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
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
Here at Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates, we’re blessed to have hard-working, capable, and friendly people on our staff. We’ve recently begun honoring the great work they do by electing “Employees of the Week.” We’d like to share a little something about the people who make us great. Here are our first four—and certainly not our last! Continue reading
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
Many people turn to chewing tobacco as a way to cut down the harm from smoking cigarettes. However, chew and all tobacco products have a severe association with cancer, particularly cancers of the head and neck. Nearly 48,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Of these patients, only 57% will be living five years after their diagnosis. Continue reading