Dr. Brian Affleck

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Nampa, ID
32 years experience male

Locations

Saltzer Medical Group

Nampa, ID

Address

215 E. Hawaii Ave, Nampa, ID, US
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My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

(208) 463-3045

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Aetna

Blue Cross of Idaho

CHAMPUS

Humana Insurance Company

Medicaid

Medicare

Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon

Oregon Health Plan

SelectHealth

Tricare

ODS Health Plans

About

Bio

I was interested in medicine since I was very young. In fact, by the time I was in the first grade, I knew I not only wanted to be a doctor, I wanted to pursue my specialty of otolaryngology or ear, nose and throat. Much of my interest was sparked by the fact that my father practiced as an ENT specialist for over 40 years. After my father completed his residency, we moved to Southeast Idaho. I went to high school at Bonneville High, graduating at the top of my high school class. I then attended Brigham Young University, completing a Bachelor's Degree in microbiology as a Cum Laude honor graduate. I also completed Aerospace Studies and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force Reserve and was the #1 non-technical graduate in my class. I then attended the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and completed an MD in 1991. I was honored by being inducted in the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. My first year after medical school, I did one year of General Surgery training at David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base. I then served six years as a Flight Surgeon in the Air Force. I entered my otolaryngology training at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, completing this training in 2002. I completed by board certification in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 2003. I served in various leadership capacities while in the Air Force all the while practicing otolaryngology. I served as an Element Leader, Flight Commander, Deputy Squadron Commander and Squadron Commander. My last Air Force responsibility was Chief of the Medical Staff, SGH or Chief Medical Officer for both Osan Air Base in Korea and Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. I helped lead Elmendorf Hospital to be the #1 hospital in the entire Air Force, two years in a row. This was an astonishing feat. In 2011, I retired from the AF. I practiced in La Grande, Oregon for two years and in 2013, I moved to Idaho.

Specialties
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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Tonsil stones: Tonsil stones are known by a variety of different names. One medical term is tonsillolith. Another is tonsil calculus. Essentially these are yellow... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Protective: The flu shot is a protective immunization against the flu. You get a light exposure to several different strains of flu so that your immune system is... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Strep throat: Recovery from strep depends on whether or not you receive antibiotic treatment. Usually, 7-10 days is all it takes to start feeling better although i... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Tonsillitis: Tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils. There are a variety of different types of infection and numerous bacteria that can cause tonsillitis. Mo... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Caffeine in chocolat: There really isn't that my much caffeine in chocolate, but there is some. There is also a related substance, theobromine. The half life of caffeine ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Over 50 testing: Thyroid function testing, cholesterol screening, colonoscopy, mammogram, prostate tests (blood work and exam), glucose/insulin testing, liver tests an... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
PLMs: Periodic limb movements or plms are typically found and diagnosed via a polysomnogram or sleep study. These are conducted by sleep medicine physician... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: The common ingredients for changing your circadian or "daily" rhythm is about two key things: light and melatonin. There are two types of disorders r... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Circadian rhythm: Not really...But, when a parent suffers with a circadian rhythm disturbance, it can often affect spouse and children, but there is no genetic link tha... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Afternoon Sleepy: Because of a natural rhythm in our body's systems, it is common to feel a little tired in the mid- to late afternoon. Best thing to do is to be physi... Read More
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Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Food poisoning-GO: She should be evaluated for food poisoning. Should go to your nearest Emergency Room for evaluation. If you still have some of the fish, wrap it up a... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Allergic rhinitis: This is a common medicine for patients with allergies. It will work for other problems, like non-allergic rhinitis or even vasomotor rhinitis. It is... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
ENT Evaluation: Asymmetric tonsils should be evaluated by an ENT specialist. Even if you are not having any symptoms, best to have it looked at to determine if there ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Ear pit: If there is just a small hole, the condition is called a pre-auricular pit. These are congenital, meaning that you were born with it. This is not a ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Oral cancer: In the early stages an oral cancer can be soft, but as it advances, it will usually get hard, sometimes rock hard. As a cancer gets bigger, the tissue... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
All Kinds: Since we really only have limited space, it is impossible to provide a comprehensive answer to your question. All kinds of diseases can be spread by ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Just one: Without an exam, it is hard to say. But what you are seeing is most likely one single tonsil that has two large areas or you might actually have a gr... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Sinus Cancer: It really depends on what you mean by normal dust... Typical outdoor dust is composed of dirty and other particulate matter. This has not been shown t... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
You should seek care at a local Urgent Care clinic so that they can evaluate your throat and possibly do a throat culture.
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Short answer: yes. The tear duct is a long tube that goes from the inner eyelids down to the bottom of the nose to an area called the inferior meatus... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Not contagious: Chronic tonsillitis is not contagious. Typically this means that you have had multiple episodes of infections involving the tonsils or that the tonsi... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Another problem: While the pain may be directly from the ear, it is possible that the pain is coming from someplace else. I would suggest three less common possibilit... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Persistent fluid: It is not unusual to have persistent fluid in the middle ear after suffering an ear infection despite appropriate antibiotic treatment. It may take a... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Sleep Terrors: There has not been any particular body position that increases the risk of or correlates with sleep terrors.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Be consistent: To feel fully rested and refreshed from sleep, you need consistency in the length of time you sleep and you need that sleep, ideally in a consolidated... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Nasal Fracture: A broken nose or nasal fracture is a clinical diagnosis. The diagnosis is made by palpating or feeling the nasal bones for swelling, step off, pain o... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Tonsil stones: Tonsil stones are considered by some to be a common cause of tonsil/throat pain and they don't generally respond to antibiotics. Some gargle salt wat... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Supporting therapy: Your symptoms do not sound like a severe infection. Mild sore throat and light chills may suggest a viral process. The blood in your mucous may simp... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Globus: One of the more common problems that cause these symptoms is reflux that is getting to the voice box, called laryngopharyngeal reflux, also known as s... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Hear your breathing: You might have a number of different ear problems. First, if your nose is congested, your middle ear might be the cause, either positive pressure (un... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Mixed Hearing Loss: A mixed hearing loss means that there is both conductive hearing loss (related to the ear drum or middle ear bones or space) and sensorineural hearing... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Neck Pop: Although anything is possible, your symptoms are not likely to be related. Stiff neck and related "pop" are probably neck muscle strain. Pain in the... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Sneeze: Sneezing is suppressed when you sleep.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Strep throat: Yes, all of these are symptoms you might suffer. It is rare today to end up in hospital with strep, but those are the more severe infections. Any in... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Nose sore: First try to moisten it with a little vaseline or petroleum-based ointment. Vaseline works nicely and there isn't any antibiotic or other drug to whi... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Tonsillectomy postop: You need to expect a very sore throat for at least 2 weeks. Once you start to heal, you will likely take another 2-4 weeks to get back to normal. Yo... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Ear pain: Two most common problems with dull ear ache: temporomandibular joint pain dysfunction (tmd or tmj) or ear infection. Ear infection could involve the... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Wheezing/Cough: Feeling weak and tired with coughing up green mucus is concerning for infection, somewhere. Wheezing would suggest the lungs. Could be asthma exacer... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Microtia: Microtia is not that common of a problem, but when it occurs, a child will often have narrowing of the ear canal, which is called atresia. Most of th... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
May need more abx: Sometimes the tonsils can flare again if the infection is incompletely treated. Usually requires 10-14 days of antibiotics or possibly a full second ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Tonsillitis: Usually tonsillitis will clear up in 2weeks or so, with appropriate treatment.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Allergies: Given the time of year and the fact that your mucous is clear/white, you probably are having mild allergy symptoms or you could have caught a cold. E... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Difficulty swallow: The most common reason that i see for difficulty swallowing in teenagers is tonsillitis. Tonsillitis is quite common and can occur from viral or bac... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Thyroid nodules: In some cases, taking thyroid hormone replacement therapy can shrink thyroid nodules. Sometimes, though, all we do with this treatment is keep the th... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Nasal fracture: These are certainly signs of a broken nose. A broken nose is a clinical diagnosis. Best to be seen and evaluated to make sure. If the nose is broke... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Neck mass/lump: There are a lot of characteristics of concerning or worrisome lumps in the neck. You do have lymph nodes throughout your neck, including the area you... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Vertigo: A hot shower can cause vertigo simply by changing the temperature in your ear canals. This is the same principle we use when we do caloric testing of... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Tonsillectomy: Tonsillectomy is performed for numerous conditions and the answer to your question really depends on why you were recommended to have your tonsils tak... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Cold treatment: Lots of options since you caught it early. Some recommendations include increasing fluids, taking vitamins (like vit c). Another product that has ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Large tonsil: The symptoms you are describing are concerned for a possible peri-tonsillar abscess. That's when there is a collection of pus behind one tonsil. It ... Read More
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Mar 22, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
Jul 13, 2013
a great doc. helpful answers. thank you!
Apr 28, 2013
Great responses.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! My ent said since I've had these holes for so long that good chance that they come back even if did surgery and prob not cure pulsatile tinn
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank you so much. I am going to try and drink a bottle if water now. I hope it helps thank you again doctor this really helped.
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thanks alot I was so upset I really appreciate ... But is it because of her throat that she take out her tongue out again and again...

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

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

Residency

Brooke Army Medical Center

Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
Top Doctor, First Place, Idaho - Summer
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Boise Region, ID - Summer
2013

Affiliations

Boy Scouts of America
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
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