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Dr. William Culviner

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Norwich, CT
31 years experience male

Locations

Eastern CT Ear, Nose, & Throat, PC

Colchester, CT

Address

121 Broadway, Colchester, CT
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My office hours

Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

Oxford Health Plans

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CIGNA Health Care

Golden Rule Insurance Company

Medicaid

Tricare

Office

Willimantic, CT

Eastern CT Ear, Nose, & Throat, PC

Willimantic, CT

Eastern CT Ear, Nose, & Throat, PC & The Center for Facial Cosmetics

Norwich, CT

About

Bio

I went to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine. Postgraduate training was pursued in General Surgery for one year, followed by three years of experience in submarine and diving medicine. An Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery residency was completed at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center in Washington, D.C and Bethesda, MD. This provided a very broad experience in all aspects of my specialty. My practice has been in Southeastern Connecticut for the last 12 years doing all aspects of Otolaryngology and Cosmetic Facial procedures.

Specialties
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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Facial Plastic Surgery

Licenses

United States: Connecticut

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

876 Answers
263 Agrees
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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Dry: Most of the time, the nose is crusty because it is dry. See an ENT for exam. Simple measures to help include nasal saline mist or nasal gel. Other pr... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Antihistamines late: It has become more apparent over the past few years that taking an antihistamine in the evening can be better, as it will be in full force working the... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Devoted septum: A severe deviated septum narrows the nasal passages and can impair sinus drainage on that side. So, if you have a cold or allergy problem, certainly... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Ignore: Push fluids, take Guaifenesin , use a humidifier at night, rest voice , ; no whispering.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Ignore: Avoid antihistamines- too drying; use humidity, nasal saline, decongestants, and antibiotics per MD.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Throat sensation: Irritation in the throat can feel like something is stuck. Symptoms for one day are short term. Give it a little longer to see if it gets better. It ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
ETD: It sounds like you are having trouble equalizing the pressure in your middle ear. This often creates a fullness, like you want to pop or clear your ea... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
No: I am not sure i understand what your question is, but i see no connection between an enlarged thyroid and a viral head cold.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Many possibilities: A person of this age with the potential for numerous medical cofactors really needs to be seen by a doctor. Preferably, he should be seen by an intern... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
LPR : Laryngopharygeal reflux is when a small amount of acid comes up into the throat and irritates it. It is a common cause of dry tickle cough, chronic so... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
LPR : Laryngopharygeal reflux is when a small amount of acid comes up into the throat and irritates it. It is a common cause of dry tickle cough, chronic so... Read More
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
URI/allergies: For the watery eyes, runny nose an antihistamine is best. For the pain and discomfort of the headache and earache, an analgesic like Acetaminophen or... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Peri orbital fat : It depends how severe the baginess is. There sometimes is a role for injection of fillers- hyaluronic acid- around the eye to reduce the unwanted app... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Bloody mucus: You can't tell where the source of the blood is just by blowing. Sinuses produce mucus and , if infected , could drain pus and/or blood into the nose ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Slow transition: Sometimes it's better to taper off the Protonix (pantoprazole) gradually to prevent a rebound reflux problem. Another option is to take otc antacids ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Rhinorrhea : There could be a lot of causes for this. It could be that you have allergies, but one thing that would need evaluation would be a cerebrospinal fluid ... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Difficult: A septal perforation will usually cause chronic dry, crusty nose and sometimes bloody discharge. Nasal saline, neti pot rinses can help, but sometime... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: The uvula can be irritated from the breathing tube(endotracheal tube) which goes down your throat. It is sloughing or shedding mucosa that was injured... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
It's a virus: Mononucleosis is caused by epstein-barr virus. Up to 50% of people are infected with the virus by the age of 5. Most are asymptomatic carriers. The s... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Many possibilities: How long has this has been going on and is there a history of an infection or allergies? However, a clogged ear, if not related to wax could be somet... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Hard to say: This could be many things. You need to be specific about when it started and what treatment has been given. This could be thrush, aphthous ulcers, lic... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
See someone else: I would see another otolaryngologist because fungal sinusitis can be a difficult problem to deal with. It usually is addressed surgically, so you shou... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
LPR : Laryngopharygeal reflux is when a small amount of acid comes up into the throat and irritates it. It is a common cause of dry tickle cough, chronic so... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Need more info: Radioactive iodine is often used for graves' disease which is a hyperactive thyroid condition. I am assuming you were given this option or partial thy... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Need laryngoscopy : You need to see an ENT for a history and exam. You need a laryngoscopy or video stroboscopy to evaluate your larynx and vocal folds.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Post tonsillectomy: Yes, sounds pretty normal to have some lingering pain and discomfort. Irregularities in the tonsil bed are not uncommon. The oral mucosa can have a bu... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Sebaceous cyst: Cysts in the earlobe are often quite tender. They can get infected, then the pain is even worse. They are usually treated with antibiotics when acutel... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Tinnitus/fullness: Certainly tinnitus can be exacerbated by caffeine, so be aware caffeine intake. Many factors can cause tinnitus/fullness-medications, wax build up, m... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Nasal steroid: Nasonex is a nasal steroid spray, containing the active ingredient generically called mometasone. It is used primarily to treat allergic rhinitis . T... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
White tongue: It is fairly normal to have a whitish discoloration on the back of the tongue. The tongue sloughs daily and sometimes this can build up. This is espe... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Stomach : Bad breath is often related to dental disease, but sometimes related to a sinus condition or chronic tonsillitis. However, very often, it is often rel... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Sinus surgery : Everyone is different in their recovery from sinus surgery. However, it is common for healing to continue for up to three months. I always tell my pat... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Surveillance: You need to be seen on a periodic basis by an otolaryngologist to look into your throat with a fiberoptic scope. If there is anything suspicious, it c... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Two very different : Laryngospasm is when your vocal cords go into spasm. This can cause an abrupt onset of shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. You could pass o... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Uvular edema: This can occur with a viral or bacterial throat infection or some trauma to the area. Snoring at night with vibration of the throat tissues can cause ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Post op incision : When an incision heals, sometimes there will be spreading of the incision due to tension and there may be a whitish or yellow discharge that is fibri... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
No antibiotics : Fluid in the middle ear from pressure changes from flying generally requires decongestants, mucus thinners(saline, guaifenesin), and sometimes nasal/ ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Wait 10 days: You should wait for about 10 days of treatment . If you are getting worse, call. If you are the same or slightly better, give it more time. Use nasal... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Interesting thought: It would be unlikely for water to be trapped in your sinuses, as they are designed to drain mucus on a daily basis. I wonder how this situation occurr... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Mucosal breakdown: Ulcerations in the nose are areas of superficial (partial) breakdown of the protective mucosal membrane. This creates shallow regions of inflammation,... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Enlarged lymph node: Certainly, a cold can cause enlargement of lymph nodes, called reactive lymph nodes. It should slowly go down after the viral infection clears, but if... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Nasal congestion: Was this precipitated by a cold(URI) or allergies? Any history of chemicals inhaled which are irritants like paints, glues, or diesel exhaust. Is your... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Varicose veins: It is not unusual to have small, dilated and visible veins in the back of the throat. The red bumps are probably small lymph follicles. I would not be... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Asymmetrical tonsils: When your tonsils are unequal in size, it is of some concern. This is an indication to have your tonsils removed. There can be issues going on such as... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Wait longer: You should wait about 2 weeks to allow the BOTOX to fully exert its effects. It's not unusual to see irregularities early on, as it is just beginni... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Too much : In general I would not advise taking Allegra (fexofenadine) 30 min. after TheraFlu .TheraFlu contains an antihistamine called chlorpheniramine which ... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Dymista : The maximum daily dose is one spray per nostril twice daily. The combination of the nasal steroid and the nasal antihistamine in one spray has been sh... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Yes, those are symptoms that suggest that you may have contracted the Corona virus. You should get tested as soon as a possible.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Cerumen impaction: It is common to have your ear cleaned and feel a fullness or blocked sensation for hours. This could be the result of the general inflammation from t... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Furuncle: This is the technical term for a small pimple or boil inside the ear or in the ear canal. They can get red, swollen, tender, and infected. Sometimes h... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Culviner is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Culviner is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 20, 2016
Great Doctor, very clear to understand and very helpful
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Oh there's way more bizarre symptoms the most scary being mind jolts & the way my face has changed over the past yr+ on right side what ever it is I can feel it it's awf...Read More
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thx for taking the time Doc. I figured this was a complex issue. Hoping for the miracle answer.. thx for narrowing down the specialist to c
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I was in a fight was put in a headlock and push into my bed face down. When got up saw a black eye.didn't even feel getting hit in the eye though...

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
Graduated 1991MD

Residency

National Naval Medical Center

Awards

Top Doctor, Second Place, Hartford, CT - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, Hartford, CT - Winter
2013
Top Otolaryngologist, Second Place, Connecticut - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
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