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Dr. Michael Underbrink

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
GALVESTON, TX
23 years experience male

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Specialties
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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

26 Answers
9 Agrees
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Depends: If its been there only a short time and hasn't changed in size, probably harmless. If enlarging and chronic, that would be more concerning and worth ... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Dehydrated: Those symptoms would be considered atypical for allergic rhinitis. Taking antihistamines will likely worsen those symptoms as they have a drying effec... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Check with insurance: With so many different insurance plans and variability, the cost ranges considerably. Call your insurance carrier to see. If out of pocket, $1000 is... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Sometimes normal: During a swallow, the voice box is elevated by muscles in the neck in order to protect from aspiration and allow passage of the food or liquid bolus i... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Yes: Yes, there are no contraindications to this unless you have an allergy to any of the medicines (guafenesin, Pseudoephedrine or fexofenadine). These a... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Probably not: Without any other symptoms, this is not likely an std. If worsens or enlarges get it looked at by your doctor.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Chronic nerve damage: Ringing in the ears, aka tinnitus (tin'uh'tus), is a result of damage to the cochlear nerve, which is the nerve that allows for the sensation of sound... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Ice it: If you experienced no loss of consciousness, then don't worry. Just ice for 24 hours and time will heal.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Referred ear pain: Tooth pain can be referred to the ear, however this will most likely be associated with severe dental caries. Many things can refer pain to the ear i... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Yes: Acetic acid drops (2%) are commonly prescribed for ear hygiene and may be effective for treatment of chronic otitis externa which is associated common... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Eustachian tube: This is a sign of eustachian tube dysfunction. It is common but not normal. Just to be safe, i'd recommend a visit to your local ent.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Duplicate therapy: Both have the same mechanism of action. Do not take together unless prescribed by your doctor. In this case, i can't think of a reason to use both m... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Nasal irrigation: It is useful to irrigate the nasal passages and sinuses with nasal saline about 3 to 5 days after surgery. Nasal saline irrigation devices are availa... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Visit a neurologist: Sharp temporal headaches may be a sign of temporal arteritis, atypical migraine, or something intracranial. In this case it would be wise to visit th... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Unusual: An acute sinusitis is usually accompanied by drainage and sinus pressure or pain. Chronic infections may be unaccompanied by drainage and just have s... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Not related: This is not very likely related to back pain. As for what it could be? Without more information, size, appearance, timing, duration, the possibiliti... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Not likely: Not likely. The nerve that supplies sensation to the face is the trigeminal nerve. This is a cranial nerve that exits the skull base behind the eyes,... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Signs of infection: Those are common signs of a systemic response (body wide) to infection. Sinus infections whether part of a viral or bacterial process can certainly c... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Supportive care: Canker sores are either related to a healing spot of damaged tissue (eg, tooth bite) or a viral reactivation. Supportive care is all that is required... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Yes: Azithromycin (z-pack) is an alternate therapy commonly used for treatment of streptococcal infection for patients with penicillin allergies. This sho... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Depends on the cause: If the cause of laryngitis is infectious, such as a 'cold virus', then the subsequent swelling to the vocal cords may cause an audible 'wheeze'. This... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Somewhat concerning: I am unaware of any reports of bactroban (mupirocin) causing an issue with dentition. The only issue might be a reaction to the medication, which wou... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Variant of normal: Without any symptoms, i would say this is likely a variant of normal.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Lifestyle changes: Excess saliva/mucus can be a symptom related to extra-esophageal reflux disease. This can be a silent symptom of gerd in about 50% of people sufferin... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Tonsil stones: This is a very common occurrence. Food particles can get trapped in the crypts (or holes) in the tonsil tissue and form concretions or stones. Since ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Benign: A lymphoepithelial cyst is a benign cyst in the salivary gland tissue. It may be derived from salivary epithelium with lymph tissue reaction. Most c... Read More

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HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Underbrink is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Underbrink is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
This made me feel good. Thanks! how long will this chronic otitis externa media, ear itching last, I am using half vinegar, half rubbing alcohol.
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! Thanks doc!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Medical School at Houston, TX
Graduated 1999MD

Awards

Top Otolaryngologist, First Place, Texas - Summer
2013
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