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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nader Kalantar
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 15 years experience
See an ENT doctor: While it is possible the ear could simply be blocked with wax, an ENT doctor (otolaryngologist) will rule out other conditions that could also cause ear fullness and hearing loss. Should wax turn out to be the culprit, an ENT doctor would also be the most experienced and best equipped to clear the ear safely with the least amount of discomfort for the patient.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nader Kalantar
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Unlikely mistaken.: To reassure you, if a board certified ENT doctor evaluated your nostril and felt your concern was cartilage, it is highly unlikely to be anything else. It is common to see asymmetric cartilage bulges, bends, folds, etc. within the nostrils. It would be especially unlikely to be confused with a tumor. I only recommend that If you feel the site changes at all in the future, have it re-checked.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nader Kalantar
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Depends.: The key with tinnitus (ringing/noise in ears) is to try to mask it with background noise. Simply put, it becomes harder to hear the tinnitus against more background noise. If you use headphones to listen to low level music/sound, then tinnitus is improved during this since it gets masked. If you simply cancel out all ambient noise resulting in silence, tinnitus becomes more noticeable instead.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Kalantar
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Ointment & saline: Keep nose moisturized with antibiotic ointment or Vaseline; place pea sized amount pressed with pad of thumb into each nostril twice daily. You can also use saline gel/sprays, and use a humidifier at home. Nosebleeds improve with these measures while avoiding picking or scratching in the nose. Consider seeing ENT if you do not improve.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Kalantar
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Need to see a doctor: It's not possible to tell you more about the bump behind your ear without any further information from you or examining the area in question. See your doctor, or try Healthtap Prime for further evaluation.
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nader Kalantar
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Take him to ER: He needs medical evaluation ASAP. Call 911 if necessary.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nader Kalantar
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 15 years experience
They're different.: Clindamycin is an antibiotic that is not commonly used for initial treatment of sinusitis. Mucinex (guaifenesin) is a medication that may help you because it loosens thick mucus. Also try a decongestant like pseudoephedrine (e.g., Sudafed) and saline sinus rinses for best results. It is not recommended to start antibiotics for sinusitis unless not improving after 7 days.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Kalantar
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 15 years experience
It's safe.: It would not be harmful to take NyQuil when your symptoms are mild; however, consider using this medication only when you feel its benefits will outweigh its side effects.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Kalantar
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Normal.: It's called the photic sneeze reflex, and it occurs in around 20-30% of the population. The reason it exists is not well understood. No treatment is needed, but he should consider shielding his eyes from abrupt light or sunlight to avoid triggering a forceful bout of sneezes, especially if driving or operating machinery.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Kalantar
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Not enough info.: I'm afraid we don't know anything about the incident (bleeding?) to which you refer. Try asking your question again with more details about what happened.
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