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Dr. Michael Todd Hopfenspirger, MD

Ear-Nose and Throat Doctor (ENT)

Dr. Michael Todd Hopfenspirger MD is a top Ear-Nose and Throat Doctor (ENT) in Excelsior, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Michael Todd Hopfenspirger MD is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Michael Todd Hopfenspirger MD is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Michael Todd Hopfenspirger MD is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Excelsior, MN, Dr. Michael Todd Hopfenspirger MD is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
16 years Experience
Dr. Michael Todd Hopfenspirger, MD
  • Excelsior, MN
  • Creighton University School of Medicine
  • Accepting new patients

What medication can I give my newborn when taking his first flight?

There really isn't. In most cases, it won't be a problem though.

What causes sinus infections in some people?

Broad topic. Causes may include (but are not limited to) anatomic issues, obstruction (polyps/cysts), allergic disease, immune dysfunction, sinus clearance problems, bad luck.... READ MORE
Broad topic. Causes may include (but are not limited to) anatomic issues, obstruction (polyps/cysts), allergic disease, immune dysfunction, sinus clearance problems, bad luck....

My son is 4 years old and is suffering from throat irritation. Could it be a strep throat?

Throat irritation is a symptom of strep throat, but is not specific to strep throat.

Am I at a risk of throat cancer if I quit a smoking habit of 3 years?

Your risk will remain elevated for several years to come.

Can I have reduced taste sensation during a sinus infection?

In as much as inflammation during a sinus infection may impair the flow of air to the smell receptors high in the nose, yes, a sinus infection could reduce smell (and therefore READ MORE
In as much as inflammation during a sinus infection may impair the flow of air to the smell receptors high in the nose, yes, a sinus infection could reduce smell (and therefore taste).

What is the process to confirm a cancerous lesion?

Likely a biopsy would be required.

Is it possible to experience nasal blockage after a slight blow to the nose?

Could simply be swelling or could be a little more serious (broken/displaced cartilage, septal hematoma).

Are there any home remedies to manage swallowing pain?

OTC numbing sprays/lozenges; fluids.

What are the symptoms of strep throat?

The symptoms of strep throat and non-strep throat infections can be nearly identical. The best and most reliable way to distinguish them is to have a strep test (something that READ MORE
The symptoms of strep throat and non-strep throat infections can be nearly identical. The best and most reliable way to distinguish them is to have a strep test (something that can be done at any urgent care clinic).

Why shouldn't I use cotton swabs?

You may just as likely end up pushing wax deeper into your ear canals where it will likely not ever come out by itself. Less likely, you’ll injury your ear canal skin or ear drum. READ MORE
You may just as likely end up pushing wax deeper into your ear canals where it will likely not ever come out by itself. Less likely, you’ll injury your ear canal skin or ear drum.

Why was I prescribed an antibiotic for an ear infection? Don't I need drops?

It’s a legitimate concern. Ear infections are notoriously mis- (and over) diagnosed. It’s also impossible to say without a proper exam. Most antibiotics carry little risk, however. READ MORE
It’s a legitimate concern. Ear infections are notoriously mis- (and over) diagnosed. It’s also impossible to say without a proper exam. Most antibiotics carry little risk, however. Either make a choice or get a second opinion.

Strange taste in mouth after strep throat--is this normal?

Probably. Antibiotics and changes to the oral flora can do things like this. Doubtful that food/drink choices are important.

I had a balloon sinuplasty and symptoms are coming back. Do I need it again?

You’d probably need a sinus CT and/or an endoscopic sinus exam to determine this.

Are these crackling sounds in my ear from TMJ?

Likely this is still the TMJ issue. These are often chronic problems that flare-up from time to time. Sometimes people need to have oral appliances adjusted, have more therapy, READ MORE
Likely this is still the TMJ issue. These are often chronic problems that flare-up from time to time. Sometimes people need to have oral appliances adjusted, have more therapy, etc.

Why does my head hurt when I blow my nose?

When you blow your nose you force air into your sinuses. In an otherwise normal/healthy sinus, the air just comes right back out. In an inflamed and partially obstructed sinus, READ MORE
When you blow your nose you force air into your sinuses. In an otherwise
normal/healthy sinus, the air just comes right back out. In an inflamed
and partially obstructed sinus, you may force air in and that air may have
a hard time getting out, leaving a positive pressure in a given sinus.
This may be uncomfortable. Other explanations may exist, but this seems a
likely one in this case.

Alzheimer's and loss of smell?

These may or may not be connected. Most people lose the acuity of their sense of smell with age, some more than others depending upon their genetics. Some viruses can also damage READ MORE
These may or may not be connected. Most people lose the acuity of their
sense of smell with age, some more than others depending upon their
genetics. Some viruses can also damage the sense of smell. There are many
other ways that smell can be damaged, lost or attenuated. He would need to
see an Otolaryngologist for assessment.