Tag Archives: health

Botox: Treating Your TMJ

Are you experiencing pain associated with temporo-mandibular joint disorder (TMJ)? Those who have TMJ can suffer from severe tension headaches and jaw pain.

Previously, the options for treating TMJ were limited to pain relievers, muscle relaxers, mouth guards, or surgery. Recently, the famed cosmetic drug Botox has been recognized for its use as an alternative treatment for the pain associated with TMJ.

 

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Cotton Swabs: Good or Bad?

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

Beat the Summer Heat

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

The Truth about Cotton Swabs

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

Cold Hard Facts

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

Is it GERD?

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.

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Cotton Swabs & Your Ears

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

Infection Leaves Fans Sore

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

Sweet Treats Turned Sour

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

No Tricks, All Treats

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