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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

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373 Answers
2 Agrees
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
probably: As long as your ear drum is intact, it should not be a problem.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Depends why: Did you injure it with an object like a q-tip or finger nails? Is it associated with hearing loss? If you just scratched it, leave it alone. If you in... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Skin and Glands: Cerumen, or ear wax is comprised sloughed off skin of your ear canal and an oily substance produced by the cerumenous glands within y our ear canal.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Gradual, high tones: It takes place gradually over several years. It begins with the high tones and progressively extends to the lower frequencies.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Sneezing is ok: At one years of age, i would not treat her with any medications. Sneezing itself is not unhealthy.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Have your doc do it: No good way to do it yourself. Common techniques such as cotton swabs push it deeper in or injure the ear. Removal of wax through direct visualizatio... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
24-48 hours: You should notice a substantial improvement in your symptoms within 24-48 hours, mainly in the reduction of pain.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Typical cold: Rhinovirus is the virus that causes the common cold.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Depends on cause: If your ear ache has to do with your jaw, an advil or aleve (naproxen) pill will do it, at least temporarily. If it is a swimmer's ear or a middle ear... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Background noise: Keeping a regular droning noise in the background will drown it out and make you apathetic to it.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Likely not: Yellowish, greenish pus is consistent with a bacterial infection though a viral sinusitis can also produce similar symptoms. Bacterial sinusitis is mu... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Carotid artery?: If it is to the side below the angle of your jaw, 2 finger breadths below, it is the carotid artery. You probably more obviously when your heart rate ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Depends: It can be completely benign, produce ear pain transiently, or perforate your ear drum. It depends on the force of air received at your er drum.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Get it looked at: The cause can be wax, fluid behind the ear drum, or related to your jaw's insertion site at the base of skull. This begins with determining the cause ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Condition vs. sympto: Labyrinthitis is a condition that can produce vertigo. Vertigo is merely the sensation without the actual presence of motion.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Depends: Sometimes, a tonsil can appear enlarged on one side but is due to its lie within the tonsillar bed. Other times, it can be due to a serious condition.... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: Water that is not sterile contains some bacteria. That with a compromised ear canal that includes a bacterial infection is not going to help. You need... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Eustachian tube: With a cold, your nasal passages swell. This can render the eustachian tube less functional. This necessitates greater pressure difference between you... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Find out why: It can be wax filling your ear canal, it can be fluid behind your ear drum. It can be due to tmj. It can merely be due to relative negative pressure b... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Take out earring: You also probably need a course of antibiotics.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: If you colonize MRSA in your ear, touch it, and touch somebody else, they can colonize mrsa.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: This will produce no medical harm.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Depends: Your ear can bleed due to injury such as a scratch. It can also bleed due to injury to the ear drum. Chronic infection can also produce very fragile t... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Alcohol: If you develop a bubble in your ear canal, and your ear drum is intact, a drop or two of rubbing alcohol will break the surface tension of the bubble.... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Tell about trial: In the U.S. Hearing aids have a trial period. Advise your mate about this, have him/her see the relative inconspicuousness of the hearing aids and rea... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Both: Dizziness or lightheadedness can accompany a deviation of your body from "normal." this can include a deviation of your blood ph as in ketosis. It can... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Allergy or dry skin: Dry skin can certainly cause ithy ears. Try olive oil in an eye dropper to the ears. If this doesn't work, explore allergy treatments. This can includ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
It shouldn't: If your hearing aid is set to adequately amplify environmental noise and is not made to over-amplify, your hearing should not diminish due to he heari... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: There is a chain in the submentalmregion, between chin and adam's apple.
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Depends on cause: If your vertigo is due to your inner ear, it is the relative mismatch in activity that leads to the vertigo. If you have benign positional vertigo, yo... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Sore throat: A throat swab is often performed to test for strep throat. The symptoms of this are very sore throat and difficulty swallowing.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Depends: Acute ear infections often accompany upper respiratory infections such as a cold. She/he should complain of ear pain and likely hearing loss. Definiti... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Surgery: After a certain point, your tonsils, following multiple and chronic infections, can remain chronically inflamed. If it is chronically painful and enla... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: It is a subspecialty within dermatology with procedures such as facial peels and other facial rejuvenation procedures.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Aspiration: The stimulation of your upper airways is a very strong stimulant. With sedation, your ability to manage the liquid in your mouth like saliva is compro... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
CSF?: When i hear clear fluid from the ear, i worry about spinal fluid leaking through a hole in one's eardrum. If that is the case, this needs to be fixed ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Decongestant: If your nose is blocked, a quick temporary fix is a decongestant like sudafed. Longer term, nasal steroids work well.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: A perforated ear drum is typically insensate. So, if you have itchiness, its cause can be the same as somebody without a perforated ear drum.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Only in mobiliing: Baby oil will help make your wax more moist. This may increase likelihood that it will slowly migrate out your ear.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Muscle aches: A sneeze produces contraction of your intercostal muscles that run between your ribs. If these are over-used with sneezing, you get soreness.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Conductive loss?: You have the jugular vein and carotid artery running in close proximity to your ears. If you have a conductive hearing loss, the sounds within your ea... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Pimple?: Your ear lobe has sweat glands and pores that can get clogged. It can just be an inflamed, clogged pore. No worries.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Wait: Loud music from a night club can result in your hearing temporarily diminishing and ringing. After a period of days to months, the hearing should impr... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Consider myringotomy: A myringotomy, lancing the eardrum, is very effective at resolve the fluid accumulation behind your eardrum.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Depends on cause: It may be as simple as wax, or more complicated like fluid behind the ears. Get someone to examine you and find the cause. Then you can find the treat... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Breathing too rapid: Hyperventilation is a period of time where breathing is performed at an excessively rapid rate driving up the ph of one's blood. Normal ph is 7.4. Hyp... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
No: A large comonent of your nose is due to cartilage. From the nasal bridge, the remaining lower part of your nose is cartilage until its crest at your u... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Infection? Tumor?: The cause for a single tonsil to enlarge can be related to the positioning of the bed where the tonsil sits producing an illusion of a large single to... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Telescope for nose: Nasal endoscopy is performed for an in depth examination of the nasal cavity. It is performed when an endoscope, or a sort of telescope whether flexib... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Depends: If the fluid behind your ears is pus, you need antibiotics. If it is serous fluid and on one side, you need to be sure you do not have a tumor like ma... Read More
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Testimonials
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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.
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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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