Blog Archive

How Immunotherapy Offers Long-Term Allergy Relief May 10th, 2022

Approximately 50 million people in the United States have allergies — for some, it’s nothing more than a seasonal nuisance, but, for others, allergies can have a serious impact on their lives. If your allergies are interfering with your life and you want more than on-the-spot treatments or short-term management...

Are Your Frequent Sinus Infections a Sign of Nasal Polyps? Apr 11th, 2022

Do you seem to catch colds easily or suffer from respiratory issues longer than others? If so, you may be part of the 12% of adults worldwide who suffer from chronic sinusitis.  Unfortunately, this condition can cause the development of nasal polyps. Although these soft bulbs of tissue are benign...

ENT Scopes Mar 2nd, 2021

A lot is assumed, but little is known, about ear, nose and throat endoscopy. Many medical specialists use endoscopes to visualize areas that are difficult or impossible to examine with the naked eye. Most of the time, scopes are used to place the physician's eye directly at the site to...

Epistaxis (Aka Nosebleeds) May 14th, 2020

What is epistaxis? It’s the doctor word for nosebleeds, because doctors have to have a special word for everything. It’s literally when, well, blood comes out of the nose. It’s a simple idea, but it can be a complex problem. Some causes of nosebleeds are obvious. When we operate on...

Headaches May 11th, 2020

OK, first off, this is a daunting topic. There are many different causes of headaches, and to make matters more complicated, there are combination headaches of several types. Let’s start off by saying that many headaches, such as migraines, tension headaches and temporal mandibular joint syndrome are not of ear,...

The Green Driveway Apr 14th, 2020

Wait! I thought my driveway was black asphalt. Well, it is for most of the year, but suddenly, it has a distinct green sheen. What’s going on? It’s springtime in Southeastern Virginia, and the trees are pollinating. Now, every car, every screened porch, every piece of patio furniture, pretty much...

To Our Patient Patients Mar 30th, 2020

We are continuing to provide allergy shots and office visits during this peak allergy season. In an effort to help you maintain good health, we are minimizing the use of our waiting room. If you normally wait in the waiting room for 20 minutes following your shot, you may wait...

Status Update (COVID-19) Mar 18th, 2020

Hello, all! We hope that you are staying safe. We are still open and happy to continue serving your ENT and allergy needs. If you are not currently displaying coronavirus symptoms, we recommend that you continue your allergy shots. Face masks are available at our front desk if you wish...

Sinus Infections Dec 12th, 2018

One of the most common complaints seen in an ENT office is the reported sinus infection. Symptoms include congestion, headache, runny nose and post nasal drip. Oh, but wait. Those symptoms are also seen with colds and allergies. So, what’s the difference? How can you tell the difference between colds,...

In-office Surgeries Aug 14th, 2018

In recent years, there has been a push to perform more surgeries in the office setting. Most of these are modifications of procedures performed in the operating room with IV sedation or general anesthesia. The advantages of in-office surgery are less anesthesia, greater convenience and lower costs. The potential drawback...

Got the Itch? Jun 13th, 2018

Few conditions are more annoying than urticaria, better known as hives. Not only can these little welts be uncomfortable and unsightly, they can also be a sign of a more serious medical condition. Fortunately, most cases of urticaria are benign and are usually caused by allergy. The allergens can be...

Make the Nose Great Again Dec 8th, 2017

Some time ago, we discussed the nasal airway and ways to improve air flow. We covered both over the counter and prescription medications to help you breathe better. We presented both allergy shots and surgery to maximize the amount of air passing through your nose. Each of these treatments can...

Tonsil Stones – Are They Real? Jun 26th, 2017

I’ve often found it interesting when patients complain they have tonsil stones, considering that tonsil stones don’t really exist. Well, they’re not actually stones. The term is a misnomer. Unlike kidney stones or salivary stones, which are calcified and therefore hard, tonsil stones are soft and stinky, white or yellow...

Persistent Cough Dec 20th, 2016

One of the most annoying symptoms to ruin a patient’s day is the persistent cough. It is not limited to any particular time of the year. Some cases are acute and some cases are chronic, but the hallmark is that the symptom doesn’t go away as quickly as the patient...

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Outer Ear Jun 21st, 2016

As summer approaches, it’s a good time to learn about the problems that can affect your outer ear. If you’re going to the beach this summer, your outer ear is at risk for potential problems. These helpful hints can assist you throughout the summer, and the remainder of the year,...