Dr. Arthur Blain

Family Medicine
CA
27 years experience male

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Bio

I am a Family Physician with 23 years experience, did my undergraduate degree in biochemistry at UCLA, MD at New York Medical College, residency at UC San Diego, and have worked in a variety of civilian and military healthcare settings over the years. I am married with four boys, volunteer in youth coaching and service groups, and enjoy running, biking, and open water swimming. I practice full scope Family Medicine with patients of all ages and medical conditions, with special interest in sports medicine, geriatrics, diabetes, asthma, and preventive medicine.

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Family Medicine

Licenses

United States: California, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia

Languages spoken

English

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66 Answers
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Black spots vision: Your Ophtho sounds right, but if you are doubtful get a 2nd opinion
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Fatigue: Lab tests are normal. Differential diagnosis includes obstructive sleep apnea, depression, insomnia, other issues. First, ask someone else (spouse? ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Nostril sore: Doubt it's anything serious over 7 days. I have had the same. It's kind of like oral aphthous ulcers - lasts 14-21 days then disappears. Many think... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Back stiffness: only 2 possible causes - osteoarthritis or lack of daily regular exercise (or combination) -- download back exercise handout from Mayo Clinic or other... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Lab: looks like normal lab, but you ask doctor who ordered lab to tell you for sure, because it takes clinical correlation with your history, physical exam... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
ECG repolarization: That is not a clinically concerning ECG finding and in no way related to your GERD or costochondritis.
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Cough: That's probably just a strain of your abdominal muscles, but if you have abdominal pain when you're not coughing that's more concerning. You can also... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Hair loss: go see your doctor and get thyroid blood test (TSH) and other appropriate laboratory testing - if all normal, consider Dermatology consultation for ot... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Twitching: 38 years old finger twitching is not ALS or MS. Go see PCP in person for complete history and physical exam for good in person diagnosis. Probably n... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Hip / shoulder pain: not sure what "plate" means - do you have hardware in place from surgery? If not, you are describing either arthritis or tendonitis most likely. Thi... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Thrombocytosis: that's a very specific Hematology-Oncology specialist question, not Primary Care ... go see or ask your father's specialist for detailed answer to tha... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Partial Tear: First, I am a primary care and urgent care doctor, not a surgeon or specialist, so all answers will be framed around primary and urgent telemedicine c... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Needle foot: Requires in person ortho exam- differential diagnosis includes plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, bunion, osteoarthritis, or other cause
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Belly button pain: Hi, pretty hard to answer extremely specifically via telemedicine, but most likely musculoskeletal or soft tissue cause, but you always need to be car... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Pregnancy rash: 1st - go see Urgent Care or PCP in person to diagnoses - takes eyes to make sure accurate diagnosis. It's probably Pruritic urticarial papules and pl... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Spider : bumps or lymph nodes in same arm as spider bite or infection is perfectly normal and just indicates you have good immune system fighting your infectio... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Diaphragm mass: that mass is called your xyphoid process (small bone just distal to your sternum - totally normal finding) - flutters probably small muscle spasm - go... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Toe itch: clarification- lamisil is brand name and some stores put different creams in "same" name tubes - flip over package/ tube and look for active ingredien... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Foot rash: Differenti.al diagnosis of this rash includes tinea (fungus), psoriasis, with possibly superimposed bacterial infection. Often, lactic acid cream at ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Pineal cysts: probably never need to check any MRI or imaging ever again, but get specific written recommendation directly from Radiologist or Neurologist based on... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Eyelid red splotches: This is most likely a benign skin condition and not a connective tissue disease and all laboratory testing will not be useful. Go see Dermatologist i... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
OCP's: correct answer is everyone is different and bleeding can be extremely variable - you might have weeks to months of spotting or irregular bleeding - yo... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Bowels: Description is too short to give educated answer - you need complete history & physical exam including review of systems to get any good idea of w... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Addison's: Absolutely- any stress affects body cortisol levels, but for specific management, contact your Endocrinologist.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Pregnancy hemorrhoid: All pregnant women are constipated - I may be exaggerating a little bit, but not much. When I was an intern, my hospital pharmacy gave all pregnant w... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
High potassium: ECG always good idea if you have high potassium. But 1st thing to do is repeat the lab test, since often tube is left out for too long or delayed in ... Read More
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Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Pregnancy: Depends on your insurance. Call 800 number on back of your insurance card. Many insurances allow you to direct refer to OB/Gyn, others mandate PCP ... Read More
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Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Refractory GERD: short answer ... go see GI doc or surgeon ... you might need minor surgery to tighten lower esophageal sphincter (muscle between your stomach and esop... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Shock pains: Sounds like some type of neuropathy, probably secondary to osteoarthritis. Go see doctor in person for good hands on ortho exam and possibly x-ray to... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Left chest pain: Go see a doctor in person to do good physical exam, but vast majority of time in otherwise health 31 year old it has nothing to do with heart. Heart ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Rectal bleeding: probably not cancer at age 37 - sounds like constipation - but you need a diagnosis, most likely hemorrhoids, which can only be diagnosed in person wi... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Neck stiff: "Lumps" are probably lymph nodes, which means there is infection somewhere, most likely viral. Take motrin if no contraindications, see doctor if not... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Bleeding: This is complicated question - go see your PCP OB. There are many possible causes and treatment options. For any such pill, usually 3 months of blee... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Angina: Angina is heart disease. Angina by definition is block in coronary arterial blood flow usually by atherosclerosis, but sometimes by rare other causes... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Pregnancy pain: Yes- call Labor & Delivery triage nurse at your hospital or your OB/Gyn nurse / front office, or if you can't reach them, go to ER for evaluation.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Scrotum pimple: Treat just like pimple on face for 2 weeks (wash with soap and water, dry, apply antibiotic ointment twice daily) - if not resolved go in person to Ur... Read More
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A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Shoulder pain: Popping or snapping is almost always osteoarthritis (i.e., getting older, bone rubbing on bone, pain), but you always have to worry about torn ligamen... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Vagina smell: No home remedy - go see OB or PCP and get pelvic exam, cultures possibly, and wet prep/ KOH - provider will be able to diagnosis if yeast infection, b... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Tattoo/ pregnant: Probably note, since it's only topical and probably not absorbed systemically into your blood and therefore probably cannot affect baby, but correct a... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Tongue spasm: it's not ALS or any disease process - go see your doctor and get complete physical exam to make sure you are healthy, though
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Zydus: only way to answer this is for you to write generic name of Zydus on your question, but I Googled it and it sounds like oxycodone ... safe to take ibu... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Mouth sores: this is probably aphthous ulcers - no specific treatment, just motrin and/or tylenol as necessary (if no kidney or liver problems), baby anbesol works... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Colles deformity: First, best to ask Ortho Surg - I am Primary Care doc. But that being said, I have had and treated multiple such fractures - fracture site often has ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Pregnancy discharge: Brown discharge all by itself is not worrisome or indicative of miscarriage. If you get bleeding or cramping or tissue, fevers, itching, odor, or any... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Sugar / breakout: I am assuming you are talking about skin breakout or acne. Not sure that's related to diet or sugar, though. That being said, skin breakout, assumin... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Adrenal nodule: You need to see an Endocrinologist as well as a General Surgeon (or other Surgeon who specializes in Adrenal masses) -- appropriate lab testing and su... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Chest pain 32 yr old: probably musculoskeletal at your age, but if you do any vaping or any drugs, go immediately to ER - might be good idea to go to Urgent Care regardless... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Urine glucose: Probably, but please call doctor who ordered this urine test to ask that specific question, since it is very important to correlate clinically with yo... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Penis lump: This requires video or photo telemedicine consult, or in person visit. Only way to diagnose any rash is for an experienced provider to actually see i... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Sleep hygiene: This is challenging issue - I have worked graveyard shift. It's an actual diagnosis. Try melatonin, exercise at your lunch or before you start work ... Read More
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

New York Medical College, NY
Graduated 1996MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO MEDICAL CENTER
Completed 2001

Awards

2002-2005- AMA Physician's Recognition Award
Fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Academy of Family Physicians
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