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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.
Ronald Ward
  • Larkspur, California
  • Accepting new patients

Son has nasal polyps. What's the best way to get rid of them?

Allergy testing is indicated to determine what he is allergic or sensitive to. Avoidance of allergens is best. Desensitization injections or sublingual therapy may help. Prednisone READ MORE
Allergy testing is indicated to determine what he is allergic or sensitive to. Avoidance of allergens is best. Desensitization injections or sublingual therapy may help. Prednisone bursts indicated if severe airway blockage or frequent sinus infections. Flonase or other topical nasal corticosteroid spray for maintenance. Surgery is last resort. Not curative. Long term disorder

What's the best way to get rid of phlegm?

Probably mouth breathing at sleep. Drink at least two quarts of clear fluids per day. Don't smoke, limit alcohol intake. many medications can cause drying of mouth. Look at labels. READ MORE
Probably mouth breathing at sleep. Drink at least two quarts of clear fluids per day. Don't smoke, limit alcohol intake. many medications can cause drying of mouth. Look at labels. Check room temperature and humidity. No throat clearing. This stimulates throat glands to secrete more. Limit dairy intake. Thickens secretions

Can acid reflux cause issues in my throat?

Yes. Reflux can cause burning, a lump sensation, throat clearing, tissue inflammation/irritation. Reflux can affect the larynx as well with hoarseness, etc. Generally you would READ MORE
Yes. Reflux can cause burning, a lump sensation, throat clearing, tissue inflammation/irritation. Reflux can affect the larynx as well with hoarseness, etc. Generally you would decrease caffeine intake, limit alcohol, stop smoking, avoid meals within 6 hours before bedtime, decrease chocolate and peppermint. All of this is online. if overweight, lose weight. Take prilosec or nexium twice a day for three weeks. See if this makes any difference. Could see your PCP for referral to ENT or gastroenterology.

Is it easy to misdiagnose strep throat as tonsillitis?

The diagnosis can be made on clinical presentation. A culture can taken. Antibiotics can be started. Antibiotic resistance can occur. If culture is negative for strep, may be positive READ MORE
The diagnosis can be made on clinical presentation. A culture can taken. Antibiotics can be started. Antibiotic resistance can occur. If culture is negative for strep, may be positive for another treatable bacterium. Treatment then guided by sensitivity results. Most case of tonsillitis/phayngitis are viral which does not respond to antibiotics. Treatment based on experience, presenting signs and symptoms, past history. Adjustments made if initial diagnosis is in error.

My son has frequent nose bleeds. What should I do?

No aspirin. No ibuprofen. No nose picking. Have him seen by an ENT for diagnosis and treatment options.

Difficulty swallowing

Should be seen by an ENT for an examination, endoscopy, and biopsy, if there's a suspicious lesion. If it persists much longer, an esophageal endoscopy is indicated and possibly READ MORE
Should be seen by an ENT for an examination, endoscopy, and biopsy, if there's a suspicious lesion. If it persists much longer, an esophageal endoscopy is indicated and possibly a barium swallow study. Could try quitting. Omeprazole is generally safe to take for symptom relief.

How do I know if my son needs his tonsil removed?

Indications for tonsillectomy: Three strep infections in sx months, 4 in one year, recurring peritonsillar abscess, cardiac valvular disease, chronic kidney disease, sleep apnea READ MORE
Indications for tonsillectomy: Three strep infections in sx months, 4 in one year, recurring peritonsillar abscess, cardiac valvular disease, chronic kidney disease, sleep apnea

I feel like my nose is crooked even though it seems straight. Why is this?

Could be a sensory asymmetry, or septal deviation

What medicine can I take to prevent ear pain during a flight?

Set up from eardrum perforation, ear pain. Could use oxymetozoline nasal spray. No alcohol on flight. Turn off the air blower.

Why do I keep getting repeated ear infections?

Chronic eustachian tube disease. See ENT

My daughter has a lot of wax in her ears. How can we clean them?

If wax not impacted, can try 3% peroxide using dropper in both ears before shower or using bulb syringe with warm water. Can obtain Debrox and using as directed. Can go to ENT READ MORE
If wax not impacted, can try 3% peroxide using dropper in both ears before shower or using bulb syringe with warm water. Can obtain Debrox and using as directed. Can go to ENT and have him/her remove wax using a microscope or by irrigation. If no hearing loss or pain, could leave alone

Does hyoid suspension surgery help sleep apnea?

Pulls the hyoid up and forward in an attempt to open the airway more. You can research the success rate at PubMed.

I keep getting blockages in my nostrils. Would I need surgery?

Appears you have a combination of anatomic obstruction and physiologic/allergic conditions. Depending on the symptoms, the effect of medications, effect on sleep, effect on activities READ MORE
Appears you have a combination of anatomic obstruction and physiologic/allergic conditions. Depending on the symptoms, the effect of medications, effect on sleep, effect on activities of daily living, etc., the choice of treatment is your decision.

How is swimmer's ears treated?

Rinse ears out under shower after exposure. Get Acetosol drops for use after exposure.

Is this a normal feeling?

Probably a tonsilolith. Can try to evacuate with q-tip pressure and gargling with warm water. If can't, see ENT

I wake up everyday morning with my nose all stuffy, Why is this?

Probably dust allergy. No feather pillows

Can anesthesia cause laryngospasm?

If extubated too early