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.
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
At Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates, we know just how important it is to understand the things that effect your health. But as our time in medical school taught us, learning the details of big words like cholesteatoma, laryngopharyngeal reflux, and otolaryngology can be a full-time endeavor. To save you time, confusion, and tongue-twisters, we’ve curated a well-rounded ENT education library, which you can consult to learn more about a variety of ear, nose, and throat issues. Continue reading
25% of adults are habitual snorers. 45% of all adults snore at least occasionally.
Yes, I Snore. Does it Matter?
Only recently have professionals recognized the adverse medical effects of snoring, and its connection with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS). Various methods exist to treat the symptoms of OSA and UARS, including behavior modification, sleep positioning, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), Laser Assisted Uvula Palatoplasty (LAUP), and jaw adjustment techniques. Continue reading
Today’s world has advanced in many ways, and with that advancement has come noise—and lots of it. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults worldwide are at risk for hearing loss. Most of this is due to exposure to high levels of recreational noise from loud entertainment venues and personal audio devices.