To understand how earaches begin, we must understand the Eustachian tube. This tube is a narrow channel which connects the inside of the ear to the back of the throat, just above the soft palate. In a healthy ear, this tube allows for drainage, preventing fluid in the middle ear from building up and bursting the thin ear drum. Ideally, fluid drains down the tube, assisted by tiny hair cells, and is swallowed.
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
Drainage, facial tenderness, reduced sense of smell and taste: the symptoms of chronic sinusitis can be difficult to deal with. Sometimes, surgery is required to give patients with these issues any sort of relief. However, there is now an in-office procedure that is available to those dealing with chronic sinusitis (sinusitis which lasts more than 8 weeks). The doctors at Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates are experts at a procedure called Balloon Sinuplasty, a less-invasive procedure that is proven to be effective and provide a fast recovery from the trials of chronic sinusitis. Continue reading