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Dr. Arthur Blain

Family Medicine
CA
26 years experience male

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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

Doctor Q&A

66 Answers
4 Agrees
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Brusism: bruxism does not cause hearing loss - it's a joint problem, not an ear problem - but agree with all the other doctor's great advice
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Ibuprofen-blood: This would be "red flag" for most doctors - go to Urgent Care now or PCP and they will consider Gastroenterology consult for consideration of upper en... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Baby piercing: my wife is Mexican, so I perfectly understand many cultures are going to pierce baby girls' ears very young regardless of what doctors say - very safe... Read More
A 64-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Spotting: spotting on all forms of hormonal birth control is extremely common and not abnormal - always good idea to see your PCP or OB/Gyn for medication revie... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Skin wart lesions: that is huge differential diagnosis without in person visualization by experienced clinician or high resolution photos - possible causes are hand/foot... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 years experience
PCOS/Infertility: You need to see PCOS/ Infertility specialist, not just general OB/Gyn doctor. Start with your OB/Gyn doctor and get recommendation for PCOS/Infertili... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Ulcers: Hi, not quite sure what you are asking, but ask your PCP for Gastroenterology consult for evaluation and treatment of this condition, possible upper e... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Cloudy stool: Probably nothing to do if no other symptoms. Eat a good diet, no carbs if you can, go see doctor in person if you get fevers, abdominal pain, watery ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Armpit lump: not cancer if it goes down / decreases with size - probably small abscess / infection- go to Urgent Care or PCP quickly to get antibiotics and possibl... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Lacrimal nerve: Good question- first, objectively identifying lacrimal nerve damage is very difficult if not impossible, but if it's damaged it will cause problems wi... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Hippocampus: that would be Neurology question ... I am assuming someone ordered an MRI for you ... if abnormal or any concerns, get Neurology consult and pose that... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Shoulder pain: This can be few things- differential diagnosis includes peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage), osteoarthritis of shoulder or other joints in arm, tendo... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Elevated BUN/creat: Probably nothing serious , just dehydration/ not drinking enough fluids, but with your complicated issues, call your Nephrologist for more detailed an... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Pregnancy bowel move: Absolutely - you have bowling ball sitting on your bladder and intestines. Also, pregnancy affects your entire body, bowels, hormones, blood volume, ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Flonase: Couple of weeks probably. Maybe never if you have bad seasonal allergic rhinitis and require topical nasal steroid to control it. Flonase quite harm... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Needle foot: Requires in person ortho exam- differential diagnosis includes plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, bunion, osteoarthritis, or other cause
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Blain
Family Medicine 26 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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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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