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Dr. Norman S. Druck, MD

Ear-Nose and Throat Doctor (ENT)

Dr. Norman S Druck MD is a top Ear-Nose and Throat Doctor (ENT) in Chesterfield, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Norman S Druck MD is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Norman S Druck MD is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Norman S Druck MD is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Chesterfield, MO, Dr. Norman S Druck MD is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
49 years Experience
Dr. Norman S. Druck, MD
  • Chesterfield, MO
  • Univ of Il Coll of Med, Chicago Il
  • Accepting new patients

There is a watery secretion from my ears. What could it be?

Normal ear wax, cerumen, is waxy, odorless, and pale amber in color. If you have a watery discharge, especially if there is an odor, then infection is likely, even in the absence READ MORE
Normal ear wax, cerumen, is waxy, odorless, and pale amber in color. If you have a watery discharge, especially if there is an odor, then infection is likely, even in the absence of pain. It sounds like you need a trip to your local ear doctor or even an urgent care center for treatment.

In spite of antibiotics, my throat pain is persisting. What should I do?

If the pain is severe and persistent, an exam by your PCP or possibly an ENT specialist is needed. Make an appointment.  

What could be the reason for chronic sinusitis?

This is a complicated question, as in a child we need to consider congenital issues as well. But the first thought has to be an allergy, and allergy testing is important here. Immune READ MORE
This is a complicated question, as in a child we need to consider congenital issues as well. But the first thought has to be an allergy, and allergy testing is important here. Immune deficiencies, especially IgA, should be evaluated. Nasal obstruction can do this so an exam for a deviated septum or choanal atresia is needed. If nasal polyps are present, then she should have a sweat chloride test to rule out cystic fibrosis; although this can exist even in the absence of polyps. Or, the simplest explanation is that just as in many adults, this is the end result of a bad viral infection and should eventually respond to medical treatment. She should be evaluated by an ENT physician to look for these answers.

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

Yes, he could. The usual signs of strep along with a sore throat would be a fever over 101 and swollen glands in the neck. And in a 4-year-old, also lethargy and irritability. READ MORE
Yes, he could. The usual signs of strep along with a sore throat would be a fever over 101 and swollen glands in the neck. And in a 4-year-old, also lethargy and irritability. You should have the pediatrician see him and do a strep test, and start antibiotics as this is a bacterial disease and should be treated with medication if present.  

vertigo and meat eating

I have never heard of this before and doubt any association. Of course, there is the potential for unusual sensitivity reactions, such as red meat allergy due to tick bites, or READ MORE
I have never heard of this before and doubt any association. Of course, there is the potential for unusual sensitivity reactions, such as red meat allergy due to tick bites, or a reaction to additives, such as salt or antibiotics that may be in the meat. But vertigo has many causes so if it is persistent and bothersome, a visit to your local ENT doctor is advisable.

Post-nasal drip for 2 years?

Sometimes you just have to see the doctor to find out what is actually the problem. Your symptoms have a number of possible causes. Allergies, chronic sinus infection, acid reflux, READ MORE
Sometimes you just have to see the doctor to find out what is actually the problem. Your symptoms have a number of possible causes. Allergies, chronic sinus infection, acid reflux, abnormal structures or lesions of the pharyngeal (throat) mucus membranes, congenital abnormalities are some of the possibilities. I suggest at least one visit to your ENT doctor and have a real medical evaluation.

Help, please. Question about laryngitis treatment.

In general, acute laryngitis can result in prolonged hoarseness. The vocal cords have very few lymphatics so that swelling and inflammation can take a long time to resolve. Treatment READ MORE
In general, acute laryngitis can result in prolonged hoarseness. The vocal cords have very few lymphatics so that swelling and inflammation can take a long time to resolve. Treatment is usually voice rest and increased fluids; using antibiotics when there is evidence of actual infection. In your case, the azithromycin seemed to help so there must have been some infection. You were fortunate that the hoarseness resolved so quickly, but you should not have been smoking anything that soon. It is not necessary to be concerned with the value or harm from marijuana as a drug. Any smoke has particulate matter and gases that are irritating that would make the inflammation worse. Fortunately, resting your voice and drinking a lot of water, and giving this more time should let the problem resolve completely. Next time you don’t feel well, try some Tylenol and read a good book to relax.

tooth abscess

A true abscess is an acute process and is usually quite painful. It should either have drained and resolved or expanded and caused problems that would have demanded immediate attention. READ MORE
A true abscess is an acute process and is usually quite painful. It should either have drained and resolved or expanded and caused problems that would have demanded immediate attention. If it is a real, chronic dental problem, such as a periodical abscess, then you most likely need the services of an oral surgeon who would be more able to deal directly with this type of problem. However, I have doubts about the actual diagnosis and a consultation with an ENT doctor may help clear this up and suggest or provide more appropriate treatment.

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

The short answer is yes. However, having quit, the risk decreases over time. Recent evidence suggests that after 10 years, the risk may return to what it would have been had you READ MORE
The short answer is yes. However, having quit, the risk decreases over time. Recent evidence suggests that after 10 years, the risk may return to what it would have been had you never smoked; but this is not a proven fact. In any case, don’t smoke; if you do, quit and don’t start again.

Can I have reduced taste sensation during a sinus infection?

If you look a little harder, you might find that our taste is normal. Sweet, sour, bitter, and salty are tasted on the tongue and are probably intact. Temporary anosmia, or loss READ MORE
If you look a little harder, you might find that our taste is normal. Sweet, sour, bitter, and salty are tasted on the tongue and are probably intact. Temporary anosmia, or loss of your sense of smell, is fairly common with a sinus infection, and is caused by the swelling of the nasal lining and blockage of the upper part of the nasal airway where the olfactory fibers are located. This can be a prolonged problem if the sinus infection becomes more chronic, but usually it resolves when the infection subsides. Much of your sense of taste is actually due to your sense of smell, which is why this happens. You probably can’t smell a cup of coffee, but a potato chip will still taste salty.

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

Yes. Some swelling is to be expected from a direct hit, even with a rubber ball. If there is bleeding or nasal blockage, then injury to the septum must be considered. The most READ MORE
Yes. Some swelling is to be expected from a direct hit, even with a rubber ball. If there is bleeding or nasal blockage, then injury to the septum must be considered. The most serious issue would be a hematoma; if this is the case, the nose is usually quite tender to touch and there will be a fleshy looking mass inside the nostril. If this is the case, immediate consolation with a ENT specialist is warranted. Otherwise the septum could be fractured or displaced. There would probably be nasal obstruction that would persist and eventually need consultation, but this is not urgent like the hematoma.
Try ducking next time.

What causes a sharp pain behind the back of the neck and ears?

In this case, it is most likely neuromuscular; most likely a strained ligament or muscle. Symptomatic treatment should be adequate.