Dr. Sanford Archer

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Lexington, KY
40 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

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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.

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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

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ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric

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Doctor Q&A

144 Answers
25 Agrees
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Contact w/infected: Diphtheria is transmitted by droplet infection through contact with a patient or carrier. The probability of spread depends on the closeness & durati... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Outer ear infections: Only if you have an outer ear infection, also know as swimmer's ear. Then you must keep it dry or it will get worse.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Food particles: Tonsiliths are food particles covered in minerals from your saliva.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Oral tobacco use: The majority of tonsillar cancers are related to the use of tobacco products, including chewing tobacco. Heavy alcohol use increases the risk in toba... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Speech therapy: Most causes of hoarseness in children are caused by screaming, resulting in vocal nodules or bumps on the vocal folds. These cause changes in the voi... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Not likely: Ultrasound exams are performed by trained technicians and supervised by physicians on site, so a mix up is unlikely. It is, however, common for many ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
No worries : Just pulling on your ear should not cause any problems but why does someone need to do that? There may be some underlying issues with the ear canal th... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Surgery by Voice ENT: Recurrent tonsillitis can and usually causes a significant impact in your quality of life, not to mention days of school/work missed and the inability... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Not likely: While dog bites are problematic for infections, licking is not usually associated with oral or skin infections.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Nothing: Taking an antibiotic at night for a cough is not standard therapy. It is best to see a doctor to figure out why you have a cough and treat the cause,... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Irritation: The active ingredient in Vicks is a mentholated product which is a natural decongestant. Placing it under you nose or in a vaporizer is fine, but it ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Nasal dryness: The most common cause of recurrent nose bleeds are nasal membrane dryness. Add a humidifier to your bedroom and apply vaseline in your nose regularly... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Bad idea: Both are sedatives and can reduce breathing and cause serious problems for your child. Don't suppress the cough, treat the cause. Bring him to the p... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
7-10 days: An acute sinus infection may follow a URI and frequently lasts 7-10 days. Often, the body's immunologic system cures itself, but if symptoms linger, ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Saline rinses: Wash your nose with salt solution, use decongestants and anti-inflammatory medications. These will promote drainage of the sinuses. Drink plenty of ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Musculoskeletal pain: Most likely you have some posture issues with how you are sleeping, causing soreness of the muscle groups of your side. Try other sleeping arrangemen... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 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
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Weight: Weight loss including healthy diet and exercise are essential. Avoid smoking!
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
1-2 days: Claritin (loratadine) works quickly, within 1-2 hours but depending on symptoms, may take several days to see a result.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Bitter lip balm: There are a variety of lip products on the market that are lubricating but bitter, reducing the urge to bite your lip.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Yes they can: In most cases, they will help alot. It depends on the type of hearing loss you have. Go to an ENT doctor for an exam and hearing evaluation. They c... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Symptoms: Colds are associated with a low grade fever, clear nasal discharge and an achy feeling which can last 5-7 days constantly. Allergy symptoms are unrel... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Possible: Mri is not a sensitive tool for sinusitis. Often, the sinuses are normal when one lights up on an mri. Your symptoms are not classic for a sinus inf... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Allergies/Asthma: Nasal allergies can cause sore throat and phlegm, and can worsen bouts of asthma. See your physician for adjustments to your medications and to make ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
OTC: Talking about a middle ear infection, the ear connects with the throat through the eustachian tube. If you could open up the tube, the ear infection ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Antibiotics/surgery: Chronic tonsillitis means persistent infection lasting 3 or more months. Extended antibiotics including Clindamycin may be helpful, but surgery is of... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
TMJ: Intermittent pain around the ear can be caused by tmj. If it hurts while chewing or eating, than tha is very likely. Treatment should be combined wi... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: Eustachian tube dysfunction can been sudden related to swimming or other pressure related changes or related chronic problems related to allergy. If ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Possibly: The answer depends on the duration of your symptoms and other complaints that you may also have. Typically a throat infection would not persist past ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
See a doctor: Causes of cough in a 2 year old could be related to chronic adenoiditis or reflux disease. It is better to understand the cause of the cough and trea... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 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
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A 71-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Inflammed node: Ramsey hunt syndrome is a viral illness and can cause swollen lymph nodes. If the lump is getting bigger or more tender, than it might be infected an... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
No: An ear infection can affect balance and equilibrium, characteristics critical in martial arts. You can hurt yourself or be hurt if not fully recovere... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Lighter earrings: Wear lighter ear rings or clip ons to avoid excess weight on your lobe which might damage them again.
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Vocal trauma: You are probably overusing your voice and not resting it or drinking enough fluids. Cigarette smoke, both active & 2nd can harm it. Postnasal drainag... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Maybe: Mucomyst is an inhalational agent that serves to help break up mucous. Atrovent is an oral or nasal spray that serves to dry up secretions. It shoul... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Common in strokes: Stroke patients and others with brainstem injuries can cause swallowing problems, but an isolated problem with swallowing is unlikely to be caused by... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Ear drops: Only if you have an outer ear infection, also know as swimmer's ear. Then you must keep it dry or it will get worse. Antibiotic ear drops can help cl... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Saline rinses: Saline nasal rinses before bed and sleeping with your head of bed elevated can help reduce nasal swelling which may cause sinus headaches.
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Most often after a mastoidectomy, dissolvable packing materials are place in the ear and need to be cleaned out by your ENT surgeon. You should have ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Allergy or reflux: Both allergy and reflux can cause an itchy throat. Since you already are on allergy meds, try increasing your water intake, cut our caffeinated bever... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Any nasal injury as a child can affect the growth as an adult. It must be a serious or repetitive injury, however.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Not likely: Nose blowing seeks to push mucus out of the sinuses, not drag bad air into them.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Not a cold!: No one has a year round cold. If your symptoms are constant congestion and postnasal drainage, it can mimic a cold but is more likely caused by aller... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Sinusitis/bronchitis: Sounds like a URI has turned into a spell of bronchitis. If the cough is productive of colored mucus, increasing cough and a fever, than you should v... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
No: Spicy foods might make your nose run as a vasomotor response, but will not cause sinusitis.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Gargle w/ salt soln: Common causes of sore throat separate from tonsillitis or viruses are postnasal drainage from allergies or laryngopharyngeal reflux, acid spilling int... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
See an ENT doctor : Igloo air is thick mucus secretions in the middle ear and the longer it’s present, the more likely the eardrum will retract and cause worsening of you... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
No worries : A mass that size that’s been stable for two years is very unlikely to be anything worrisome. It most is a skin cyst that requires no treatment. If it’... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
TMJ treatment : The most common cause of jaw and ear pain is from TMJ syndrome. If you’ve been to your physician and they’ve checked your ears and they are normal in ... Read More
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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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