Dr. Norman Druck, MD
Doctor226 S Woods Mill Rd Suite 37 West Chesterfield MO, 63017
Dr. Norman Druck is an ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor, also known as an otolaryngologist, practicing in Chesterfield, MO. Dr. Druck 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.
Education and Training
Univ of Il Coll of Med, Chicago Il 1970
University of Illinois College of Medicine 1970
OtolaryngologyAmerican Board of OtolaryngologyABOto
Dr. Norman Druck, MD's Expert Contributions
Of course that is a possibility. But there are many other possible causes as well. He needs to see an ENT doctor and have his hearing tested. READ MORE
If the infection is mild, it can resolve, but most often it will get worse without treatment and can become very painful. Also, a low grade but persistent infection can be due to a fungus and that will need treatment. I suggest a visit to your local ENT physician. READ MORE
Ear infections can be very painful, cause hearing loss or vertigo, or cause the tympanic membrane to rupture and the ear to drain. Complications such as meningitis, brain abscess, or facial paralysis are obviously very serious, even life threatening. I suggest that an infection with increasing pain or drainage needs specialist attention. READ MORE
It can be related. Mold, especially if there is an allergy, can cause nasal congestion which can block the Eustachian tube and lead to a middle ear infection. In general, breathing a lot of mold is not healthy and should be eliminated. READ MORE
The possibilities are numerous and you will need a doctor's visit with a real diagnosis to sort them out. The differential diagnosis depends upon age, anatomy, environmental exposure, other medical conditions, and any medication usage. The first thought would be allergy. If the symptoms are mostly at night in bed, think about a dust mite allergy and eliminate all down pillows and comforters and try hypo-allergenic bedding. If he is using decongestant nasal sprays frequently, it is likely that he has developed a tolerance and the drainage is a rebound phenomenon; he needs to stop them and see if that helps. Over-the-counter drugs such as antihistamines or steroid nasal sprays could be very helpful and should be tried for a while to see if they help. READ MORE
Acute vertigo is often the result of an inner ear infection and is a self-limited problem. It is often associated with nausea, vomiting. Signs of a more serious problem would be a headache, double vision, burred vision, or loss of vision. Involvement of other cranial nerves with hearing loss, facial pain, inability to talk or swallow might indicate serious disease and should prompt a visit to the ER. READ MORE
There are many possible causes of an earache, so if the pain is very severe, you will need a doctor to properly diagnose and treat this. Sharp, shooting pains in one ear are often from temporal-mandibular joint pain and can be treated with a soft diet and ibuprofen. Nevertheless, if it persists, a trip to the doctor will be necessary. READ MORE
The short answer is yes. Any decongestant spray that contains oxymetazoline can be addictive and in the long term can damage the mucus membrane lining of the nose. In the short term, they can be helpful, but should not be used more than 3-4 consecutive days to avoid addiction. Other types of sprays, such as those containing steroid or antihistamine are not addictive and can be used long-term if needed. Saline sprays are also non-addictive and can be used indefinitely. READ MORE
Most episodes of tonsillitis are acute so that relapse is not the main concern. This could occur, however, if you were taking an antibiotic for a bacterial infection and didn’t finish the course of the medication. It could also lead to resistant organisms; so always take the full course of medication if it is given. Recurrent tonsil infections may be caused by a persistent strep infection and may need tonsillectomy to stop. If your tonsils are making stones (tonsilloliths) these are often recurrent and other than digital manipulation to remove them, surgery may also be necessary for long-term relief. READ MORE
I believe the old rule about childhood infections still holds true. He can return to school after he goes 24 hours without a fever. READ MORE
Stones are not serious, but can be troublesome. But they most often are the result of large tonsils with deep crypts. Food particles, bacteria, and dead cells accumulate in the crypts and some calcify causing the stone. These can be irritating and a cause of recurrent inflammation. Other symptoms included bad breath, a bad taste in the mouth, and a sense of a lump in the throat. Treatment is mechanical cleansing, usually by manipulation. If the problem is severe and persistent, removal of the tonsils is the definitive treatment. READ MORE
These are usually caused by infection in the follicles of the nasal hairs. If you trim them, do it carefully as rough handling can cause the infections. Try covering the infected area with Polysporin ointment 2-3 times per day. If that doesn’t work see your ENT or dermatologist for more specific treatment. READ MORE
Not really. An odor as you describe usually means some form of fungal infection in the external ear canal, although it may be very minor. Some infants make a lot of moist wax and it is the moisture that brings on the fungal infection that may cause the odor. To prevent this keep the ears dry. You might try dipping a Q Tip in alcohol and cleaning out the area just at the opening to the canal. If keeping the ear dry and the opening clear does not work, you should see your pediatrician or ENT doctor and see if there is a more serious issue going on that needs more aggressive treatment. READ MORE
The easiest thing to do is take a hair dryer and blow warm air into the ear. If the baby has tubes, this can work also. If the baby does it have tubes, then a drop or so of a product like swim-ear can work. But remember that a baby’s ear canals are very small and water does not get very deep most of the time, so you may not need to worry at all. READ MORE
This is a very broad question and one that is hard to give a short answer to. Ear infections at that age can be related to allergies, enlarged adenoids, sinus infections, or maybe all of these. But if the ENT doctor did not see anything then the ear pain may not be from infection as many things can radiate pain to the ears. Dental infections, teething, TMJ pain, infected tonsils, enlarged or infected cervical lymph nodes, are some of the more common ones in that age group. Or it may be from Eustachian tube dysfunction related to a stuffy nose and then does not need more treatment than analgesia. Good luck. READ MORE
If they are just inside the nostril, then these are often caused by infection in the roots of the hair follicles. If you cut those hairs be careful not to tug or pluck them, and use a small sharp tool to get this done. For treatment try an antibiotic ointment like Polysporin 1-2 times per day; mupiricin may be a better choice, but that requires a prescription. If these measure are not effective, see your ENT doctor or dermatologist to rule out a more serious problem. READ MORE
The proper answer to this is, “Who knows?” We know that some plastics are made with chemicals that either are or may be toxic and may or may not leach out of the material if exposed to the right environment. Bisphonol A in baby bottle is the best example of this but I am sure there are many others. Cancer of the nasal cavity is a rather rare condition and can be related to exposure to the resins in mahogany; but I am not aware of any other definite chemical exposure that would cause this disease. I do not know if steam alone could cause plastics to leach out their chemical contents, but I suspect that it is possible. Use of glass or stainless steel vessels in a steamer should solve the problem under any circumstances. But I would think that an environmental engineer would tell you that carcinogen exposure is possible from steamer usage. READ MORE
External otitis, also known as swimmer’s ear, is caused by retained water in the external canal. The ear canal needs to be dried if it takes in water. You can do this with a drop or two of alcohol (not if the drum is not intact), or using a hair dryer to blow warm air into the ear. If there is a lot of pain or discharge, there may be an infection so you may need to call your doctor. 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. READ MORE
If the pain is severe and persistent, an exam by your PCP or possibly an ENT specialist is needed. Make an appointment. READ MORE
Expert PublicationsData provided by the National Library of Medicine
- Neurologic manifestations of glomus tumors in the head and neck.
- Neurologic manifestations of glomus tumors in the head and neck.
- Palliative orbital decompression for metastatic melanoma to the orbit.
- Repair of anterior floor of mouth defects: the island pedicle tongue flap.
- Posterior packs and the nasopulmonary reflex.
- Metastatic sweat gland carcinoma.
- Clinical experiences in hyoid arch transposition.
- Hearing Loss
- Ear Infection
- Acid Reflux
- Ear Wax
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