I always think of spring as an exciting time of the year. As the weather warms and the rains subside, we see people all across the Sacramento region getting outside and enjoying what makes Northern California a fabulous place to live.
But the mere mention of “Spring” will elicit a completely different reaction in some people. For those who suffer from springtime allergies, it can be a time of dread. They can experience uncontrolled sneezing, nasal stuffiness, runny nose and itching of the nose and eyes. Some will even experience respiratory symptoms like cough, wheeze and asthma attacks.
The ear canals are normally coated with a layer of wax (cerumen) that both cleans and protects the ear canal skin. The ear canals do NOT need to be cleaned. Most ear problems develop from people trying to remove the wax with ear swabs, fingers or other objects or from rubbing the ears because they itch.
An estimated 37 million Americans suffer from sinusitis, making it the most common chronic condition in the United States, followed by arthritis and heart disease. Inflammation of the sinuses causes a variety of persistent, cold- or allergy-like symptoms, which is why many don’t seek appropriate treatment.
Ear, nose and throat concerns are among the top reasons children are brought to the doctor. This is because children are especially sensitive to issues like ear infections and allergies, and because certain birth defects such as cleft palates must be treated at a young age to prevent complications later on.
Cough is one of the most common reasons that Americans visit their doctors and it accounts for roughly 30 million unique health care visits per year, or about 8-10% of the population. When asked in surveys, most people will report that a typical viral-associated cough will last for about a week. However, scientific studies show that the average duration of a cough due to the common cold is more likely to last around 18 days.
Sacramento ENT is excited to announce the addition of our new Allergist, Dr. Matthew Bowdish! Dr. Bowdish will be seeing patients at all The Allergy Station locations beginning in January 2017.
If the cartilage dividing your nasal cavity is off center or crooked, the condition is referred to as a deviated septum. A perfectly straight nasal septum is pretty rare; it’s estimated that about 80 percent of the population has a septum that is off center. The cause of a septal deviation is usually as a result of trauma, however it also can be just part of one’s genetic makeup.
With numerous health and wellness blogs suggesting do-it-yourself home remedies, many patients are skipping visits to their doctor’s offices. However, there are misconceptions and concerns about many of these home remedies. Here are the facts behind some of these trendy DIY practices:
We are excited to share that our CEO, Jeff Dudley, has received the President’s Award from the Association of Otolaryngology Administrators (AOA)! This award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the growth and development of a specific area of AOA. Jeff received this award based on his contributions to The Link Hearing Campaign. The Link is the AOA-supported Primary Care Referral Program, intended to help increase awareness among primary care physicians on the main causes of hearing loss and the link between common comorbid conditions.
Congratulations to S.E.N.T. Hearing Aid Center for being the runner-up for “Best Hearing Aid Center” on the Sacramento A-List! Go here for more information
Sacramento ear, nose, throat…and skin? You read that right! We are excited to announce that Dermatologist Michael Trauner, M.D., has joined our team. He will start seeing patients Oct. 4, 2016 at the Sacramento & Roseville offices.
Dr. Trauner earned his medical degree from Duke University. He completed his residency in dermatology at the University of California at Davis Medical Center. Dr. Trauner also completed a fellowship in dermatologic surgery at the New England Medical Center in Boston. He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery and the American College of Mohs Surgery.
We understand hearing aids can be a significant expense, which can be challenging for some hearing loss patients. This is why S.E.N.T. Hearing Aid Center along with Siemens/Signia is donating a pair of hearing aids to our long-time patient, Gaby Eyman.
Our audiology and hearing aid practice will be gifting a pair of hearing aids to a long-time patient as a part of our community giving program. This 24 year-old patient, Gabby Eyman was born with Turner Syndrome, which contributed to her hearing loss. Due to the challenges of acquiring hearing aids, Gabby’s current hearing aids no longer fit her hearing loss and contain outdated technology. She is excited to receive her new hearing aids!
Nosebleeds are alarming. They often accompany trauma, and the sight of blood flowing down your face does not usually help the situation. Fortunately, nosebleeds are typically not nearly as serious as they originally seem
Congratulations to Dr. Ow on the publication of the PROGRESS study which tested the efficacy of the PROPEL mini in reduction of post-operative intervention following frontal sinus surgery. Dr. Ow was a lead enroller in this national study which proved a positive outcome for patients with frontal sinus disease. Click here for more information on the PROGRESS Study
Sacramento ENT would like to welcome our new Dermatologist/Mohs Surgeon, Dr. Michael Trauner, to the practice! Dr. Trauner will begin seeing patients on October 1, 2016. For more information on Dr. Trauner, please visit Dr. Michael Trauner's Biography page
Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and swim plugs? Are you planning to beat the heat this summer in the water? If you are, you should protect your ears from an infection known as swimmer’s ear.
It usually begins with a sore throat and ends with popsicles. A tonsillectomy is the 2nd most common pediatric procedure and is performed more than 500,000 times a year on kids.
Created in 1927 by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), May is Better Hearing & Speech Month. It’s an annual occasion designed to raise awareness and encourage the public to take action on their hearing and speech problems.
World Voice Day is an annual event celebrating the significance of vocal communication and the latest breakthroughs in voice science and the vocal artsIn honor of this year’s event on April 16th, we have put together some tips on preserving your voice and keeping it healthy.
We spend about one-third of our lives asleep, yet sleep is one of the least understood areas in medicine. Countless medical studies conducted across the world have tried to crack the mystery of sleep, but only one conclusion persists: people need at least six to seven hours of restful sleep every night. Unfortunately, more than a third of Americans report they are not receiving enough sleep, putting them at risk for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and other physical and mental health problems.
It is an unusual thought, and one that is meant to be a little provocative. In a culture obsessed with both appearance and health, could there be an unlikely association between the two? Is it possible that your nose might not make you look fat, but could it actually make you become fat? In considering the matter, there is much to learn about the relationship between the body and its function as well as the role of quality sleep in proper metabolism. Click here to read the full article