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Dr. Michael Carson

Internal Medicine
Neptune, NJ
30 years experience male

Locations

Meridian Medical Associates

Neptune, NJ

About

Bio

Board Certified Internist who completed a 2-year fellowship in Obstetric Medicine at Brown University School of Medicine. He is one of the few internists trained to help women with medical issues plan for upcoming pregnancies, treat medical issues that arise during pregnancy, and address issues such as medication use and testing during that important time. He currently directs research for the Department of Medicine at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune NJ, has active internal medicine and consultative practices, and teaches residents and medical students. Dr. Carson runs the Obstetric Medicine interest group at the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) annual meeting each year, is actively involved in the North American Society of Obstetric Medicine, and has published articles and chapters in this area. Finally, he still plays tennis and lacrosse competitively, and makes his teenage kids spend time with their parents. 2008-Current: Instructor America's OB/Gyn Board Review Course Directed by Dr. Krishna Das: North American Society of Obstetric Medicine (NASOM). Executive Committee Member. Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM). [Charter Member, Women's Health Task Force. Director, Obstetric Medicine Interest Group] 1998-2007: Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine: St. Peters University Hospital, New Brunswick NJ. Featured on Healthtap Blog: http://blog.healthtap.com/2011/08/introducing-dr-michael-carson-a-founding-and-leading-medical-expert/

Specialties
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Internal Medicine

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

99 Answers
43 Agrees
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
No.: Medicine will not make you strong. You should see a doctor to be sure you don't have any medical issues, get a consult regarding a proper diet, and st... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Call your Eye Doctor: If they're dried and stuck to your eyes, do not force them out. You could rip/damage the surface of your eye called the cornea. Call your doctor, or g... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
If you have too much: Too much of anything is not good for you. That drink has a lot of caffeine. More than one caffeinated drink of any kind a day can be too much for some... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: Anything in excess can cause problems. Redbull has a lot of caffeine. It is not recommended that anyone have that many highly caffeinated drinks.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
High Sugars Cause It: If mom's blood sugar is high, the baby's is too. The same way high sugars cause an adult to urinate more, this high sugar. Causes the baby to make mo... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Fasting <95: The fourth international workshop-conference on gestational diabetes mellitus recommends the following glucose values: premeal (fasting) < 95 mg/dl, 1... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
>3 Losses. MD Eval: 3 or more losses. The evaluation involves blood tests (basic labs, antiphospholipid antibody, exclusion of thyroid disease or diabetes), evaluation fo... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
No: As stated above, an anesthesiologist is present during the test to give sedation and pain medication. So while there is pain, you should not avoid the... Read More
A 64-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
It Depends: Time is a very helpful tool. If its is severe, then she will probably need surgery at some point, but it's impossible to predict when. If it's mild/mo... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Absolutely: The data shows that prenatal vitamins should be taken before pregnancy to decrease the risk of spinal cord abnormalities in babies. Most women in the ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Call your doctor!: I'd say that any concerns about your child should be referred immediately to your pediatrician, not posted online. We're aware that many people face t... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Physical/EKG: See your doctor. Getting "cleared" for exercise primarily hinges on your history. If you've been active without symptoms and your ekg is normal, then ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: 3% of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit can have interstitial pulmonary emphysema. There is a genetic condition that causes low levels of an ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
No: Your spine curvature will not worsen during pregnancy. However, the ligaments in the body relax a bit during pregnancy. So if the curvature in your sp... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Proper Cleaning: There are many different kinds of contacts, but the best way to avoid problems is to a) clean them as directed with the proper solution b) change them... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: Absolutely. Uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension are the most common causes of kidney failure in the United States. Working with your doctor to cont... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
2: There are 2 types that patients commonly use. "hemodialysis" involves tubes put in the veins, and the blood goes out to a machine that works as an ar... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: Gestational diabetes is the name for any diabetes diagnosed during pregnancy, even if it was present before. 70% women will develop diabetes within 10... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
No: Theoretically it could, but there is no data in the medical literature to say that it does in real life. Even if it could, you should not ignore that... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
One That's Balanced: Carbs are necessary, but too much of anything isn't good. Work with a dietician to find out how to eat a diet that balances the correct amount of carb... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Shades and Grays: Just like the old black and white film. Different colors are actually brighter/darker compared to each other. These shades let colorblind patients tel... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
No: Kidney function does not directly affect the ability of Insulin to be absorbed through the skin. Patients whose kidneys disease causes a lot of protei... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: Yes, pituitary tumors during pregnancy are uncommon. (reference mayo clin proc. Apr 1990;65(4):461-74). The gland does enlarge a bit, but those change... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: Because there are so many different causes of kidney disease, and some are reversible, it's hard to answer this question with a simple yes or no. If i... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
No: Unfortunately no, unlike diabetes, no foods have been shown to cause or help pulmonary fibrosis. It is a disease that causes inflammation and damage t... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Usually not: Any person taking estrogen (a common hormone in birth control pills) has a small risk for developing a clot in the leg or lung (pulmonary embolism). O... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: However men should contact their physician right away because it's less common and usually indicates a condition that should be treated. It might simp... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Fewer if Controlled: First, patients can decrease the risks by eating correctly, mild exercise, and using meds when recommended. Uncontrolled gestational dm can cause the... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
No: Not wise. Acupuncture has benefits, but not here.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
It Depends: If your urine is a bit darker in the morning or when you are dehydrated, that can be normal because the urine is just a bit more concentrated. This wi... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: Average bladder infections do not affect the baby, and this is what most women have. These are detected by going to the OB visits and telling them abo... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
No: "thick" blood typically suggests an issue with the clotting system or a problem with the cells in the blood (too many red cells or a problem with plat... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: Anemia is most commonly caused by low iron levels, but that must be confirmed by your doctor with bloodwork since there are many causes. Gestational d... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
No: No, it's primarily caused by smoking, and other factors listed by the other physicians who answered here. If you're concerned about those around you g... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
2-4% of Pregnancies: It varies depending on your risk factors. Women with a body mass index (a BMI classified as "obese") are at higher risk, as are those with a a family ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: The 1 hour and 3 hour "sugar" tests screen for gestational diabetes, but they are not 100% perfect, so the answer is yes. However, that doesn't mean t... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: There are lotions/creams designed for use on the face available at pharmacies that are less likely to cause acne (the term is "noncomedogenic"). It is... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Very.: Sepsis generally refers to an infection where bacteria are detected in the blood and it can have other effects such as low blood pressure and effects ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Talk w/ your doctor: If properly designed clinical trials have not evaluated it, and/or if the only data is what's listed on the bottle, a website, or a book, then probabl... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Yes, But With Risks: Hypertensives and those >35 years old are at risk for preeclampsia. You should first meet with your OB and someone who is familiar with treating hyper... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Sprays, Sudafed: 1) nasal saline spray. A very gentle/effective treatment. Use 2-8 times a day and it does not cause long term problems. 2) afrin or neo-synephrine:ver... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Fatigue, see below: Most side effects are rare, but of the ones that patients are more likely to experience with this med, fatigue/tiredness, diarrhea, and upset stomach ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Try Rehab: It's tough, but also depends on how quickly the fractures occurred relative to each other. If it was over a while, then another rehab shot is worth it... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
No: Not much else to say. The baby will be fine.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
No: Assuming that there are clothes between the guy and the girl when he ejaculates. However, any sperm in the vagina has the potential, even a small amou... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
No.: Occasionally a period can be early or late randomly. However, if it keeps happening early, or you have heavy bleeding you should contact your gynecolo... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: While not officially endorsed, a large study showed that Glyburide did not cross the placenta. There are a couple of smaller studies showing that it i... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
A Drink/Bloodwork: Some obs do this at their office, or you go to a lab. The test is done first thing in the morning after you have not eaten overnight. They draw your b... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
For skin problems: Dermatologists specialize in skin diseases. Often, your primary care doctor can make the diagnosis and you won't have to wait 3 months for an appointm... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: For the Baby: If the mom does not control her gestational diabetes (gdm), it can increase the risk of the baby dying (stillbirth), decrease the development of the b... Read More

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Nov 7, 2014
Dr Carson is an excellent internist who specializes in Diabetes onset during pregnancy, High blood pressure in previous pregnancies, Diabetes risks, Diabetes We are honored to have him as part of th...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Carson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Carson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you! I think my weight probably contributed, but I sometimes wonder if my on-and-off use of prednisone for asthma may have heightened my risk for the injury. Tore the first one with a jump in a ...Read More
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yes, this is my case, and i've been taking it for my eye for 6 weeks now. your explanation is super helpful - thank you! better than simply reciting the warning label,.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanx I will let my cardiologist know the side effects I have been experiencing. Your answer did aid me. Continued success.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Temple University School of Medicine, PA
Graduated 1992MD

Residency

Brown University

Awards

Best Physician Women’s Health: New Jersey Savvy Living 2010
Peter Garner Investigator Award 2008, North American Society of Obstetric Medicine. Washington, DC
Teaching Award 1998. Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Brown University
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