Internal medicine is a medical specialty that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide variety of health conditions. An internist only treats adults. Some internists deliver primary care in hospital settings, while others provide outpatient care. Some general internists choose to work in long-term care facilities and rehabilitation centers. Alternatively, some internists choose to provide concierge medical services to have more control [...]
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At times I find myself struggling with insomnia. On a daily basis, I speak with patients about their struggles with sleep. For this reason, I thought it important to stress the practices of "sleep hygiene". As I write this, I realize I need to practice what I preach. 13 simple steps to sleep hygiene: Follow a consistent sleep-wake schedule Avoid afternoon naps Exercise daily [...]
An internist (or internal medicine doctor) specializes in the internal organs and systems of the body. They also provide primary care to adults and can perform minor surgeries as needed. Every woman needs an internist. Women experience unique health issues and conditions that can be better monitored by an internist. Internists provide comprehensive care and can help women maintain good health. Breast cancer rates are [...]
Melanoma Overview Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, develops in the cells (melanocytes) that produce melanin — the pigment that gives your skin its color. Melanoma can also form in your eyes and, rarely, inside your body, such as in your nose or throat. Knowing the warning signs of skin cancer can help ensure that cancerous changes are detected and treated before the [...]
Family doctors monitor their patients’ health, manage chronic conditions, and uncover hidden illnesses. Choosing a family doctor is a big life decision. An experienced family doctor has the expertise required to create preventive healthcare plans that focus on keeping disease at bay and improving health and wellness. Follow these tips to choose the right family doctor near you for your family. Ask Around Most people [...]
What is monkeypox? Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus. The monkeypox virus usually affects rodents, such as rats or mice, or nonhuman primates, such as monkeys. But it can occur in people. Monkeypox usually occurs in Central and West Africa. Cases outside of Africa are often due to: International travel Imported animals Close contact with an animal or person with monkeypox [...]
A primary care doctor is trained to diagnose, treat, and prevent health problems while providing comprehensive care. They address chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease as well as acute medical conditions such as bronchitis, appendicitis, and pneumonia. Primary care physicians (PCPs) practice in different settings, including long-term care facilities, clinics, and outpatient/inpatient hospital settings throughout Napa. How Does One Become a Primary [...]
COVID Treatment and Paxlovid Rebound Hello to all patients. COVID seems to be running rampant out there. Stay vigilant and please do everything possible to protect yourself and others. If you do develop viral symptoms, I recommend you assume that you have COVID until proven otherwise. If you have viral symptoms, I generally recommend daily testing for COVID until you have multiple (about 7) [...]
If you think that you and your doctor make all of the impact on your healthcare decisions you may be surprised! The doctor-patient relationship is not as simple as it used once was. Today, several other parties including insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and hospitals have a say when doctors in Sonoma make a healthcare decision about their patient’s health. Let’s take a look at some [...]
COVID-19 "Long Haulers" Most people who have coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) recover completely within a few weeks. But some people — even those who had mild versions of the disease — continue to experience symptoms after their initial recovery. These people sometimes describe themselves as "long haulers" and the conditions have been called post-COVID-19 syndrome or "long COVID-19." These health issues are sometimes called post-COVID-19 conditions. They're generally [...]