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Dr. Patrick Melder

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Marietta, GA
28 years experience male

Locations

Office

Marietta, GA

Address

ENT Associates of North Georgia - Wellstar Medical Group, 699 Church St., suite 340, Marietta, GA, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

About

Bio

Board Certified - Otolaryngolgy/Head&Neck Surgery Board Certified - Sleep Medicine Undergraduate Degree - Houston Baptist University Medical Degree - Texas Tech Health Sciences Center General Surgery Internship - William Beaumont Army Medical Center Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery - Walter Reed Army Medical Center Staff Surgeon - Walter Reed - 1999-2006 Chief - Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery - Walter Reed - 2004-2006 Partner - Maryland Sinus & Sleep Surgery Center - 2006-2009 Partner - ENT Associates of North Georgia - WellStar Medical Group - 2009 - present Area of expertise - snoring and sleep apnea

Specialties
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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Licenses

United States: Georgia

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

513 Answers
588 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Sinusitis: Sounds like you may need to be seen by an ENT and have a sinus ct done. This may be acute/chronic sinusitis.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Sinus rinsing: Nasal rinsing/neti-pot saline rinse is a very effective FIRST line remedy for acute sinus issues (I usually recommend chitorhino (chitorhino.com). You... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Nasal saline only: Nasal saline drops with gentle bulb suctioning. That is all.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
No: If you have numbness with an ear infection - get this checked asap.
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Finger - Q-tip: I would stop traumatizing your ear canal with q-tips if you use them to clean your ear. I imagine, as well, you may be causing some trauma to the nose... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
See a doctor: A cough at night could be acid reflux, chronic sinusitis, allergies, and/or asthma. You should be seen by your primary care doctor for a complete eval... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Hydration: There are very few medical reasons for "lack of saliva." if you are otherwise healthy... I would stay well hydrated. If you are at risk for diabetes t... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Get seen: This could be any number of things: allergies, sinus infection, nasal polyps and more rarely a tumor of the nasal cavities. See your local ENT for a c... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
No: The inner ear is housed in dense bone (densist in the body) behind the ear drum. "inner ear infections" - labrynthitis are usually diagnosed with a go... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Camera on a stick: Endoscopy is simply using a camera on a "stick" to look into a body cavity. This can be on a rigid scope for nasal endoscopy or laparoscopy or a flexi... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: Aminoglycosides can cause hearing loss regardless of age.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Mono: This could be a viral infection - mono. Which is not cured with antibiotics. I would still keep you on the antibiotics, though. It may also be that th... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Antibiotics: An "ear infection" could be an outer ear infection (swimmer's ear) or a middle ear infection. Three treatment options 1) do nothing...And suffer - why... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Tinnitus: What you are describing is tinnitus.Tinnitus is very common and usually but not always associated with hearing loss (usually a high frequency loss). I... Read More
A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Rigid is best: Rigid video stroboscopy is the best exam for a laryngeal examination. The high end flexible, distal chip scopes (kaypentax) give excellent images and ... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
NO: Recurring tonsil infections pose two problems one is medical and the other is social. There are strict criteria for when to recommend tonsillectomy (5... Read More
A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Wrong meds: Sounds like you are self treating? You may not have a bacterial infection causing the cough... No need for the amoxicillin. The other meds are herbal?... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Hard to say: With that limited information it is hard to say. If those are the only symptoms and you have had them for a while... I wouldn't be too concerned - esp... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Depends on age: In children a cough at night may be an indication of chronic adenoiditis; possibly even sinusitis. In an adult i would lean more towards acid reflux a... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Use carefully: If you have never had sinus surgery... This will be a waste of time and money. There are some actual clinical studies that support the use of manuka h... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Septum or turbinates: Problems breathing usually are related to anatomic issues and/or mucosal issues. Anatomic reasons for nasal obstruction include a 1) deviated septum (... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
24-36 hours: I usually tell my patients it will be 24-36 hours before they feel some relief.. So you are a little outside that window. I personally do not use Kefl... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
No: Sinus surgery is indicated for recurrent/acute sinusitis - 3-4 infections/year or a history of chronic sinusitis (diagnosed on ct scan of the sinues).... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Antibiotics: You need to be seen by a doctor and potentially treated with antibiotics before the swelling causes worse issues... Like an abscess.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
You can't: Tinnitus is very common and there is usually no cure. It is usually but not always associated with hearing loss. See my health tips: https://www.Healt... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Amoxicillin not 1st: Amoxicillin is not my first choice of antibiotics for a sinus infection. It sounds like you are responding, though. I would prefer Augmentin (amoxicil... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Poor dental hygeine: By not keeping your teeth and gums clean. Make sure you brush at least twice daily and floss your teeth! flossing is one of the best things you can do... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Tetany: Hypocalcemia can lead to tetany/cardiac arrythemia and death. If you've had a recent total thyroidectomy and you are experiencing tingling lips/finger... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Get it evaluated: You can't just "make it go away." first, you need to know why you are having "vestibulitis." i would start by being seen by an ent. If your local ENT ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Not always: Ear infections may resolve on their own, but it sure is more comfortable to be treated with antibiotics!
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
No: Although, there is at times an increase or exacerbation in symptoms in patients with allergies. Antihistamines can reduce the symptoms of both meniere... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
NO: A dehumidifier generally is not a good idea to help with sinusitis... It will dry your nasal secretions.. Not a good thing. However, if you have a mol... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Endoscopic exam: When an ENT surgeon examines you for a sinus infection he will do a complete head and neck exam. You may also have a nasal endoscopic exam - very easi... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Maybe: "allergy proofing your house" will be the first thing. Trying to elimanate allergen "sponges" like carpeting/rugs/stuffed animals/pillows, etc. Unfort... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
No: Not unless your child has a documented history of hearing loss or recurrent/chronic ear infections.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Anatomy: The quick answer - anatomy. The eustachian tube is more floppy and horizontal in children which prevents adequate drainage and ventilation of the midd... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Common: Sinusitis... Bacterial infection of the sinuses affects about 34 million people a year. Conservative medical treatment handles the vast majority of ca... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: In fact, this is in an indication for surgery in an otherwise benign process.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Months: It can take months for allergy injections to become effective. It's always best to stay on your current allergy meds while building up immunity.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Get it treated: The basic problem with recurrent sinusitis is swelling of the sinus tissues related to allergy/viral infection and/or an anatomic issue which pre-disp... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Yes but be careful: If the apnea is mild there are mandibular advancement devices that can be worn and purchased over the counter that can help. It is best to treat sleep... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: Yes Keflex can be used for ear infections.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) can be used PO (by mouth) or topically in the ear canal for ear infections.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: Sleep apnea can contribute to the development of depression. The fragmented sleep and physiologic strain of apnea can promote depression.
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Bacteria: Tonsil stones - tonsilliths - are concretions of impacted food/saliva and bacteria that get traped in the crypts of the tonsils. The bacteria and the ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: This is usually done with small incremental challenges of the food rather than shots.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
ABSOLUTELY: Smoking, excessive drinking, chewing tobacco, dipping snuff are all very high risk activities for developing cancer in the mouth and throat region - n... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: Yes... An oral surgeon who specializes in prosthodontics can help.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Infection: Sinusitis is a bacterial infection of the sinuses. Rhinitis is inflammation of the nasal passages. The two usually but not always coexist.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Why wait?: Ear infections hurt and decrease hearing... Not a good combination for a child. Antibiotics are safe and decrease suffering. There are side effects to... Read More

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Highly recommended
HealthTap member
Jun 2, 2013
i got nose xray done. i was detected with s shaped deviation in nasal septum and turbinate hypertrophy. is it cause of any danger.is it necessary to be treated. what are the procedures of treatment.
HealthTap member
Oct 16, 2011
I recommend this doctor because he showed genuine concern for my condition.
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Thank you! My orthodontist.. (im on round two of braces on my lower mouth) immediately took an X-ray,to eliminate that poss. He is adj. my slight over bite with braces, . Interestingly I've never ...Read More
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She has no tonsils nor adenoids- they were removed at 22mos due to severe OSA. She has had an xray to check for re-growth and there is none. She has had a bronch showing a prolapsed arytenoid & narrow...Read More
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thanks but the lumps have been there since like two months ago and when i cough it hurts my back on the left side and the back pain has been there since october but i dont lift weights or anything hea...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Texas Tech University School of Medicine, TX
Graduated 1994MD

Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honors Society
Top Otolaryngologist, Second Place, Georgia - Summer
2014
Top Otolaryngologist, First Place, Georgia - Spring
2017

Affiliations

ENT Associates of North Georgia - WellStar Medical Group
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