Dr. Harold Kim

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Portland, OR
30 years experience male

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Office

Portland, OR

Address

911 Nw 18th Ave, Portland, OR
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Portland, OR

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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Languages spoken

Korean

Doctor Q&A

373 Answers
2 Agrees
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Possibly: Respiratory infections can cause the retention of fluid behind the ear drum. This can result in some hearing loss. This can increase the conspicuousne... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: It certainly depends on the surgeon, but it will ablate the input of most of your inner ear organs in producing vertigo and increase its effectiveness... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Stop, rest: Stop, find a safe place to spend while the attack runs its course. If you have and are able to swallow either a xanax (alprazolam) or valium tablet, t... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Pain: A nasal bone fracture hurts. Breathing can be made difficult from nasal obstruction for displaced bone or swollen tissue. A noticeable lum, bump, depr... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Antihistamine. : Fexofenadine, previously marketed under the brand name allegra, is an antihistamine similar to Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Many things: Your throat and ear share some nerves. So, if your throat hurts, it can radiate to your ear. Cause for throat pain can be infectious, less likely if o... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Depends: If the ear drum perforation is small, an option is observation. The other is a tympanoplasty with a ventilation tube because you may need the flow of ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Possibly reflux: If you have a cough after meals and in the morning, you may be bringing up stomach acid into your esophagus or throat. This can be irritating to the e... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: But you need your ENT to do it. A myringotomy is a relatively safe procedure that your physician can do in the office to remove middle ear fluid and v... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Theoretically.: The benzodiazepine class of drugs, which includes medications like valium and xanax, (alprazolam) is an analog of gaba. As such, these medications are... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
No: Your sense of smell is dependent on your olfactory nerves, that is the nerves for smell and the adequate flow of the scent through your nose to the ne... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Narrowing : This is a congenital condition that arises from abnormal maturation of the aorta relative to the heart and arteries for the lung. As a result, there i... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Anesthesia: Typical medications used for anesthesia induce nausea and vomiting. They can also make you feel unsteady. These are typically much improved vs. Resol... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Are you sure?: Blocked eustachian tubes will typically cause a sensation of fullness in the affected and hearing loss. If all you experience is occasional ringing, I... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Dizziness: There is inflammation of one of the balance nerves that run to your ears. Thought to be due to a viral infection, one starts with a spinning sensation... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Antihistamine : Allegra is an antihistamine otherwise known by its generic name fexofenadine. It is similar in effect to Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
See your doctor: The presence of a hole in your eardrum will help your ear to drain. If it burst due to infection, you still need antibiotics to treat the infection.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Unlikely: These products break up the ear wax to help it fall out. They do not change it's color. Wax is often brown though.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Sports drinks: If you are getting dehydrated due to things like fever, vomiting, or not taking in enough liquids, i would recommend sports drinks that contain water ... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Swallowing: The act of swallowing contracts the muscles in your eustachian tube, which is how you equalize pressure in your ears. Doing this while your ears progr... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Go see a doctor: You probably need antibiotics, steroids, or both. Cough drops are not going to help either a viral or bacterial cause of a severe sore throat. Referre... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Decongestion: A sinus is opacified on a ct scan due to either fluid or soft tissue. This can be due to either an acute infection or chronic infection. The treatment... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
No: An ulcer is an open sore. A seroma is an accumulation of serum fluid underneath the skin. Though they can both cause pain, a seroma is usually not wee... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Unlikely: On the septum, there is a group of blood vessels that are close to the surface of yoru nose lining. When he blows his nose, he increases the pressure ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Otologist: An otologist neurotologist deals with problems associated with hearing and balance. They deal with these problems using non surgical and surgical mean... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Clogged pores: Your ear lobe has hair follicles and sweat glands. These can get clogged producing a pimple like process.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Many things: The cause of your dizziness can only be determined by a careful history in regards to what you experience when you feel dizzy, how long it lasts, what... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Depends on the type: If you have an ear infection of your ear canal like a swimmer's ear, you need the debris removed and receive antibiotic ear drops. If the infection is... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: Vertigo is the sensation of movement of self or environment in the absence of movement. The closing of one's eyes often accentuates this sensation.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Unrelated: The external ear infections are not likely to be related to the post nasal drip and swollen lymph nodes.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: The source of ringing/tinnitus is anywhere within your hearing system from ear to auditory cortex of your brain.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: But it indicates you probably have a hole in your ear drum. Mucus type fluid can accumulate in your middle ear.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Time or myringotomy: This will usually resolve on its own. If you want to hasten it, you may get an ENT to lance your ear drum (a myringotomy).
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Medication, too: You may consider a nasal steroid. The whistle is due to relatively turbulent flow through your ear. You can reduce some of the turbulent flow with a n... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
There may be: Often, things fall into the ear such as bits of hair or free wax. Also, if you scratched your ear canal in the recent past, this can be felt also.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Debridement: You need to have the infected debris from your ear canal removed and have antibiotics to treat the infection.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Ear drum hole?: If you are talking about an ear drum perforation, time allows the healing of a substantial number of these. Get it checked out by an ent. After a peri... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
See an ENT: The cause of your hearing loss can be reversed in some circumstances. First, the nature of your hearing loss needs to be determined, whether it is due... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Body position: Sleeping with your head elevated keeps your nose from becoming more congested. Your sore throat can be helped with greater humidification of the room ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Two ways: You can have an allergic reaction after exposure to mold such as in a moldy basement or the air conditioner that is moldy. The other is an actual skin... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
See a doc: If you have total absence of movement on one side, the best chance at recovery of movement to normal levels require steroids and antivirals. Go see an... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Not likely: Whereas viral infections can help to produce chronic tonsillitis, it is unlikely the culprit for something that occurs 8 months later.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Stapedial spasm: Your middle ear space, that is the area behind your ear drum has two muscles. They can twitch like other muscles in the body. Conditions such s much c... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
See an ENT: Many conditions can cause discharge from the ear with associated hearing loss and pain. This can be related to an ear canal infection or an infection ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Ear infection: A swimmer's ear will cause sharp ear pain and drainage of fluid. A middle ear infection with a tympanic membrane perforation will also produce that.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
So?: What matters is not the deviation itself but rather its consequence. Does it cause headache or difficulty reaching?
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Leave it alone: Scratching the bumps will cause pain and possibly scarring. They can also get infected.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Depends on cause: Some causes of vertigo can be diet related, such as meniere's disease or migrainous vertigo. Others, such as bppv have no correlation.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Tinnitus: You have tinnitus, which is the perception of sound that your body previously masked the presence of.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Can vary: Tinnitus arises from wear and tear of the hearing system. It can be made more conspicuous with hearing loss related to an ear infection. Sometimes, wh... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Apr 2, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
Jul 7, 2013
Great responses. Recommend highly. Dr. Ali
Nov 27, 2012
Excellent Surgeon. Caring physician.
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! I'm taking Allegra - will that finish drying up the ear or should I return to the Dr? I took prednisone before when it was really bad.
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! Thanks for ur reply but plz can u clarify more about serious condition. Its small swollen without any white spots or red spots or pain
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Thanks for your quick reply! My dr says its otosclerisis but it comes and goes when i pop my ears. Dont want unnecessary surgery... thank you

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Graduated 1997MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Washington
Graduated 1993MD

Residency

Albert Einstein Medical Center

Residency

Albert Einstein Medical Center

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, Portland, OR - Winter
2013
Top Otolaryngologist, Third Place, National - Winter
2013
Top Otolaryngologist, First Place, Oregon - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Triological Society
American Otological Society

Publications

Otoprotective effects of dexamethasone in pneumococcal meningitis: an animal study.
A third mobile window at the cochlear apex.
Dysgeusia and cholesteatoma.
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