Dr. Patrick Melder

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

Locations

Office

Marietta, GA

Address

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

Thursday: 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
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Licenses

United States: Georgia

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

513 Answers
588 Agrees
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Chronic inflammation: The lining to the sinuses is specialized to produce mucous. There are also microscopic "hair cells" called cilia that move the mucous to the sinus ope... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Team approach: Most voice centers are run by an otolaryngologist (ENT) who specializes in voice (laryngology). You will also likely be seen by a speech pathologist w... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
CPAP: CPAP is the first line treatment for sleep apnea. Weight loss should always be considered if the BMI (body mass index) is 30 or above. Other treatmemt... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Damage to inner ear.: The inner ear is a neural sense organ and it is finely tuned to discrimate sounds within a certain range. Since it is a "nerve" system, it conducts el... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Highly unlikely: Chronic irritation can lead to cancerous transformation in the oral cavity - it is very unlikely. But biting your tongue should not lead to cancer.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Nausea: Smelling sewer will not make you sick just nauseous.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Mold: The damp environment may have created a situation for mold to grow... You may have an allergy to the mold.. Have the managment check it out.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Saline Nasal Spray: The simplest thing to do is use some saline nasal spray - sold over the counter under many brands to keep your nose moist. At night you can sleep with... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Pressure on the ear: This may be related to pressure within the ear canal.. The skin in the ear canal is very thin and just below it is either cartilage or bone (depending... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Sometimes: The presence of any infection can affect your sense of balance and lead to dizziness/imbalance.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Anatomy or swelling: Simply put recurrent sinusitis can occur from 1) an anatomic abnormality that blocks the sinus from draining (like a deviated septum) 2) the lining to... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
TMJ: This could be the TMJ (temperomandibular joint). As you lay down, and turn to your side.. You're likely putting pressure on the joint.. Taking Motrin ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Acid reflux: This may be acid reflux. You can see your local ENT who can use a camera to look down your throat - very simple procedure done in the clinic without s... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Absolutely: Do not drink alcohol if you have apnea. Alcohol is a muscle relaxant and can depress respiratory drive... Not a good combination in a patient with apn... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
4 common treatments: 4 common treatments: 1) gargle/water pick to wash the debris away - temporary 2) treat with long course of antibiotics (6 weeks) many times is effecti... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: I do this all the time in adults. Very simple procedure done under topical anesthia. I use phenol. It stings for about 10 seconds and then it is gone.... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Depends: This can be from many causes. It could be vocal hygeine, acid reflux, nasal drainage. The best way to be checked is to see your local ENT who can perf... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
See your doctor: It depends on when this is happening... If it is related to sleep onset or upon awakening... This could be narcolepsy... These symptoms are not normal... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
No: Sinusitis is a bacterial infection. If it was caused by a viral upper respiratory infection (cold) then that is what would be contagious.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
No: Dysphagia is a symptom. If it is causing weight loss... It becomes a "red flag symptom." if you have dysphagia, though, it should be checked. You can ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Several days: It can take several days to weeks to notice an effect from nasal steroids.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
No: Sinusitis is a bacterial infection. If it was caused by a viral upper respiratory infection (cold) then that is what would be contagious.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Not usually: Our first president (george washington) died from a complication related to surgery for tonsillitis but generally tonsillitis is not serious... Other ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
No: If taken as prescribed, you should not have issues at all. Most allergy meds are anti-histamines ... An over-dosage is just going to cause disruptions... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: The two conditions can coexist and insomnia may make treating osa more challenging... Best to be seen by a sleep specialist.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
It's not the tonsil: The tonsils create tonsil stones or tonsilths because of the crypts in them that trap bacteria and food (see my other taps). If you continue to get to... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: This may include surgery, radiation therapy, and/or chemotherapy.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Quick: Ear infections are not contagious. It is usually a viral infection (in children) that causes the ear infection - that is what is contagious.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Could be: This sounds like a classic symptom for acid reflux. Common symptoms: throat clearing (especially after meals), feeling like something is stuck in the ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Wash hands: You can't always prevent throat infections. Avoid contact with a known carrier or someone who is infected and wash your hands, wash your hands, wash y... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Persistent symptoms: If you are have epigastric pain (just below the breast bone) that is persistent or you notice a bitter/acid taste in your throat. These are signs of r... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: This would be seen in an acute complication of a sinus infection - a peri-orbital abscess which is surgical emergency. If this happens, you must be ev... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Parotid tumor: If this is in front of your ear.. It could be a tumor of the parotid gland. See your local ent.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Likely Reflux: This sounds like acid reflux. I would start some over the counter medications like omperazole/zantac.. If it persists... I would see your local ent.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Steroids: My preferred treatment is a 10 day course of Clindamycin with a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pak. If you are on antibiotics and your symptoms are ... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
See another doctor: This may not be something that antibiotics is going to treat. Persistent flu like symptoms is a little concerning. If your symptoms are headache/fever... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Amox not great: Amoxicillin is not a great drug for sinusitis. Amoxicillin + clavulante (augmentin) is preferred. A short course of steroids (prednisone) may be helpf... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Maybe: There are three types of ear infections: outer ear - "swimmer's ear" - usually painful - not associated with dizziness; middle ear infection - typical... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Just say NO to Q-tip: "do not stick anything smaller than your elbow in your ear!" to clean your ears: 1) use household peroxide - place several drops in your ear, let it s... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Don't self medicate: The short answer is no... The long answer is that your ear, nose and throat hurting may just be a viral infection which is not treated with antibiotic... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
No - see a doctor: An elevated heart rate for that period of time is not normal nor safe. This must be evaluated by a doctor.
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Sure: They may not be as effective, though. But don't increase the dose... They are likely fine but may not be as effective.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Serosanguineous: Serosanguineous is usually a term that is applied to a surgical wound in the post-operative period. Literally a mixture of blood (sanguineous) and ser... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: Ghrelin is a "hunger hormone" and is actually found in elevated levels during sleep apnea.
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Inflammatory: Sleep apnea produces an inflammatory response within the body. This response causes an increase in leptin which is supposed to control appetite, but t... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Acid Reflux: It is best to get checked by your local ent. I hear this complaint a lot. It is "laryngospasm." the number one cause would be acid reflux. Simple over... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Saliva is good: Strings of saliva? Saliva in the mouth is a good thing... If it is "stringy" it may be that you are dehydrated. If you notice... Try increasing hydrat... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Maybe not: You can start with several things first: 1) use a humidifier by the bed at night (warm or cold) 2) use saline nasal spray liberally throughout the day... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
It may: Meniere's disease is a chronic, progressive form of dizziness. It usually has 4 symptoms associated with it: 1) hearing loss ( begins as low frequency... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Should be OK: As long as the syringe was clean... If you are that stuffy.. It might be allergy or a sinus infection... You can continue to irrigate but you should b... Read More
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Testimonials
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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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