Summer’s here! The time to hang by the pool, plan weekend getaways and enjoy the occasional sno-ball. We here at Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates want you to have a good time this summer, but we also want you to stay safe and healthy. Continue reading
Many people clean their ears with Q-Tips daily, not thinking anything of it. However, cotton swabs are the cause of numerous ear injuries each year. When used inside the ear in this manner, cotton swabs can push earwax back into the far reaches of the inner ear, causing damage to the eardrum. The eardrum is very delicate and can be easily ruptured by even the slightest pressure of a cotton swab. The eardrum will heal over time, but this damage can lead to conductive hearing loss. Continue reading
Children learn through exploring but sometimes natural curiosity can turn deadly. Button batteries pose a particular threat, as they do not have the appearance of a typical battery. Curious kids may not be aware they are dangerous items. Since button batteries are often used for hearing aids, small children, especially those who are hearing impaired,can get ahold of them quite easily. A child could see the small silver circular battery and think nothing of it when putting it in their mouth.
Fall has finally started cooling down our hot Louisiana weather, but even southern residents must be wary of wintertime cold weather illnesses. Winter is the most frequent time of year people get a cold, the flu, strep throat, pneumonia, or other conditions, and unfortunately, this peak time for cold and flu season extends well past the holidays. While many people can confuse a cold for a more serious illness or allergies for sinus problems, these both can develop into more complicated problems, so it’s important to contact Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates if you are having any issues. Continue reading
New research has taken scientists on the first step to reversing hearing loss in adults, by revealing how the inner ear develops in mice embryos. Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO have used this mouse model to identify two signaling molecules called fibroblast growth factors (FGFs), which are required for the overall development of the cochlea. Continue reading
Acid reflux is a common issue most adults will experience in their lifetimes. But how can you tell the difference between ordinary reflux and the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)? Sometimes, individuals do not discover they have GERD until problems arise. But usually, GERD is characterized by persistent, reoccurring acid reflux over a long period of time.
Persistent earaches are a common childhood illness that generally improves with age. But why? We’re here to tell you all about childhood ear, nose and throat development, and what exactly is causing your child’s pain. Continue reading
Undoubtedly there are still stockpiles of Halloween candy hidden in different nooks and crannies around your home. But don’t be so quick that just because you indulge on a few pieces here and there that the sugar is the cause of your stomachache. Continue reading