Georgetown Ear, Nose & Throat Blog
Anytime we see blood, it can be a little scary. With children who participate in sports, nosebleeds may occur if they have an injury to the face. Younger children are also susceptible at play should they take a tumble. When an adult suffers from a nosebleed, we get a bit more worried, but it is usually not a cause for concern.
Most common nosebleeds can be managed at home, so let’s look at why we get them, how to treat them, and when to consult a doctor.
Since our tonsils perform a service by acting as part of our immune system, it can be puzzling to know when your child needs a tonsillectomy. These small, pink lymphatic tissues are located on both side of our throat and help to filter and protect us from bacteria and viruses. As long as our tonsils are healthy and doing their job, all is well. Unfortunately, they often become inflamed and infected.
So, how do you know when your child needs a tonsillectomy?
We all like to cozy up to a roaring fire when the “weather outside is frightful.” If you live in an area that receives bitterly cold weather, you either love the snow and everything that goes with it, or you count the days until spring returns. Bottom line is, you can’t change the weather. However, you can learn how to protect your ears, nose, and eyes from winter’s arrival.
A ruptured eardrum can be quite painful, or you may not even realize it has happened. Nevertheless, it is not something to take lightly or ignore as a ruptured or perforated eardrum can have some serious complications.
Allergy-sufferers in other parts of the country get some reprieve in winter, when ragweed plants have died out. But, Texans have no such luck. In fact, winter (November-February) is the worst allergy season in Texas, because winter means cedar fever! Cedar fever is the term given to allergies caused by Texas’s mountain cedar trees, also known as Ashe juniper (Juniperus ashei). Read the rest of this entry »
You come down with a nasty cold and before long it develops into an even nastier sinus infection. Your head pounds and feels like it’s going to explode. Your first reaction is “oh, this happens every time.” But for you and the other 37 million Americans who suffer from this problem, there are many other causes of sinusitis you might not be aware of.
Sinusitis, also known as rhinosinusitis, is a condition that causes chronic sinus infections in the affected patient. This infection is due to swelling, infection, and inflammation of the nasal cavities, which can leave individuals feeling an incredible amount of pressure around their head.
Tinnitus comes from Latin meaning to ring or tinkle. 50 million Americans, or 15% of the population, suffer from this audiological and neurological issue. In simple terms it is a sound that no one else hears, like ringing in the ears. There are, in fact, additional sounds like buzzing, whooshing, hissing and clicking that a person with Tinnitus may experience.
For those with Tinnitus it can be just annoying, or it can become debilitating, depending on the severity. To date there is no scientific cure, but treatment options can help to mitigate the symptoms.
Summer is a time for outdoor activities and relaxing vacations, but for many it is also a time for summer allergies to take their toll with severe symptoms. Comparable to horrendous allergies of the spring and fall seasons, these summer allergies can affect anyone, not just those with common allergy conditions.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America declares May to be National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month because it’s the peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers! Read the rest of this entry »