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William T. Poirier

Ear-Nose and Throat Doctor (ENT)

Dr. William Poirier is an ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor, also known as an otolayngologist, practicing in Stockton, California. Dr. Poirier specializes in diseases and disorders of the ear, nose and throat as well as other parts of the head and neck. Such structures an ENT may work on include the sinuses, larynx (voice box) and mouth in addition to the ear, nose and throat. There are seven areas of expertise that an ENT might specialize in, and these are: allergies; facial reconstructive surgery; head and neck; laryngology; otology/neurotology; pediatric otolaryngology; and rhinology.
William T. Poirier
  • Stockton, California
  • Drexel University
  • Accepting new patients

Can mold exposure cause an ear infection?

Yes there are two types of ear infections: the ear canal type and the middle ear type. But the only way of documenting the ear canal one would be with a culture taken from the READ MORE
Yes there are two types of ear infections: the ear canal type and the middle ear type. But the only way of documenting the ear canal one would be with a culture taken from the ear canal by the doctor treating him. Mold allergies can cause nasal sinus infections and with all allergies in the upper respiratory tract swell can cause the eustachian tube to swell. This is the leading cause for middle ear infections.

After a strep throat infection, how long should I avoid sending my son to school?

Until he is without a fever and objectively/subjectively is feeling okay, should be under 7 days.

My baby's ears are very smelly. Is it normal in small children?

Yes, earwax can smell pungent, and unless the child is complaining of pain or a fever, do not worry.

What causes me to sneeze so early in the morning?

If he has a feathered pillow or down duvet, he could have an animal dander allergy, or he could be allergic to animal mites, which is a large component of house dust allergies. READ MORE
If he has a feathered pillow or down duvet, he could have an animal dander allergy, or he could be allergic to animal mites, which is a large component of house dust allergies. If either is a possibility, get rid of the feathered pillow/duvet and do a hot water cycle on the bed linens.

Is it safe to clean my ears with hydrogen peroxide?

Do not put water/peroxide in the ear. If you want, you can make a 1/2 and 1/2 vinegar and alcohol mixture and put a few drops in the ear a few times a week. This keeps the ear READ MORE
Do not put water/peroxide in the ear. If you want, you can make a 1/2 and 1/2 vinegar and alcohol mixture and put a few drops in the ear a few times a week. This keeps the ear canal acidified and prevents ear canal infection.

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

Throat cancer cause is unknown, things associated with it are 1) cigarette smoking 2) alcohol 3) acid reflux 4) oral sex (papilloma virus exposure). Quitting smoking cigarettes READ MORE
Throat cancer cause is unknown, things associated with it are 1) cigarette smoking 2) alcohol 3) acid reflux 4) oral sex (papilloma virus exposure). Quitting smoking cigarettes is a good first step; the longer you stop, the reduction in the risk of developing throat cancer gets better.

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

An ear infection can be either an external ear canal infection or a middle ear infection...the canal infection, you treat with drops...the middle ear infection, you treat with READ MORE
An ear infection can be either an external ear canal infection or a middle ear infection...the canal infection, you treat with drops...the middle ear infection, you treat with antibiotic...the eardrum separates the ear canal from the middle ear...and ear pain can be the same for both.

Why does my son wake up every morning with sneezing and a stuffy nose?

Try getting him to an allergist to test for dust mites. You may consider a very hot water cycle when you do his bed linen; most detergents suggest a warm water cycle, but this READ MORE
Try getting him to an allergist to test for dust mites. You may consider a very hot water cycle when you do his bed linen; most detergents suggest a warm water cycle, but this does not get rid of the mites and does not help to get rid of their allergenic products, e.g., their dead microscopic bodies...may also change his pillow if it is a feathered pillow, this all adds up to a major allergenic load.

There is a weird sound coming from my son’s throat. What could this be?

You may need to see an otolaryngologist and have a direct laryngoscopy done, some noises from the throat may be related to the cartilages of the larynx and are probably of no major READ MORE
You may need to see an otolaryngologist and have a direct laryngoscopy done, some noises from the throat may be related to the cartilages of the larynx and are probably of no major significance, but an MRI may be indicated to evaluate the larynx structure.

I just found red traces which seem like blood when coughing this morning. Is it serious?

If you are a smoker, then it could be a serious indication for a chest X-ray and other diagnostic tests, and you may need to see a otolaryngologist for endoscopy.

Are nasal sprays safe for those who smoke?

Most nasal sprays will be safe for 3-4 days and reduce congestion, however, beyond that time you may then experience rebound, which means you will continue to be congested if you READ MORE
Most nasal sprays will be safe for 3-4 days and reduce congestion, however, beyond that time you may then experience rebound, which means you will continue to be congested if you stop using the spray. The congestion may last for a week or two after you stop using the spray...it's just a physiologic response and is not permanent.

What could be the reason behind my equilibrium problem?

As we get older, our inner ear balance can go because of the small crystals in your ear that help with balance, some may experience benign balance problems which can be treated READ MORE
As we get older, our inner ear balance can go because of the small crystals in your ear that help with balance, some may experience benign balance problems which can be treated with otolith repositioning, you may need to see an otolaryngologist for this.

Are there any home remedies to manage swallowing pain?

Throat pain may be serious especially in a smoker or former smoker and a direct laryngoscopy may be needed...you may need to see an ENT doctor for this.

Is a rhinoplasty after retinal surgery safe?

Need to ask the retinal surgeon, usually a rhinoplastic surgeon is not qualified to answer the question, and a lot depends on the extent of the retinal surgery.

What is the hissing sound I am hearing in my ears?

Could be simple tinnitus. You may need a hearing test to evaluate...may need to see an ENT doctor and audiologist.

Are these crackling sounds in my ear from TMJ?

Well TMJ is associated with pain,,,the crackling noise can be anything from Eustation tube dysfunction like you get with a cold,,,,,,to wax in proximity to the Tympanic membrane READ MORE
Well TMJ is associated with pain,,,the crackling noise can be anything from Eustation tube dysfunction like you get with a cold,,,,,,to wax in proximity to the Tympanic membrane ,,,,to exfoliated membrane on the ear drum,,,,,,,have to see the ear,,,ear canal or drum to really exclude some things