Ear Nose and Throat

Do Weighted Blankets Work?

Weighted blankets are the latest thing in DIY insomnia cures. These blankets are heavier than normal, commonly ranging from 7 to 20 pounds in weight. They cost between $100 and $300 and come in standard king, queen and twin sizes.   But do they work?   Given how recently they have become […]

White Patches in the Throat- Should I be concerned?  

  • Woman holding throat that sore

White patches inside your throat are like the flag on your mailbox. When it’s up, it means “take a look inside”, or in this case, “take a look at your health”. Because white spots in the throat can have so many different causes, and because some of these causes can be quite […]

Severe Allergies Can Return  

  • Woman with allergic reaction on her upper arm

Immunotherapy involves giving gradually increasing doses of antigens to patients with allergies that affect their safety or quality of life. Eventually, immunotherapy causes the patient’s allergic response to disappear or decrease to a negligible level. Once this happens, the immunotherapy can be discontinued.    Many patients don’t realize is that it is […]

Is One of Your Nostrils Harder to Breathe Through? You May Have A Deviated Septum

  • Woman holding hands up to nose in pain

The thin wall, or septum, between the nostrils, should be in the middle of your nose. Sometimes, however, it’s off to one side or the other. This is called a “deviated septum”. This condition is usually due to an injury, causing the cartilage or bone of the septum to shift or buckle. This can happen at birth.    […]

Can’t Escape the Ringing in Your Ears?  

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Ringing in your ears, otherwise known as tinnitus, can have a number of causes. The most common cause is prolonged exposure to loud noises (which is another reason to keep the volume down on the earbuds and wear ear protection while mowing).   While a history of exposure to loud noises can’t […]

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea have airways that become blocked during sleep, usually from the collapse of soft tissue in the airways. This causes the patient to stop breathing, resulting in a drop in oxygen levels and sleep deprivation. In the short term, obstructive sleep apnea causes fatigue and discomfort. […]