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Dr. Michael Sanders

Pulmonology
Mount Pleasant, SC
17 years experience male

Locations

Office

Mount Pleasant

Address

Mount Pleasant
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: Closed
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina

Cigna

Humana Insurance Company

Medicare

Tricare

About

Bio

I have been in practice 7 years and have interests in asthma, COPD, cough, sarcoidosis, lung cancer/nodules and lung 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.

Pulmonology

Internal Medicine

Licenses

United States: Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia, Wyoming

Doctor Q&A

441 Answers
641 Agrees
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below : Bronchiectasis is an abnormal dilation of the airways and emphysema is a destruction of the alveoli (air sacs)
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
No: symbicort has been out about 10 years now i think
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: Maybe no symptoms at all, hemoptysis, cough with mucous production, shortness of breath and recurrent infections .
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
Yes: I've seen this a number of times. It is the steroid component that does it. It usually goes away with stopping the medication, although not always.
A female asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: If there is a pleural effusion present, then that means the cancer is metastatic. For lung cancer, typically life expectancy is around 6 months. I'm... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
Top 3 causes...: of cough are asthma, post nasal drip and GERD. None of those would show up on the tests you've had. You need a pulmonary function test to look for ... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
Yes: you should not take symbicort for a day or so prior to a methacholine challenge
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: A chest CT is a very good test to show a PE. If no PE was seen, then you either didn't have one or it was extremely small and peripheral, thus nothin... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: I would recommend discussing this with your pulmonologist or if you need a second opinion, find someone on here that has a UT license and discuss it w... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
Yes: Usually has to be about 200cc or greater to see on chest xray
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below....: Cavities on the lung can be several possible things. 1. Infection is probably most common, 2. Cancer, 3. Emboli, 4. Sarcoidosis, 5. Vasculitis
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
Depends: We would need to know where the sarcoid is and what symptoms you are having and what you have already tried.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
I don't know why but: It is a well known reaction that pts with EBV - virus that causes mono - and take a penicillin antibiotic will break out with a rash. This is not an ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: I've seen a lot of patients on this and have never seen a side effect. Of course there's always a chance of anaphylaxis, but have never seen it.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
Many things: Exercise Underlying illnesses Acute illness, such as sepsis or Asthma or COPD flares
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: Do you have asthma or COPD? If so, then Breo is certainly a good option. It does contain a steroid.
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
Probably not: COPD would be found on the spirometry section most always. A low DLCO can be from other causes - emphysema is one, but pulmonary hypertension is a co... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
No: No where I know of are RT's allowed to administer any meds other than nebulizers and inhalers.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
Not necessarily: Could be just normal for you, especially if you are not having any symptoms. If there is a problem, it's more likely a neurologic issue as opposed to... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: It depends on symptoms. Which ever medication works for you is the best.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: It is a combo of 2 meds - they are both short acting bronchodilators
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: mucinex should not help shortness of breath. It can help break up mucous to help cough it up. Do you have COPD or are you asking could this be COPD?
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
Sure: Your oxygen level of 95 is normal. However that's not to say you won't get septic and develop septic shock and die in 48 hours. Or get a PE. There ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
Many causes: of trouble breathing aside from asthma. I would discuss this with your PCP.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
Really only one part: Theres an anterior and posterior wall, but there's really only a trachea. The carina is at the distal end where it terminates into the right and left... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below...: They are two different medication. Albuterol is short acting and typically used as a rescue inhaler or for very mild asthma. Dulera is a combination... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: In my experience, those that need Xolair seem to see quite a bit of improvement. If you have asthma, you should have an IgE level and an allergy pane... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: I would get a CT. Very difficult to make a diagnosis off of a CXR
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: It is used to drain fluids (blood, pus, pleural fluid) or air out of the pleural space.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: Both systems help us breathe. Muscles are the diaphragm and intercostal muscles - for normal breathing. As the diaphragm drops down and the ribs exp... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: If you're having post nasal drip, the first generation antihistamines work much better for cough - like chlorphenirimine, than the second generation o... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: I would recommend having a follow up with your pulmonologist. You are on good medications. However, if you are having a flare up, you may need more ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
Where are you...: Finding entex?? That was unfortunately pulled off the market back around 2000. It worked great too! I guess too many people had strokes taking it. ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
Depends....: There are many types of "pulmonary fibrosis". They all typically involve scarring of the lung tissue.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: You should see someone. It's possible the antibiotic you were on doing don't cover whatever infection you have.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: Unfortunately post viral coughs can last for weeks. I've found the best thing is Chestal with honey. You can find it on Amazon if you don't have it ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
113/65 is good: There's a wide range of what's "normal". That depends on body type, family history, diet, exercise and underlying disease. What's normal for you may... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: I would certainly get that checked sooner than later. Could be infectious, could also be a malignancy. Any recent illness? Cat scratch or somethin... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See a urologist: You need to be evaluated. If you can not pass it, it can lead to not passing urine, which can lead to hydronephrosis. Not to mention pain and infec... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: Sounds like it is potentially an enlarged lymph node. I would be seen and get that evaluated. You probably need an ultrasound.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below : I would recommend seeing your family physician or someone in healthtap. You may need a prescription nasal spray to get your eustachian tubes open.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: I have never heard of sertraline causing panic attacks. It should hopefully help in conjuction with the klonopin.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: Pleurisy can be from a viral infection, but can also be from pneumonia (bacterial), blood clots, etc. I would recommend seeing your PCP for an xray a... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: is PTB "pulmonary tuberculosis"? I would need to know what that abbreviation is before providing a more detailed answer. Let me know.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: Hopefully by day 4, the infection is clearing. However, it can take quite a bit longer for the coughing to resolve. If you could find Chestal with ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
Yes: Ventolin (albuterol) is fine to use everyday. What are you using it for? If it's for asthma and you are using that everyday, you may need to either c... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: I would have that evaluated as soon as possible. There are many causes of low oxygen and should figure out what your reason is.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: At 23, and with this happening often, it's likely a food intolerance or irritable bowel syndrome. This is pretty common. You could check with your ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: It would be ok to take them spaced out evenly three times a day while awake. Or, if you want to be precise, every 8 hours.

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Jun 10, 2017
Dr. Sanders gives us all the straight scoop. His responses are clearly understandable, sharing with us the fruits of his clinical experience combined with the best science. He is also supportive of b...Read More
May 28, 2017
Dr Sanders is providing an excellent service to the Public via Health Tap. He provides accurate, concise and understandable information about Pulmonary Medicine and other health issues. I have learne...Read More
May 6, 2017
Dr.Sanders gives insightful and genuine answers.
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! It was very helpful. I have contacted a doctor. I went to urgent care last time this happened and it was not the flu or strep... inside of throat not sore - so we shal...Read More
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Not to sound harsh or ungrateful but unfortunately i am unsatisfied because i dont think my question was answered at all. I didnt ask are the drugs affecting my baby because i am already aware of tha...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you, my doc who is not a pulmonologist, said the tumor had spread to the node, but he said the primary couldn't be seen. This confused me. Thanks for clarifying.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine, KY
Graduated 2005MD

Residency

NORTON COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Awards

Excellence in humanism and teaching, Arnold P. Gold honor society
Gold Humanism Award, Arnold P. Gold Foundation
Most Influential, First Place, the Charleston Region - Spring
2017

Affiliations

American college chest physician
Society of Critical Care Medicine
AOA
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