Dr. Barbara MacFarlane

Primary Care, Family Medicine
Seattle - Virtual Primary Care, WA
39 years experience female

Locations

Virtual Primary Care

Seattle, WA

Address

Virtual Primary Care, Seattle, WA, US
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Seattle, WA

Virtual Primary Care

Seattle, WA

About

Bio

I believe in the power of personalized care. My approach is simple: I strive to provide my patients with the best care possible by understanding their unique needs and working collaboratively to develop a plan that works for them. Everyone should have access to a personal physician who can help them take a preventive approach to their health. I take my own health seriously by following a low gluten, low fat diet and consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables, along with regular exercise and skin care. My guiding life principles include kindness, understanding, truthfulness and openness. I value the quality of interactions with people, whether it's with family, friends, strangers, or work. My number one advice is to take care of yourself because your health is your most precious asset.

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.

Family Medicine

Licenses

United States: California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Washington

CA:

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

858 Answers
12 Agrees
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Best to do a followup testng at 8 weeks post exposure. The 28 day tests are about 95% conclusive and so best to test again. Between now and then you n... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Take care of your health and focus on that. Eat well with a low gluten diet, exercise daily even if just a brisk walk, set limits with the amount of w... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Probably the conditions are there to start back up always. Warm sweaty conditions is what it likes. So taking a mediciation daily like fluconazole for... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
This is how to do it: Wash your face with your regular cleanser, and pat dry. Apply the niacinamide serum all over your face. Apply the tretinoin cre... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
You could possibley get: Application site reactions (burning, irritation, itching and redness) Diarrhea. Nausea. Vomiting. Loss of appetite. Headache.... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Cough especially at night and early in the morning can be caused by things other than infection. An asthma type reaction to an earlier infection can c... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Yes they work but are typ[ically not quite as effective usually because your BP is higher from the anxiety and stress.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Find a university near you that has a Physical Therapy degree and discuss with them how to become a Physical Therapist. Then work hard to achieve your... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Risks of an ultrasound guided aspiration of the knee are pretty minimal. Of course there is a risk for infection because any time you put something in... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Once you have used emergency contraception with subsequent spotting then the date of your next period varies per person. Therfore, it is very importan... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Anytime semen is in a place such that sperm has the ability to travel up the vagina to the uterus allows for the possibility of getting pregnant. So y... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Best to discard because you do not know how contaminated the water was.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
It means that are the cells from the endometrium which is the lining of the uterus are normal. No cancer.
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
A Bosniak Category 1 cyst is ty[ically not cancerous and so does not need follow-up. However, there was a physician who ordered the CT scan/Urogram a... Read More
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A 75-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Just for reference, if someone has swallowed vinegar and is having a problem, do not make the person vomit. Immediately check the webPOISONCONTROL® on... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
I would wait to hear from your doctor because they have examined you and can look at the full mammogram report. Their input would be the best.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Not typical of aneurysm or tape warm. Typically that kind of headache that has been going on for years is due to tightness of the muscles on temple pa... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
The worry and stress before the surgery could have been a component in your high BP prior to the surgery. Also, if you had a lot of pain before the su... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
If a sling makes it feel more comfortable then use one. Not required but can use one until it settled down more.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Should not be a problem. Just do not eat a lot since being pregnant you should focus on healthy choices of food. Enjoy your treat!
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
No. It comes in all shapes and sizes.
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Not typically, although when a patient calls their doctor who knows them and the patient gives them the symptoms, sometimes the doctor understands the... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
It is not often but it can occur that the combination of diphenhydramine hydrochloride and sertraline can cause what is called Serotonin Syndrome whic... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Minimal gastroenteritis and mild localize ileus are both not serious diagnoses. Both can be treated by "resting" the intestines. To "rest" the intesti... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Peak flow is a measure of the of the air flow out of the lungs. This can vary throughtout the day/night in people without asthma. The peak flow only v... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Typically you take the first dose as soon as you wake up and the second dose 7 hours later. However, there is variation of dose and how often you take... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Best to discuss with the doctor who is prescribing your medication. They will know what has been tried and all aspects of the rest of your health to b... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
The forcing of mucus up every morning can cause a little bleeding and likely the reason. Mucus in the throat is from post nasal drip at night. Would b... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Typically that type of pain on the back of the knee means at strain of the tendons there or even just excess fluid in the knee becuase that is where y... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Just the usual treatment that you would use for a typical cold or flu for your symptoms: Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, throat lozenges, plenty of fluid, r... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
The reactive lymph nodes can stay there for quite a while, sometimes years. The scan said it was benign, your doctor is not worrying, not worry yourse... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Drinking too much water can be a problem. We are always told to drink plenty of water but when taken to an extreme, then it can cause water toxicity. ... Read More
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A 72-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Not a problem because it is not metal.
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Here are some things to help: Reduce stress: Stress is the primary cause of daytime grinding, reducing your stress levels is one of the best ways to p... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
If the fluid is in the eustachian tubes then using an antihistamine such as claritin or equivalent can be helpful. If the fluid is in the ear canal th... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Many things cause a woman's cycle to vary in length including stress, time of year, hot and cold weather, and effect of other women living in the same... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Depends on why it is being done. Sometimes you have to actually look at something and biopsy it to get a diagnosis. For that, it needs to be done. For... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Likely you will be advised to take anti-inflammatory mediciation if you can tolerate as well as ice it. Possibly physical therapy too. In regards to ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
It is not good to be mixing benzodiazepams (xanax) and narcotic like pain medications (tramadol). Would be best to use something else for pain. If are... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
It is not unusal for a lymph node to stay larger for quite some time and soemtimes even a little bit larger than the original size always after havin... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Yes it is and often it is felt in the back. Mild cramping is normal as the uterus expands. If it is severe or long lasting you need to see the doctor... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Clogged feeling in ear can be from wax, water, or congestion inside the ear. If you have been in the ocean, often water gets in the ear canal. But bec... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
It is not unusal to start with a head cold that would be considered an upper respiratory infection and then proceed to an infection in the lower respi... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Going numb and then getting better after a short period of time is not a problem. But some positions at night can cause "Saturday Night Palsy". Here i... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Secondary amenorrhea which is very irregular periods for 6 months or no period for 3 months (if is it not pregnancy) should be treated to have the ret... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Zoloft is both an anti-depressant and an anti-anxiety medication. The 50 mg is typically a starting dose and can be increased by your doctor based on ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
It is hard to say what that is but is may be intestinal pain due to constipation or endometriosis but endometriosis usually is also painful during you... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
You can take Plan B (emergency birth control) but you are at the limit of its usefulness. Otherwise obtain from sexual activity and take a pregnancy t... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Kidney lesions are common especially cysts, Low densities lesions can include cysts, local infection, abcesses, and cancer. An MRI can differentiate w... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara MacFarlane
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Once a person gets mumps they are usually protected for life. However, in a case of mumps, often the swelling on one side can be delayed. So likely th... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you. My GI DR wrote down “ppi 8 weeks” what happens after 8 weeK
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Yes she have anxiety and her sleeping cycle during vacation very diffe
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Thank you! I’m going to ring up again as the blisters are now bleeding

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine, AB
Graduated 1984MD

Awards

Top Family Physician in USA -Top Doctor Award August 2023 - Health Tap
2023
Top Family Physician in USA -Top Doctor Award February 2023 - Health Tap
2023
Top Family Physician in USA -Top Doctor Award April 2023 - Health Tap
2023

Affiliations

American College of Sports Medicine - Exercise Specialist
American Board of Family Medicine
American Academy of Family Practice

Virtual Visit Ratings

5.0
58 ratings

20 top reviews

44-year-old male
Oct 8, 2023 CA
I Highly recommend Dr McFarlane
63-year-old male
Oct 8, 2023 Portsmouth, RI
28-year-old female
Oct 7, 2023 Seattle, WA
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