Summer is in full swing, which means it may be time to take extra precautions. Swimmer’s ear occurs when germs get into the outer ear canal. This can happen when the outer ear canal is scratched and germs are able to get inside. In addition, water sitting in the outer ear canal can encourage bacteria growth leading to swimmer’s ear. While the precautions listed below don’t guarantee someone won’t get swimmer’s ear, they are good steps to take to help prevent the infection.
Toilets aren’t the only things with drainage issues. Your sinuses drain everyday, and yet you might not even notice. It is completely normal for your sinuses to produce and drain mucus to the back of your throat. This usually is not a problem, however sometimes the drainage can get out of hand. If you’re not careful a little sinus drainage can lead to more serious issues. Continue reading
Do you ever look up and find the room constantly spinning? If so, you might be suffering from vertigo. Vertigo refers to a sense of spinning dizziness and usually occurs when there is an imbalance in the inner ear. Although it is more common in seniors, vertigo attacks can affect people of all ages.
With many states experiencing unusually high Influenza-like illnesses, flu season is in full swing. As the season continues, influenza rates climb closer to the highest recorded rate of 7.7%, in 2009.
Rhinosinusitis is the medical term for a sinus infection, or the inflammation of the air cavities that line your nose and skull—AKA: your sinuses. As the cavities and passages become swollen, germs, and bacteria become trapped. This is how infection occurs. Sinus infections, most typically caused by a virus, may lead to other health issues. Here are a few ways to tell if you might be suffering from a sinus infection:
Have you ever heard of nasopharyngitis, rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza? Probably not, but odds are you’re familiar with the symptoms associated with them; a sore throat, runny nose, and sneezing? Or better known as—the common cold. As the weather changes and the temperature drops, colds seem to follow.
Winter is coming, which means it is time to take a few extra precautions to protect your health. Ears in particular are very sensitive to cold weather and winter winds due to them having less fatty tissue for protection. Long exposer to cold weather may cause various issues. Continue reading
The holidays are drawing near, which means millions of people will be traveling across the United States at the same time. And what’s worse than traveling on a crowded airplane?Traveling with a sinus infection, which over 30 million people suffer from each year.
Hunting season is here and Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates cares about your health and safety! While it’s habit to wear earmuffs at the gun range, being out in the woods is a bit of a different story. Many hunters fail to wear hearing protection, assuming one gunshot won’t cause much damage. But that turns out to be a big mistake.
Are you experiencing nasal blockage and difficulty breathing? You could be suffering from nasal polyps! While most are familiar with polyps that occur in the colon, polyps can appear in the stomach, uterus, and nasal cavities. Although they are concerning, nasal polyps are almost always benign. Despite this, individuals with nasal polyps should seek treatment from an otolaryngologist immediately, as they affect one’s lifestyle and can bring about infection. Typical symptoms of nasal polyps include stuffy nose, postnasal drainage, nasal obstruction, and decrease or complete loss of smell. Continue reading