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Your Treatment Options for a Deviated Septum Oct 6th, 2021

As many as 80% of Americans have some detectable level of septum deviation. The cartilage divider between your nostrils would ideally sit perfectly in the middle of your nose, but that’s not common.  The minor variances typically cause most people no issues. When your deviated septum is more severe, however,...

What Happens During Allergy Testing? Sep 6th, 2021

Allergies happen when your immune system reacts to substances that aren’t usually harmful. These reactions can range from mild sniffles and sneezing to life-threatening anaphylactic shock. The more information you have about these substances — called allergens — the easier it is to avoid or cope with them.  Allergy tests...

Do I Need Professional Earwax Removal? Aug 9th, 2021

Earwax is an essential part of your body’s natural defenses. It traps dirt and neutralizes bacteria, keeping your ear canal clean and clear. Too little earwax could lead to infections, while too much can plug your ears, reducing your hearing and causing pain from pressure in delicate locations.  Reaching for...

5 Signs You May Need a Hearing Aid Jul 7th, 2021

About 15% of adults in the United States have some level of hearing loss, and fully three-quarters of them could benefit from wearing hearing aids. However, many people are unaware they have hearing loss, while some feel a stigma about using assistive devices to hear. It’s understandable, since one of...

Why Is My Voice Hoarse? Jun 16th, 2021

Few people completely avoid periods with a hoarse voice. It’s a common symptom of respiratory conditions like colds and flu. Your voice can be weak, gravelly, or raspy, and your throat can also feel scratchy, sore, and dry.  Inflammation of the larynx — also known as the voice box —...

5 Reasons to Consider a Chemical Peel May 7th, 2021

Sun damage adds up over the years. It’s not just the time you spent outdoors last year, it’s the accumulation of photoaging going back your entire life. The sun isn’t the only culprit, either. Genetics have a say in how soon your skin loses its youthful appearance, and conditions like...

What Causes Chronic Sinusitis? Apr 5th, 2021

When you’ve got the common cold, the symptoms that make you miserable are due to a condition called sinusitis, when the lining of your sinuses becomes inflamed and works less efficiently at clearing mucus overproduction resulting from the virus. You may feel pain from sinus pressure along with breathing difficulty,...

Common Otolaryngology Issues for Seniors Mar 7th, 2021

While everyone ages in slightly different ways, there are common health issues that occur frequently. Conditions affecting the ears, nose, and throat (ENT) are often the result of wear-and-tear and cumulative exposure over the course of your life.  Included here are some of the most common otolaryngology complaints affecting seniors....

Complications of Sleep Apnea Feb 8th, 2021

Obstructive sleep apnea is more than a disturbing nuisance. Since it prevents the sufferer from getting uninterrupted periods of deep sleep, it starts a cascade of health-impacting responses that contribute to some of the most serious chronic conditions people face, such as fatigue, diabetes, and heart disease.  Snoring is a...

Signs of Strep Throat Jan 6th, 2021

While it’s more common in children, strep throat can strike people of any age, most often in the winter or spring. And while most sore throats are due to viruses, strep throat is caused by and gets its name from group A Streptococcus bacteria. Though medically it’s considered a mild...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

Reasons Why Your Child Is Breathing through Their Mouths Dec 15th, 2020

Mouth breathing is often a necessity, particularly when a respiratory infection closes your nasal passages with drainage. However, it’s not efficient, nor does it extend the benefits of filtration the way that nose breathing does. Still, should you be concerned when you notice your child frequently breathes through their mouth? ...

Why You Should Never Ignore Ear Pain Nov 12th, 2020

Ear infections are often associated with childhood. Over 80% of children have at least one ear infection by the age of three. Despite this, people of any age can suffer from ear infections, a leading cause of ear pain.  As an adult, your ear pain probably isn’t due to infection....

When Does Your Acid Reflux Need Medical Attention? Oct 6th, 2020

About one in five adults experiences chronic acid reflux, a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). But this could be a low estimate since many treat their symptoms with over-the-counter medications, and it may never occur to them to talk to a doctor if they feel they have the condition...

Is it Snoring or Sleep Apnea? Sep 8th, 2020

The American Sleep Association estimates that about half of the US adult population snores. This quirk of sleeping ranges from amusing through distracting to outright disturbance, and for as many as 10% of those snorers, it may signal a potentially life-threatening condition. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder...

The Difference Between Botox® and Dermal Fillers Aug 21st, 2020

You may not think of an ear, nose, and throat practice as your first destination for Botox® Cosmetic treatments, but Botox was first developed as a therapeutic medicine. It was only later that its aesthetic applications emerged. In fact, it’s commonly used to treat many disorders where involuntary muscle spasms...

What Causes Hearing Loss? Jul 23rd, 2020

About 13% of the American population has some level of hearing loss in both ears. An equal number of people could benefit from having hearing aids to help compensate for these losses. There are many different reasons you can lose your hearing, and sometimes the reason isn’t known, but the...

The Importance of Allergy Testing Jun 18th, 2020

Any time your body’s immune system overreacts to an otherwise harmless substance, you’re having an allergic reaction. These substances may be organic particles in the air such as pollen or dust, or pollutants like smoke or chemicals. You can also suffer allergies to insect bites, foods, or substances that contact...

The Benefits of Telemedicine during COVID-19 May 5th, 2020

As we move into May 2020, COVID-19 continues its domination of the news headlines. At the time of writing, cases of the viral infection topped 1.1 million in the US, and nearly 70,000 Americans lost their lives because of it. As with other viral infections such as influenza, the best...

How Effective is Balloon Sinus Dilation in Remedying Chronic Sinusitis? Mar 16th, 2020

Most people likely only give their sinuses thought when they’re congested, typically during a respiratory infection or when allergy season arrives. Headaches, runny nose, and breathing problems take hold for a few weeks, then life returns to normal. For an unlucky few, though, chronic sinus issues last for months. Congestion...

Revive Winter Skin with a Chemical Peel Feb 18th, 2020

With summer’s glow fading from your skin and the harsh reality of dry winter air, you’re likely not mistaken if you feel your skin looks duller than it should. As you get older, your skin loses its resilience, natural moisture, and youthful elasticity. Combine that with exposure to sun, wind,...

Removing Tonsils and Adenoids: Is it Right for Your Child? Jan 2nd, 2020

Removing tonsils and adenoids was once virtually a childhood ritual. Thought to be a problem when they were frequently inflamed, these tissues are now seen as an important part of your child’s immune system.  While it used to be thought that tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies would end chronic earaches and breathing...

Why BOTOX® Remains the Leading Nonsurgical Solution to Crow's Feet and Frown Lines Dec 3rd, 2019

The years take a toll on your skin. Repeated facial expressions — from squinting to raising your eyebrows  — can crease your skin, leaving permanent lines and wrinkles over time. Everyone faces these signs of aging, but not everyone is willing to accept them.  That’s where BOTOX® comes in. Over...

Learn How Shot-Free Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) Remedies Allergies Nov 17th, 2019

If you suffer from allergies, you’re not alone. More than 50 million people in the United States battle seasonal or year-long allergies.  In the past, allergy shots were the most effective way to fight allergies. Today, however, sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is an innovative way to treat allergies without needles. Immunotherapy...