Dr. Lonnie Smith

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tulare, CA
41 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 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Eustachian tube: Your eustacian tube is probably the problem. When you swallow the muscles in the throat pull on it causing it to open whuch may make your ears pop. B... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
See your physician: You may have an infection that needs treatment. See your physician.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Examination: Examination and history of pressure or popping in the ear. You also may have tympanometry performed by your physician. It is examination using an im... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Reflux: Possible having reflux disease. Laryngeal signs of that may be cough and sore throat. The chest pain and back may be heart burn. You should see you... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
TInnitus: Ringing in the ears can have multiple causes from wax in the ears to medications or loud noise. Aspirin is the most common medication to cause tinnit... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Nasal Allergies: You can try numerous OTC antihistamines, some which are non sedating. You may also want to try nasal saline sprays or washes which may help also. Hu... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Vaginal fluid: Yes this probably normal vaginal secretions or lubricants form you. It helps with the friction produced by intercourse. Without these fluids sex wou... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Possible Reflux: It is possible reflux disease. The symptoms you describe fit with that diagnosis. You should see your physician.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
You have lump?: You should get checked if you have a large lump that vis hard. See an ENT physician.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
See MD: You should have her sen may be asthma starting to appear. But even if it is not it warrants her being examined and checked.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Allergies: Post nasal drip from allergies are more likely than a tumor. You could have reflux disease. You may want to see your physician.
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A member asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: You should see an ENT physician and have that checked. Your nose shouldn't crack.
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Nothing: The MRI should not physically affect your brain at any age.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Promote drainage: You want to give the medicine a chance to work. I would try things to promote drainage, such as mucinex, (guaifenesin) nasal decongestants similar to... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Warm moist air,: Your nose works to warm and humidify the air which does not cause discomfort. The mouth is inefficient at doing this and the air may irritate your al... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Follow MD directions: Removing the dressing won't increase the risk of infection. Go ahead remove the gauze as directed by your surgeon.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Lymphoid tissue: The bumps in the back of the throat if they are not painful are probably lymphoid tissue which are a response to the drainage from your post nasal dr... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Ear pain: You have constant pain for 2 days that is bad enough you feel it needs to bt treated, you should be examined. It maybe a minor or viral infection but... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Need to be checked: It could be something really simple but I think you should be seen by your physician to be checked.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Flush gently: Flush the ear gently with warm water, there may be soft ear wax in the ear.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
See Obs: Follow your Obs recommendations and directions. Prenatal care will help and is extremely important.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
No: It is important for you always wash your hands before you eat, It is to not going to help now to worry or throw up the meal. If you are not having a... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Higher range: If you are talking about the higher range of your voice when you sing. It may be due to continued inflammation of your vocal cords. But not knowing ... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
See Dermatologist: It is hard or impossible to confirm your doctors diagnosis without examining you. If you want a second opinion try to see a Dermatologist.
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A female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Inflammation: Inflammation from the ear can spread to that area making it feel like the infection has spread to your jaw. You should have yourself checked for poss... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: They can increase fluid retention and headaches. Also will lead to electrolyte imbalance and other problems.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Labrynthitis: That is possible and it would not show on MRI or other radiographic test.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Skill of your MD: Those are definitely the risk of the procedure. But a well skilled surgeon will decrease the odds of those complications. Statistics are just that n... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
No: Excessive ear wax should not cause anything else than hearing loss and may be ear discomfort. Your temple jumping may be a nervous tic. See your phy... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Nasal congestion.: You can have allergic rhinitis without symptoms of runny nose or sneezing, itchy nose. You may only notice the congestion. Not all the symptoms of A... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
See a doctor: You must of have been itching very hard. If the cartilage was dislocated you may need medical treatment. An ENT physician or your primary MD.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
See MD: You should never squeeze pimples, that could lead to infections. You should see your physician may need antibiotics.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Possible: But more commonly it will cause metallic taste in your mouth.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
See your physician: You may have Meniere's syndrome or disease. Get checked to start treatment.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
No connection: There really isn't any connection with eating cold foods and catching a cold. Cold viruses don't have anything to do with eating cold foods.
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A female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Trust your MD: If your endocrinologist has checked you and feel there is no change and .3cm is probably insignificant growth. I would not worry. If you are request... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Take as directed: Promethazine is for cough mainly not for sore throat. You should take your medication as the doctor directed you. If you have more problems see your... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Possible Tonsillitis: You may have tonsillitis. The hole you see may be from the swelling causing the normal folds appear bigger. You should see your MD.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Yes plastic surgery: A rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure usually to change or improve the appearance of the nose. It can also help in the overall functioning of the nos... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Try an allergy med: Your pregnant wife maybe suffering from rhinitis of pregnancy which is common. You may have allergies or symptoms if sympathy. You should try otc al... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Check Heart: You should see your family physician to check for any cardiovascular problems that may be causing pressure changes. Also your medicaton shouild be ch... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: Flonase has been around for many years and if used properly as recommended is a safe medication. All medications have possible side effects but is us... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Other meds: There are inhaled nasal antihistamine and certainly montelukast is a possibility for you I think you should check with your MD for what may be best fo... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Sleep walking: Sleep walking in children usually gets better and may subside as children mature. It is important to keep them safe during these episodes. The area s... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Anesthetic: A topical anesthetic, makes the skin numb.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Talk to Surgeon: You should ask your surgeon about the problems this may cause, it may not be a problem at all, or it may be a problem depending on the type of surger... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Bells Palsy: Sounds like you have facial nerve weakness or paralysis. You should see your PCP.
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
An URI: An upper respiratory infection possibly, even a sinus infection. You should be seen by your physician for a examination and appropriate treatment.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
See an ENT MD: If you have a peritonsillar abscess this is best treated by an ENT physician who may aspirate the abscess with a needle and syringe or drain it with a... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
See an Orthopedic: You need to be checked before anyone can tell what to do, See an Orthopedic doctor or a Neurosurgeon who handles backs,
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Testimonials
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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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