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
Are your kids in and out of the pool all summer? If you find that your child is complaining about a sore or itchy ear, they might have otitis externa—better known as swimmer’s ear. Otitis can occur when water stays in the ear after swimming, creating an environment for bacteria and fungi to grow causing infection.
According to otolaryngologists, a person’s sense of smell is at its best between the ages of 30-60. After the age of 60, sense of smell generally decreases. As a result, many elderly people lose their sense of smell entirely. Women of all ages are more likely to have an acute sense of smell than their male counterparts. However, some people are born with a poor sense of smell and taste. Although premature smell and taste loss are common, they can be caused by a number of things.
Earaches are one of the most common ailments that children face. Those who frequently get earaches as a child typically outgrow them as the mature into adulthood. Why is it that earaches generally don’t manifest in adults? To understand how earaches correspond with the development of your child’s ears, nose and throat, it is important to understand how a healthy and fully developed ear functions before you understand how ear infections affect your child’s ears.
You’ve heard the back and forth on the subject for years. Cotton swabs: good or bad? The improper use of cotton swabs can lead to severe damage and even hearing loss! So how do we stay hygienic while keeping ears healthy? Read below to find out more about cotton swabs and your ears. Continue reading
Many adults snore. Why does it matter?
Did you know that snoring can be linked to serious medical conditions? Medical professionals
have recently discovered the connection with snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS). Continue reading
Our children’s curiosity is one of their greatest strengths. By exploring the world around them, our pediatric patients can delight us with their unique thoughts and ideas—however, if those ideas and explorations lead them to put toys and other objects up their nose or in their ears, it’s not a great thing for mom or dad (or their ENT!). Continue reading
We are delighted to welcome Jessica Vaughn, Au.D., CCC-A, to our staff! After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from Louisiana State University, Dr. Vaughn received her Doctorate of Audiology from Louisiana Tech University. She joined us at Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates for her residency, and has now joined our staff as a full-time audiologist. Dr. Vaughn, a native of DeRidder, Louisiana, is board certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Continue reading
It’s no secret the best way to avoid the flu is to get vaccinated, but there are other good health habits that can keep you feeling great this holiday season. Between the flu and other seasonal illnesses, taking these preventative steps is an important part of any healthy lifestyle. Continue reading