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Mrs. Whitney S. Kennedy, M.D.

Family Practitioner

Dr. Whitney Kennedy is a family practitioner practicing in Denver, CO. Dr. Kennedy specializes in comprehensive health care for people of all ages. In addition to diagnosing and treating illnesses, family practitioners also put focus on preventative care with routine checkups, tests and personalized coaching on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Kennedy possesses immense general knowledge on maintaining health and today, family practitioners provide more care for the underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty.
17 years Experience
Mrs. Whitney S. Kennedy, M.D.
  • Denver, CO
  • University Of Colorado School Of Medicine
  • Accepting new patients

Does a stye in a child need an antibiotic?

Usually not. We generally recommend using a wet paper towel with some no tear shampoo and scrubbing along the eye lash line. Styes are usually caused by a clogged gland. By scrubbing READ MORE
Usually not. We generally recommend using a wet paper towel with some no tear shampoo and scrubbing along the eye lash line. Styes are usually caused by a clogged gland. By scrubbing along the eyelash line many times you are able to dislodge anything clogging the pore and the stye generally resolves. If it isn't getting better after several days then I would consider seeing a doctor. Good luck.

What medication would you recommend to prevent travel sickness?

I have had car sickness my whole life and I know it is miserable. The best solution for me is to be the driver. I generally don't get car sickness when I drive. You can try dramamine READ MORE
I have had car sickness my whole life and I know it is miserable. The best solution for me is to be the driver. I generally don't get car sickness when I drive. You can try dramamine over the counter but it typically causes some drowsiness. My ultimate treatment for travel sickness is a scopolamine patch. Brandname is Transderm. It is a prescription however. One thing I would say if you try the patch is to be careful not to get the sticky stuff on your fingers and then inadvertently rub your eye. If that happens you will have one pupil that won't contract for 3 days. Even though you know that this is from the medication you convince yourself that you have a brain tumor and this is your last vacation. Speaking from experience. If I accidentally touch the patch, I make sure to wash my hands.

Is there a cure for asthma?

I wouldn't say that there is a cure for asthma but it is easily well managed. I think of asthma as an extension of allergies. When your body sees something, an allergen, irritant, READ MORE
I wouldn't say that there is a cure for asthma but it is easily well managed. I think of asthma as an extension of allergies. When your body sees something, an allergen, irritant, chemical inhalant, cold air, deep breathing with exercise, viral infection, it sees it as foreign intruder and your immune system goes into gear. In the case of asthma the bronchioles or small airways in your lungs clamp down and get inflamed to help protect the delicate lobules which exchange air from being harmed by the foreign intruder. I see it as a defense mechanism. However, just like allergies, not everyone reacts the same way or to the same irritants. Those with asthma have an over exuberant response to different stimuli. In these cases the response can be detrimental to the person. That is why we treat asthma. In general we use medications (steroids) that tend to decrease the swelling and make the lung tissue less sensitive to irritants and direct openers of the bronchioles (albuterol). It is true that some people grow out of asthma as their reactivity to irritants decreases. Some people develop asthma as an adult as their reactivity increases. The good news is that with proper treatment you can live a normal life.