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Is Balloon Sinuplasty Right for Me?
By now, you might have at least heard of a treatment called Balloon Sinuplasty. In fact, if you're a patient of ours or follow us on social media, you’ve probably seen it mentioned by us on several occasions. Is it right for you though? How familiar are you with how it works?
Swimmer's Ear 101
Swimmer’s ear is typically caused by water that sits in your ear after swimming - hence the name “swimmer’s ear”. This wet, warm environment is the perfect place for bacteria to thrive and multiply, causing an infection. It should be noted though that this same type of infection can occur if the thin layer of skin lining the ear canal is damaged from putting things into the ear canal. This could be a finger or other foreign object such as a cotton swab.
Do I have Allergies, a Sinus Infection, or a Summer Cold?
It could be a stuffy feeling, congestion, or even a sneeze that triggers that first question... “Am I sick, or are these allergies?” It’s certainly not unreasonable to wonder - so many symptoms can overlap when it comes to allergies and illnesses. How can you tell these conditions apart? Most of the time, you can probably go through your symptoms and rule out one or the other.
Adults and Ear Infections
When you think of an ear infection, you probably think of childhood illness. After all, the frequency of ear infections in infants and young children can be high. Once a person enters adulthood it’s less likely for you to experience an ear infection. Less likely, but not impossible.
Tips to keep your Ears, Nose, and Throat Healthy this Summer
Summer is just around the corner and that usually means lots of fun outdoor activities. The last thing that you want to deal with are summer illnesses though, so we’ve put together some tips to help you keep your ears, nose, and throat healthy and happy this summer!
Summer Allergy Survival Guide
Allergies can happen at any time during the year, and summer is no exception. You don’t need to suffer though! Here are some tips to help you through summer allergies. What are some of the culprits? Early summer is a peak time for grass pollen, which many people are allergic to. Molds and dust can also trigger allergies, and those tend to be bigger problems indoors.
When Should You See a Doctor about a Sinus Infection?
If you’ve ever wondered whether you should wait out a sinus infection or see your doctor, you’re not alone. It’s certainly tempting to skip the office visit when you feel terrible and don’t think that you’ll be told to do more than get some rest and take an over-the-counter medication. There are times when skipping that visit to the doctor can actually make things worse.
Tips for Spending Time Outside for People with Allergies
Even if seasonal allergies leave you feeling miserable, you probably still want to be outside enjoying the beautiful weather. Who wants to be shut inside all day? Well, there are some tips that can help you enjoy the outdoors even if you suffer from seasonal allergies.
Beyond the Pollen Count: Other Common Allergy Culprits
You know the drill - spring rolls around, and talk of seasonal allergies references pollen. A LOT of pollen. Is it possible though that those season allergies might be caused by something OTHER than pollen? The short answer to that question is yes.
Nasal Swelling: What is it and Why does it happen?
Nasal swelling is a symptom that happens as a result of a whole range of illnesses, but have you ever wondered why it actually happens? Not just the symptom itself, but also the actual cause behind it. It’s fairly uncommon that nasal swelling ISN’T a symptom of some other illness. Typically, a patient will ask what they’re suffering from and list nasal swelling as a symptom instead of the actual illness. Still, the swelling itself can make the other symptoms (or even the illness itself) worse.
Practical Tips for Allergy Season
It’s allergy season, and even if you don’t suffer from seasonal allergy symptoms like itchy, watery eyes or sneezing you might still find the pollen to be otherwise irritating. If you do suffer from those symptoms or any of the others, here are some tips to help you get through the yellow haze of spring allergy season.
The Relationship Between Allergies and Fatigue
When you’re suffering from seasonal or chronic allergies, the primary symptoms that you probably tend to focus on are usually itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and congestion. The usual culprits. To a lesser degree though, fatigue is also a symptom. Here are some reasons why fatigue can occur with your allergy symptoms.
Why Does the Bridge of My Nose Hurt?
There are a number of reasons for areas of your face to hurt, and some are fairly common. When the bridge of your nose starts to hurt though, focusing can be difficult and you might not know what to reach for. Of the various reasons for the bridge of your nose to be in pain, the most simple cause is ill-fitting glasses. If you can’t adjust them yourself, then an optician certainly can. If your glasses aren’t the cause, then here are some other potential causes.
Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty
Sinus infections that keep happening, medications that cause drowsiness, fatigue, or don’t seem to work when you need them to, and the agonizing discomfort of sinus pressure. There are times when traditional treatments just don’t work for everyone the way that they’d like, and even medications can be disruptive to everyday life. There is an effective alternative, though.
Is it a Sinus Headache or a Migraine?
Have you ever experienced what you thought was a sinus headache, but with no congestion whatsoever? If you have, then there’s a good chance that what you actually were experiencing was a migraine. Migraines vary between individuals, and there is still a great deal that we still don’t know about what actually causes them. The commonly accepted theory is that they are caused by neurological issues in the brain. Still, many migraine symptoms are similar if not the same as other types of headaches. This of course makes them more difficult to correctly identify.
How to Plan Ahead for Spring Allergy Season
Spring is right around the corner and with it comes spring allergies. All of the foliage is certainly beautiful but it’s also the cause of increased pollen counts. Instead of enjoying spring, many dread it. If that is your experience, there are ways that you can plan ahead for the spring allergy season!
How To Deal With Sinus Symptoms Caused by Pet Allergies
For many of us, pets are family members. They bring joy, companionship, and comfort to our lives, so why wouldn’t we want to keep them inside where it’s comfortable? Sometimes though, their presence can trigger allergies leading to sinus issues. If you suspect that your precious pet is causing your sinus symptoms, there are steps you can take to create a better situation for everyone involved.
What's the Difference Between a Sinus Infection and Chronic Sinus Infections?
Sinus infections can come and go for anyone, regardless of age, activity, or lifestyle. They can be triggered by things like stress, allergies, changes in humidity, or flying. These are just a few common examples of triggers. Generally, a sinus infection can be treated with over-the-counter medication, or your doctor can prescribe medications such as antibiotics if needed. Chronic sinus infections, or chronic sinusitis, is a bit different and can often require minimally-invasive surgical treatment. So what is the difference between a sinus infection and chronic sinusitis?
Can Sudden Weather Changes impact Your Sinuses?
Does it seem like you experience sinus pain when the weather changes? Sudden changes can trigger chronic nasal congestion, sinus infections, headaches, and intense seasonal allergies. This is not uncommon, but there are things that you can do to find relief. Let's take a look at what causes these symptoms and what you can do to counteract them.
Are Sinus Infections Contagious?
You wake up with a headache, sinus pressure, coughing, a sore throat, and you’re exhausted. Is it a sinus infection? Maybe you have an important appointment, but are you contagious? These are all questions likely going through your mind as you try to determine the best course of action so you can get better and keep those around you from getting sick.
Can You Have Allergies in the Winter?
When you think of allergies, winter isn’t usually the season that springs to mind. Sure, there isn’t pollen to deal with so outdoor allergies aren’t an issue. However, indoor allergens are another issue entirely and people tend to spend more time indoors during the winter months.
Will a Sinus Infection Make My Throat Sore?
Will a sinus infection make your throat sore? In short, it certainly can. Sinus infections typically come with sinus congestion. The mucus that forms that congestion leads to post-nasal drip, which in turn irritates your throat. This is what leads to a sore throat from a sinus infection. Sore throats are symptoms of many illnesses though, including the common cold. So how do you know whether or not that sore throat is from a sinus infection? Let’s look at symptoms of post-nasal drip.
Can Sinus Infections Cause Fever?
Is it typical to run a fever when you have a sinus infection? Yes. When you’re feeling ill, it’s normal to run through your symptoms in an attempt to identify why you’re sick. Sinus infections very often come with fevers, but there are different types of sinus infections. Fevers can indicate which type of sinus infection that you have.
Do I Have Chronic Sinus Infections?
Anyone can suffer from sinus infections from time to time, and it really doesn’t matter whether you’re generally healthy, young, old, or avoid travel. At some point, something will probably trigger a sinus infection at least once in your lifetime. For those who experience sinus infections regularly, how do you determine whether or not you are suffering from chronic sinus infections?
Winter Sinus Issues
Happy Holidays! It’s the time of year when we’re typically around a lot of parties, a lot of food, and a lot of changes in temperature. Let’s be honest - even if it’s cold outside, it’s likely warm inside and you’re probably going from one to another at least a couple of times a day. What can all of this mean though? Sinus issues. Not to worry - we’ve got some tips to help you avoid sinus discomfort this winter.
Differences Between Sinus Pressure and Congestion
You’re probably aware that congestion is a frequent cause of sinus pressure. But is it possible to have sinus pressure without congestion? Yes, although for very different and sometimes complex reasons. It’s also not always easy to identify the difference without medical assistance.
Is Balloon Sinuplasty Right for You?
You’ve probably heard us mention Balloon Sinuplasty more than once, but why should YOU consider it? Well, let’s go over what it is, how it works, and what the benefits are. It has helped many of our patients with sinus issues that they've struggled with for years. So, if you have sinus infections that keep coming back, this may be an option for you.
Air Travel and Sinus Infections
If you’ve ever wondered whether it’s safe to fly with a sinus infection, you’re not alone. While sinus infections are painful enough on their own, changes in air pressure can make sinus pressure even more uncomfortable. While this can make the infection worse if you’re not careful, there are steps that you can take to avoid changing or canceling your travel plans.
Morning Sinus Headache?
If you’ve ever woken up with a sinus headache first thing in the morning, you’re not alone. The pressure and overall discomfort is not the way you want to start your day, but there are some simple remedies that you can try. First, let’s talk about some of the possible causes of your headache.
Soothing Itchy Ears and Throats
As with most upper respiratory issues, itching in the ears and throat is primarily caused by irritation. That irritation can lead to interrelated sinus issues like congestion and postnasal drip. Causes of the irritation can range from environmental to mild illnesses. Let's take a look at what causes these issues and how to soothe them.
Is Mold Causing my Allergy Symptoms?
Some allergens are obvious, Spring Pollen and Fall Ragweed are easy to see and are certainly responsible for the allergy symptoms of millions of people. Other allergy triggers are just as common, but far less visible. Substances like mold and dust are huge contributors to allergy symptoms that lurk in different places than their plant-based counterparts. Mold, especially, is tricky to spot and just as likely to cause your symptoms - especially in the Fall and Winter months. You just have to know where to look.
Getting Rid of Sinus Congestion
Sinus congestion is something that many of us deal with at some point in the year, whether that's due to seasonal allergies or other sinus issues. Unfortunately, sinus congestion can also lead to several other symptoms, including headache, fatigue, and even nausea. With that said, there are a number of things that can be done at home to help these symptoms.
How To Tame Your Fall Allergies
It's official, Fall has arrived. Here in Georgia, that means enjoying the seasonal sights and flavors in shorts and T-shirts while we have mostly highs in the 80's until December. The change in temperature may occur slowly, but the Fall Allergy Triggers don't exactly work on the same schedule. Yes, Fall Allergies are very real and affect millions of Americans every year. For many of us, Fall Allergy Season started weeks ago with the first appearances of ragweed. With that in mind, here are our recommendations for how to deal with your allergies this Fall...
Is That My Nose Whistling?
Some of us are more musically inclined than others but rarely does musical talent apply to our noses. Everyone experiences some "nose whistling" at some point or another, but persistent musicality from your nose may be due to an underlying issue. Nose whistling usually clears up on its own and is normally not a serious condition, but if your nose just won't stay quiet, you might need to see a doctor. So, why do our noses whistle and how do we get rid of it? Let's find out...
Barometric Pressure and Your Sinuses
Many of us have a friend or relative who could tell a thunderstorm was coming because their knees hurt. It turns out that there may be something to that. Have you ever noticed that changes in the weather can mean changes in your sinuses (headaches, pressure, etc.)? It's not your imagination! Recent studies have shown that there can be links between changes in barometric pressure and some changes in our bodies. While much remains unknown about Low and High Barometric Pressure Symptoms, here is what we know so far...
What Causes Sinus Pressure?
Most of us are familiar with the pressure, headaches, and throbbing pain behind the eyes and cheekbones associated with sinus infections. This sinus pressure can be obnoxious or even debilitating, and some of us experience it more often than others. So, what causes sinus pain and pressure to occur, and what can be done to help it?
I'm Over My Sinus Infection, so Why am I Still Coughing?
So, you’re finally over that troublesome sinus infection that’s lingered for weeks. Maybe you treated your symptoms at home, maybe you went to your doctor and had a round of antibiotics. Either way, you’re feeling much better and everything's back to normal...except for that cough that just won’t go away. Why is that? Is this normal? When will it go away for good?
Can Allergies Make You Tired?
We all know someone who blames every little symptom they experience on their allergies, but it turns out they may be on to something in many cases. The symptoms of seasonal and environmental allergies are fairly common knowledge these days - congestion, sneezing, sinus headaches, nasal swelling, etc. - but a lesser-known symptom is fatigue. If you suffer from seasonal or chronic allergies, they could be making you feel tired. How and why does this happen?
Heat, Humidity, and Sinus Infections
It's August in Georgia, which means it's almost guaranteed to be hot and humid most of the time. While that's sure to make being outside uncomfortable for everyone, that's especially true for those of us who deal with sinusitis and other sinus issues. It turns out that the extreme summer heat can have an adverse effect on your sinuses, making you more susceptible to sinus infections or your lingering sinus infections worse.
Allergies and Dizziness
Seasonal and environmental allergies can do some strange things to your body. In addition to all of the other unpleasant symptoms and issues caused by allergies - itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, wheezing, coughing, etc. - you can add dizziness to the list. If dizziness also accompanies your allergy symptoms, there may be a connection. How is that possible? Let's take a look.
Breathe Better, Stress Less
Stress has a unique effect on the body. When you are stressed, your symptoms can be exaggerated, which can trip a spiral of consequences that feed on each other: erratic sleep, chronic fatigue, nutritional problems and weight gain, cardiac disease, and hypertension can all happen or worsen in response to stress. We've also explored how stress can also make your allergy symptoms worse. So, what can be done to help manage your stress? There are tons of books, podcasts, and other resources on this subject, but there are also some simple solutions you can try right now to get you started.
What's Causing My Sinus Headaches?
Sinus headaches are awful. Those who have them regularly know that they can ruin your day and bring your productivity to a grinding halt. Often mistaken for migraines, sinus headaches are more often associated with sinus infections, facial pain, discolored mucus, and even fever. So, what causes them, and what can be done to treat them? Let's find out.
Stress and Your Allergies
Stress is something we all experience, but it's become an increasing issue for millions of people. There seems to be an ongoing list of things to be stressed about, from everyday work and life to current events, and there are hundreds of books, podcasts, products, and other resources dedicated to helping people handle their stress. It's an increasingly common issue that can impact your overall health in numerous ways, and your allergy symptoms are certainly part of that list. Let's explore how stress impacts allergy symptoms and what can be done about it.
Protect Your Ears This Summer
Summer fun might look a little different for a lot of us this year, it's just part of where we are right now. Many of the bigger, louder summer activities are on hold - like concerts and outdoor festivals - but there are still plenty of fun summer activities and things to celebrate. Something you may want to consider as you're making plans is what effect these activities might have on your ears.
Pets and Allergies
They're adorable, we love them, they're part of the family. It's true that our pets add so much to our quality of life, but as with anything else, there are also plenty of downsides that come with pet ownership. One particular area of confusion when it comes to pet ownership complications is how they contribute to our allergy symptoms. It's true that pets can be a source of irritation when it comes to your allergies, but not in the way that most people think.
Sinus Issues: 3 Sneaky Suspects
When your nose gets stuffy and you feel that familiar sinus pressure in your head, the first causes we typically look to are the familiar culprits: pollen, dust, and mold. While these "big three" are very often the offenders in causing your sinusitis, there are certainly other everyday substances that can cause or contribute to your sinus symptoms. Let's take a quick look at some of these everyday culprits and how to avoid them.
How You Breathe Matters
Breathing is something we all have in common, and it's not really something we think about too much in our day-to-day lives - but perhaps we should all give it a little more thought. It turns out that how you breathe can have serious implications for your health. Predominantly breathing through the mouth (or mouth-breathing) is one of the breathing habits that carries such implications.
Summer Sinus Infection Survival Guide
Unlike allergies, Sinus Infections aren't typically associated with a specific time of year. With that said, there are plenty of things that can cause a sinus infection to occur in the summer months, including lingering allergy symptoms and viral infections (aka the "summer cold"). Here's a quick guide to what causes sinus infections, what the symptoms are, and how they are treated.
How can I Exercise with Seasonal Allergies?
If you struggle with seasonal allergies, it can be difficult to maintain an active lifestyle outdoors when being outdoors seems to trigger your symptoms. After all, getting outside and being active is supposed to help you feel better, not worse. Fret not, there are some things you can do to make the great outdoors less aggravating while allergy triggers lurk at every turn. Let's take a look at some specific steps you can take to keep your allergy symptoms in check while you exercise.
Why Do My Throat and Ears Hurt?
Experiencing shart pains in the throat and/or ears can be incredibly unpleasant, and very concerning if it persists. While the most common cause of a sore throat is the common cold, there can be other underlying causes. In most cases, a sore throat will subside in a few days. If it doesn't, it's probably time to consult your doctor or even see your ENT.
Can I Experience Allergy Symptoms in Summer?
The short answer is yes, you can experience allergy symptoms in the summer. Between springtime pollen and other allergens lingering into the summer season and the grass-based pollens that pop up during the hot season, there are a number of substances capable of triggering your allergy seasons deep into summer. Here's a quick rundown of what can cause your allergies to flare up in the summertime.
How to Keep the Pollen Outside
Here in Georgia, Spring Allergy Season tends to start early and can linger into the summer. If you suffer from seasonal allergy symptoms, this means a long, dry spring and summer can be brutal. We've covered what this means for spending time outside, so let's explore what an effective plan for keeping pollen and other outdoor allergens where they belong (outside), and out of your home.
How to enjoy the outdoors during spring when you suffer from seasonal allergies
Updated Covid-19 Statement - April 20, 2020
Beginning Monday, April 20, Ashford Clinic will start seeing patients in need of ENT services during our normal office hours, Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm. Only one patient will be allowed in the building at a time to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. We kindly ask that patients who are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) or have been near someone with Covid-19 to refrain from coming into our offices. For questions or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 706-248-6860.
What's Making You Sneeze This Spring?
Just when you thought it was safe to step outside, the Spring Allergy Season comes raging back. Whether you have the slightest bit of a runny nose after a long walk or can't go to the mailbox without feeling like you have a full-blown sinus infection, you're one the millions of Americans who suffer from Spring Allergies every year. But what's causing these symptoms, and where does that yellow haze come from? Let's take a look at the common culprits of your spring allergy symptoms.
Is it "Just Allergies?" Know the Difference.
"It's just my allergies." That's what many people tell themselves, and others, any time they experience a sore throat or runny nose. With Spring in full bloom and pollen covering everything, it's entirely possible that what many of us are experiencing are allergy symptoms. With that said, it's important now more than ever to know the difference between allergy symptoms and those of a cold or other respiratory issues. The symptoms can be very similar, but the root causes are very different. Knowing the difference between the two can help you to get the right treatment and feel better sooner.
The Connection Between Breathing and Blood Sugar
Breathing is obviously a very important function of the human body, and it affects almost every area of your health. One fascinating connection is how breathing is connected to blood sugar and oxygen levels in the blood. A recent study explains how a lack of oxygen in fat cells can lead to obesity-induced insulin resistance and diabetes. Learn how your breathing habits can help maintain healthy oxygen intake, and make it a little easier to avoid the descending cycle that can lead to obesity and diabetes.
Better Breathing for Cooling Down
Many people are finding themselves with more time on their hands, and in-home fitness is becoming a big part of how people are using that time. While it is wonderful that more people are turning to exercise, it's important to keep yourself from overdoing it or injuring yourself. Specifically, cooling down after a workout is an important part of preventing injury and improving your performance from day to day.
Hand Washing 101
Everyone wants to stay healthy, especially at times when there is a lot of illness going around. So, how can you protect yourself when it seems like everyone around you is getting sick? While there is no way to fully guarantee you will avoid any and all sickness, one of the most effective ways to prevent illness for you and your family is actually very simple - wash your hands.
Here Comes Pollen Season
Brace yourselves, pollen is coming. If you struggle with Seasonal Allergies, this is probably not your favorite time of year. While it is getting warmer outside and the days are brighter and longer, the downside for those suffering from Spring Allergies is that all of the new, beautiful growth also brings sneezing, coughing, and congestion. So, what should you know about Pollen and Allergy Season?
Breathing for More Brain Power
The way that we breathe impacts the way that we feel, it's as simple as that. The numerous breathing techniques for calming down, relaxing and sleeping are fairly well known at this poin, but did you know that there are breathing methods for boosting concentration and memory power?
How to Deal with Indoor Allergies
Most people who suffer from seasonal allergies are happy to see the brown grass and bare trees, as that means that the traditional triggers for allergy symptoms have gone dormant until spring. Unfortunately, the cold months aren't allergy symptom-free for everyone, as the allergy triggers for many people don't stop at the door to your home.
Get Ready for Allergy Season Now
We should start talking about allergy season. Yes, it's still cold outside (for Georgia) and the grass is still mostly brown, but preparing yourself and your home for allergy season now can help you manage the severity of your allergy symptoms once everything is in full bloom. Here are three things you should do now to get ready for Spring Allergy Season...
Breathe Like a Champion
Maintaining an active lifestyle is a key ingredient to our overall health. Something that most people overlook, or just don't consider at all, when it comes to being active or even performing athletically is breathing. The way that you breathe has an effect on your performance, so it stands to reason that if you breathe better, you perform better. Here are just a few tips for taking your breathing to the next level.
10 Tips for Staying Healthy in Winter
It can be disheartening to start January with so much motivation and enthusiasm only to be hit with a nasty cold that takes weeks to fully get over. While there is no way to guarantee that you completely avoid illness during the winter months, there are some practical things you can do to help you stay healthy this time of year.
Breathe Better, Feel Better
Could you be breathing better? Many people unknowingly have breathing habits that are detrimental to their health. Some of the most common features of inadequate breathing are taking shallow breaths; making audible sound while breathing, even at rest; and drawing breath with the muscles of the upper chest instead of using the diaphragm. Worst of all, and maybe the most common, is the habit of mouth breathing.
The How's and Why's of Nasal Congestion
Now that the holidays have come and gone and life starts to drift back to normal, many of us start to wonder the same thing - "where did this nasal congestion come from?" This kind of congestion in incredibly common this time of year, and it can be an annoying and disruptive hinderance in our lives. Here's what causes nasal congestion and how it's treated...
Allergies and Nosebleeds
If you regularly struggle with allergy symptoms, you may notice that your nose bleeds. This may occur only occasionally, or it might be a frequent issue. The good news is that this is common among people who deal with allergies and while they are certainly a nuisance, they are rarely life-threatening. Let's dive a little deeper into what casues them.
Everything You Need to Know about Winter Allergies
Yes, Virginia, there are Winter Allergens. Even though we're no longer tracking the pollen count, there are still a number of allergens lurking about, waiting to stir up your allergy symptoms. For many Americans, it's always allergy season, even when the most common culprits are dormant for the winter. Here's what you need to know about allergies in the Winter...
Patient Care That Works
This is the time of year to give thanks, and we're so thankful for each and every one of our patients and our incredible team that works hard to make Ashford Clinic run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. We're also thankful for the trust that our patients put in us, and we strive to honor that trust by providing the most thorough diagnosis and treatment possible.
4 Mind (or Nose) Blowing Sneezing Facts
Everyone sneezes. Some people sneeze more loudly or forcefully than others, but it's something that everybody does. In a way, it's one of the few things that we all have in common. While sneezing is common to everyone on Earth, there are some really interesting things about sneezes and sneezing that most people don't realize.
Clear Your Head this Fall... Rinse Out Your Nasal Passages!
This time of year, it seems like everyone is dealing with some form of sinus infection, cold, or seasonal allergies. So, what better time than now to repost Dr. Alex Ashford's demonstration of a saltwater Nasal Irrigation technique for keeping your sinuses clear.
Exercising with Allergies
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, the prospect of exercising outdoors can present some interesting challenges. For some, getting out in the "fresh air" actually creates more problems than it solves in terms of allergy symptoms. Luckilly, there are some things you can do to lessen or even avoid triggering allergy symptoms while getting active in the great outdoors.
Can Adults get Ear Infections?
Ear infections are commonly thought of as something that only happens to small children, but it's a lot more common in adults than you might think. While most cases of ear infections do occur in children, it is still possible to develop ear infections as an adult - and when they do occur in adults, they are more serious and require medical attention. Here's what you need to know about ear infections.
Top 3 Reasons to Get Allergy Tested This Fall
Nationally, we spend more than $18 billion on allergy treatments and millions of people suffer from seasonal allergies every year. If you deal with allergy symptoms, it's a good idea to have allergy testing done.
How Can Balloon Sinuplasty Help Me?
At Ashford Clinic, our goal is to provide the best care possible for our patients through the most comprehensive treatment available. One such treatment option is Balloon Sinuplasty, an in-office procedure that we've seen incredible success with for patients suffering from a broad spectrum of ENT issues, from chronic sinusitis to snoring and sleep issues. Here's a bit more information on this highly-effective procedure...
The Truth about Daytime Drowsiness
Feeling sleepy during the day is incredibly common, and can have a long list of causes, like long nights with kids, staying up too late to catch the end of a game, or an all-nighter for work or school, and much more. If nodding off during the day is becoming an every day struggle, problems can occur and the consequences are far more dangerous than decreased productivity at work. Causes for regular daytime drowsiness can include snoring, sleep apnea, and other sleep disorders, which can result in medical illnesses including hypertension, heart attack, abnormal heart rhythm, diabetes, weight gain, and more.
How to Deal With Fall Allergies
It's hard to believe, but Fall is almost officially here. With school schedules being what they are and the resurgence of pumpkin spice-flavored everything, many of us have mentally made the "seasonal switch" already. If you suffer from seasonal allergies during the cooler months, it's good to go ahead and start talking about Fall Allergies and how to prevent them.
We Believe In Custom Treatment Plans
You've probably expereinced this at least once in your life:
You go to the doctor... tell them your symptoms... get put on the same antibiotic or other medication that they give to every single patient that walks in the door... they take your copay, and you go on your way.
We're not telling you that's the wrong way to do things, but we're going to tell you why we believe in custom treatment plans.
It's just Allergies... or is it?
What's causing your stuffy nose? It's not uncommon for most people to say "It's just allergies" without understanding what that actually means. There is a lot of confusion about the difference between allergies and sinusitis (sinus infections), and while there is some overlap in symptoms, these are two different conditions and treatment can be very different for each.
Snoring & Sinuses, What's The Connection?
Have you been told that you frequently snore? Do you also regularly struggle with sinus infections? There is more of a connection between these two things than you might think. It is fairly common knowledge at this point that snoring can increase the risk of serious health conditions, like heart disease and stroke, so it should come as no surprise that snoring can also be caused by sinus issues.