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Dr. Gregory Bussell

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Unlikely : It's unlikely that you have meniere's . See a ENT specialist for proper diagnosis.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Peroxide gargles: You can use half strength hydrogen peroxide gargles. This bubbles and washes out the tonsillar crypts. Orajel and peroxyl are commercially available ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
A few weeks: After a plane ride you can develop a pressure mismatch in the ear. This usually resolves within a few weeks.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
See a ENT: The sensation of a bump in the back of tongue may just be swelling due to acid reflux, but it is also possible there is a tumor below the surface of t... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Water: Drinking water and sucking on hard candies sometimes helps, but frequently the enlargement with sjogren's is permanent.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Possible, but rare: Skin infections of the earlobe rarely spread to the parotid, but may spread to the skin above the parotid.
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Saline irrigation.: Washing out the nose with saline solution will usually do the trick. This is also known as a neti pot.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Could be acid reflux: Acid reflux is a common cause of a bitter taste in the back of the mouth.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Many Causes: Tongue sores can be caused by infection, stress, poor dental hygeine, or occasionally cancer. If the sores persist you should see a doctor.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Orajel mouthwash: Orajel or any other peroxide containing mouthwash can help. The peroxide bubbles and cleans the tonsillar crypts preventing tonsillitis formation. If ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Eustacian tube: The eustacian tube connects your ear to your nose and allows air pressure to equalize. If the tube on one side doesn't work, that ear will feel full a... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Apnea monitor: An apnea monitor will let you see if the baby is having apnea.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Dry mouth and eyes: Sjogrens is an auto-immune disease where your body attacks your salvary glands and tear glands of the eyes. This is sometimes associated with other di... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Maybe: I doubt it is a pe, but the combination of hoarseness, coughing up blood, and ear pain could be signs of a growth in the voice box. If you are not sho... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
See doctor: If ear is plugged after swimming it could just be ear wax or could be swimmers ear. See a doc to find out and to get the correct treatment.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
A lot: Cepacol is basically menthol, a mild numbing agent. You would have to ingest a large number to cause trouble.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Blood pressure: Sudafed can elevate blood pressure and heart rate in some people. Thus, it should only be used occasionally to relieve congestion.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Hard candy: Sucking on hard candy can sooth a sore throat with no risk. Also salt water gargles can help. If soreness is due to reflux Tums (calcium carbonate) ca... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
NO: Kissing will not cause throat cancer.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Spasm: Could be cricopharyngeal spasm. This occurs when the muscle at the opening of the esophagus tightens involuntarily. If it persists see an ENT or GI ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
It depends: The are many treatments for blocked sinuses from medicine to surgery. See a ear nose and throat specialist for diagnosis and treatment.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Use after swimming: A few drops of swim ear or 70% alcohol can be put in the ears to help any water that is in the ear evaporate faster after swimming.
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Scan shows activity: A thyroid scan looks for functioning thyroid tissue. Much of a multinodular goiter can be nonfunctional and thus not show up well or will blend into t... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Drink water instead: Mucinex (guaifenesin) has few side effects, but you can get the same mucus thinning effect from drinking more water. Save the money and drink more wat... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Ibuprofen : Ibuprofen and salt water gargles can help. If pain is severe even despite this see a doc to see if you need antibiotics.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Steroid can help: Steroid paste can bring down some of the swelling in geographic tongue. No treatment is needed though since this is a benign condition.
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: Sinus infections usually resolve without treatment. If symptoms persist for over a week or are severe you should see a doctor. Complications are rare ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Scab or fungus: Some people with dry noses will get large crusts that come out. Also patients with fungal balls in their sinuses will occasionally blow out a large ch... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
See a doc: Medicines don't help with snoring. There are some surgeries and appliances that can help. See a ENT for help.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
2-3 weeks: The bones start to heal quickly in children and in 2-3 weeks it would take a pretty good hit to move them. Younger children heal more quickly.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Physical therapy: Physical therapy can be useful to try to improve balance in patients with meniere's disease.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
No: Blood tests are not used to diagnose throat cancer. You need an exam. See an ENT if you are concerned.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Ibuprofen : For sinus pain Ibuprofen usually will help. Decongestants ( as long as you have normal blood pressure) and saline sprays can also help.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Constipation: Constipation can be related to using tums (calcium carbonate).
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Peroxide drops: Peroxide drops can help loosen ear wax so that it will come out easier. There are commercially available kits at walgreens etc. If this doesn't help s... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Drink water instead: Drinking more water will thin mucus as well as mucinex (guaifenesin). Save your money.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: Nosebleeds, pain and nasal bockage are symptoms of nasal cancer. It is a rare disease. If these symptoms are ocurring you should see an ENT specialist... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: If you have a large tongue, it sometimes will have motility problems and may interfere with normal speech.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Lymph node or gland: Could be a swollen lymph node or a swollen parotid salivary gland. If it is tender it may be infected and you should see a doctor.
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Probably not: Removing part of the thyroid is a bit extreme and also may not even help as the hyper functioning part of the gland may not be removed.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
See a doctor: The rash could have many causes, the treatment of which can vary. See a doctor to find out the appropriate treatment.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
A sore or reflux: Alcohol will cause pain if there is a sore or inflammation in the throat. If this persists see a doctor.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Saline: Saline irrigations can help.
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
See a doctor: Pounding noise in the ear can be a condition called pulsatile tinnitus. This usually is not dangerous, but occasionally can be an indication of a more... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Most likely nothing : Swollen lymph nodes behind the ear are usually benign. They can occur because of acne, skin infection or bug bites. If it stays enlarged for more than... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Common variant: In some people the tongue has a hairy appearance. This is a benign condition.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Water: Drink a lot of water and suck on hard candies. This will thin the saliva and increase salivation which should allow the glands to return to normal siz... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
May be sinusitis: If a cold persists more than a week it could be sinusitis. If you only have a cough and no fever or pain you can try saline nasal irrigations and drin... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Hypertrophic papilla: White bumps on the tongue may be hypertrophic papillae or taste buds. These can become enlarged and inflamed for many reasons. If they last more than ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: If you have a large tongue, it sometimes will have motility problems and may interfere with normal speech. Speech therapy may still help.

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Bussell is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Bussell is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I was confused because usually a lisp comes from a lazy tongue, which I do not have, so I figured it was something else. Thank you for your answer :)
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I appreciate knowing there are doctors who care enough to answer questions that people may have about things that worry them. Thank you. :)
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! My ears always feel like water in them thank you

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