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Barotrauma and Barosinusitis: Causes and Treatment

Barotrauma and Barosinusitis: Causes and Treatment

Fall is a popular time for travelers to visit tropical destinations due to smaller crowds and better fares compared to Summer months. These destinations often offer a variety of irresistible water-related activities, like scuba diving. But before you suit up and dive in, take a moment to learn the signs of Barotrauma and Barosinusitis, which often affects scuba divers and…

Swimmer’s Ear: Risks and Treatments

Swimmer’s Ear: Risks and Treatments

When the weather is warm there are few things as refreshing as jumping into a cold pool or partaking in your other water activities. Frequent swimming, however, can cause chronic infections in both children and adults. Otitis Externa, or Swimmer’s Ear warrants an estimated 2.4 million health care visits every year. Swimmer’s Ear occurs when the ear canal and ear…

Common Vocal Cord Lesions: Causes and Treatment

Common Vocal Cord Lesions: Causes and Treatment

If you’re a fan of music artists like Adele, Sam Smith, or Shakira, chances are you’ve heard of vocal cord lesions. The most common types of vocal cord lesions are benign non-cancerous nodules (or nodes), cysts, and polyps. These growths or bumps are found on the vocal cords causing vibrations that lead to hoarseness, low-pitched voice, breathy voice, and for…

Risk Factors and Treatment for Childhood and Adult Asthma

Risk Factors and Treatment for Childhood and Adult Asthma

Asthma is a chronic lung condition characterized by the development of swelling and inflammation in the lungs. Over 25 million Americans have asthma, 7 million of them being children. Asthma can range from mild to severe. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, there is no cure for asthma, but with proper treatment, most people with asthma can…

Sleep Apnea in Adults: Risks, Symptoms, and Treatments

Sleep Apnea in Adults: Risks, Symptoms, and Treatments

Many people don’t know about the deceptively dangerous consequences of Sleep apnea. The American Sleep Apnea Association estimates that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea with up to 80% of moderate to severe cases being undiagnosed. Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of sleep apnea, can lead to a plethora of health problems if left untreated. Untreated sleep…

Sleep Apnea in Children: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Sleep Apnea in Children: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Sleep apnea is characterized by snoring, long periods of absent breathing, and chronic mouth breathing among other things. Although common in adults, sleep apnea can be present in children. Central sleep apnea is when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. More common than central sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, a form of sleep…

Laryngitis: Symptoms and Treatments

Laryngitis: Symptoms and Treatments

Laryngitis is a condition that occurs when larynx, commonly called a voice box, and vocal cords become swollen and inflammed1. The enlarged vocal cords and larynx alter how air moves through the throat, creating symptoms of laryngitis2< which can be acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term). Acute laryngitis comes on suddenly and resolves within a few days or up to one…

Study Shows Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Improves Sleep Quality in Chronic Rhinosinusitis Patients

Study Shows Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Improves Sleep Quality in Chronic Rhinosinusitis Patients

Chronic rhinosinusitis is an inflammatory condition of the sinuses characterized by four predominant symptoms: facial pain/pressure, diminished or lost sense of smell, nasal drainage, and nasal obstruction1. Chronic rhinosinusitis is defined by the presence of two or more of the four predominant characteristics for 12 or more consecutive weeks1. Although these symptoms can be common, especially during winter months, chronic…

Common Cold or Winter Allergies?

Common Cold or Winter Allergies?

When the cold weather moves in and the sneezes and sniffles start, your first reaction is to grab the cold and flu medicine. But if this is your third or fourth “cold” of the season, chances are it isn’t the common cold at all, but instead, allergies.

Should I Contact an ENT Specialist?

Should I Contact an ENT Specialist?

Ear, nose, and throat (ENT) problems are more common than you may think. Common symptoms that many people experience and can seem innocent, like runny nose, snoring, or headaches, can be related to an ENT issue. Find out if you should see an ENT specialist.