An internist with 16 years in practice, Elizabeth McNeill Byrd, MD, is the Medical Director for Because Every Mother Matters (BEMM) and the founding CEO and Medical Director of Veridical Doc, a S Corp. and medical blog. Dr. Byrd's area of clinical focus is indigent care. Most of her practice is dedicated to Africa (Ethiopia). She received her medical education from East Carolina School of Medicine and interned at Pitt County Memorial Hospital (now Vidant). She is certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
East Carolina School of Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine- Internal Medicine
Sometimes it is simply difficult to know where to begin. But I know that everything begins and ends with God.“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” - Jeremiah 29:11 NLTFor those of you who know...
Yes but use gentle soap like dove. READ MORE
Not necessarily. Some patients with COPD have some inflammation, others do not. The patients who have inflammation are the ones who get better with steroids. The steroids are usually given via an inhaler. READ MORE
It depends on several factors. Respiratory therapists work with physicians administering nebulizer treatments, and regulating advanced life support such as the placement of breathing tubes and operating the ventilator. I think the most important questions are: is he on the correct medication for bronchitis, is he smoking or exposed to second hand smoke, and if he was prescribed inhalers is he using them correctly (this can be challenging for anyone). My final thought is how long has he been taking medication. Sometimes it can take 4-5 days for the medication to reach a steady state in the body and for the patient to really feel significally improved. READ MORE
It will go away. Reduce your salt intake, avoid standing as much as possible, elevate your feet and legs whenever possible, get some good compression stockings (plastic surgeons usually sell them in their offices) and drink plenty of water. READ MORE
Ok. Step 1 is usually to have a GI doctor perform an EGD (passing a lighted scope down his esophagus into the stomach) looking for problems that could impact swallowing. Often biopsies are taken during the procedure. Step 2: if this does not reveal the problem, then an ENT doctor can perform an exam of the throat area using a fibrotic scope. Often a CT scan of the head/neck is performed prior to or along with this procedure. READ MORE
Yes. With a reduction in water intake, you can be a little dehydrated and this can result in a headache. READ MORE
Avoid diets high in fat. Increase fiber in your diet using fresh fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Avoid “crash” diets < 1,000 calories. READ MORE
Your height is determined by genetics. Unfortunately, there is no safe way to increase your height using medications or exercises. However, it is important for you to eat a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruits, veggies and lean meat. Good health habits will help you reach the height that is determined by your genes. READ MORE
About 48 hours...it is usually a virus (adenovirus) but antibiotics are often used to treat bact READ MORE
Yes. This year the CDC is predicting an early flu season. It takes 2 weeks after vaccination for the body to make the necessary antibodies. Ideally, the vaccine should be given starting the 3rd week of September. READ MORE
It is possible to regain strength in your right hand. Work with both a physical and occupational therapist . The limitations you have at one-year after your stroke are generally permanent. READ MORE
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IntroductionA person's eyes can offer personality insights, and at the same time, provide warning signs about the body's overall health. When the white portion of the eyes called sclera turns yellowish in color, it is often a signal that something is not right in the body. It also indicates a...
Hiccups refer to the sudden spasms of the diaphragm, the muscle present at the base of the lungs that separates the chest and abdomen. These spasms result in the closure of the vocal cords, which produces the characteristic ‘hic’ sound of hiccups. Fortunately these bothersome contractions are...
Interstitial cystitis, also known as painful bladder syndrome, is a chronic condition of the urinary bladder that causes extreme pain and discomfort. It mostly affects women, but may be seen in men as well. Interstitial cystitis often causes mild to severe pain in and around the pelvic area....
What is Lightheadedness?Older adults commonly complain about feeling woozy, lightheaded, or a little faint.The reason may not be something dangerous, but still, if you feel lightheaded, it is better to be careful. Serious injuries due to a fall can result due to lightheadedness even though there...
Getting your child vaccinated in the afternoon will help him or her to sleep better in the following 24 hours, according to a new study. The study reports that infants who were vaccinated after 1:30 in the afternoon could sleep longer the following day.A small variation in the body temperature is...
Hormone therapy is often used to relieve menopausal symptoms. However, since estrogen plays a crucial role in maintaining bone health, hormone therapy is another treatment option for osteoporosis.How does hormone therapy work?Following menopause, your body produces less estrogen and progesterone...