Fri Jun 23 2017

Category: Ears, Nose & Throat


Do Children in Daycare Develop More Health Problems?

Posted in Ears, Nose & Throat, Infections, Lung / Pulmonary, Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Research

Over the years, there has been a theory that children who attend daycare tend to develop more health problems; things like colds, ear infections, and throat infections.  In the first few years of life, they can have more problems than the children who stay home, and it makes sense because there is an earlier exposure [&hellip

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Stevens–Johnson Syndrome

Posted in Ache / Pain, Allergies, Ears, Nose & Throat, Medications, Skin

Stevens–Johnson syndrome is a very serious complication of allergies.  The Stevens–Johnson is often associated with Bactrim or other medications, and these medications could be neurologic medications or pain medications.  When you get Stevens-Johnson, you'll actually get peeling of skin as well as the lips peeling.  We call it scalded skin syndrome.  It can be very [&hellip

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Too Much Ear Wax

Posted in Ears, Nose & Throat, Research

I had a patient come into the office the other day complaining of too much ear wax.  This is not all that unusual of a complaint, but I realized that in all my years of talking about medical issues, I never brought it up on the radio.  It doesn't have the drama of heart disease, [&hellip

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Is It a Sinus Headache or a Migraine?

Posted in Ears, Nose & Throat, Head / Neck

Do you suffer from sinus headaches on a regular basis?  There are several possible things that are happening.  One is you're suffering from a chronic sinus infection.  Another could be that you're fighting allergies.  But there's another possible reason all together different.   You could be having migraine headaches.  When most of us think of [&hellip

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Women Are Better at Detecting Body Odor than Men

Posted in Ears, Nose & Throat, Women's Health

This is a really interesting study.  It comes from the Monell Chemical Senses Center and it's in the Flavour and Fragrance journal.  Women may be better at detecting body odor.  A study looked at the ability of fragrances to block body odor and it finds that only two of 32 scents effectively blocked underarm odor [&hellip

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Understanding the Cause of Heartburn

Posted in Ache / Pain, Digestion / Stomach, Ears, Nose & Throat, Foods / Drinks

A lot of people don't understand what heartburn is.  It's real simple to explain.  Here's what happens.  The esophagus goes from the mouth down to the stomach and there's a connection there.  There's a valve that keeps the stomach acid in the stomach.  The stomach has lots of acid because it has to churn up [&hellip

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Stress Can Make Heartburn Worse

Posted in Ache / Pain, Anxiety / Depression / Stress, Digestion / Stomach, Ears, Nose & Throat, Men's Health

Heartburn is a very serious health problem and one of the things that I think when you talk about heartburn that you have to understand is that it is one of those problems where stress, anxiety, and pressure can make it worse.  Heartburn clearly is linked to a wide variety of issues.  Essentially, it's the [&hellip

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Most Throat Infections Are Caused By Viruses

Posted in Ears, Nose & Throat, Infections, Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Viruses

Throat infections have a variety of causes; number one on the list is a virus.  That's right, not strep.  When a lot of people think of the term strep throat, it's almost a term that we use interchangeably with throat infections, but it isn't strep in the vast majority of the cases.  In bacterial cases, [&hellip

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Fatty Diet Is Linked to Ear Infections in Children

Posted in Diet / Weight Loss, Ears, Nose & Throat, Foods / Drinks, Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics

Several months ago, we reported that children who eat large amounts of fatty foods are at greater risk for ear infections.  Basically, it was an interesting study and at the time I mentioned it, I could not think of a reason why this is the case, but the numbers were dramatic.  According to the National [&hellip

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Too Much Ear Wax

Posted in Ache / Pain, Ears, Nose & Throat

I had a patient come into the office the other day complaining of too much ear wax.  This is not all that unusual of a complaint, but I realized that in all my years of talking about medical issues that I never brought it up on the radio.  It doesn't have the drama of heart [&hellip

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