Hari Polavarapu, MD -  - Internist

HP Medical PC

Hari Polavarapu, MD

Internist & Primary Care Physician located in New York, NY

Infections Specialist

Dr. Hari Polavarapu of HP Medical PC in Brooklyn, New York, is a skilled internist and primary care physician who is well-equipped to deal with all aspects of your health care, including viral and bacterial infections such as strep throat and other common illnesses. When you’re feeling lousy and want relief from your symptoms, seeing a familiar doctor who you trust is a plus. Call or contact the office today to schedule a visit via their convenient online service.

Infections Q & A

by Hari Polavarapu, MD

When should I call Dr. Polavarapu?

It’s often best to err on the side of caution and call the office even if you’re not sure you’re “sick enough” for a visit. Otherwise, general symptoms that indicate you need an appointment include:

  • Fever of 103°F or higher
  • Fever with rash or headache
  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Lethargy or extreme fatigue
  • Confusion

Other symptoms that require a visit include:

  • An extremely sore throat with a fever and white patches on your tonsils, which may indicate strep throat
  • Pain over your face and colored nasal drainage, which may indicate a sinus infection
  • Ear pain, especially when it develops after a cold or respiratory infection, which may indicate an ear infection

Are there other reasons to see Dr. Polavarapu?

Call the office if you have a chronic illness such as:

  • Diabetes
  • A known pulmonary condition such as asthma
  • Another medical condition that may affect your body’s ability to fight infection

While a viral infection won’t respond to antibiotic treatment, Dr. Polavarapu can provide treatment for symptoms such as:

  • Persistent cough
  • Wheezing
  • Fever

He can also determine if you need further testing to rule out serious infections such as pneumonia.

Why not just go to an urgent care clinic?

Most urgent care facilities offer evening and weekend hours, sometimes making them a convenient alternative to waiting a day for an appointment with Dr. Polavarapu. However, urgent care clinics operate under a first-come, first-served basis that may mean waiting several hours in a busy waiting room before you see a physician.

Also, if you’re an established patient, familiarity with your personality, health history, and the medications you take are all good reasons to visit Dr. Polavarapu for a sudden illness whenever possible. For instance, if you visit an urgent care clinic, you may forget to list a medication you take regularly that doesn’t mix well with certain antibiotics. Dr. Polavarapu has your records and reviews your medications carefully before prescribing a new drug.   

If you’re not yet a patient, a sudden infection may be the best motivation for establishing a relationship with a skilled internist you can count on for all your health care needs.    

Major Insurances Accepted

At the office of HP Medical PC, we accept most major insurance plans. Please contact our office if you have any questions. It is the patient's responsibility to ensure eligibility. If you are a new patient and your insurance plan requires you to select a PCP, please do so before you come to the office. Dr. Polavarapu must be listed as your PCP in order to be seen. If you are participating in an Affordable Care Act Plan (aka Gold, Silver, etc), and have a deductible that has not been met, HP Medical PC policy requires you leave a $100 deposit. Should the insurance company remit the payment for your visit, the deposit will be refunded to you.

Affinity Health Plan
Anthem Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
CenterLight Healthcare
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Plan
Fidelis Care (NY)
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Words from our patients

  • Healthgrades

    "Dr. Polavarapu made me feel comfortable- I didn't feel like I was being rushed. He was very thorough and knowledgeable."

    Anne B.
  • Healthgrades

    "Dr. P has been my doctor for years, he always takes his time to listen and cares. I highly recommend him."

    Raymond B.
  • Healthgrades

    "I found the doctor to be really helpful. Dr Polavarapu addressed my health concerns and the staff was helpful in coordinating all my care."

    Christina S.
  • Vitals

    "Excellent Doctor, wonderful bedside manner!"

    Verified Patient
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76 Manhattan Ave., 1st Floor
New York, NY 11206
Phone: 347-335-0305
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