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Dr. Sanford Archer

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Lexington, KY
38 years experience male

Locations

Office

Lexington, KY

Address

ENT Surgery, 740 S. Limestone St., Lexington, KY, US
Directions

My office hours

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

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Kentucky

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St. Joseph Mt. Sterling Hospital ENT

Mount Sterling, KY

About

Bio

Trained in surgery in Chicago, ENT residency at the University of Iowa. I am a tenured Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Kentucky. I have a very busy clinical practice and teach medical students and residents. I specialize in nasal and sinus problems including chronic sinusitis and allergy as well as voice and swallowing problems, sleep apnea and other ear nose and throat problems.

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

Cosmetic Surgery

ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric

Facial Plastic Surgery

Doctor Q&A

181 Answers
30 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Visit pediatrician: Symptoms your son exhibits requires an in office evaluation, especially with the high fever. Schedule an appointment this morning.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Saline rinses: The cough is often related to the sinus drainage. Wash your nose with salt solution, use decongestants and anti-inflammatory medications. These will... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Not a good idea: Both medications are sedating and can impair your child's breathing. You should attempt to treat the cause of the cough, not the symptom. Ask you ped... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Nystatin or Mycelex (clotrimazole): Thrush is a fungal infection of the mouth or food tube usually caused by a candida. While the use of probiotics may be helpful, the standard treatmen... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Yes and no: It is safe to have an upper GI endoscopy with a head cold, but you are reliant on breathing through your nose. If you have a head cold, it will be mo... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: Stress can affect the immune system and predispose to all sorts of medical problems, including thrush.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Hypernasal: People with cleft palates have a communication between their mouth and nose, allowing air ; voicing to escape when speaking, hence the hypernasal soun... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Saline nose drops: A constant nonproductive cough in children is often due to nasal allergies or acid reflux. Rinsing your child's nose with saline rinses and nose drops... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Not usually: Most adults feel poorly for 10-14 days after tonsillectomy and that is normal. The throat typically looks nasty during that period and a low grade fe... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Needs treatment: Your child either has waxy discharge or an ear infection. If there is a hole in the eardrum from a middle ear infection, then discharge will occur. ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: An outer ear infection is associated with ear discharge which could be quite smelly. Keep water out of your ear and see your doctor for some prescrip... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Decongestants: Saline irrigations are very helpful, but nasal steroid sprays or otc decongestants will reduce the symptoms of nasal congestion.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Not contagious: Oral thrush is a fungal infection of the oral membranes, and usually occurs in people whose immune status are reduced. This can occur in people on an... Read More
A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Possibly: Hearing loss with meniere's disease is usually fluctuating, meaning it can come and go. A trial of a hearing aid is worthwhile to see if it will help... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Unlikely: It is unlikely that you have a hair in your throat that long. You might have a globus phenomenon, a feeling that something is stuck in your throat, c... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
A cyst: Cysts are very common in the ear lobes and can get infected. Consider keeping your earring out for a few days, clean it with peroxide and water, and ... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Nasal dryness: CPAP dries out the nasal membranes, drink more fluids, put some vaseline in your nose before bedtime, and make sure that your device is fitted with a ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
See a specialist: A ear infection may clear up but leave you with fluid in your middle ear that might take up to a month to clear, leaving you with decreased hearing. Y... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Other causes too: Chronic nonproductive cough may be associated with asthma, but can be due to pertussis (whooping cough), allergic drainage or acid reflux. If the inh... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Candidate??: Chin tuck or face lift surgery works well for many patients, but an adequate preop evaluation is essential to determine your chin position, fatty depo... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: The middle ear makes fluid in everyone. If the eustachian tube is blocked, the fluid builds up. In babies and young children, the area where the eus... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Nasal dryness: The most common cause of recurrent nose bleeds are nasal membrane dryness and nasal trauma. Add a humidifier to your bedroom and apply vaseline in yo... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
When balance better: A sinus infection can affect balance and equilibrium, characteristics important in exercise. You can hurt yourself or be hurt if not fully recovered.... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Viral URI: Symptoms such as yours are common for a virus, especially this time of year. Symptomatic improvement is expected within 5-7 days, but if you have sym... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Saline nose drops: Rinsing your child's nose with saline rinses and nose drops can help a lot. Prescription nasal steroid sprays can be used in children 2 and older und... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Nasal dryness: The most common cause of recurrent nose bleeds are nasal membrane dryness. You probably have a deviated septum and continue to irritate it with rubbi... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Gargling: Warm salt water gargling, drinking plenty of fluids and anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Surgery: This is a more commonly recognized problem and is easily treated surgically by a plastic surgeon. Sometimes, weight may be a factor and weight reduct... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
3x's/d for 5-7d: If you have a draining ear, you can you Ciprodex 3 drops 3x's per day for 5-7 days. If the drainage persists, see a physician.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Cold turkey: Technically, you don't overdose on afrin, you become addicted to it due to the rebound swelling of your nasal membranes after using it for more than a... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Homeopathic therapy: While there is no cure for the common cold, many things you can do can reduce it's severity. Drinking plenty of fluids, steam inhalation & gentle gar... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Hydrate & lubricate: Your nasal membranes are probably very dry & now irritated. Drink lots of decaffeinated beverages and lubricate your nose every 2 - 3 hours with vasel... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Inner ear disorder: Many causes of dizziness are related to an imbalance of the inner ears. This is frequently caused by a virus, may be a salt imbalance or related to o... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Drink more fluids: A dry throat can cause discomfort with swallowing. Drinking more non-caffeinated beverages will help. Another cause of throat pain may be acid reflu... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Not likely: Numbness is a symptom of a nerve disorder, in this case the trigeminal nerve. There are some metabolic problems that can present with this, including... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Hormonal imbalance: Hormonal imbalance or genetic predisposition can cause gynecomastia, but sometimes it may be a weight problem as well. If weight loss is not helping,... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Genetics: An adam's apple is the front part of the voice box and is a part of your body that is genetically determined and can be surgically altered, most commo... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Dextromethorphan: Dextromethorphan is present in many otc cough preparations, such as robitussin, (guaifenesin) delsym a& bentylin dm to name a few. If your cough pers... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Get a checkup !: Cough is a symptom of throat and possibly lung problems. If you have a persistent cough, it could be simply related to allergy drainage or acid reflu... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Hard to say: Each specialty looks at the interior of the nose differently. Was this an ENT or family doc? None of the findings are suggestive of a particular di... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Saline rinses: Several times daily and before bedtime, rinse your nose aggressively with a nasal saline irrigation system, consider trying some otc allergy medicatio... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Depends: If you went down on a guy, you could have bruised the membranes of your throat. If a gal, you could have strained your tongue and throat muscles. An... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Yes, but need exam: Hgh affects muscle mass and growth, and can cause hoarseness related to metabolism of hormones with resultant deepening of the voice. Sometimes the b... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Many causes: Metallic taste can be the signs of reflux, vitamin deficiency or a yeast infection and should be evaluated by an ENT doctor.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Vestibulitis: The most common cause of a painful red lump on the inside of the nose is vestibulitis, which is an infection of the hair follicles of the inside skin ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Symptom relief only: Herpangina is a viral infection of the mouth and results in small, painful blisters. There is no treatment, only supportive measures, such as cold pr... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Easy: There are many manifestations of systemic disease in the mouth, including autoimmune problems, immune deficiency, vitamin deficiencies and others.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Homeopathic therapy: While there is no cure for the common cold, many things you can do can reduce it's severity. Drinking plenty of fluids, steam inhalation & gentle gar... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Antibiotics: Normal treatment of a sinus infection is a 7 day course of antibiotics, decongestants and drinking plenty of fluids. Nasal inhalation of steam and sa... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Gargling: Warm salt water gargling, drinking plenty of fluids and anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen.

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Apr 2, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Archer is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Archer is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I loved this answer!!! Thank you for being there when i needed you
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Thanks for your quick reply! You Described it well, feels like I need to gag. Thanks!
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Thank you, yes they have some mental handicaps. I will not worry now

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Rosalind Franklin University - Chicago Medical School, IL
Graduated 1983MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITAL & CLINICS

Residency

Michael Reese Hospital

Awards

Distinguished Service Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology
"Best Doctors in America"
Patient’s Choice Physician Award

Affiliations

University of Kentucky College of Medicine
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