expert type icon EXPERT

Ronald Ward

Ear-Nose and Throat Doctor (ENT)

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

I have been sneezing a lot today when I woke up, what do I do?

COVID improbable. More likely allergic reaction and irritants in nose. Do you have feather pillows? Allergy to detergents? Significant particulate matter or smoke exposure? See READ MORE
COVID improbable. More likely allergic reaction and irritants in nose. Do you have feather pillows? Allergy to detergents? Significant particulate matter or smoke exposure? See your pediatrician if persists

My ear is plugged up?

Stop the peroxide. Use only maybe every three months. It will help break up to skin debris and cerumen, however will also cause chemical irritation of the ear canal skin leading READ MORE
Stop the peroxide. Use only maybe every three months. It will help break up to skin debris and cerumen, however will also cause chemical irritation of the ear canal skin leading to swelling and sloughing. May need to see ENT for microscopic cleaning

I have a sore throat?

Regarding viruses in upper airway infections, you can contract illness from ambient air and by touching items which others with URIs has touched. There are many more causations READ MORE
Regarding viruses in upper airway infections, you can contract illness from ambient air and by touching items which others with URIs has touched. There are many more causations for sore throat symptoms than viruses, e.g. bacterial sinus and nasopharyngeal infections, acid reflux, ingestion of inflammatory food substances, smoke exposure, alcohol intake, dehydration. See ENT if not getting better in two days.

I am feeling uneven pressure in my ears, and it has been going like this for the past 2 months?

From what you are telling me, you have chronically damaged eardrum and chronic Eustachian tube dysfunction. You clearly need an ENT MD to call and see when problems arise. Keep READ MORE
From what you are telling me, you have chronically damaged eardrum and chronic Eustachian tube dysfunction. You clearly need an ENT MD to call and see when problems arise. Keep the ear dry. Make an appt.

How to stop my ear from hurting?

Would be best to see ENT. You can apply warm, moist compresses to the ear, take Zyrtec, (for allergies) and Ibuprofen. If you have nasal congestion, you can use oxymetazoline nasal READ MORE
Would be best to see ENT. You can apply warm, moist compresses to the ear, take Zyrtec, (for allergies) and Ibuprofen. If you have nasal congestion, you can use oxymetazoline nasal spray every three to four hours for a few days. Can also use Valsalva maneuver in attempt to get air back into middle ear space

A small blockage?

I do not understand. Do you have an actual mass that you can see? If so, see an ENT. If just a sensation of a knot, it is probably globus ((look it up on your browser)

Hearing issues?

The acoustic reflex is present when the stapedius muscle contracts. Innervated by the 7th cranial nerve. Used to monitor Bell's palsy. Do you have any unilateral facial weakness READ MORE
The acoustic reflex is present when the stapedius muscle contracts. Innervated by the 7th cranial nerve. Used to monitor Bell's palsy. Do you have any unilateral facial weakness or facial spasms? Any hypersensitivity to sound? Pulsatile tinnitus? Any hearing loss in the lower frequencies? I have no opinion on what she is thinking, not enough information. Most likely there's no pathology. Might get opinion of ENT in your area.

I have a throat infection?

Was your throat infection diagnosed by the doctor looking or by culture results? Do you still have tonsils? If judged to be a bacterial nasopharyngeal infection, continue the antibiotics READ MORE
Was your throat infection diagnosed by the doctor looking or by culture results? Do you still have tonsils? If judged to be a bacterial nasopharyngeal infection, continue the antibiotics for ten days. Antibiotics are indicated for bacterial complications of COVID.

What could it be?

"Odor Blindness." Selective anosmia. It is a chemically selective process for covalent modification of Schiff base-forming sites in proteins in the olfactory epithelium.

My child is sick?

From your description, it appears that she has a viral infection. General support measures are indicated, i.e. rest, hydration, tylenol for the fever, limited use of oxymetazoline READ MORE
From your description, it appears that she has a viral infection. General support measures are indicated, i.e. rest, hydration, tylenol for the fever, limited use of oxymetazoline for the runny nose. She is about mid-way, should start to improve unless she gets a bacterial superinfection.

Vestibular Neuritis, Vestibular Migraine, or something else?

Any hearing loss or associated tinnitus? What symptoms convinced you that you had vestibular neuronitis? Dizziness/vertigo conditions are frequently multifactorial. It appears READ MORE
Any hearing loss or associated tinnitus? What symptoms convinced you that you had vestibular neuronitis? Dizziness/vertigo conditions are frequently multifactorial. It appears that you sustained no objective peripheral vestibular damage in 2015. Could have cervical vertigo component which affects your proprioceptive (position in space) sense. Any broadening of your gait, need to hold onto fixed objects when walking, problems with night driving. Vestibular migraine in most cases is a recurring symptom, complex, and can be a process of elimination diagnosis. You should be very careful on ladders and at heights.

I'm coughing extremely hard?

Drink water till your urine looks like water. No smoking. See your pediatrician for possible Rx for antibiotics.

Should I go to urgent care?

See your general medical doctor. He/She can refer to allergist if indicated

Thyroid + menstrual cycle connection?

I am an otolaryngologist. Best to ask or see your gynecologist.

Ear infection virus?

Go to the nearest University Hospital asap. Ask to be seen in the ENT clinic. Your symptom complex needs the attention of an otolaryngologist, not a general medicine physician. READ MORE
Go to the nearest University Hospital asap. Ask to be seen in the ENT clinic. Your symptom complex needs the attention of an otolaryngologist, not a general medicine physician. I would need to see you i person to review the history and give accurate advice.

How do treat a severely stuffy nose?

Could be rhinitis medicantosa. See ENT for nasal exam to check for anatomic defects, polyps, lesions, etc. If RM, I treat with prednisone, tapering over ten days, then switch to READ MORE
Could be rhinitis medicantosa. See ENT for nasal exam to check for anatomic defects, polyps, lesions, etc. If RM, I treat with prednisone, tapering over ten days, then switch to a corticosteroid nasal spray for two more weeks. No more Afrin.

I have coughing and choking in sleep with trach hole in my throat?

You have a permanent tracheostomy? Symptoms appear to be aspiration-related, i.e secretions getting into larynx and trachea, which is triggering airway protective reflexes. See READ MORE
You have a permanent tracheostomy? Symptoms appear to be aspiration-related, i.e secretions getting into larynx and trachea, which is triggering airway protective reflexes. See you internist or pulmonologist. Elevated head of bed may help, No late meals. Omeprazole may relieve reflux symptoms. No smoking. Limit caffeine intake.

Why do I have ear tip pain?

Options are focal neuralgia, post-traumatic, post-UV exposure. If you have sensitive skin, use sunscreen. Ibuprofen may give you relief, also topical cortisone preparations. Wear READ MORE
Options are focal neuralgia, post-traumatic, post-UV exposure. If you have sensitive skin, use sunscreen. Ibuprofen may give you relief, also topical cortisone preparations. Wear a hat outside.

Ear infection?

You need to have an ENT look at the ear with a microscope. He/She can clean to ear canal of debris and have look at the eardrum. Depending on what they find, a wick may be inserted READ MORE
You need to have an ENT look at the ear with a microscope. He/She can clean to ear canal of debris and have look at the eardrum. Depending on what they find, a wick may be inserted in the ear canal, you may be prescribed ear drops, and told to keep ear dry. Stop using Q-tips forever if you do use them. No chemical sprays near ears. You can use OTC 3% peroxide. Get an ear dropper and fill the canal before you take a shower. Run the hot water in. Can repeat, but not advised to do so repeatedly as this can cause ear canal irritation. If you do not have a history of an ear drum perforation, this is will be safe. best to see ENT. Go to any University center that has ENT residents. We are the only doctors who have the right equipment.

I'm experiencing throat lumps?

Looks like either normal Fordyce granules (0il glands) or diffuse herpetic lesions. Cannot be certain without seeing in person. If the former, you probably have a viral pharyngitis. READ MORE
Looks like either normal Fordyce granules (0il glands) or diffuse herpetic lesions. Cannot be certain without seeing in person. If the former, you probably have a viral pharyngitis. If the latter, valacyclovir will help