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Dr. Lonnie Smith

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tulare, CA
40 years experience male

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Specialties
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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Sleep Medicine

Licenses

United States: California

Doctor Q&A

387 Answers
862 Agrees
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
You need surgery now: Medications is not the answer. You need to have the cholesteatoma removed ASAP. I suggest you talk to your ENT surgeon and tell him or her about you... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: By blowing against a closed nose you force air up the eustachian tube which can open it, may be only temporarily.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
May be infected: You should see a doctor, sounds like you have an infection of your eye.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Viral infection: The bad cold could have caused the ringing a long with eustachain tube dysfunction, both of those could cause tinnitis (ringing). Should subside, if ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
No: If you are having difficulties with agitation, palpitaions, or rapid heart beat go to ER and get checked.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: If you are having severe reflux symptoms. You should see a GI physician for treatment.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Yes be careful when applying medication around the eyes.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
No: Reflux disease is not normally a cause of rhinitis. An allergy would be most likely or cold.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Not sure: The appropriate referral would be to an ENT doctor. Ask your PCP again. You may need further testing that the PCP can't do.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Yes but the surgery itself should have helped with mouth breathing. If you are several weeks post op, you should have your surgeon recheck things. B... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
See GI physician: The best way to rule out esophageal ca is to have an examination EGD done by a GI physician. You probably don't have cancer.
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Hard to tell: You need an exam to tell for sure if it is broken. See your physician.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Dryness or infection: Nose bleeds can be caused by excessive dryness in the nose, allergies or infections. Medications also such as aspirin and others. If they are frequen... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
See Dermatologist: You should see a dermatologist to check your scalp. Also stress and nervous conditions can cause problems with your hair.
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A member asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
See your Oral Surg: You may have some related strain on your TMJ from the extraction. It may resolve over time, but you should get checked by your Oral Surgeon.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Imagining a bad odor: It is the imaging or perception of a bad or foul odor. It can be psychological or some times associated with a brain tumor. It also can be associate... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Not linked but...: Acid reflux may cause sore throats are pain in the area of the tonsil. Tonsillitis is an infection either bacterial or viral of the tonsils. Some tre... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Probably not: But if you are worried take a home pregnancy test.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Small size: A lymph node under 2 cm is usually not thought to be pathologic on most diagnostic studies. So if the lymph node is under 2 cm the radiologist would ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Cracking sound: The cracking sound when you open your mouth is more consistent with TMJ problems. The pain can radiate from the joint to head and neck.
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A female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Muscle sprain/strain: You may have injured or strained a muscle during practice. See your physician OR if the team has a trainer.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
If prepared right OK: If the sushi is prepared right by a trained chef it is Ok. But like any food it has to be prepared and stored correctly. You should be cautious who ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Possible infection: You should see your health care provider. It is possible you have an infection.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Possible: But you should get checked. It could also be an infection of your respiratory system. Go and see your healthcare provider.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Be cautious: Best is to ask your OB before you take any medicines while pregnant.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
No: Your BMI(Body Mass Index) is 23 which is a normal healthy weight for a young girl of your age, weight and height.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Possible wound prob: You should check with your surgeon to make sure there is no wound infection. It may be normal post operative swelling and inflammation,
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
No taste.: Taste is highly or closely connected to the sense of smell. Virus infections such as the flu can affect the sense of smell, even though you may not b... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Bad Smell: You may have an ear infection. You should have it checked by your physician.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Do you have seizures: It is possible that the jaw pain is a symptom of a neurological problem itself. Do you have a seizure disorder. You may want to see a Neurologist.
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: You will have to start your routine again you just can't pick up where you stopped.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
May cause headaches: Flonase can cause headaches and nasal burning.
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A member asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Check again with ped: You should ask your pediatrician again the dosages for children less than 6 years old are not listed. So can't give you the recommended dosage.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Probably not: Probably not, but if you miss your period do a home test for pregnancy.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Try an decongestant: Try an decongestant otc such as sudafed or Mucinex (guaifenesin) d. If you have hypertension or a heart disease stay away from these and use a nasal ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Should see your MD: It may be a tonsil infection but it is probably better for you to be checked. A culture could be taken and you may need to be treated.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Too much water?: They can increase fluid retention and headaches. Also will lead to electrolyte imbalance and other problems. You are making the problem worse by "DRA... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Start with Primary: See your primary MD first, they will refer you to a dermatologist if necessary.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Sense of smell: Viruses can affect the first nerve and the sense of smell. If you can't smell you won't be able to taste either. Hopefully it is only temporary.
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A 78-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
You need to see MD: The problem with insomnia is you can't do a good workup and treatment plan in a setting like this, you need to see a physician who treats sleep proble... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Probably not.: Tonsils stones are usually white to yellow in color. Red lump on the tonsil may be secondary to an infection. You should see your physician.
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A female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
See a physician: Probable infection may need antibiotics and or drainage.
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A male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Stop playing: You are getting symptoms of over use. Stop playing video games and go outside do other activities.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: The nose is constantly growing. The cartilage can change overtime as your nose changes.
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A male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Infection or allergy: You may be suffering from either an allergy or sinus infection. You may want to go to your physician and get examined.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
No: You do not need good fungus for digestion.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
No: Especially if you took the medication a few days ago it should be out of your system by now, your body should have cleared the medication. Sounds lik... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Eustachian Tube: The eustachian tube is also involved in your illness. When you blow your nose you force air and mucous up that tube. The inflammation from that cause... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Aspiration: If the water came from the mouth through the nose oral and gastric secretions could have been washed into the nose.
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: It depends on the cell type on how serious it is, you need to have an ultrasound guided biopsy for tissue. Then your physician will be able to tell y... Read More
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Testimonials
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Recommendations
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Thank you notes
Dec 30, 2014
Dr. Smith is really knows his field and provides clear and caring answers. A great and trustworthy resource!
Nov 11, 2014
Experienced, respected specialist in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery. Highly recommend.
Sep 27, 2014
Very accurate and timely responses.
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for the reassurance. I've seen a GP who diagnosed perforation but still feels like water in there. Your answer makes sense of that feeling
HealthTap member
This saved my life. Thank you. Thanks so much! I was freaking out since I have a couple hyperpigmented spots on my face and I was worried it was going to take months to heal.
HealthTap member
Glad to hear. My mom has diabetes and it freaked me out. Already been managing anemia - wasn't sure if that was a symptom. Thanks! I feel much better!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UCLA School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1982MD

Residency

King/Drew UCLA Hospital
Completed 1987

Awards

Top Otolaryngologist, Second Place, California - Fall
2014
Top Doctor, First Place, Bakersfield Region - Fall
2014
Most Influential Doctor, First Place, Bakersfield Region - Fall
2014
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