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Dr. Carin Van Gelder

Emergency Medicine
26 years experience

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Emergency Medicine

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154 Answers
176 Agrees
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Anal fissure possibl: If' you've had persistent pain for six months since anal sex, you need to be evaluated by a surgeon (general or colo-rectal). If you have new pain, e... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Circulation can be: ...Compromised. If it hurts and/or feels too tight, loosen it.
A member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Stay healthy: During menses, the immune system is depressed, meaning you're more likely to catch infections such as the common cold (caused by a virus). Keep your i... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Sudden?: If you have sudden burning pain under your right shoulder, it could be related to nerve, bone, muscle, heart, skin, lung problems... Is there a rash? ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Maybe discomfort: Depending on what the doctor is looking for, there isn't usually pain. Usually women have some discomfort or pressure, similar to a pelvic exam.
A 67-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Go to doctor ASAP : These symptoms could mean he is having (or developing) ministrokes or stroke. Get him to an emergency department or his primary care doctor. He needs ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Sure: Give it a try. By now you're probably better; stay hydrated - non-alcoholic please!
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Ask gynecologist: Your gynecologist will know what types of tests to run, if he/she knows your symptoms and questions. First rule of thumb is to be as honest as possib... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Could be infection: Could be infection or some other irritation causing bladder spasm (microscopic blood for example). An infection could be urinary, or genital. A urina... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Maybe: Depending on the reason for headache, it may. Fluids usually help but tea can be dehydrating.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Infection: Could be unrelated viral illness, or mastitis (infection of the breast tissue). You can see nipple discharge, fever, and/or skin redness, but you shou... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Hmm... depends: On why you think they're not bright. The sclera (white part of eyeball) can be yellow, due to liver disease. The conjuntiva which covers the sclera ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: But check with your gynecologist who did the procedure.
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Yes.: Yes, dehydration can occur very quickly. Depending on the cause for vomiting, your son could get very sick. Take him to an emergency department wher... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Laceration: Generally this means deep, torn cut.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
No: There is no pain unless it's difficult for you to lay flat, during a ct scan.
A member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Do not use: Betadine is not good for mucosal surfaces.
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Depends: Could be bladder spasm, could be uterus/tubes painful because of pelvic infection. Make sure urine is checked also via a culture (so antibiotic-resist... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Among other things: Usually this means someone was brought to the ed for some change in mental status, so a few things might be checked. Depending on the situation, every... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Pilonidal cyst: It's probably a pilonidal cyst, and needs to be definitively removed. Usually a surgeon does a small procedure to remove it but they can recur. Bc t... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Yes if: There absolutely can be a link, if the pelvic infection involves the uterus/tubes (pelvic inflammatory disease, or pid). An early sexually transmitte... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Get checked: It'simpossible to tell, without examining your hand. Sounds like you need to get that checked asap. Get to your pmd, an orthopedic clinic, an ed, or a... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Call pediatricia now: Your pediatrician knows this newborn best. Call him/her now. You want to get ahead of any complications early.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Depends: Depending on the reasons you cut back, yes probably. Congratulations.
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Use another resource: It seems like you may be writing a report or preparing some sort of presentation. I would suggest a different forum, as licensed physicians are on th... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Agree but also: I agree w dr carter, but you could also have a blood clot in the lung blood vessels. Call your ob, who may advise that you should be seen in the close... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Lymph node: Most likely a lymph node, just like you get in your neck when you have strep throat. It should be self-limited; if it persists, or gets larger, see a... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Pelvic infection: See your gynecologist for an exam; you could have a sexually transmitted infection. This can happen even if you and your partner have not had any sym... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Etiology?: Please consider seeing an md/do soon! hemoptysis (coughing up blood) could be many things, and they could be very serious. Examples are pulmonary emb... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: Foreign body/ puncture wound in gums can be source for infection. Infection in the mouth can quickly become systemic, due to good blood flow there. ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Usually NOT: Healthy people with a spontaneous pneumothorax usually tolerate it very well. Everything's possible, but a spontaneous pneumothorax doesn't tend to ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: Stop walking on it, elevate it, and get an x-ray. It will improve sooner if you stop walking on it whether or not it's broken, so go somewhere you can... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
No: There is no reason to do this to a young beautiful child; in fact, you could damage her developing skin.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Many possibilities: Need details: bone vs joint symptoms? Fever? Rash? Bruising? Current pain meds? Pain all the time? Since when? (chronic pain = more than 12 mo... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
"ask your doctor": Is your father in the hospital? What part of the body has compartment syndrome? Can your father ask his doctor? Can you be with your father and ask... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Primary care doctor: See your regular doctor; many many symptoms are common to many diseases, and most pts w/ symptoms of fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome don't ha... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
?symptoms?: Depends on what symptoms you're having. Mostly a cold (upper respiratory/viral infection) improves with time, rest, hydration. Steam or mist may hel... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Possibly: You might have ringworm; it's impossible to diagnose a skin disorder without seeing it. Consider seeing a dermatologist, or another primary care doc.... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Pregnancy test asap: Bleeding during early pregnancy should be investigated; first thing you need is a pregnancy test. In general, working out is safe through pregnancy. ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Dehydration: Tea is more dehydrating than coffee. Drink water or dilute juices also. Are you having any symptoms?
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Yes but...: Not all snoring is caused by obesity and not all obese patients snore. If your or someone you know snores and is obese, often he/she can have obstruc... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
No.: Blood testing just looks at blood type, and while a child's blood type has to come from two specific blood types, many people have the same blood type... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
No: Often this is a diagnosis of exclusion... Meaning doctors checked other things but everything's negative. That's good! meanwhile, an evaluation shou... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Vaginal discharge: Clear vaginal discharge could be due to an infection of the vagina, cervix, uterus, and/or tubes/ovaries. It could also be normal, during ovulation. ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
She should relax: Atypical pneumonia is sometimes caused by a bacteria, and sometimes by a virus. It's a more benign type, and often caused by stress. What does her d... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Bleeding? memory?: Any other bleeding? Easy bruising could be due to a few things like low platelets (thrombocytopenia), steroids, low nutrition, blood thinners, poor l... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Clinical diagnosis: A concussion is a clinical diagnosis, or signs/symptoms not seen on a ct scan. A ct scan shows bleeding (hemorrhage, hematoma), brain without enough b... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Clarify?: I think you said your child ate dirt with tetanus? Not sure how you know this, but usually eating a little dirt is totally fine with the GI tract. If ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Ask surgeon: Only your surgeon, who has completed (or will complete) your pre-operative evaluation and knows what operation was done (or will be done), can answer ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Great question: Better to be specific. Shellfish = “crustaceans” (lobsters, "crayfish", prawns, crabs and shrimp) and “molluscs, ” [abalone, oysters, mussels, an... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Van Gelder is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Van Gelder is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Apr 8, 2012
She is very precise and easy to understand.
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thank you, i moved my stove to clean behind it an when i saw a ton of mouse droppings i freaked out and doused the mess with bleach. once i smelled what i had done i ran outside for air but ofcourse t...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I like the idea of starting my search for an answer by evaluating my relatively recent use of 20 mg Lipitor. I may need to stop this medication. I will talk to my DO
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I don't have ketones in my urine, at least I don't think, I was just curious about it since I saw one thing online saying it was possible and nothing else. Thank you for your answer any how.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Vermont College of Medicine, VT
Graduated 1996MD

Awards

May 2012, Commissioner of Public Health Award for EMS, State of Connecticut
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