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Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata

Family Medicine
Bel Air, MD
37 years experience female

Locations

ExpressCare of Festival

Bel Air, MD

Address

5 Bel Air S Parkway, Suite 1535, Bel Air, MD
Directions

About

Bio

I graduated from UMKC School of Medicine, and Interned at Letterman AMC. I served honorably in the US Army 1986-1992, with extensive experience in Women's Health, Sports Medicine, Urgent Care and Occ. Med. I completed my Family Medicine Residency in Wilmington, DE, with Board Cert. in 1996. I currently work for a large Urgent Care company, Express Care, based in Maryland. After having practiced in the Federal and Private sectors, I have found the urgent care setting to meet the needs of my family and my lifestyle best.

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Family Medicine

Doctor Q&A

97 Answers
270 Agrees
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
NO - STOP!: If you are thinking of trying do-it-yourself Plastic Surgery on your nose, I strongly advise against it! Your current idea is much more likely to cau... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
No Risk, No Benefit: You may have localized swelling and pain at the injection site if you take a Flu shot twice, and I am sure your wallet will feel the loss of the co-pa... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Hepatitis A YES: Yes, you can catch Hep A from contaminated, raw shellfish. If you must eat raw oysters, try to do so in moderation - and pick a reputable source for ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
I would recommend backing off the caffeine and alcohol because these substance cause Cardiac Irritability - even though you may not notice a direct ca... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Talk to your Doctor: First, do You really want your Spouse with you when you are being treated? Does he provide valuable feedback on your progress or do you two argue whi... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Ear Drum Rupture: Go to your PCM or an Urgent Care to be seen ASAP, it is likely you have a traumatic rupture of your Ear drum. Avoid getting water in that ear canal u... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Cellulitis/Infection: If a single toe is red, painful and swollen, it it likely an infection. See your Doctor or go to an Urgent Care for evaluation ASAP. Elevate the foo... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Empty stomach?: If you have not been eating and took a strong antibiotic on an empty stomach, it would not be unusual to have vomiting. If you can drink some Gatorad... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Glue setting period: Your braces are glued or cemented on - so putting stress on the brackets is not a good idea. Also, you need to get used to the braces themselves. Yo... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Plan for Periods: If your Periods are regular, you can start taking Motrin or Aleve 2-3 days in advance and hopefully reduce your pain when the period starts. Vitamin ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Ganglion Cyst L: Ganglion Cysts are caused by repetitive trauma - most likely the wt. lifting. These cysts can be painful but are not cancerous. Initial treatment is... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Yes, but add Mucinex (guaifenesin): You can take medications with phenylephrine and Tylenol (acetaminophen) with cetirizine, but using a mucolytic (Mucinex) may be more helpful than the ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Do Not Take Rx!: If I understand your correctly, you wish to take 10mg of cyclobenzaprine and 750mg of some other Muscle Relaxer? Don't do it! Abusing or overdosing ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Allergy testing: It is unusual to be able to eat crabs and seafood with such a strong history of iodine and multiple seafood allergies. I would not recommend fish oil... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Illegal drug effects: Meth, and other illegal drugs are illegal for a reason - The Drug in Question can make you sick, Impair or damage your brain, and even Kill you. Side... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Carpal Tunnel: Your symptoms suggest bilateral Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which can be triggered by Typing/Keyboard use. CTS can also be related to hypothyroidism, so ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Yes - Increase dose: Your TSH is still elevated - although improved. A slightly higher dose of Synthroid (thyroxine), (thyroxine) ie 0.1 mg is recommended. Follow up wit... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
ER or Urgent Care: You may have a Kidney infection, so an ER or Urgent Care visit is a good idea. Make sure you have your OB's phone number available in case the ER Sta... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Infection likely: Hemoptysis (blood in sputum) is a common pulmonary symptom (10-15% of all pulmonary visits). In less than 5% of cases, the cause can be life-threaten... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
No: If you have a lot of anxiety and obsessive thoughts of this nature, you might want to see a psychologist.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Tylenol (acetaminophen) is OK: In general, Tylenol (acetaminophen) is safe and effective for cramps. Do not take more than two regular strength tablets at a time, and do not take f... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Postnasal Drip: You may have chronic postnasal drip, which can be caused by allergies, smoking or 2nd Hand Smoke, or chronic sinusitis. Try some Claritin or Zyrtec d... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Incision pain: If you have not had an injury in the area, this is a symptom that should be evaluated by your Primary Care Doctor or a General Surgeon ASAP. Your phy... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Estimate by Dates: By using a Birth Date Calculator, your estimated date of conception was between March 10th - 17th. This takes into account your likely day of ovulati... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Don't take Oxy Elite: Oxy Elite Pro was recalled by the FDA in April/2013 after over 100 reported cases of liver disease and failure after taking the diet supplement. The ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Recheck for injury: If she is still having pain after wax removal, a recheck by her Pediatrician or at an Urgent Care center would be a good idea. Potential complication... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Viral Syndrome: This is most likely due to a Viral gastroenteritis, which is a self-limiting condition unless you get dehydrated. Drink plenty of water, follow a cle... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
DVT needs Evaluation: Common symptoms of a DVT or blood clot in the leg include calf pain, and leg swelling. If you smoke, are on Birth control pills or estrogen, have had... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Resubmit information: It is not unusual for a Female to have spotting on Depo - particularly with the first shot. However, your information states that you are a Male Pati... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Normal: It is not unusual to have Spotting on Depo. Mention your symptoms to your GYN on your next Well Woman Exam if the spotting continues.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
It doesn't and isn't: Red Raspberry leaf tea MAY help build up Uterine and Pelvic muscle tone, improving the Labor experience. Also, taking the tea in moderation from the ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Hormonal Related: It is not unusual to have pregnancy related mood swings, or even actual depression. Assuming you are in a good place with your career, your relations... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
YES - GET HELP!: You meet criteria for Anorexia/Bulimia and you are at risk for a multitude of Medical Complications that could seriously affect your health. You need... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
SEE DOCTOR: Azo does not treat infections, Antibiotics do! If you still have pressure, you still have an infection. The only reason to take Azo is for short ter... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Get an X-Ray: See your PCM or go to an Urgent Care for an evaluation and X-ray. Your wrist is sprained and may be fractured. Ace wrap, elevation, and Ice the area... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Breast US needed: While Fibrocystic breast disease is very common, any painful breast mass that is fixed (not freely moveable) should have further studies (ie. Breast U... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
STDs are silent: If someone with an STD is asymptomatic, they will not know they are at risk to pass on the STD. Also, some individuals may ignore or deny symptoms of... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Constipation likely: Adderall and Vyvance are both Amphetamines, and can cause diarrhea. Once the medications have worn off, constipation is possible. Push fluids, take ... Read More
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Nerve Entrapment: Your description does suggest some nerve impingement - which could be at several different levels. See a Hand Specialist or Orthopedic Surgeon to add... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Normal sting sx: It is not unusual to have redness and swelling after an insect sting or bite. Topical or oral Benadryl, Tylenol, (acetaminophen) and OTC cortisone cr... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Blood/Fluids and HIV: Yes, if you have an open wound and if you have blood/body fluid contact with a HIV + person, you can be at risk for infection. Follow up with your He... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Anemia: You are anemic - this can be due to heavy periods, Iron deficiency, some inherited disorders, dietary deficiencies, or blood loss. See your physician... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See Your GYN: If you are sexually active, you may have an STD or just BV (bacterial overgrowth). See your Primary Care Physician or your Gyn for an evaluation. A... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Wait until healed: It would be best to use a good moisturizer with SPF 15 or better protection, such as Neutrogena. St Ives Skin care products also has a good facial mo... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Follow up with Doc: Follow up with your PCM if you are not improving, particularly if you are running a fever or if your cough is getting worse. Rapid Strep tests are he... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
It takes awhile: Elavil (amitriptyline) or Amitryptyline can take weeks to start working - and may require titration of the dose (increasing the dose) in order to work... Read More
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See a Doctor: Your symptoms suggest infection - do not use OTC medications until you have seen a Doctor - go ASAP.
A 69-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Antifungal treatment: I would recommend a trail of Antifungal cream or lotion for at least 2 weeks. While steroid creams help with itching, they often make Fungal skin inf... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Side effects: Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) has frequently been reported as causing Dizziness and Headaches, however Cardiac side effects are rare. Contact your P... Read More

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Aug 20, 2014
Incredibly knowledgeable and caring. Huge level of experience from emergency room to battlefields !
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Stauffer-munekata is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Stauffer-munekata is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This saved my life. Thank you. I am a nurse and understand how important it is to educate the public about their health. You have just helped me and I thank you for taking the time to give your knowle...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Like Motrin he said could cause intestinal thining?I will take Tylenol
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :) I called my GI and he told me to take miralax and align daily.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1985MD

Residency

Family Medicine, Medical Center of Delaware, Wilmington, DE

Awards

Top Family Physician, Third Place, Maryland - Fall
2014
Thought Leader, Third Place, Baltimore Region - Fall
2014
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