With many states experiencing unusually high Influenza-like illnesses, flu season is in full swing. As the season continues, influenza rates climb closer to the highest recorded rate of 7.7%, in 2009.
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.
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
Nosebleeds can be frightening. Luckily, most nosebleeds are not a cause for concern and can usually be managed at home. There are two different types of nosebleeds, anterior (originating from the front of the nose) and posterior (originating from the back of the nose). 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
Thyroid diseases are quite common, and effect millions of Americans. Located just below the voice box, the thyroid gland is shaped like a bow tie and wraps around the windpipe. The thyroid is one of the endocrine glands that regulates physiological functions in the body, such as metabolism. Some common thyroid disorders include: Continue reading