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New Discovery Could Treat Cystic Fibrosis Nov 3rd, 2020

Cystic Fibrosis is a devastating genetic disorder which is multi-system, affecting the lungs, sinuses, sweat glands and digestive tract. This illness affects over 30,000 people in the United States alone, with over 700 of these people in Georgia. The disease is painful and debilitating but we are beginning to understand...

Sleep Apnea May Increase Women’s Risk of Heart Disease Oct 28th, 2020

Sleep apnea is a silent affliction that affects millions of people every year. It often goes undiagnosed, and has been associated with many health problems from tiredness and lack of focus to high blood pressure to diabetes to mental and emotional problems. A new study demonstrates an increased risk for...

Help for Hives Oct 3rd, 2018

You might think that you are the only one that has them, but you’re not. If you have hives, you are one of MANY! Hives (technically called “urticaria”) is a very common skin problem with the most common symptom being itchiness. Twenty-five percent of people have hives at some point...

Cause Behind Cystic Fibrosis’ Progression Found Oct 3rd, 2018

Cystic Fibrosis affects tens of thousands of people worldwide. It is an illness in which mucus builds up in the lungs and pancreas, among other organs, causing airways to become constricted and blocked. This leads to infections, damage to the lungs and eventually to the failure of the respiratory system....

Grow Up on a Farm? You Have a Lower Risk of Asthma in Atlanta Oct 3rd, 2018

Asthma is an illness that is more common than people realize, affecting many thousands of people all over the United States every year. It affects sleep, social interactions, mood, focus and can even, in extreme cases, be deadly. A new study has now shed light on a connection between growing...

Help for Hives Jun 7th, 2017

You might think that you are the only one that has them, but you’re not. If you have hives, you are one of MANY! Hives (technically called “urticaria”) is a very common skin problem with the most common symptom being itchiness. Twenty-five percent of people have hives at some point...

New Discovery Could Treat Cystic Fibrosis Dec 4th, 2015

Cystic Fibrosis is a devastating genetic disorder which is multi-system, affecting the lungs, sinuses, sweat glands and digestive tract. This illness affects over 30,000 people in the United States alone, with over 700 of these people in Georgia. The disease is painful and debilitating but we are beginning to understand...

Avoid Asthma Attacks with Better Indoor Air Quality Dec 3rd, 2015

Tens of thousands of people suffer from asthma in the United States, with hundreds of those in Georgia. The instances of this disease are on the rise across the nation and the world. People who suffer from this illness have swollen and inflamed airways and lungs, which react abnormally to...

Study Shows Siblings Don’t Always Share Food Allergies Dec 2nd, 2015

Food allergies are a major problem across the United States, affecting millions of people. These allergies go far beyond the itchy eyes and stuffy nose of hay fever; they can lead to serious health risks and even death. The common accepted wisdom is that allergies run in families and that...

Dealing with Your Mold Allergy Nov 30th, 2015

We’ve all heard about seasonal allergies, and those times of year (usually spring and fall) where they kick up in force. Some people, however, seem to suffer from never-ending allergy symptoms and it can be frustrating and painful to deal with. For those people, the answer could be found in...

You Could Affect Your Grandchild’s Risk of Asthma Nov 27th, 2015

Asthma is a real problem in the United States right now, reaching epidemic proportions among children. Tons of studies have been done to identify the root cause of the problem, with information coming out about kids who live in cities, the benefits of “dirty air” and bacteria on farms and...

Thanksgiving and Allergen-Free Foods in Atlanta Nov 26th, 2015

The holiday season is fast approaching and that means more than a month’s worth of family, friends, fun and food. For those who have allergies to food, however, the “fun” part is often dampened with fear and worry. Yes, it’s true that Thanksgiving in particular is chock full of dangerous...

Genetics Could Contribute to Cystic Fibrosis Severity Nov 23rd, 2015

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder which affects many bodily systems, including digestion, sweat glands, sinuses and lungs. This disease afflicts over 30,000 people in the United States alone, with over 700 of those living in Georgia, making Atlanta cystic fibrosis a serious problem. Research into this debilitating disease is...

Dine Safely with Food Allergies in Atlanta Nov 20th, 2015

Dealing with food allergies is awful. You feel like you have no control over your life. You don’t ever get to enjoy eating because every bite you take is full of fear that your food might contain some sort of contaminant or allergen. Since food allergies can be quite deadly,...

Atlanta Sleep Apnea Treatment Options Nov 19th, 2015

Sleep apnea is a common and very serious condition in which a person’s breathing is interrupted, becomes shallow or even stops altogether throughout their nightly sleep cycles. Those who have sleep apnea not only tend to be excessive snorers, but can encounter difficulty focusing and staying awake during the day...

Cause Behind Cystic Fibrosis’ Progression Found Nov 16th, 2015

Cystic Fibrosis affects tens of thousands of people worldwide. It is an illness in which mucus builds up in the lungs and pancreas, among other organs, causing airways to become constricted and blocked. This leads to infections, damage to the lungs and eventually to the failure of the respiratory system....

Grow Up on a Farm? You Have a Lower Risk of Asthma in Atlanta Nov 13th, 2015

Asthma is an illness that is more common than people realize, affecting many thousands of people all over the United States every year. It affects sleep, social interactions, mood, focus and can even, in extreme cases, be deadly. A new study has now shed light on a connection between growing...

Is Your Atlanta Chronic Cough More Than Just a Cough? Nov 12th, 2015

Is Your Atlanta Chronic Cough More Than Just a Cough?

Sleep Apnea May Increase Women’s Risk of Heart Disease Nov 9th, 2015

Sleep apnea is a silent affliction that affects millions of people every year. It often goes undiagnosed, and has been associated with many health problems from tiredness and lack of focus to high blood pressure to diabetes to mental and emotional problems. A new study demonstrates an increased risk for...

How an Atlanta ENT Doctor Can Treat Acid Reflux Nov 6th, 2015

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) are chronic forms of what is commonly known as acid reflux. Everyone gets it from time to time. Have you ever had heartburn? That’s likely acid reflux. However, when it becomes chronic and recurring, it could be a serious problem that can...

New Study May Explain Food Allergies Nov 4th, 2015

Food allergies can be some of the worst, most deadly ailments a person can face. For those who are unprepared, a sudden attack can close off air passages and quickly land a person in the hospital, or worse. The danger of allergies to food substances may finally see some relief,...

What is Endoscopic Sinus Surgery? Nov 2nd, 2015

Endoscopic sinus surgery is a minimally invasive means of repairing damage to the breathing passages and airways. If left untreated, this damage can lead to sinusitis or other breathing problems. In this procedure, an endoscope, or small camera, is inserted into the nasal passages through the nose, alongside surgical instruments....

Identifying Sleep Apnea in Older Women Oct 30th, 2015

Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that affects up to 12 million people every year in the United States. It is also, unfortunately, a nearly invisible illness that all-too-often goes undiagnosed, especially in postmenopausal women. This is because the symptoms can be hard to catch. After all, the sufferer is...

Surprising Fall Allergy Hacks Oct 28th, 2015

Allergies are the worst, and the fall season tends to see them spike dramatically. For millions of people who suffer from ragweed and mold sensitivity, this time of year can be a nightmare, especially if the typical treatment of antihistamines don’t do the trick. There are things that can be...

Treating Sleep Apnea Can Reverse Brain Changes Oct 26th, 2015

There has been a lot of research done recently on the effects sleep apnea has on quality of life, including excessive tiredness, mood swings, lack of focus and concentration and a broad range of other mental and emotional conditions. Now, a new study has come to light that suggests treatments...

How Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Improves Sleep Quality Oct 24th, 2015

Sleep issues are far more common than people realize, affecting millions of people every year. For those with sinus problems, the issue is even worse. Not only does the stuffiness and drip keep you awake, you suffer from pain and pressure on top of the lack of sleep. This leads...

Is It Allergies or Just Your Nose? Oct 22nd, 2015

It’s that time of year again. The seasons have just changed and the weather patterns are erratic right along with them. The air is rife with ragweed pollen and mold spores, and watery eyes, runny noses, facial pressure, sore throats and other hay fever symptoms are everywhere. How do you...

4 Ways to Maintain Healthy Lungs Oct 19th, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of people across the United States suffer from heart and lung problems every year, with nearly 160,000 Americans expected to die from lung cancer, the leading cause of death from cancer in the nation. Everyone knows that smoking is a key cause of lung cancer, but there...

Procedure Overview: Balloon Sinuplasty Oct 16th, 2015

Those who suffer with severe chronic sinusitis know what a nightmare it can be: constant pain and pressure in your face, soreness in your nose, continual stuffiness and mucus, runny noses and coughing. Sinusitis can not only ruin your day it can interfere with your life. Worse, you may feel...

Ways to Manage Your Fall Allergies Oct 15th, 2015

Fall is one of the worst seasons for allergies. As ragweed, mold and other irritants fill the air, millions of people are subject to the itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing and scratchy throat of hay fever. Those who suffer from seasonal allergies dread this time of year, but it doesn’t...

How Sleep Apnea Affects Pregnancies Oct 12th, 2015

The dangers of sleep apnea have become better known and understood in recent years. We know that it affects millions of Americans every year and can be exacerbated by weight and fitness issues. We also know about the associated health risks. A new study now has indicated that the condition...

Tracking Your Sleep Cycles with Apps Oct 8th, 2015

Sleep is a vital part of your health and well-being. As society moves forward, however, and we become more prone to stress and pressure, more people are having difficulty getting the sleep they need. In such cases, many are finding new ways to get sleep and track their sleeping habits....

How a Chronic Cough Affects Quality of Life Oct 7th, 2015

Chronic coughing is an affliction that many people face, but whose effects on the life of the patient are all-too-often overlooked. Recently a study was performed to determine the degree to which physical and psychological quality of life was affected by patients with this ailment. Secondarily, the study looked at...

Why Consumers Must Wake up to the Reality of Sleep Disorders Oct 5th, 2015

Sleep disorders are a real and pervasive problem in the United States, with over 25 percent of Americans reporting every year that they have some sort of sleep problems. Nearly a fifth of Americans have used medication to help them sleep, and the problem is only growing. It is vital...

Fall Allergies are Already Causing Problems in Atlanta Oct 2nd, 2015

Anyone who has allergies knows that the fall season is one of the worst. As ragweed pollen litters the air, the runny nose, itchy eyes and other symptoms that go along with allergic reactions kick up full force. We are only just over a week into the autumn season, and...

Sleep Apnea Could Be the Cause of Excessive Tiredness Sep 30th, 2015

Have you noticed that during the day, at work, at school or going about your normal daily activities, you seem to be constantly tired and sleepy? Do you have trouble with mood swings or maintaining focus? You could be suffering from a condition called hypersomnia, or excessive tiredness. There are...

Fighting Your Ragweed Allergy in Atlanta Sep 28th, 2015

August has come to an end and with September, autumn is just around the corner. For many, this is a time of cool weather, jackets, beautiful colors and gorgeous weather. For others, however, with autumn comes ragweed allergies. Fall is the prime time for allergies, and the season is getting...

Why Snoring Worsens with Age Sep 25th, 2015

Snoring is a persistent problem that affects millions of Americans every year. It is often as much as a nuisance — if not more — for the snorer’s partner than for the snorer themselves. It also tends to get much worse as we get older. There are many reasons why...

Fall Illnesses in Atlanta: What’s Going Around? Sep 23rd, 2015

Summer is over and fall is upon us. With fall comes a host of ailments that circulate like wildfire and cause lots of discomfort. Knowing what tends to be going around in the autumn months can help you to defend against sickness and keep you healthy throughout the year. Here’s...

Common Problems Associated with Sinusitis Sep 21st, 2015

As the fall ragweed allergy season descends upon us, cases of sinusitis are bound to ramp up as well. Sinusitis, an inflammation of the sinus tissue and passages, goes hand in hand with allergies, hay fever and even the common cold. For those who suffer from it, the ailment can...

The Link between Sleep Apnea and Diabetes Sep 18th, 2015

Anyone who has ever tried to look up a symptom on a self-diagnosis medical website knows that just about anything wrong with you can be attributed to diabetes. It’s actually become something of a joke, but the truth is, this condition is quite serious. The reason so many symptoms are...

Allergy Treatments for Pet Owners Sep 16th, 2015

It’s hard being an animal lover who has allergies. All you want to do at the end of the day is snuggle up with your four-legged furry friend, but as soon as your dog or cat gets near you, the problems begin: runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, breathing problems and...

Regional Isolation Discovered as Cause for Diverse Bacteria in Lungs of Cystic Fibrosis Patients Sep 11th, 2015

Cystic fibrosis affects over 30,000 people in the United States. Cystic fibrosis is a multi-system genetic disorder which affects the digestive track, sinuses, lungs and even sweat glands of patients. It is associated with a protein called CTFR, which transports chloride across the cell membranes and creates chronic lung and...

Saying Goodbye to Sinusitis Sep 9th, 2015

Sinusitis, or a painful inflammation of the sinuses, affects almost one in eight Americans who battle colds. The stuffy feeling, pain and inflammation can last for weeks as the sinus drainage passages struggle to clear up. It is difficult to breathe; pounding headaches plague the patient. Now, however, a new...

How to Manage Your Food Allergies Sep 7th, 2015

Food allergies are an epidemic in the United States, with nearly ten percent of kids and almost five percent of adults suffering from such issues. Even a tiny amount of a substance that cross contaminates into a meal can cause life-threatening issues. Dealing with these allergies is a major concern...

Rush Immunotherapy Can Help Those Exposed to Dust, Pollen and Stinging Insects Sep 4th, 2015

Nearly one-third of Americans suffer from some sort of seasonal allergies. Many do not have to suffer, however. Allergy shots can help such patients to lessen and in some cases eliminate symptoms with only the most minor discomfort and side effects. While for many oral medications are still preferable, here...

How Sleep Studies Can Shed Light on Common Disorders Sep 2nd, 2015

Excessive sleepiness is a serious problem for millions of Americans who may have trouble staying awake while reading, watching television, at the movies, in meetings, riding in the car or even sitting and carrying on a conversation. There are many common disorders that can carry tiredness as a symptom, and...

Surgery Emerges as Solution for Allergy and Sinus Troubles Aug 27th, 2015

Instances of allergies, medical conditions like chronic sinusitis and asthma are increasing at an alarming rate. The cause of this is as yet unknown, but regardless of the reason for the heightened prevalence of these conditions, sinus surgery may soon join immunotherapy and early management of inflammation and infection as...

The Growing Popularity of Balloon Sinuplasty Aug 25th, 2015

Those who suffer from chronic sinusitis know what a nightmare it can be. Your nasal passages are pressurized, closed off and sore. You can’t breathe, your head feels swollen and painful. The condition can be caused by any number of factors, from allergies to environmental concerns to anatomical issues. A...

Insomnia Can Increase Risk of Heart Disease Aug 19th, 2015

Many adults across the nation suffer from insomnia. This condition, which results in a failure to fall or stay asleep, can be an isolated occurrence or can be chronic and repeated. The basic effects of it are well known; loss of productivity, tiredness, lack of focus, problems with memory and...

4 Ways to Ease Sinus Pain Naturally Aug 5th, 2015

Sinus pressure and pain are awful. They can make you feel like your head is going to explode. It becomes hard to focus, and lying down can be just as painful as sitting up. A good ear, nose and throat doctor can of course help with these issues, but sometimes...

New Study Links Severe Restless Leg Syndrome with Strokes Jul 31st, 2015

Restless legs syndrome is a condition that affects up to 10 percent of the U.S. population — a staggering figure. It can result in difficulty sleeping, loss of productivity at work, severe discomfort and even emotional difficulties. A new study, however, posits that the problem may be even more serious...

The Effects of Insomnia Jul 29th, 2015

Insomnia is a harsh disorder that affects thousands of people every year. We all know that lack of sleep can create lots of problems such as grumpiness, lack of focus, difficulty concentrating and lack of productivity at work, school and home. There are, however, a lot of more disturbing things...

Sinus Trouble Still Going Around Jul 27th, 2015

Sinus season hits many people with the force of a load of bricks. With the end of the season, some may start to feel relief, while others continue to suffer. If you are feeling a lot of pressure, getting frequent headaches or feeling pain in your ears, your sinuses are...

The Importance of Treating Sleep Apnea Jul 24th, 2015

Sleep apnea is a common disorder that many people have heard of, even if they do not fully understand the extent of the condition. More than 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, though this number could be much higher since the disorder goes undetected very often. People of all...

Food Allergies Can Cause Nutritional Gaps Jul 22nd, 2015

When learning that you have a food allergy, your first priority is to avoid meals that contain the culprit ingredient. With food allergies becoming a more frequent assumption, more individuals are skipping a trip to the doctors and deciding for themselves to cut out a food source. A study performed...

Dealing with Allergies During Summer Travel Jul 10th, 2015

Wherever you may be headed to on your well-earned vacation, overseas or stateside, a big city or out in the boondocks, getting the most out of that time is important. The last thing you want to have happen is that you or someone you love suffers an allergic reaction. Allergies...

Food Allergies on the Rise Jul 8th, 2015

In recent years, more and more individuals the world over have discovered an allergy they either did not previously have or of which they were not aware before. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 4-6 percent of children in the United States now have food allergies. The figure is...

The Link Between Nasal Polyps and Snoring Jul 6th, 2015

Nasal polyps number among many causes of obstructions within the nasal passages. Such obstructions can lead to increased strain being required for the simple act of breathing. When asleep, this can often enough result in snoring. Read on to discover the link between nasal polyps and snoring in an effort...

Is Balloon Sinuplasty Safe? Jun 29th, 2015

There is a large part of the population that suffers from sinusitis. This is the condition where your sinuses, normally filled with air, get blocked and infected. It is characterized by a feeling of pressure, headaches, a stuffed nose and coughs. A new procedure called balloon sinuplasty is providing sufferers...

Men with Sleep Apnea More Likely to Suffer from Depression Jun 26th, 2015

Sleep apnea is a condition that affects about 18 million Americans. While there is treatment for it, many find the CPAP breathing machines that are regularly used uncomfortable and cumbersome. Apnea, when untreated, leaves suffers vulnerable to increased instances of stroke and high blood pressure. It can also lead to...

Stay on the Lookout for Ear Infections in Babies Jun 24th, 2015

It is very common for a child to get their first ear infection before the age of one. Many parents often miss the signs and symptoms, leading to prolonged discomfort for babies. In addition to pain, ear infections may cause bigger problems later in life. The ability to hear, which...

Veterans with PTSD Should be Assessed for Sleep Apnea Jun 22nd, 2015

One might not associate sleep apnea with soldiers returning from overseas. However there is a recent study that may have found a link between post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which the sufferer will stop and start breathing during the course...

Prepare for Fall with Allergy Shots Jun 14th, 2015

An estimated 24 million Americans suffer from allergies, and the numbers are on the rise. While we are not completely certain why incidents of allergies are increasing, it is clear that they are reaching near-epidemic proportions. As summer winds down to fall, another strong allergy season is about to dawn....

Summer Cold, or Allergies? Jun 12th, 2015

It’s the change of seasons and you have sinus pressure, runny and stuffed up nose, coughing, watery and itchy eyes. You’re sneezing and have a sore throat. You think it’s a summer cold —one of those that you get every year. Have you ever considered, however, that you may have...

Seasonal Allergies Can Make Asthma Worse Jun 10th, 2015

Seasonal allergies are very common and are becoming more common every year. Current estimates show that up to 30 percent of adults and up to 40 percent of children suffer from the condition, and over a third of those who suffer with allergies also have asthma. These numbers are stunning,...

Women More Likely than Men to be Hospitalized for Asthma Jun 8th, 2015

Statistically speaking, women are much more likely to be affected by asthma than men. The problem, however, is even worse than originally thought. A new study has been conducted among acute asthma patients, which shows that not only are women more likely to have the disease, they are more likely...

The High Risk of At-Home Exposure to Peanut Allergies May 29th, 2015

Parents tend to worry most about their children when they are outside of the home, but for those suffering from peanut allergies, being at home carries the highest risk of exposure. A new study found that over a third of all exposures to peanuts happen in the home, accounting for...

How Balloon Sinuplasty Relieves Sinusitis Symptoms May 27th, 2015

Sinusitis is a common ailment that affects millions of Americans every year. Those afflicted suffer swelling and inflammation of the tissue around the sinuses. This causes them to become blocked and stuffed up with fluid, viruses, bacteria and fungi that can multiply. Balloon sinuplasty is a relatively recent treatment for...

Asthma Medications: Types and Care May 25th, 2015

With Asthma affecting nearly 26 million Americans every year, and several different types of chronic and acute asthma out there, the disease is an epidemic. Treatments for people who suffer with asthma are broad and varied, but many people rely on classic inhalers, bronchodilators, and nebulizers. These devices, often combined...

Asthma Awareness Month May 22nd, 2015

May is asthma awareness month. Asthma is a chronic disease that has no known cure and affects nearly 23 million Americans every year. It is a very common ailment that accounts for more than 2 million visits to the emergency room and over 14 million trips to the doctor’s office...

Sore Throats Don’t Always Point to Strep May 20th, 2015

When you suffer a sore, scratchy throat that swells up and is accompanied by a high fever, you may jump to the conclusion that strep throat is the culprit. After all, strep is a common infection for kids and adults and can create days of misery. However, recent studies show...

A Clean Home Can Control Your Allergies May 18th, 2015

For anyone suffering from any type of allergies — whether they are indoor, outdoor, seasonal or year round — there is a simple solution to help lessen your symptoms: clean your house. Having a clean home can reduce the amount of irritants you come into contact with. Not cleaning your...

Exercising and Asthma May 4th, 2015

Some people may notice during exercise that they have sudden trouble breathing. After a bout of strenuous cardio or intense physical exercise, it can feel like their lungs are seizing up and they have to gasp for air. This condition is known as “exercise induced asthma,” more formally “exercise-induced bronchoconstriction”...

Most Common Types of Coughs May 1st, 2015

There are many different ailments that carry coughs with them as a symptom. The act of coughing exists to clear your air passages and allow you to breathe more easily. You can’t always tell the reason for a cough from the way it sounds, but each kind of cough does...

Dealing with Ear Infections in Children Apr 24th, 2015

If your child is experiencing an ear infection, they are sure to be in a good deal of pain and discomfort. This can be difficult to manage as a parent, but there are several things you can do to make this illness easier on your child. The ENT community labels...

What is the “Pollen Count”? Apr 22nd, 2015

The pollen count for Atlanta has exceeded record after record this year, keeping those with allergy problems quite uncomfortable. The spring weather is gorgeous — many are eager to get outside and breathe the fresh air, facing the consequences associated with counts over 6,000. With the grasses set to peak...

The Benefits of Using Hearing Protection Apr 17th, 2015

Like so many other doctors, most people only visit us at our Atlanta ENT center if there is something noticeably wrong. While waiting until you have an ear infection or severe allergies to visit an ENT specialist is reasonable, there are many things you can do to increase the health...

How Sinus Issues Can Cause Bad Breath Apr 10th, 2015

Some people brush, floss, scrub and rinse multiple times every day but still notice that their mouth smells a bit “funkier” than they would like. This condition can tend to persist for longer than most people would like, and it could be indicative of underlying problems. If you find that...

Why Your ENT Doctor wants You to Stop Smoking Apr 8th, 2015

The fact that smoking has negative effects on the overall wellbeing of the body is generally accepted by the public. But did you know it can also be detrimental to your ear, nose and throat health? Your ENT doctor wants you to stop smoking, and these are the reasons why....

Could Your Dog Alleviate Your Allergies? Apr 6th, 2015

When we think about dogs, the last thing we consider is that they might help with allergies. After all, pets are some of the most common and severe producers of allergens out there. However, it has recently come to light that owning a pet can also alleviate allergy symptoms and...

Loud Music Could Be Severely Damaging Your Ears Apr 3rd, 2015

Have you ever been at a concert and had your ears ring afterward? Do you like to listen to your music player so loud that it tunes out the rest of the world? Have people asked you to turn down your music, even when you’re wearing earbuds? If so, you...

Allergy Season Hits Atlanta Apr 1st, 2015

It’s that time again. Spring is upon us, and with it comes pet shedding, pollen and the start of air quality action days. The allergy season brings with it stuffy noses, itchy and watery eyes, headaches and all the discomfort associated with it. Unfortunately, the allergy season is hitting earlier...

Preventative Measures for Spring Allergies Mar 27th, 2015

When people say that “spring is in the air,” the only thing seasonal allergy sufferers can assume they are talking about is the pollen. The great big clouds of neon yellow powder wreak havoc on an estimated 1 in 5 Americans, turning their spring frolics into sneezing fits. Atlanta also...

Best Food for Sinus Problems Mar 25th, 2015

People who suffer from regular sinus problems may be surprised to learn that their diet can have a tremendous influence on their symptoms. Since diet provides almost 100 percent of your body’s needed nutrition, neglecting important foods and eating too much of harmful ones can exacerbate sinus problems. On the...

Is Balloon Sinuplasty Effective? Mar 23rd, 2015

Balloon sinuplasty is a relatively new procedure designed to relieve symptoms for chronic sufferers of sinusitis. Of patients that have undergone the procedure, 95 percent report total or near-total relief of their symptoms. Even better, the procedure is far less invasive than older alternatives. Patients have reported quicker recovery times...

The Importance of Having Your Child’s Hearing Checked Mar 13th, 2015

We live in a world where health concerns for kids are taking front and center in just about every area. From learning disabilities to vaccinations, taking all the necessary precautions to ensure your kids are healthy is more important than ever. One thing too many parents neglect, however, is having...

Bluetooth Hearing Aid Technology Mar 11th, 2015

Smartphones can do just about anything short of cooking us breakfast these days. From finding a good restaurant to helping people with disabilities, our phones are some of the most powerful devices we have. Now, the speakers combined with Bluetooth technology may provide help to those with hearing impairments, adding...

Sinus Infections: To Treat or Not to Treat? Mar 9th, 2015

With as brutal of a winter as the country has faced this year, including snow and freezing temperatures even in the Deep South, sinus infections are running rampant. With many who are unaccustomed to cold-related illnesses, sinus ailments can be more than a nuisance; they can be crippling. Many are...

Excessive Daytime Sleepiness? It Might Be OSA Mar 6th, 2015

Sleep apnea affects nearly 20 million people in North America. It is an epidemic illness, and we are only beginning to realize how serious it is. Most people quickly associate snoring (and the sudden stoppage of snoring) in the middle of the night with obstructive sleep apnea. There are, however,...

The Effects of Sleep Apnea in Children Mar 4th, 2015

When we talk about treatments and diagnosis of sleep apnea, we often refer to adults. The problem, however, affects almost 20 million Americans, and not all of them are adults. Many kids suffer with the condition, but the diagnosis, cause and treatments differ significantly. Knowing how to spot signs of...

At-Home Sleep Apnea Testing Mar 2nd, 2015

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that affects almost 20 million Americans every single year. Diagnosing and treating the problem has traditionally been inconvenient at best. In the past, those who potentially suffered from this ailment have had to make an appointment at a sleep lab and spend an uncomfortable...

Why You Should Be Concerned with the Flu Epidemic if You Have Asthma Feb 20th, 2015

This season is shaping up to be one of the worst flu seasons in history. Flu vaccines have not been nearly as effective this year due to a mutation in the most common strain of the flu. This has led many people to forego getting the vaccine. Since fewer people...

In-Office Treatment for Recurrent Chronic Sinusitis Feb 18th, 2015

Sinusitis, or the inflammation of the sinus membranes, can be a serious condition. It is a source of pain and discomfort for almost 37 million Americans annually. Fortunately, there are in-office treatments for the illness that can restore comfort and normal sinus function for most people in a relatively short...

Sleep Apnea and Risk for Heart Disease Feb 16th, 2015

Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans every year. The snoring can be difficult to deal with, both for those who have the condition and their partners. What many do not realize is that this disorder is not simply inconvenient. It also puts people at risk for many other health conditions....

Food Allergies in Atlanta: Where to Dine, Part 2 Feb 12th, 2015

Have you ever been out with your friends at a restaurant, only to find out you cannot eat anything on the menu? Do you skip straight to the bottom of a restaurant’s menu to see if they offer gluten-free dishes or substitutions? Food allergies greatly influence where, what and how...

Food Allergies in Atlanta: Where to Dine, Part 1 Feb 11th, 2015

Have you ever gone to a restaurant and had to return the food to the kitchen because it had peanuts in it? Do you fear ordering a dish that has soy as an ingredient? If you answer yes to either of these questions, you probably have a food allergy. You...

The Link between Breastfeeding and Reduced Sinus, Throat and Ear Infections Feb 9th, 2015

The benefits of breastfeeding are no secret. Breastfeeding offers long term advantages for mother and infant that are unmatched by formula products. From digestive health to lifelong immunity, breastfeeding is nature’s aid to our wellness building blocks. Many women are opting to breastfeed their children to give them the gift...

Can Idling Your Car on Cold Mornings Harm Your Asthma? Feb 6th, 2015

Winter weather can be particularly harsh on cars. During the cold months, people across the country sit in their idling cars, waiting on the engine to warm up. Many people believe that a car needs to run for about five minutes before they can take off on their morning commutes....

Atlanta’s Pollen Count in 2015 Feb 4th, 2015

For people that suffer from seasonal allergies, the arrival of spring is dreaded for one reason: pollen. Every year, people look to the pollen index and forecast to decide whether or not they want to leave their homes. Pollen can cause allergy and asthma symptoms to worsen. It is important...

Flu Season in Georgia, 2015 Feb 2nd, 2015

Each year in Georgia, flu season incites a frenzy of flu shots, missed work days and flu-related hospitalizations. This year is no different. In the first few days of January, the flu season was at its worst, according to the Department of Public Health. From January 4 to January 10...

Do Women Have More Severe Allergic Reactions Because of Estrogen? Jan 30th, 2015

Allergic reactions that are caused by factors such as medications, insect bites or foods are referred to as anaphylaxis. Such allergies can be very severe, and even life-threatening. For a long time, scientists and doctors have known that females suffer worse allergic reactions than males do, and are more prone to...

The Difference between a Winter Cold and an Allergy Jan 27th, 2015

Winter colds are the worst. During the long, cold months of winter when you get hit with the sniffling, coughing, sore throat and body aches, it is just an awful experience. Have you ever wondered why that cold just won’t go away? In the worst of situations it can be...

How do I Know That I Have the Flu? Jan 26th, 2015

The flu season is upon us, and it looks like it is going to be a doozy. Flu vaccines this year are not as effective as they have been in the past, due to a mutation in the most common variety of the virus. This has resulted in vaccines providing...

How to Spot Asthma in Children and Infants Jan 23rd, 2015

Asthma is a major concern for children and infants. Roughly 7 million kids in the United States are afflicted with asthma, which can manifest at any age, though most children show symptoms before their sixth year of age. The ailment is increasing at an alarming rate, and doctors are as...

Did You Know that Healthier Eating can Reduce Your Asthma Symptoms? Jan 21st, 2015

Everyone knows that diet and nutrition are essential to a healthy lifestyle. In recent years, however, the importance of eating right is becoming evident not only in maintaining wellness, but as a treatment for many chronic illnesses. Among those illnesses that can be treated with diet is asthma. Maintaining a...

Dry Cold Air Brings on Nosebleeds Jan 19th, 2015

Here we are once more, in the cold of winter, and along with that comes many health problems. Of course at this time of year colds and the flu are serious concerns, but there are more minor problems that many suffer as well. Among these problems are nosebleeds caused by...

Exercise Despite Your Asthma Symptoms in 2015 Jan 16th, 2015

Those who suffer with asthma know that the tightness in your chest, the wheezing, the coughing, and the crushing inability to breathe can create a nightmare. When the weather is cold and dry it gets even worse. For these people, exercise and activity can suffer. Still, ever-growing knowledge and treatment...

Loud Sounds Can Eventually Damage Your Hearing Jan 14th, 2015

We live in a fast-paced and loud world. In fact, it seems there is more noise in our society with every passing day. It is an unfortunate fact of life that with the noise comes hearing loss. While it may seem you need to listen to your music even louder...

Can Sleep Apnea Surgery Cure Childhood Asthma? Jan 12th, 2015

Childhood asthma is a growing problem, especially among kids in urban environments. While the causes of this epidemic are being actively researched, treatments have recently come to light. Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, has been shown to be associated with many respiratory issues, including snoring and asthma. Recent research has...

What to Ask Your Doctor about Balloon Sinuplasty Jan 9th, 2015

Sinusitis is a condition that affects nearly 40 million Americans annually. Over the last ten years, the prevalence of this condition has skyrocketed, potentially because of heightened levels of pollution in the air, resistance to antibiotics, and more crowded urban conditions. This condition, an inflammation of the sinus lining, can...

How Do I Choose an ENT Specialist That Treats Children? Jan 7th, 2015

When your child has problems with their ear, nose or throat, you should seek a specialist for treatment. These specialists, called Pediatric Otolaryngologists, are experts in the illnesses affecting these regions in kids, and can provide the best experience and qualifications to treat these problems. When you are not sure...

Why You Cannot Rely on the Flu Vaccine This Year Jan 5th, 2015

We are in the height of the flu season, and as with every year you see signs all over the neighborhood advertising flu shots. Doctors recommend that everyone get a flu shot to keep healthy during the season, and usually flu shots are a great line of defense. This year,...

Exercise and ENT – How They Connect Jan 1st, 2015

We all know that regular exercise help you maintain a healthy weight. What you may not know is that regular exercise also promotes good ENT–as in ear, nose and throat–health? That’s right, the health benefits you get from working out also extends to those parts of the body that we...

Making Healthy Life Choices in 2015 Dec 31st, 2014

If making healthier life choices in 2015 tops your New Year’s resolution list, make sure it includes improving your ENT health–that of your ears, nose and throat. Healthier changes that can improve your physical and mental health can also improve your ENT health. If you have had more than your...

Ignoring Your Chronic Cough Will Harm Your Health Dec 29th, 2014

A chronic cough is not to be taken lightly, especially when it lasts longer than eight weeks for adults, or four weeks for children. Chronic cough is usually a sign of an underlying condition. It is also the body’s way of telling you to promptly seek medical treatment while that...

The Pillar Procedure: Your First Step for Sleeping and Feeling Better Dec 26th, 2014

If your snoring has become a problem for you and your partner, the pillar procedure is a treatment option to consider. It is a minor surgery under local anesthesia that is performed in the doctor’s office. This procedure has been proven to effectively treat habitual snoring and mild to moderate...

How to Enjoy Holiday Sweets with Food Allergies Dec 24th, 2014

The holidays can be tricky for people with food allergies. Holiday sweets are everywhere, and most of them contain food allergens. You can still enjoy holiday desserts, even with food allergies, by using allergy-free ingredients in your favorite holiday recipes. Preparing allergy-free holiday desserts is as easy as substituting food allergens...

How to Treat Your Winter Insomnia Symptoms Dec 22nd, 2014

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 30 percent of adults have insomnia. One in every 10 adults have chronic insomnia. Some people experience periods insomnia associated with seasonal changes. Winter insomnia may be symptomatic of a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Winter insomnia may also result from the...

Why Treating Restless Leg Syndrome Now Will Benefit Your Health as You Age Dec 19th, 2014

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a condition characterized by an uncontrollable urge to move your legs, usually triggered by an uncomfortable sensation in the legs. RLS is believed to be caused by dopamine imbalance. Dopamine is a chemical that transmits signals between nerve cells in the brain. There is no...

Why You Should be Concerned With Excessive Snoring Dec 17th, 2014

According to the Mayo Clinic, half of adults snore. Snoring is a loud, hoarse sound that occurs when airflow through the mouth and nose becomes obstructed as you sleep. Most times snoring is normal, such as when you have a stuffy nose from a cold or sinus infection. Loud and excessive...

The Link between Sinusitis and Sleep Dec 15th, 2014

If you have sinusitis, chances are it is not easy to get a good night’s sleep- unless you breathe through your mouth. Swollen sinuses make it hard to breathe through the nose. There are other sinusitis symptoms that make sleeping a tad difficult, such as facial pain and headache. According...

5 Ways to Manage Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Dec 12th, 2014

Sleep is just as important part of a healthy lifestyle as diet and exercise. Many people get less than six hours of sleep due to their busy lifestyles. This results in sleep deprivation and excessive daytime sleepiness, both of which can be harmful to your health in the long run....

Christmas Tree Allergies: Should You Choose a Real Tree or a Fake Tree? Dec 10th, 2014

Managing allergy symptoms can be challenging during the holiday season, especially if being near a Christmas tree makes you sneeze. It does not help that Christmas trees are everywhere during the holidays. Fortunately, you can still enjoy the beauty of a Christmas and manage your allergy symptoms. Live vs. Artificial Christmas Trees It is...

How Does the Winter Season Affect Your Sinuses? Dec 8th, 2014

If you think those sinus problems that plague you during the spring and summer months will go away when winter arrives, you are in for a rude awakening. The winter season can cause just as much sinus misery as the warmer seasons. The good news is that you can minimize...

How to Manage Asthma During the Winter Months Dec 4th, 2014

For asthmatics, the winter season presents a whole other set of challenges. A cold blast of wintry air can trigger an attack. People tend to spend more time indoors in the colder months. This means more exposure to indoor triggers like dust mites, pet dander and smoke. According to the Asthma...

Thanksgiving with Food Allergies – Part 2 Nov 24th, 2014

Preparing a Thanksgiving meal to accommodate guests with food allergies can be a bit of a challenge. It may be easier than being at a holiday dinner where nearly every food on the menu is one you must decline because of your food allergy. With a little planning ahead, you...

Thanksgiving With Food Allergies Nov 20th, 2014

Whether this is your first time cooking Thanksgiving dinner or one of many you have already hosted, you will make a favorable and memorable impression if the holiday menu includes palate-pleasing dishes made especially with guests with food allergies in mind. Here are some tips to make Thanksgiving dinner enjoyable...

What You Need to Know About Immunotherapy Injections Nov 19th, 2014

Immunotherapy injections, or allergy shots, is a treatment option for people who suffer from certain allergies. Some of the allergies this can alleviate include asthma or rhinitis, conjunctivitis or stinging insects. How Immunotherapy Injections Work The injections work by decreasing sensitivity to allergens and may even provide relief from allergy...

What Exactly is a Hearing Test? Nov 18th, 2014

A hearing test is not to be confused with a hearing screening. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), a hearing screening is a preliminary process that weeds out those patients who have signs of possible hearing problems, specifically those who may need further evaluation by a qualified audiologist. A...

The Components of Ear Tubes Nov 17th, 2014

According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), most children have had at least one painful ear infection before the age of 5. Most ear infections go away on their own or can be treated with antibiotics. For recurring chronic ear infections, a doctor may recommend your...

Why Suffer From Wheezing? Nov 14th, 2014

Wheezing results from a narrowing of the airways due to inflammation or physical obstruction (such as a tumor or foreign object that was inhaled). When air passes through the narrowed airways, it produces a high-pitched whistling sound during breathing. Wheezing occurs mostly when a person exhales, but it may also...

What Causes Nosebleeds? Nov 13th, 2014

Nearly every adult has experienced a nosebleed at least once in his or her life. Common causes of nosebleeds are very cold or dry air (which dries out the nasal membranes), blowing the nose too hard and nose picking. There are also several health conditions that can cause nosebleeds. Types...

The Link Between Insomnia and Sleep Apnea Nov 6th, 2014

The Stevens Point Journal is reporting that there is a correlation between insomnia and sleep apnea. Those with chronic insomnia suffer daily with their inability to complete a full night’s sleep. This suffering extends to their daily routine, causing a number of symptoms that adversely affects quality of life. Symptoms...

Snoring, Heart Disease and Sudden Death Nov 5th, 2014

There can be a relationship between snoring, heart disease and sudden death among those with specific cardiovascular issues. Snoring can present many problems for both the snorer and his or her partner. These issues can cause difficulties in the daily life and routine of both as well as issues related to intimacy....

Dry Roasting Peanuts Can Trigger Peanut Allergies Oct 31st, 2014

The Los Angeles Times is reporting in its Science Now section that a new study sheds light on why so many people in North America have peanut allergies. Peanut allergies are one of the most common and dangerous food allergies people face. Those with peanut allergies have to be extra careful with...

Hearing Loss Restored Oct 30th, 2014

Hearing loss is a common and serious problem for many people who are exposed to loud noises on a regular basis, and for those advancing in years. Several studies are showing that there is hope for these individuals; there are new advancements in the field of hearing restoration. Hearing Loss...

The Teal Pumpkin Project Oct 24th, 2014

With all of the ghosts, goblins, vampires and werewolves running about, Halloween can be a scary time of year. For most of us the thrills and chills are great fun, but for kids with food allergies, “scary” takes on a whole new meaning. Candy with nuts in it can be deadly....

Bad Breath and Sinus Problems Oct 22nd, 2014

Nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes are not the only miserable symptoms of a sinus problem. Halitosis, more commonly referred to as bad breath, is yet another potentially embarrassing symptom that can accompany a sinus condition. Post Nasal Drip Post nasal drip is excess mucus that drips down...

Georgia Peanut Farmers Address Peanut Allergy Questions with New Website Oct 21st, 2014

According to the American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, 400,000 children in the U.S. have peanut allergies. In addition, peanut allergy is the one food allergen that is most commonly associated with severe allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis. A Georgia-based organization recently launched a website dedicated to increasing awareness...

A Fat Tongue Could Impact Odds of Sleep Apnea Oct 20th, 2014

According to a recent Detroit Free Press article, a team of researchers at the Sleep Center at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center has discovered another connection between obesity and sleep apnea. The study showed a prevalence of “fat tongue” among obese people with sleep apnea and how a fat tongue may...

Egg Allergy No Excuse to Avoid Flu Shot This Year Oct 17th, 2014

It is that time of the year when people roll up their sleeves at healthcare facilities everywhere so they can get a flu shot. One group has always been the exception: people with egg allergies. Most flu vaccines contain a small amount of egg. According to the American College of...

The Link Between Obesity and Childhood Asthma Oct 16th, 2014

A recent KSAT news article shed light on a recent study that suggests a link between obesity and childhood asthma. The objective of the study, called the Noah Study, was to determine the effectiveness of a healthy diet as part of asthma treatment and control. This study was conducted at the Nemours...

Is Your Partner Allergic to Your Pet? Oct 15th, 2014

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), roughly 15 to 30 percent of people are allergic to cats and dogs. For these individuals, having a pet in the home is not an option–which is fine if they are single. Many people eventually go from being single to...

Reducing Allergens in the Home Oct 14th, 2014

Fortunately for us, they are too small for us to see, and make us cringe even more. Dust mites are something we all live with. Most of us co-exist with dust mites just fine. Dust mites and allergy sufferers, not so much. Allergens from dust mites cause allergy symptoms to...

Researchers Learn More About Cold-Triggered Asthma Attacks Oct 13th, 2014

Asthma is a chronic disease that can be life-threatening. It has claimed many lives, yet an asthma diagnosis is not an automatic death sentence. Many asthmatics live a full life, mainly because they have learned how to identify what triggers their attacks and take appropriate measures to prevent attacks before...

New Data Shows Sleep Apnea on the Rise Oct 10th, 2014

Several recent studies have indicated an alarming increase in the number of people with obstructive sleep apnea. This fact has public health and safety officials very concerned. According to the National Sleep Awareness Project, 25 million Americans have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea increases one’s risk for potentially life-threatening health conditions...

Untreated Sleep Apnea Could Make Surgery More Dangerous Oct 9th, 2014

According to the American Sleep Association, millions of Americans have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea increases your risk for more serious health conditions such as high blood pressure and heart problems. A recent US News Health article has shed light on another adverse effect of sleep apnea–greater risk for surgery-related complications. The article...

More Evidence that Sleep Apnea Damages the Brain Oct 8th, 2014

Researchers at the UCLA School of Nursing recently uncovered another reason to see your doctor right away if you suspect you have sleep apnea. According to a recent news release published on the EurekaAlert.com website, the researchers observed weaker blood flow in patients with sleep apnea. The weakened blood flow is believed...

Sleep Apnea Awareness Infographic Oct 7th, 2014

Please feel free share this sleep apnea awareness infographic on your social media and in your workplace.

Sleep Apnea Awareness Week 2014 Oct 6th, 2014

The week of October 6 to October 13, 2014 is Sleep Apnea Awareness Week, an annual, national event sponsored by the American Sleep Association (ASA) to increase awareness about sleep apnea. Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans, and Sleep Apnea Awareness Week provides an opportunity for everyone to learn more...

Chemical Exposure during Pregnancy Could Increase Childhood Asthma Oct 3rd, 2014

A recent study conducted by Columbia University suggests a connection between prenatal exposure to household chemicals during pregnancy and increased risk for childhood asthma. The study showed that such exposure could increase childhood asthma risk by more than 70 percent in children between 5 and 11. The study focused on...

Atlanta Allergies: Is it Ragweed or Goldenrod? Oct 2nd, 2014

Is It Ragweed or Goldenrod According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 75 percent of Americans with pollen allergies are allergic to ragweed. Ragweed allergy, or hay fever, affects 10 to 20 percent of Americans. Another plant, goldenrod, often gets the blame for many hay fever flare-ups, even...

When You Should Worry About a Sinus Infection Sep 30th, 2014

Most of us have suffered through a sinus infection, or sinusitis, at some point in our lives. It is no picnic, especially when they linger and nothing you try brings relief. Sometimes sinus infections linger because you may not be treating them properly, or possibly taking the wrong medication. In...

Are You Making Your Seasonal Allergies Worse? Sep 26th, 2014

Seasonal Allergies in Atlanta are at Their Peek If you have recurring or worsening allergy symptoms, the culprit may be staring right at you when you look in the mirror, according to a recent FOX News Health article. That is right, you may be the reason your allergies will not go away. You...

Breastfeeding Reduces Babies’ Chance of Allergies and Asthma Sep 25th, 2014

Breastfeeding is the best way to provide your baby with all the nutrients and vitamins he or she needs during their first six months of life. Breast milk also contains substances that will shield your baby from illness and certain diseases. Two new recent studies published in the journal Pediatrics have provided...

Sinus Headache or Migraine Headache? Sep 24th, 2014

When many people get a stuffy nose along with a headache, they assume it is a sinus headache. According to an article on EverydayHealth.com, that may not be the case. Research has shown that sinus and migraine headaches are often misdiagnosed. Knowing how to accurately identify the type of headache you...

Allergies vs Sinusitis Sep 23rd, 2014

For many people, the spring and fall season is the time to keep plenty of tissues and medication on hand. They have to prepare to treat symptoms such as runny and stuffy noses, itchy, watery eyes and headaches, just to name a few. Allergies vs Sinusitis: Which is it? The...

What Parents Need to Know About Human Enterovirus 68 Sep 22nd, 2014

In recent weeks, doctors at an Atlanta hospital have seen an alarming increase in the number of children they have treated for respiratory infections. According to a recent WMAZ article, the likely culprit is Enterovirus D68, or EV-D68. The first reported spike in EV-D68 cases occurred in August in Chicago and Kansas...

Seasonal Allergies: Surviving Ragweed in Atlanta Sep 18th, 2014

Ragweed plants are common throughout the U.S., mostly in the rural areas of the Eastern and Midwestern regions. This year, above-normal temperatures and rainy weather is expected to hit the Southeast harder than normal, making Fall 2014 a potentially bad year for sufferers of ragweed allergies. What is a Ragweed...

Cold vs Flu: How Can You Tell? Sep 15th, 2014

Being able to distinguish between symptoms of the common cold and flu symptoms will help you determine the course of treatment much sooner, and you’ll be on your feet much sooner as well. Both ailments have some of the same symptoms, but the duration and severity differs and can vary...

Study Finds CPAP Effective for Sleep Apnea in Seniors Sep 11th, 2014

According to the National Sleep Foundation, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects 18 millions Americans. Until now, no research on the effectiveness of CPAP for sleep apnea in seniors had even been conducted. A new study, recently published in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine, suggests that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy can be very...

Sleep Apnea: The Impact on a Child’s Health Sep 10th, 2014

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by brief, repeated pauses in breathing during sleep. Three are three types: central, mixed and obstructive, with obstructive sleep apnea being the most common. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 18 millions Americans have sleep apnea, and 2 to 20 percent of those...

Gut Bacteria Discovery Gives Hope for Food Allergy Sufferers Sep 9th, 2014

According to the Mayo Clinic, 6 to 8 percent of children under age 3 and 3 percent of adults have some type of food allergy. Allergy-causing foods can trigger symptoms ranging from mild to severe to even life-threatening. Researchers at the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) recently made a breakthrough...

Five Symptoms That Might Mean Your Snoring is a Serious Problem Sep 8th, 2014

According to the Mayo Clinic, half of adults snore in their sleep. Some snore occasionally, while others snore every time they sleep. Snoring is what happens when air flows past relaxed tissues in your throat as you sleep, making the tissues vibrate and create those sometimes irritating–and very loud–snoring sounds. ...

Relief from Snoring Sep 4th, 2014

Snoring is a problem and source of embarrassment for millions of Americans. It is extremely common, with over 35 million people across the country suffering from the chronic form. Even more people suffer from mild or occasional episodes. It can cause loss of sleep, fatigue, mood swings and productivity issues...

Understanding Hearing Loss In Children Sep 3rd, 2014

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 360 million people in the world have hearing loss. Of that number, 32 million are children under age 15. The good news is that in many cases, hearing loss in children is preventable with early detection and being watchful for symptoms that indicate...

Is Balloon Sinuplasty Safe? Sep 2nd, 2014

Sinusitis is one of the most common health issues faced across the United States, affecting well over 35 million people every year. It affects more people than asthma or heart disease and has a massive impact on quality of life. The disease causes inflammation from nasal mucous membranes, throat and...

How to Prepare for Ragweed Season in Atlanta Sep 1st, 2014

Spring and summer are generally thought of as the big allergy seasons. For many Atlanta residents, as autumn approaches, the dry weather can be a relief. It is important to remember that fall brings its own set of allergy problems. Ragweed and hay fever are just about to kick into high...

Is Snoring Hurting Your Relationship? Aug 28th, 2014

Snoring is a surprisingly common issue which couples have to deal on a regular basis. Whether it’s elbowing your partner and saying, “Roll over; you are snoring in my ear,” or suffering with repeated partial waking throughout the night, snoring can put a serious burden on both the person snoring...

Study Shows High Rate of Food Allergies in Inner-City Kids Aug 27th, 2014

Food allergies are becoming more and more common and problematic with each passing year. A recent study from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center has come to light which reveals that kids who live in urban areas tend to be more prone to food allergies than other kids. Allergies on the Rise...

Sleep Apnea May Be Related to High Blood Pressure Aug 26th, 2014

Sleep apnea can be a disturbing disorder, which can even result in death. High blood pressure leads to multiple health problems, not the least of which is heart and circulatory conditions requiring careful medication and monitoring lest they, too, lead to death. But what do sleep apnea and blood pressure...

New Guidelines Support Home Sleep Study Tests Aug 25th, 2014

When it comes to testing for and monitoring of obstructive sleep apnea, portable sleep monitors are an excellent means of avoiding difficult overnight stays in sleep labs. Testing in sleep labs can cause problems due to non-ideal conditions, and consequently can create non-ideal results in testing. New guidelines published in...

End Sinusitis with Balloon Sinuplasty Aug 22nd, 2014

Sinus trouble is painful and annoying to say the least. Pressure builds up in your face and your nose feels like it is filled with concrete! Most people suffer through this at least once or twice in their life but some experience this type of pain over and over again...

When is it Time to Schedule Endoscopic Sinus Surgery? Aug 20th, 2014

Sinus surgery has come a long way in the past decade!  What used to involve immense amounts of pain and nasal packing can now be performed as an outpatient and same day surgery, with minimal to no pain. Endoscopic sinus surgery is performed by inserting a small telescope into the...

New Study Refutes Earlier Link Between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Cancer Aug 18th, 2014

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that causes a person’s airways to become obstructed, often requiring interruption of sleep in order to regain normal breathing. A person can have as many as thirty of these obstruction events an hour, restricting blood flow and causing a buildup of carbon dioxide....

Flonase Approved for OTC Use by FDA Aug 15th, 2014

Flonase (fluticasone) is one of the most popular prescription allergy medications on the market today. A steroid nasal spray, Flonase prevents the release of inflammatory substances in the body that cause allergic reactions. It is used to treat varied symptoms including nasal congestion, runny noses, and sneezing, and can be...

Survey Shows Sinusitis Can Lead to Significant Decline in Quality of Life Aug 14th, 2014

A new, anonymous survey was conducted jointly by the Entellus Medical firm and SinusSurgeryOptions.com that determined that sinusitis can have a significant negative impact on quality of life. Sinusitis refers to the inflammation of the nasal passages. This condition is usually caused by an infection, but it can also be...

Back to School and Food Allergies: Formulate a Plan to Keep Kids Safe Aug 13th, 2014

Making a list of back to school purchases is something most parents do. Parents of children with allergies should be making another list as well. Preparation both at home and at the school can help to prevent children accidently being exposed to foods that will cause a reaction. In the...

Rain Doesn’t Wash Away Allergy and Asthma Risks Aug 12th, 2014

When allergy season is in full swing, many of us hope that a good rain will bring us relief by washing away allergens, like pollen and mold, out of the air. Sadly, this is not necessarily true. New research is emerging that there may be a few people who actually...

How Do Chronic Sinus Issues Affect Your Overall Health? Aug 11th, 2014

Anyone who has chronic sinusitis is quite familiar with the pressure behind the eyes, headaches, constant dripping nose and coughing that go hand in hand with the condition. While there are many effective methods for treating the symptoms, those who suffer from this illness could experience other serious health effects...

Understanding Asthma Attacks Jul 29th, 2014

For those with asthma, an asthma attack can be overwhelming and frightening. The best way to control your asthma is by understanding the warning signs, avoiding triggers and following your doctor’s treatment plans. What is an Asthma Attack? An asthma attack is any shortness of breath that interrupts the well-being...

Sickle Cell Anemia Increases Risk for Sleep Apnea in Children Jul 22nd, 2014

A study published in the online journal Pediatrics shows that children who have sickle cell anemia are at a higher risk of developing sleep apnea than children without the disease. Sickle cell disease occurs in 1 out of every 500 in newborns nationally, with those of African American heritage being most likely...

Antibiotics and Sinus Infections Jul 15th, 2014

Viruses cause both the flu and the common cold, but a cold is often mistaken for a sinus infection, as both have similar symptoms, including: Sinus pressure Sinus drainage Sinus blockage Headache Fever Sore throat Mild fever According to the CDC, “When sinusitis is caused by a virus or irritation...

The Benefits to Saline Nasal Rinses Jul 14th, 2014

It is that time of year again, with everyone sniffling and congested and looking for relief. Before you head to the pharmacy for an over the counter sinus medication, you may want to give a simple saline rinse a try. Your sinus cavities are much like tunnels in the bones of your...

Protecting Your Kids From Hearing Loss Jul 14th, 2014

It is estimated that three out of every 1,000 children is born with permanent hearing loss, making it one of the most common birth defects in the United States. According to the Journal of Pediatrics, 12.5 percent of children have some level of hearing loss between the ages of 6...

Insomnia: Foods That Will Keep You Up at Night Jul 10th, 2014

Millions of people in the U.S. have trouble falling asleep or don’t get a good night’s sleep when they do manage to fall asleep. Many factors can affect insomnia, such as pain or discomfort due to a health condition or exercising right before bedtime.  According to a recent Huffington Post...

Childhood Asthma: Five Things to Report to Your Doctor Jul 9th, 2014

If your child or teen has childhood asthma, there are five things that you should always report to your allergist or doctor to help stay on top of symptoms and manage the disease. If your child cannot play sports, participate in gym class or actively take part in recess activities....

How to Plan Summer Get Togethers with Allergies Jul 8th, 2014

Summer is here, and with it comes all of the outdoor activities families, friends and kids seem to live for in the summer: barbeques, pool parties, amusement parks and picnics. While the gatherings are fun, for families with members that suffer from allergies, planning can seem impossible. Here are a...

Could You Be Allergic to Sunscreen? Jul 7th, 2014

We all know how dangerous exposure to the sun’s UV rays can be, and few of us have not experienced sunburn at some point in our lives. Because of the dangers of skin cancer, we should all know that it is exceptionally important to have the maximum protection from an...

How to Tell if Your Child’s Snoring is Sleep Apnea Jun 27th, 2014

When you hear sleep apnea, you probably think it is a grown up problem, but sadly an increasing number of young children and teens are diagnosed with sleep apnea each year. To date, it is estimated that as much as 10 percent of children snore, and four percent of those...

Sick of Sinus Pressure? Jun 26th, 2014

Your sinuses are air-filled cavities in your face, that normally function quite well. When they do not, such as at the onset of a cold or due to allergies, they can be a source of misery, causing symptoms ranging from nasal congestion to dental pain and loss of smell. For...

What to Do After Your Child Is Diagnosed with a Food Allergy Jun 25th, 2014

Learning that your child has a food allergy, especially a life-threatening one, can be a scary and stressful time for parents. The primary goal should be to establish a “normalized” and non-panicked, but safe environment for your child. These tips can be a great starting point after a new diagnosis....

Specialty and Custom Earpieces Can Make You More Comfortable Jun 24th, 2014

Earpieces aren’t something that people usually spend a lot of time thinking about, and yet the fact remains that earpieces can make a world of difference in your life. You may already know that we at Atlanta ENT have a full range of hearing aids and diagnostic hearing tests, but what...

Common Asthma Attack Triggers Jun 23rd, 2014

While every person with asthma will react differently to environmental triggers, there are some things that commonly cause asthma flair ups in the home and work environments. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following triggers are the most common, and in some cases, the easiest to...

Dining Out With Food Allergies Jun 12th, 2014

If you or a family member suffer from food allergies, then you already know how difficult it can be to enjoy eating dinner out. But with a few tips and tricks, you can confidently order your favorite dishes without fear of having to reach for your Epi-Pen.  With a sit down...

Chronic Cough: Asthma, Postnasal Drip or GERD? Jun 11th, 2014

With an early onset of a severe allergy season, we are seeing more complaints of chronic cough. You may not think allergies when you have a persistent cough, but it is a possibility, especially if your symptoms worsen in correlation to pollen counts. Here is a quick overview of three...

Tips for Planning a Vacation with Allergies Jun 9th, 2014

The warm weather is officially here, and many are planning out their summer vacations. For those that suffer from food or seasonal allergies, the idea of planning to leave the house for the great outdoors or eating out at restaurants during a vacation may seem like a daunting task. Here are...

Home Remedies to Ease Sinus Pain Jun 6th, 2014

With allergy season here, and cold season not quite over, we are seeing a lot of people with sinus pain, pressure and infections in our office. While it is highly recommended you see your provider at Atlanta ENT if you think you have a sinus infection, you may be wondering...

Allergy Testing Jun 5th, 2014

Allergies are the body’s way of reacting to something that was touched, ingested or inhaled. Allergic reactions can range from mild to life threatening, and we typically do not know what will cause an allergic reaction until the reaction happens. The key to treating allergies begins with allergy testing, so...

Dizziness and Vertigo Jun 4th, 2014

Vertigo is not a condition reserved to a fear of heights, like Scottie Fergusen in the 1958 film, nor is its symptoms of extreme dizziness and nausea confined to a night of over drinking. After all, how many people willingly visit the doctor after a night of over libation indulgence?...

Adult Onset Asthma Jun 3rd, 2014

It is estimated that over 15 million people in the United States have asthma, a disease that affects the lungs. When you think of asthma, you probably think of childhood asthma, as it receives the most attention in the media. Despite the misconception, asthma can appear at any age, and...

Nightly Nasal Congestion Jun 2nd, 2014

You have heard of seasonal allergies, but what about allergies that only flare up at night? Unfortunately, many people experience nightly nasal congestion that can cause them to sniffle, sneeze, snore and lose sleep. Common Causes of Nightly Allergy Symptoms As obvious as it might seem, the most common cause...

Children and Sore Throats May 14th, 2014

As every parent knows, complaints of a sore throat are one of the most common in school age children. It is important to pay attention to these complaints, and seek treatment if they persist. Germs that invade the throat and tonsils are typically the cause of sore throats. Additional symptoms...

The Link Between Sleep Apnea and Anxiety May 13th, 2014

In today’s world, most people are under continual stress. Financial concerns, job pressure and family responsibilities leave many people feeling the effects of anxiety. When you couple anxiety with daytime sleepiness, you may have more than just the pressure of a busy life as the cause. If you think daytime...

Allergy Myths Debunked May 12th, 2014

If you are being plagued by sniffles, sneezes and itchy, watery eyes, chances are good that you have seasonal allergies. As allergy season takes its toll on the Atlanta area, you might be tempted to turn to home remedies or hit the internet looking for information to bring relief. Unfortunately,...

Ear Blockage May 2nd, 2014

Ear blockage is potentially very serious, and should only be dealt with by professionals. While most people think of ear blockage as coming from wax in the ears, the reality is that ear blockage can be caused by blockage of the nose due to swelling of the nose tissues and...

What is Liquid Smile? May 1st, 2014

There are many reasons that teeth yellow or become discolored over time, and for some people, the over the counter teeth whitening systems are not enough. Liquid Smile is a prescription strength teeth whitening gel that you can only get from a healthcare or dental professional. Benefits include: It’s easy...

Deviated Septum and Nasal Blockage Apr 30th, 2014

If you have had a cold, you certainly know what it feels like to have nasal blockage. The nose can become blocked for a variety of reasons, including: Common cold Bacterial Sinusitis Allergies Deviated Septum Nasal Polyps Obstructive Adenoids Trauma to the nose Medical Causes of Nasal Blockage Medical causes of...

Pediatric Snoring- Atlanta ENT Apr 29th, 2014

Nothing is more adorable than a child sleeping peacefully, however if your child snores, no matter how cute it may be, it could be the beginnings of something serious. While the majority of infants, toddlers and children that snore experience harmless snoring; about two percent of these little ones may...

How to Tell the Difference Between a Cold, Flu and Allergies Apr 28th, 2014

Regardless of the cause, sinus pressure and pain can stop you in your tracks. How do you know the cause, and when do you see a doctor? While the common cold, the flu and allergies all have similar sinus symptoms, not all require a visit to your doctor’s office. Here’s...

Sleep Apnea Linked to Elevated Blood Sugar Levels Apr 23rd, 2014

A study published on April 3, 2014 in the European Respiratory Journal adds another health risk to the ever-growing list of evidence that links sleep apnea with diabetes. Researchers looked at the data of 5,294 participants with sleep apnea. They found that the levels of glucose concentration were tied to...

At-Home Sleep Studies Provide Data for Sleep Disorder Diagnosis from Your Own Bed Apr 22nd, 2014

By now, we should all know the dangers of obstructive sleep apnea. Heart disease, heart attack, stroke, depression; the list goes on and on. Unfortunately, despite this knowledge, the majority of the 18 million estimated Americans with sleep apnea are not getting diagnosed. Largely, its due to the fact that...

It is Time to Get Your Nights Back with the Atlanta ENT Sleep Center Apr 21st, 2014

Atlanta ENT is proud to announce that our new, state of the art sleep center is now open and accepting patients. Patients with sleep problems and sleep disorders will now have access to diagnostic services, including home sleep studies, on-location overnight sleep studies and C-Pap sleep tests with C-PAP and...

Is Your Teen’s Hearing at Risk? Apr 18th, 2014

A recent study showed that 8 out of 10 New Yorkers are exposed to enough noise to damage their hearing. While this may not seem surprising, given the level of noise that a large city provides, what is surprising is that many of them voluntarily exposed themselves to potentially damaging...

What to Expect During an Allergy Consultation Apr 16th, 2014

If seasonal allergies, reoccurring cold symptoms or an undesirable reaction to an allergen have you concerned and seeking relief, an allergy consultation is the first step you should take. When you have an allergic reaction, it is important to identify the cause so that you can avoid the allergen or...

Snoring is No Joke Apr 15th, 2014

Couples commonly pick on each other about snoring, but few realize how serious the problems are that can come along with loud snoring that occurs on a regular basis. Chronic, loud snoring can be a warning sign for a very serious, and potentially life-threatening, sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep...

Children with Sinus Problems May Have Different Symptoms than Adults Apr 14th, 2014

Many people don’t realize it, but children can often be at even higher risk of sinus problems than adults due to their not-yet-fully-developed sinus cavities. Their sinuses may not drain properly, or may even drain too often, but since their heads haven’t yet taken on the shape of an adult,...

It’s Time To Live With Less Stress Apr 4th, 2014

Would you like to experience less stress in your life?  Who wouldn’t?  With so many demands placed upon us, and with so little time to get it all done, it seems that the amount of stress we are living in is increasing, not decreasing.  And this is happening despite all...

Hearing Loss Basics Apr 3rd, 2014

Hearing loss affects people in different ways, but often we see an effect on personal relationships, self-confidence, job or school performance and overall emotional well-being. Let’s face it, being able to clearly hear what happens around you is important. If you are experiencing difficulty hearing, you are not alone. Over...

Understanding Sinusitis Apr 2nd, 2014

When the small air chambers of your facial bones, located behind your eyebrows, cheeks and jaw, become inflamed, sinusitis is likely the cause. Sinusitis is characterized by pain or pressure in these areas, and often follows a viral cold, changes in air pressure, allergies. If you have the following symptoms...

Common CPAP Problems Apr 1st, 2014

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, use of a CPAP machine may be a first line of treatment. Unfortunately, many CPAP users experience difficulties in adjusting to sleeping with the mask on. Below are some common problems and possible solutions to make sleeping with a CPAP easier. Mask...

Preventing and Treating Seasonal Allergies Mar 31st, 2014

Seasonal allergies are caused by outdoor allergens, such as pollen, mold and grass. If you suffer from a spring full of sniffling and sneezing, there are a few tips that can help reduce your exposure, and symptoms, to seasonal allergens. Keep your windows closed as much as possible, and use...

5 Steps To Overcome Jealousy Mar 28th, 2014

No one wants to feel jealous.  Jealousy hurts.  But why do so many of us find ourselves stuck in it? One reason may be that we are trying to get free of it in the wrong way. The first thing to understand about jealousy is that if you suffer from...

Hearing Aid Evaluations Mar 26th, 2014

Your hearing is an important factor in your day-to-day quality of life. Hearing loss may be difficult to recognize in its early stages, but progressively worsens over time. If you have noticed a change in your hearing, you are not alone. According to the Hearing Loss Association of America: One...

Steroid Nasal Sprays Now Available Without Prescription Mar 26th, 2014

The FDA recently approved Over-The-Counter (OTC) use of a previously prescription-only class of nasal spray medications called intranasal glucocorticoids, sometimes known as steroid nasal sprays.  These types of nasal spray medications are very effective for allergic nose symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose, nasal itching and sneezing.  They  work...

Stroke Patients and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Mar 25th, 2014

Research presented at the International Stroke Conference 2014 show that people who had strokes that affected their brain stems have a much higher likelihood of developing obstructive sleep apnea than those who had strokes that affected other parts of the brain. The research team from the University of Michigan looked...

When to See a Doctor for Your Sniffles Mar 24th, 2014

With the weather fluctuating between freezing nights and 70 degree days, its no wonder so many of us are dealing with what seems like a never-ending case of the sniffles this month. As you go through your third box of tissues for the week, you might be asking yourself if...

Breathe Your Way To Inner Peace Mar 21st, 2014

We usually think of breathing as a source of physical life, and it certainly is that.  But breathing can also impact our emotional life in a positive way. Taking long, slow, full breaths is a way of calming down and lightening up.  You will notice that when you feel anxious your breathing...

Causes and Symptoms of Childhood Asthma Mar 20th, 2014

In children, asthma is the leading cause of chronic illness. It is estimated that as much as 12 percent of children in the United States have asthma, and the numbers are steadily increasing each year. Experts suggest many causes for the rise in childhood asthma, including the decrease in mothers...

Rush Immunotherapy for Allergies- Atlanta ENT Mar 19th, 2014

Rush immunotherapy is a treatment option for a wide variety of allergies that involves the administration of allergen injections over an accelerated period of time. Traditionally, immunotherapy required injections weekly or twice each week over a six to eight month period. Over time, the dose was increased to desensitize the...

A Healthy Diet for Sleep Apnea Mar 18th, 2014

We are often asked by patients if there is anything they can do in regards to their diet to help reduce or eliminate the symptoms and long-term health risks of sleep apnea. While there is no magic diet to fix the problem, there are some healthy changes you can make...

Fed Up With Sinus Medicine? Consider Balloon Sinuplasty Mar 17th, 2014

It is safe to say that the majority of patients we see are fed up with over the counter sinus medications. For many, they simply are not effective, and for others the idea of being dependent on a daily pill to feel normal is a hassle they would rather avoid....

Feeling Good Is A Choice Mar 14th, 2014

We usually think that we need certain things to happen for us to feel content, relaxed, happy and secure.  When things turn out the way want them to, we feel good.  When things don’t turn out the way we want them to, we feel not so good. But paying a...

Allergy Tablet Approved for Ragweed Mar 13th, 2014

Ragweed Plant Recently, a subcommittee of the FDA approved two different grass allergy tablets which are mentioned on our blog along with a generalized discussion of SubLingual ImmunoTherapy (SLIT.) Last month, the allergenic products subcommittee of FDA approved another allergy tablet – Ragweed.  After review of the evidence regarding both safety...

Sleep Apnea Increases Risk of Pneumonia Mar 11th, 2014

A new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests that sleep apnea sufferers are at a higher risk of developing pneumonia than those without the sleep disorder. The study looked at data of over 340,000 patients, spanning over 11 years. Within the group, 7,000 had diagnosed sleep apnea,...

Can Balloon Sinuplasty End Your Sinus Pain? Feb 13th, 2014

If you are one of the millions of people that suffer from chronic sinusitis, you have likely tried dozens of medications to bring you relief. You are not alone, and if you are tired of the uncomfortable pressure and pain caused by reoccurring sinus problems, balloon sinuplasty may be the...

Still Looking for the Perfect Valentine’s Gift? Consider Botox Feb 11th, 2014

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, but if you have yet to brave the aisles of red and pink plush bears, heart shaped boxes of chocolates and singing greeting cards, you may be in luck. A new study by the Good Surgeon Guide shows that women want Botox for a...

Hearing Loss Leads to Brain Shrinkage and Memory Loss in Senior Adults Feb 8th, 2014

We have known for some time that part of the aging process involves the brain shrinking. What we are learning now is that those with hearing loss experience a faster rate of brain shrinkage than those without hearing impairments. The research was conducted by John Hopkins University in Maryland and...

Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease Risk Feb 4th, 2014

A recent study published in PLoS Medicine looked at the medical records of sleep apnea patients finds that factors of obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, are significantly associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Of the just over 10,000 patients in the study, 12 percent suffered a heart attack, stroke or...

Are Sinus Infections and Asthma Related? Feb 3rd, 2014

If you have asthma, there is a good chance that you also suffer from some type of sinus problems, as well. It makes sense, as the nasal passages carry air to the lungs, meaning that what goes on in the sinuses can have an effect on the lungs. When you...

Think Better Thoughts Feb 1st, 2014

There are lots of things we need to think about on a daily basis, things like, what we have to accomplish today, what time we need to get the kids to a play-date, the questions we might have for our doctor at an upcoming office visit. But there are lots...

Spinal Cord Injury Patients are Likely to Suffer from Sleep Apnea Jan 31st, 2014

A small study of people with spinal cord injuries shows that sleep apnea is a common side effect of these types of injuries. The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. The study’s findings show that 77 percent of people with a spinal cord injury have sleep...

Cosmetic Procedures for Men Gaining Popularity Jan 30th, 2014

When you think of plastic surgery, permanent cosmetics or even Botox, you probably picture a woman. As we’ve seen in the upswing of sales for beauty products for men, it’s no surprise that we are also seeing more men opting for medical procedures to enhance their appearance. So what procedures...

Sinus Headache or Migraine Headache? You might be surprised. Jan 29th, 2014

You have probably been told by someone, be it a doctor or good ol’ Mom, that a headache accompanied by facial pain is a sinus headache. Research has shown that more often than not, if you get frequent sinus headaches, you are actually suffering from migraine headaches. A study conducted...

Fitbit Force Fitness Tracker: Is Your New Year’s Resolution Causing an Allergy? Jan 29th, 2014

For those with New Year’s resolutions that include getting in shape, the fitness tracker Fitbit Force was a popular holiday gift. The device tracks the user’s daily activity, including calories burned and steps taken. Unfortunately, some users are reporting symptoms ranging from skin irritation to a severe rash after wearing...

Sleep Apnea Might Play a Role in ADHD in Kids Jan 22nd, 2014

The number of children being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, has been steadily increasing, with some sources reporting as much as 20 percent of teen boys being diagnosed. Not all hyperactivity is ADHD. In fact, the symptoms of sleep apnea could easily be misdiagnosed as hyperactivity. Insomnia...

Psst… it’s a Secret. Or is it? The Debate Over Going Public About Plastic Surgery Jan 17th, 2014

New York Times has a heated debate going on that has both celebrities and every day people like us weighing in on their opinions about plastic surgery and aesthetic treatments like Botox, facial peels, tummy tucks and liposuction. Not a right versus wrong debate, this one is over whether or...

Don’t Let Your Children’s Hearing be at Risk from Holiday Tech Gifts Jan 17th, 2014

Did your child get a new electronic device for the holidays this year? If so, chances are they have a pair of headphones or ear buds seemingly permanently attached to their heads. While this may need some much-needed post-holiday quiet for parents, it could mean hearing loss for your kids...

How to Reduce Indoor Allergies Jan 15th, 2014

It has been extremely cold around the Atlanta area recently, forcing many of us to stay indoors more than we would like. For many, staying indoors isn’t helping to keep them from feeling sick, it is making them worse, as indoor allergies flair up. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation...

New Device Reduces Sleep Apnea Episodes by as Much as 70 Percent Jan 14th, 2014

New Device Reduces Sleep Apnea Episodes by as Much as 70 Percent According to researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, a new implantable device now undergoing clinical trials may reduce the severity of sleep apnea by as much as 70 percent in some patients. The device is called the...

What is Acute Sinusitis? Jan 13th, 2014

Acute sinusitis is a condition that causes the cavities around your sinuses to swell. When this swelling happens, it causes mucus and drainage to build up, which causes pain or pressure. Sinusitis symptoms include: Nasal drainage Nasal congestion Pain or pressure in the face Ear pain Headache Sore jaw or...

NFL Noise Records: Game Day Tips to Protect Your Hearing Jan 10th, 2014

There has been an ongoing competition this year for NFL fans to break noise records and earn the title of being the loudest fans. Unfortunately, the decibels of sound that fans are creating are loud enough to do some pretty serious damage to the ear, and since the damage isn’t...

The Gift of Giving… Plastic Surgery? Jan 9th, 2014

Every year, New Year’s resolutions get made to improve appearances by dieting or hitting the gym, but recent data suggests that the holiday season also brings an upswing in the number of plastic surgery procedures being done, as well. In fact, Time magazine recently reported that plastic surgery and other...

Pregnant? Eating Peanuts Might Help Prevent Food Allergies for your Baby Jan 8th, 2014

With food allergies seemingly on the rise, and the most publicized life-threatening reactions linked to nut allergies, most moms would do anything possible to prevent food allergies in children. A new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics suggests that women who regularly eat nuts during their pregnancies were less likely...

Research Finds a Link Between Sleep Apnea and Your Golf Score Jan 7th, 2014

You read that right. The next time you have a bad round of golf, blame your sleep apnea. Researchers at the SleepWell Centers of New Jersey looked at twelve middle-aged men with obstructive sleep apnea, and assessed their golf scores before and after a six month sleep apnea treatment with...

Your Body Could be to Blame for Chronic Sinus Infection Jan 6th, 2014

Chronic sinusitis is the most common chronic condition in the United States. It is not only painful, but also hard to treat in some patients. Until recently, the cause of chronic sinusitis was something of a mystery, but researchers at the St. Louis University School of Medicine think they may...

Children’s Food Allergies on the Rise Dec 23rd, 2013

President Obama recently signed legislation that made it possible for states to give schools the power to keep the emergency medication epinephrine, commonly known as an EpiPen, in schools to treat kids with life-threatening allergic reactions, even if the child doesn’t have a prescription for the medication. This is great...

Are Allergy drops and tablets finally here now? Dec 20th, 2013

Allergen immunotherapy, frequently known as allergy shots, have a substantial amount of research showing that they are effective in treating allergies and allergic asthma and can be curative. However, they can be inconvenient since they must be given in a medical facility rather than at home because of the risk...

Sinus Headache or Migraine? Dec 12th, 2013

New research shows that seasonal weather changes can be a trigger for migraine headaches. Barometric pressure is one of the most commonly found causes for migraine headaches that flair up when the weather changes quickly, something that those of us in Atlanta are familiar with this year. It has also...

Tips for Avoiding the Flu This Winter Dec 10th, 2013

While the Atlanta area is seeing an abundance of colds, strep throat and bronchitis so far this December, the onset of flu season won’t start to peak until the holidays. So what can you do to minimize your flu risk as you travel and visit friends and family? Here are...

What are Nasal Polyps? Dec 4th, 2013

There are all sorts of things that can cause sinus infections, and if your sinusitis is reoccurring, you might be surprised if you are told you have nasal polyps. Nasal polyps are growths that hang down from your nasal passages or sinuses like teardrops. Small polyps cause no pain or discomfort, but...

Medical Marijuana and Sleep Apnea Nov 29th, 2013

Researchers from the University of Chicago found that the main ingredient in marijuana, THC, might be a good treatment option for sleep apnea patients. Sleep apnea is an often-undiagnosed sleep disorder that causes harmful pauses in breathing patterns during sleep. The trial involved seventeen sleep apnea patients, each have been...

Doctor Finds Dental Implant in Woman’s Sinus Nov 27th, 2013

You really do have to see it to believe it: an X-ray released in the New England Journal of Medicine shows what one woman’s doctor was surprised to find—a screw from a dental implant lodged in her sinus cavity. The patient was a 57-year old Italian woman who complained of...

More Proof That There is No Such Thing as a Hypoallergenic Dog Breed Nov 27th, 2013

Some breeders and breed enthusiasts insist that dogs without hair, with short fur, with hair instead of fur or of a specific breed are hypoallergenic dogs. Unfortunately, research funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has shown that most of these claims are simply false. The researchers visited 173...

Four Lifestyle Changes You Can Make to Help Lessen Obstructive Sleep Apnea Nov 25th, 2013

When patients are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, they are often surprised to find out that medication will not fix the problem. While various treatment options exist, one of the best things that you can do if you are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea is to make healthy lifestyle changes....

Sleep Apnea and Women: A Dangerous Combination Nov 7th, 2013

A new study led by the University of California Los Angeles School of Nursing shows that sleep apnea lowers the body’s autonomic responses, but even more so in women. The autonomic responses control blood pressure, heart rate, sweating and other basic bodily functions, making sleep apnea a potentially deadly health...

Potential Cure Found for Hearing Loss Caused by Loud Noise Nov 6th, 2013

Researchers at the Harvard Medical School, led by Dr. Albert Edge, have found a potential cure for permanent deafness or hearing loss caused by loud noise exposure.  It was previously thought that it was impossible to restore the sensory hair cells of the ear once they were destroyed, but a...

Do You Really Need Antibiotics for that Sinus Infection? Nov 5th, 2013

It is officially cold and flu season, and with that, primary care physicians, urgent care and pharmacy minute clinics are packed with patients seeking relief from congestion, sore throat, sinus pain and coughs. Even though being prescribed an antibiotic may make you think you will get better quicker, there is...

Children and Sleep Apnea Nov 4th, 2013

Recent data from the American Sleep Apnea Association shows that as many as four percent of American kids have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, a condition that is characterized by snoring and pauses in normal breathing patterns during sleep. Sleep apnea in children is most commonly diagnosed between the ages...

CDC Reports that Over 40 Percent of Child Flu Victims Had No Prior Health Issues Nov 1st, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report that shows that 830 children died from the flu between 2004 and 2012. Of these deaths, over 40 percent were healthy kids before contracting the flu, and very few had received flu shots. Guidelines recommend that everyone over the age...

Afraid of Sinus Surgery? Oct 25th, 2013

Traditional sinus surgery is very effective, but it is also the number one cited fear of those that suffer from ongoing sinusitis. The fear makes sense, when you consider the horror stories you hear nightmarish talk about the seemingly miles of packing gauze and post-surgery pain. Luckily, those techniques are...

Could Dangerous Allergies be Stopped in Their Tracks? Oct 24th, 2013

New research by the faculty at the University of Notre Dame may give hope that life threatening allergic reactions could be prevented with the first ever inhibitor, a treatment that would prevent allergic reactions from happening instead of helping the body through the reaction like current treatments and medications do....

How to Avoid Holiday Allergens Oct 17th, 2013

You might think as fall allergy season wraps up and winter approaches, allergy sufferers are off the hook for a little while. Unfortunately, the holidays bring about an increase in allergic reactions and symptom flair ups for those with asthma. The culprit is one you may not think about when...

Sinuses and Sinusitis Oct 16th, 2013

As cold and flu season sets in, we see an increase in the amount of patients with sinusitis. If you have a cold that won’t go away, pain, fever or other signs that an infection might be present, here are a few things you’ll want to know. What are Sinuses?...

Learn How to Use an Epi-Pen Oct 11th, 2013

Parents who have kids with life-threatening food allergies are thrilled with the passage of House Bill 337, which allows schools to stock up on emergency epinephrine, more commonly known as epi-pens. The bill also allows schools to administer the medication in an emergency without a prescription for the individual child...

What to Avoid When Gardening with Fall Allergies Oct 8th, 2013

Typically, we think of Autumn as the end of allergy season. Unfortunately, the cooler weather isn’t going to bring much relief this year, with both pollen and mold counts at all time highs, thanks to a moist, hot summer. Susan Littlefield, a horticulturist at the National Gardening Association says that...

Wake Up, Spread the Word About Sleep Apnea Awareness and win $50 in Starbucks Gift Cards! Oct 4th, 2013

October 1-7, 2013 is Sleep Apnea Awareness Week. At Atlanta ENT, the health of you and your loved ones is very important to us. What is Sleep Apnea? Sleep apnea is a serious breathing disorder that occurs during sleep and is characterized by snoring, a choking sensation or pauses in...

CPAP Makes Sleep Apnea Patients Look Younger! Oct 3rd, 2013

Seriously. Results of a recent study were published in the Journal of Sleep Medicine showing that the proper use of CPAP treatment for sleep apnea makes patients look younger and more attractive. The researchers took 3-D images of the faces of 20 sleep apnea patients before they began CPAP treatments,...

New Guidelines on Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea Oct 2nd, 2013

The American College of Physicians has published new guidelines in the Annals of Internal Medicine for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that affects one in five adults in America and is characterized by snoring, irregular breathing patterns or a choking sensation...

Sleep Apnea Awareness Week- October 1-7, 2013 Oct 1st, 2013

The American Sleep Association has sponsored Sleep Apnea Awareness Week, from October 1- October 7, with the goal of raising awareness of the symptoms and life-threatening complications of sleep apnea. Last week, the American College of Physicians released new guidelines for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, as well....

Asthma Sufferers Find Relief by Sitting in Salt Caves Sep 25th, 2013

Asthma suffers in the UK appear to have found relief by spending quality time relaxing in a salt cave facility. In fact, salt cave therapy has become so popular in Russia and Poland that folks spend as a long as a week in the caves. According to Sofia Benke, co-founder...

Allergies Worsen During and After Rain Sep 23rd, 2013

Anyone who has lived in Atlanta for any length of time knows that a good rainstorm will create rivers of yellow as it washes away the pollen that has built up over allergy season. Despite what you might think, the rain actually makes allergy symptoms worse for most people, instead...

Adult Onset Seasonal Allergies Sep 22nd, 2013

Fall is here. The leaves are changing colors, the air is getting cooler and you are reaching for your tissue box. Are the fall allergies new? If so, you aren’t alone. While it is estimated that somewhere between five and ten percent of the population has seasonal allergies, these allergies...

Fall Allergy Capitals: What Cities are the Worst for Fall Allergies? Sep 20th, 2013

Fall Allergy Capitals: What Cities are the Worst for Fall Allergies? The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has released its yearly rankings for the Fall Allergy Capitals. The data used to determine which cities in America are the worst for allergy suffers includes pollen counts, amount of allergy medications...

Link Found Between Severity of Sleep Apnea and Aggressiveness of Skin Cancer Sep 19th, 2013

Researchers in Spain have discovered a link between sleep apnea and skin cancer. More specifically, the severity of sleep apnea might be able to predict how aggressive skin cancer may become. While past studies have shown that sleep apnea increases the risk of cancer and showed that sleep apnea actually enhanced tumor...

New Flu Vaccine Options Available this Fall Protect Against More Strains of Flu Sep 17th, 2013

If you are one of the many who gets a yearly flu vaccination, you might have more choices to make than simply choosing between the nasal vaccine or the flu shot. A new vaccine option, called a quadrivalent vaccine, will protect you from four strains of the flu, instead of...

Can Raw Local Honey Really Combat Seasonal Pollen Allergies? Sep 16th, 2013

We all grew up with wives tales of how to cure sore throats with peroxide and itchy skin with oatmeal, but what about home remedies for allergy relief? With the vast majority of people Googling their ailments in search of relief, it’s no wonder a handful of home remedies have...

Sleep Apnea Sufferers Should Sleep in Dark Rooms to Prevent Depression Sep 13th, 2013

Researchers at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have found an interesting link that may help people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea and depression. While many people prefer to sleep with a nightlight or hall light on to make them feel more secure, the dim light may actually increase...

Now’s the Time to Prepare for the Flu Season Sep 12th, 2013

The holidays are right around the corner…and so is flu season. Autumn is the perfect time to start incorporating some healthy habits that can strengthen your immunity and nip the flu bug before it bites. One way to reduce your chances of catching the flu is to get a flu...

Studies Show Doctors Commonly Overprescribe Antibiotics Sep 11th, 2013

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, doctors are treating common infections by overprescribing antibiotics–and possibly the wrong kind. Researchers from the CDC and the University of Utah recently conducted a study that found that 60 percent of time antibiotics were prescribed; doctors had chosen broad-spectrum ones such as...

Can You Identify a Sinus Infection by Mucus Color? Sep 10th, 2013

We hear a lot of wives tales, myths and home remedies from our patients. Some have been passed down from generation to generation so often they really are just regarded as fact. One of the most common is the idea that the color of your nasal drainage indicates whether you...

Ragweed Season is Peaking in Atlanta, Pollen Count High Sep 10th, 2013

If you’ve been reaching for the tissues more than normal, it’s likely because ragweed season is nearing its peak in the metro Atlanta area. If your eyes have been itching and watering, and now you are sneezing, chances are you have developed a ragweed allergy versus having a back to...

Link Found Between Sleep Apnea & Erectile Dysfunction Sep 9th, 2013

There are many negative health effects that having untreated obstructive sleep apnea can contribute to, including heart disease, stroke and heart attacks. Recent studies have looked at the effect sleep apnea has on quality of life, depression and anxiety. Several new studies also link sleep apnea to erectile dysfunction, or...

Removing Tonsils May Help Childhood Sleep Apnea Outcomes Sep 8th, 2013

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine included 464 children diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. The children, ages 5 to 9, were either assigned to have an adenotonsillectomy, or assigned a “watchful waiting” approach to treatment. The researchers assessed the children’s behavior and health outcomes at...

How to Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season Sep 7th, 2013

Before your know it, the winter season will be upon us. Many people will hit the ski slopes and ice skating rinks, go snowboarding or participate in holiday festivities. A lot of people will also be stocking up on cold and flu remedies. The flu and colds are more common...

Tips For Finding Relief During Allergy Season Sep 6th, 2013

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 40 million people in the U.S. have indoor or outdoor allergies. Warmer climates have caused ragweed to come out earlier than usual, kicking the allergy season off to an early start, as well, according to Dr. Bela Faltay, Chief of Allergy...

Survey Reveals Severe Sleep Deprivation Among Veterans Sep 5th, 2013

A recent online survey showed that many veterans suffer from severe sleep deprivation. Nearly 3,000 veterans from each branch of the military were questioned. According to the survey, respondents got an average of 5.6 hours of sleep, compared to 6.7 hours of sleep for the general population. The survey results...

Fall Allergy Season 2013 Will Hit Midwest and Southeast the Hardest- Atlanta ENT Sep 4th, 2013

Higher than usual amounts of rainfall this summer in the Midwestern and Southeastern U.S. have caused a rapid growth of ragweed in these parts of the country. This year’s allergy season is anticipated to be worse and last longer as a result. Experts say that the combination of rain and...

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in the U.S. on the Rise- Atlanta ENT Sep 4th, 2013

According to an article from the Norwich Bulletin, incidences of obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is on the rise in the U.S.  Increasing obesity rates and an aging population are the primary contributing factors in this disturbing trend. During an OSA episode, the throat muscles relax during sleep, causing the...