perfectly through to the retina. Floaters are essentially debris ins... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
See a doctor: Differential diagnosis is too broad for anyone to be able to help you online. Abdominal pain radiating to the back and sides could be anything from a... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Go see a doctor: Sorry this has happened to you. A week is a really long time for something this alarming. You should go an see a doctor immediately, rather than wait ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Varun Verma
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
No: Sounds like you had your period a full 12 days AFTER the encounter - correct? So no, in your case you're not pregnant. But yes, technically one drop... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Verma is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Verma is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you, for some reason last year it changed. Growing up (44 years) I've all ways had one hard, to past stool. Now 2-3 or 1 super long one on/off.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank Doc. Google you, keep up the good humanitarian work! Makes me trust you as a doc further. Cheers
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Thanks it's cuz like a year ago I found out I had I think it was hydrocele but I dnt know if it was from that I'm just scared

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, NJ
Graduated 2008MD

Residency

NYU HOSPITALS CENTER
Completed 2012

Awards

Honor Society, Phi Beta Kappa
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

Possible - Senior Clinical Advisor in Nepal
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