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Dr. Carol Major
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Obstetrics And Gynecology (Definition)

Obstetricians deal with pregnancy and helping women to have a healthy baby. Gynecology deals with women's reproduction health, so gynecologists treat reproductive health problems like irregular periods, vaginitis, abnormal pap tests. Gynecologists also help women to maintain or achieve overall health--and so address issues of ...Read more


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Should i go to a gynecologist or a family physician for my annual exam?

Should i go to a gynecologist or a family physician for my annual exam?

FP: I like fp better because there are multiple other things that are addressed during such (vaccination, cancer screenings), while gyn providers tend to concentrate on gyn related issues only. ...Read more

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Do you need a referral from your primary care doctor to see a gynecologist for your pap smear?

Do you need a referral from your primary care doctor to see a gynecologist for your pap smear?

Usually not: It can vary based on your insurance plan. A lot of patients use their OB as their primary care doctor. The reverse is true as well. A lot of primary care docs do routine pap smears. ...Read more

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Can a family doctor prescribe birth control or should I see a gyno?

Can a family doctor prescribe birth control or should I see a gyno?

Both: Family practitioners and gynecologists are capable of prescribing birth control. Most importantly, they are both able to provide reproductive health care, including pap smears, breast exams, and std screening, . ...Read more

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Should I go to family doc or dermatologist for acne?

Should I go to family doc or dermatologist for acne?

Dermatologist: It is always an advantage to use the expertise of the dermatologist. The dermatologist has spent threee years in a residency and has years of experience to better focus on skin care. This is especially true if the acne is more serious our the patient is an adult. ...Read more

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Need a doctor. Family practice or internal medicine. Who is better?

Need a doctor. Family practice or internal medicine. Who is better?

No better : Both internists and family practitioners make excellent primary care physicians. I would not choose one specialty over another but concentrate more on the individual doctor. ...Read more

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For eye probles do I go to a family physician or an optometrist?

For eye probles do  I go to a family physician or an optometrist?

Family docs: May be board certified and trained, and know how all of the body systems and organs work. They almost always know their limitations and when to ask for consults from specialists. They also know when to send to optometrist instead of ophthalmologist and vice versa. ...Read more

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Can you ask a primary care doctor to test you for ovarian cancer?

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Can you ask a primary care doctor to test you for ovarian cancer?

No good test: There is no good test to screen for ovarian cancer. Follow up with your gynecologist in regular basis and discuss in detail with your gynecologist and primary care doctor if you have any concerning symptom. ...Read more

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Dermatologist or doctor for shingles?

Dermatologist or doctor for shingles?

General doctor: An internist or general doctor can treat you for shingles. Medicine is given to help with pain and make rash disappear sooner. Once shingles has resolves you should get the varicella vaccination to decrease risk of it returning. ...Read more

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Do women have to go to primary care physician and a gynecologist?

Do women have to go to primary care physician and a gynecologist?

No: Some primary care physician such as family medicine doctors take care of routine gynecologic issues. They can take care of many issues that gynecologists handle. ...Read more

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Why can't a psychiatrist counsel family and or friends?

Why can't a psychiatrist counsel family and or friends?

Dual relationship: This applies to all mental health professionals. If a therapist were to counsel family or friends, the relationship might become complicated for both people. Friendly advise is okay, but a therapeutic relationship ought to be professional and confidential. ...Read more

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Should i go to a family doctor or a dermatologist for foot rash?

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Should i go to a family doctor or a dermatologist for foot rash?

6 of 1: Certainly, a family doctor is qualified to diagnose and treat common skin problems. If you have a simple athlete's foot, for instance, your family doctor can certainly treat this. Dermatologists, though, are the true experts when it comes to anything involving the skin. If you can't get a quick appt with your family doc, see a dermatologist. You can also see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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How are an ob gyn and a gynecologist different?

How are an ob gyn and a gynecologist different?

OB/Gyn : An OB/Gyn is an obstetrician and gynecologist. An OB/Gyn takes care of pregnant and non pregnant patients. A gynecologist takes care of only non pregnant patients. ...Read more

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Should I see an ENT doctor for recurrent ear infections, or continue to see my family doctor?

Should I see an ENT doctor for recurrent ear infections, or continue to see my family doctor?

Recurrent otitis : Your 1ry care physician can treat you for otitis media but after several episodes it is time to consult an ENT to make sure why it is recurring, if you have fluid build up in your middle ear, you might need antibiotic prophylaxis or if the effusion in the middle ears does not resolve spontaneously you might need ear tubes to be inserted to equalize the ear pressure. Best wishes . ...Read more

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Should I go to a general practice doctor or a gyn for my annual exam?

Should I go to a general practice doctor or a gyn for my annual exam?

Either: Pick one you are comfortable with. Depending on age, make sure your doc will cover more than a pap test: std (prevention/ screening), birth control, sexuality, breast health, bone health, menstrual health (no one should bleed to anemia), hormone replacement, and cancer screening taking family history into account. ...Read more

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Do I need an internist or family Dr? age 63

Do I need an internist or family Dr?  age 63

Need for a PCP: All 63 yr. old people need a primary care doctor ; an internist or family practitioner will fill that need. If you don't like sitting in a waiting room with children, you may prefer and Internist since they typically don't treat young children. The primary care doctor is the QB of your health care team and therefore serves a valuable function to see that you get proper care. ...Read more

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Can a family physician help with mental illness or do I need to see a specialist?

Can a family physician help with mental illness or do I need to see a specialist?

Often the first step: Family physicians can certainly help with some mental illnesses. When these are more severe, complex, or the initial trials of medicines don't work, they generally refer to psychiatrists. Also, a family physician will most likely not be doing psychotherapeutic treatments -- which are very important in many psychiatric conditions. Some have done combined fp/psychiatry residencies, though. ...Read more

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Can a doctor treat their staff or family?

Yes: There is no rule against this. I am not sure that treating one's own family is a great idea but for minor issues i see no problems with it. ...Read more