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Dr. Mary Clifton

Internal Medicine
New York, NY
27 years experience female

Locations

Office

New York

Address

5th Ave, New York
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 7:00am - 10pm
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About

Bio

I went to Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine. I've practiced Internal Medicine for 20 years. It is my pleasure to help you feel better today and to also design a program to help you gain control of your health. I'm happy to provide an antibiotic for your sinus infection, but I'll also make lifestyle suggestions to reduce the duration and frequency of future infections.

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

Integrative Medicine

Licenses

United States: Arizona, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Wisconsin

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

54 Answers
3 Agrees
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A member asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Steroid creme: Often, and itchy nose or itchy ears is related to allergies. If you are dealing with a runny nose that is deeply itchy, use a steroid nasal spray to s... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Rash may be viral: You may have not had a true allergic rash to the cephalosporin, but rather possibly a drug rash associated with the underlying viral illness that you ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
See a doctor: Abdominal pain is serious in grownups a reasonable percentage of the time. If you have persistent abdominal pain, especially combined with fever, you ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
It will get better: Things will improve with his broken finger over time, and with physical therapy and regular exercise and stretching. Be sure to ask the doctor about a... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Congestion?: You may have persistent sinus congestion that is causing congestion and pain on the side of your head. Persistent mild drainage could result in throat... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Most people do!: Most people fear natural disaster. If the fear is getting in the way of your normal function or overwhelming your everyday thinking, you should probab... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Yes and no: It is possible to get HIV from reused needles, but almost completely impossible to reuse a lancet that we use for fingersticks for blood testing - the... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Nausea, vomiting: Most of the gastroenteritis we are diagnosing is actually food poisoning. Nausea and vomiting, with or without diarrhea, is likely due to food poisoni... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Lifestyle mod: Consider lifestyle modifications to stimulate a healthier immune system. Salt water gargles shorten the duration and intensity of colds. Dark green le... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Stool testing rec: If you are worried about parasites, it's reasonable to consider stool testing. The problem is, stool tests usually need to be performed on fresh sampl... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
11: Hi Eunice, At the very least, it will take 11 years. Four years of undergrad, four years medical school, and then 3 to 10 years in residency and fel... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
See your doctor: this is an unusual complaint that may benefit from having a doctor do an examination. You may want to try an antifungal to see if that provides any re... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Hemmorhoids: It sounds like you may be developing hemmorhoids. In most cases of constipation, high fiber diets are excellent at reversing the condition. Consider e... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Make a plan!: The best way to prepare for disaster is to have a plan. Think about the disasters that are most likely to affect you -- snowstorms vs hurricanes, for ... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Good news!: If the tests are normal, that's reassuring. The best thing to do is focus on healthy lifestyle choices so that you won't have to deal with diabetes in... Read More
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Nummular eczema: Sometimes, recurrent ringworm is actually eczema in a circular pattern. Try treating with steroids and see if it resolves, and that may guide you towa... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Good news!: That sounds like the doctor saw something worrisome and then took a sample, but when they looked at the sample under the microscope it turned out that... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Gastritis is Likely: This grouping of symptoms can also represent pancreatic trouble or gallbladder disease. Try to follow your foods in a diary to be sure that you aren't... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
We do our jobs.: Everyone in the hospital has a specific job designated by the disaster plan. For instance, my job as a hospitalist is to discharge everyone who can po... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Yes, it's safe: There is no significant interaction between the antibiotics and the provigil. However, be sure to always check with the pharmacist when you pick up n... Read More
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Yes and No: Nuclear stress tests have a predictive value of about 95% for heart disease. You likely still have some vascular disease because of a high fat/sugar w... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
See your doctor: I'm sorry, but this is an unusual complaint that doesn't easily fit into any particular pattern of disease that I can identify. In this case, it may b... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Warm compresses: Your boyfriend may be developing an abscess, but almost certainly has an infection. Consider using warm compresses to bring the infection to the surfa... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Increase Fiber: This sounds terrible for you. Chronic constipation can result in anal pain and spasm. Ideally, increasing your fiber by eating a lot of vegetobles --... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Make a plan.: In preparation for natural disaster, set aside some healthy storable food. Fill containers, sinks and the tub with fresh water. Most importantly, eva... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Check in.: You can check in as safe in disaster zones on social media like Facebook. Also, call one member of a friend group and ask them to share the informati... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Call your Doctor: The best place to start for med refills is to call your doctor. Even in the setting of disaster, it should be pretty easy to get your medications read... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Injury: You've probably injured yourself with this big jump. I would add yoga for stretching and flexibility training, Yoga will provide the slow, gentle heal... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Mag citrate works: You should be able to move your bowels after the mag citrate. Sometimes, constipated patients also benefit from a suppository or a small enema to help... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Try this!: You may have some postnasal drip or allergies that are creating that mucous sensation. Try an over the counter steroid nasal spray or claritin to see ... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Probably: It's likely that after two years, the symptoms aren't going away. However, dietary modification has a huge impact on bowel function, so consider makin... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Yes: If you can pop your ears, your eustachian tubes aren't plugged and are draining well. You may benefit from a steroid nasal spray to shrink tissues and... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Quick dividing cells: Rapidly dividing cells are sometimes impacted with medications that tried to stop cells that are replicating inappropriately, such as medicines used t... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
See your doctor: I think you need a chest xray and EKG as soon as possible. Your doctor should see you today or tomorrow with these complaints. I hope you are able to ... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Probably: It seems like your fat percentage is a little high. However, your overall body weight is very low, and maintenance of a low body weight reduces risk. ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Gokhale Method: Consider the Gokhale Method to give you several proven tips and tricks that will help you have a very healthy, pain-free back.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
You may have injury: You may have suffered injury to your ear with exposure to loud noises. If the symptoms persist, you could consider seeing your audiologist. If you wo... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Probably.: Many foods can still be eaten, such as fruits and vegetables, but meat and dairy shouldn't be eaten is they haven't been kept cold. Look for canned fo... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Try stretching: Try a stretching and flexibility program like yoga. If the pain moves around or changes in quality with moving your body, then it's likely musculoskel... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
You're fine: You may have aspirated a bit, but it sounds like you cleared it immediately and all is well. If that is a chronic problem, you should seek attention f... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Check Poison Control: Whenever there is an ingestion of anything, even something that is seemingly harmless, you can contact poison control and they will know what next ste... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Sounds safe: You'll be able to travel with acute bronchitis. Transmission rates are highest the day before and the first day that people are sick with acute infect... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Records are secure.: Most records are stored electronically and backed up to central locations, so that in the setting of fire or water damage, patient records are very sa... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Casual Housekeeping: Some people are very casual housekeepers, and unless the housekeeping is getting in the way of her health of limiting her function, she may just be a ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
No: It's unlikely that you would be completely unaware of sexual activity regardless of the shape or size or your vagina. There's all different kinds of p... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Uncertain cause: It's unclear why some people are prone to episodes of intussusception. It's possible that a low fiber diet is promoting dysmotility or making it diffi... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Plant protein.: Plant proteins are consistently less inflammatory than animal proteins, unless you spend a lot to get pasture raised animal proteins. Pea protein is r... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Yes: Inhaling particulates can impact taste and smell for several days after inhalation. Just provide yourself impeccable oral care for the next few days ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Probably not: You are probably experiencing excessive vagal stimulation before and after bowel movements, with is resulting in the dizzyness and lightheadedness. To... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Muscle spasm: In all likelihood, chest pain that ocurs for a short time and resolves spontaeously in the setting of normal tests is often muscle spasm. It's reassur... Read More

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This was very helpful. Thanks! I appreciate your time and advice. I think I need to try the suppository. Never had this problem for than a day or two like after surgery/hospitalization. It's quite ...Read More
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This saved my life. Thank you. She was Amazing. Listened and really understood what I was going thru. I would give her a Huge Thumbs Up!!!!
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Ty Dr. for your advise. I have so much fiber, just gives me more gas. I had a feeling this is my new normal. Thank you for your response

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, MI
Graduated 1995MD

Residency

Spectrum Health

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor
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Affiliations

American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Physician Committee for Responsible Medicine
American College of Physicians
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