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
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
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
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.
For year’s people believed that if your ears were dirty, then it was a result of poor hygiene. On top of that, with compounded dirt, dust, and grime our ears produce what is commonly known as earwax. So if using cotton swabs to clean your ears is not recommended, how should we go about this crucial element of hygiene? Continue reading
Even more celebrities are feeling the pain of a sore throat. The Rolling Stones were recently forced to cancel a series of concerts due to Mick Jagger’s sore throat, brought about by a throat infection. 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
Leave the tricks out of Trick-or-Treating this year. Infections by contagious viruses or bacteria are the source of the majority of sore throats. Since you and your little ones will be out and about for Halloween festivities, make sure you are prepared to encounter different germs and bacterial bodies. Continue reading
It’s been nearly a year since ‘Mad Men’ actor, John Hamm, underwent surgery to remove vocal lesions, the likes of nodules and polyps. Proof that even celebrities are not immune! You don’t have to be a professional singer or actor to get vocal lesions, so find out ways you can avoid putting yourself at risk in every day life!