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What to Expect From Sinus Surgery Nov 7th, 2019

If you’re getting ready to have sinus surgery, you might be feeling anxious or even scared. Don’t be; thanks to a large number of technological advances over the last few decades, this procedure is minimally invasive in many instances. In fact, recovery is even faster than it once was, causing...

What Makes Children More Susceptible to Ear Infections? Oct 22nd, 2019

If you have small children, the odds are good that you’ve encountered an ear infection or two. In fact, three out of four infants have an ear infection by the time they’re 3 years old, and many experience multiple infections during this time. If you’re wondering why there’s such a...

It's Not Just Snoring: Why You Shouldn't Ignore Sleep Apnea Sep 1st, 2019

Is your snoring keeping your spouse up at night? Before you look into getting separate beds or rooms, you should seek an evaluation for sleep apnea.  Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder affecting about 18 million Americans. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive. If left untreated,...

What Happens If Your Thyroid Is Out of Balance? Aug 1st, 2019

If your thyroid gland isn’t working quite right, this could lead to lots of problems. Your thyroid produces important hormones that regulate many functions in your body. If your thyroid is having problems, you could experience weight gain, a lack of energy, mood challenges, and other symptoms. If you suspect...

What is a Neck Mass? Jul 16th, 2019

Lumps or masses in your neck can have a number of origins, ranging from the benign to the concerning. A neck lump could be nothing serious, or it could signal the development of a serious condition like cancer. Benign neck masses occur frequently in children.  Even if you think your...

Stinging Insect Allergies: Get the Facts Jun 20th, 2019

Whether you're dealing with bees in the garden, mosquitoes by the beach, or bedbugs in your home, stinging insects cause pain, irritation, and inconvenience. If you're allergic to insect bites, a sting can be a serious problem, necessitating medication or a trip to the doctor. Dr. Vandana Kumra, MD, one...

Did You Know That Sleep Apnea Raises Your Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death May 16th, 2019

If you find yourself waking up tired after what you thought was a full night’s sleep, or know you are snoring loudly, you may have sleep apnea — when you stop breathing during sleep or when your breathing is partially or fully blocked. Clearly this can be a dangerous thing...

Who Should Have a Hearing Assessment? Apr 4th, 2019

Most of us grew up with a parent who suggested, on more than one occasion, that we should have our hearing checked. Selective hearing aside, hearing loss is a clear and present danger and affects 48 million people in the United States, of all ages, though it’s more prevalent among...

Get a Jump Start on Preventing Spring Allergy Flare-Ups Mar 1st, 2019

Sneezing? Check. Sniffling? Check. Red, watery eyes? Check. It must be spring allergy season. The good news is there are steps you can take to reduce the misery that accompanies it. With a yearly price tag of over $18 billion and the dubious distinction of placing sixth on the list...

Myths and Facts About Balloon Sinuplasty Feb 7th, 2019

Chronic sinusitis can make your life miserable, and when common treatments fail to control your symptoms, you may wonder where else to turn. Balloon sinuplasty may be the answer. Chances are, you haven’t heard of this procedure before or what you’ve heard may be confusing. One thing you should know:...

How Long Do Allergy Shots Take to Work? Jan 18th, 2019

According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, nearly 8% of U.S. adults have hay fever and as many as 30% of people have allergic rhinitis. Nearly 9% of teenagers are living with a food allergy that makes them vulnerable to potentially deadly anaphylactic shock. Nearly 40% of children have...

3 Signs Your Child May Need Ear Tubes Dec 21st, 2018

Ear tubes, technically called tympanostomy tubes, are small plastic (sometimes metal) tubes that are surgically inserted into the eardrum. This provides a channel for air, allowing it to flow freely into and out of your child's middle ear, effectively preventing most ear infections. While tube insertion is a very low-risk,...

Could You Have Sleep Apnea and Not Know it? Nov 26th, 2018

True or false: If you snore, you must have obstructive sleep apnea. The answer: False. Plenty of people snore, but not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Snoring can be caused by lots of issues, including colds, allergies, and even the structure of your nose and sinuses. Here’s another one...

Are You a Candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty? Oct 31st, 2018

Traditional surgery for sinusitis involves cutting, the removal of bone and tissue, and a lengthy recovery time for patients. That is why so many people are curious about Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP), which is a minimally-invasive outpatient procedure. Given the fact that sinuplasty is so effective and non-invasive, a lot of...

8 Signs Your Child May be Suffering From a Hearing Loss Sep 19th, 2018

The National Institutes of Health estimates that for every 1,000 babies born in the United States, 2-3 have some level of hearing loss in one or both ears. Although your child got an all-clear at the hospital, and passed their last hearing test, too, you’ve noticed some changes that have...

What is Immunotherapy and Can it Cure My Allergies? Aug 17th, 2018

There are many medications available that do a good job of controlling the periodic itching, sneezing, watery eyes, and other symptoms caused by allergies. But when you’re forced to spend entire seasons hiding from pollen or have year-round issues that keep you feeling miserable more days than not, immunotherapy that...

How to Prevent and Treat Swimmer’s Ear Jul 13th, 2018

Whether your child is on a swim team or just loves the pool, they can develop an infection known as swimmer’s ear, which is a painful condition caused by water remaining in the ear when they get out of the pool.What is swimmer’s ear and why does it occur?Swimmer’s ear...