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The Curbsiders Internal Medicine Podcast

Supercharge your learning as these board-certified Internists interview the experts to bring you clinical pearls, practice changing knowledge, and a healthy dose of humor. 

Jan 15, 2018

It's a potpourri of Infectious Diseases with tips from expert, Dr Paul Sax, MD, Clinical Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. We discuss the man flu, the flu vaccine, travel medicine, malaria, lyme disease, post lyme syndrome, chronic lyme, shingles, cellulitis, abscesses, antibiotics, c diff, antibiotic associated diarrhea, the dangers of fluoroquinolones, why doxycycline is awesome, and more! Told you it was a potpourri. Dr Shreya Trivedi joins Matt and Paul as guest host.

  • Show Notes, MCQ by Shreya Trivedi, MD
  • Edited by Matthew Watto, MD
  • Infographics and cover image by Matthew Watto, MD

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Time Stamps:

  • 00:00 Announcement
  • 01:38 Intro
  • 03:46 Picks of the Week
  • 06:47 Guest bio
  • 08:47 Getting to know our guest
  • 15:40 Flu vaccination
  • 19:54 Barriers to the flu vaccine
  • 23:34 Can you give the flu vaccine to an ill patient
  • 24:14 Man flu
  • 26:27 Travel Medicine
  • 30:35 Tick bites
  • 33:49 Lyme serologies
  • 35:38 Lyme prophylaxis
  • 37:37 Chronic lyme disease and post lyme syndrome
  • 38:55 Penicillin and antibiotic allergies
  • 41:48 Fluoroquinolones and adverse reactions
  • 45:24 Should antibiotics be given after an I&D of an abscess 
  • 49:34 Antibiotic associated diarrhea, C diff
  • 52:10 Probiotics, stool transplantation, and C diff
  • 54:50 Shingles, recurrent zoster, complications, and the new subunit vaccine
  • 61:45 Using salad tongs at a buffet
  • 63:04 Take home points
  • 64:26 Outro


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