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Breakthrough Treatment Option for Thyroid Nodules

Posted December 30th, 2019

Thyroid nodules occur in about 15% of the general population. Most of these nodules are benign but can still grow and give troublesome symptoms. Some large nodules compress the esophagus and cause trouble swallowing. Others can become an unsightly lump in the low, middle part of the neck. Some can even push on the airway and give people shortness of breath, especially when lying down. 


5 Triggers that increase your chances of an asthma attack

Posted April 29th, 2019

The causes of asthma symptoms can vary from person to person. Still, one thing is consistent with asthma: when airways come into contact with an asthma trigger, the airways become inflamed, narrow, and fill with mucus. This makes airway resistance increase and the work of breathing more difficult, causing shortness of breath, cough, and wheezing.


Best ways to treat and prevent spring allergies

Posted March 28th, 2019

Spring is here! The weather is great for outdoor activities with family and friends but can be miserable for allergy sufferers. Louisville consistently ranks in the top 3 for worst allergy cities in the nation and because we live in a valley, it keeps the allergens in this area very stagnant. With all the trees and rainfall, it means we have high pollen counts with nowhere for that pollen to go.


Is it a common cold or allergies?

It's a question that puzzles lots of folks when those familiar symptoms hit: Is all that coughing and sneezing from a cold or hay fever? Here is a chart to help you understand the difference between allergies and the common cold. The most important difference is that colds usually don't last longer than 14 days. These may be allergy symptoms or signs of another problem.


Common Fall Allergens & How to Avoid Them

1. Culprit: Ragweed

This weed blooms in August but causes allergic symptoms well into September and October, until the first freeze kills the plant. Approximately 75 percent of people who suffer springtime allergies will also be affected by ragweed pollen, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

What you can do:

Monitor the local pollen count, stay indoors as much as possible, especially during peak hours (usually mid-morning to early afternoon), keep home and car windows completely closed, vacuum carpets and upholstery regularly, wash your clothes, linens, and curtains regularly. Also, bathe your pets frequently as they can carry the pollen into the home.


Everything you need to know about nasal sprays

There are nasal steroids that are available both by prescription and over-the-counter – that are recommended to be used for long-term conditions, such as seasonal rhinitis and chronic sinusitis. These types of sprays help relieve sneezing, runny nose, itchy nose and stuffiness that could be caused by common cold, seasonal allergies, and a sinus infection. It can take a couple weeks of daily use to feel the full benefit of these nasal sprays.


What makes us “advanced” in pediatrics?

We treat children with common issues such as allergies, ear tubes, hearing tests and adenoid removal all the way to more complex cases which include cochlear implants and head/neck cancer. We treat all children like they are superheroes regardless of how big their issue is.


Hearing Loss Linked to Dementia

Scientists are finding more and more evidence that trouble with hearing makes you more likely to have dementia, a condition marked by memory loss and trouble with thinking, problem-solving, and other mental tasks.

That doesn’t mean that people with hearing loss are guaranteed to have dementia, simply that the odds are higher. There may be things you can do to lower your chances for mental decline, even if you start to have trouble hearing.


New Treatment for Nasal Polyps

Are nasal polyps getting you down?

The prevalence of nasal polyps among the general population ranges from one percent to four percent, with approximately 200,000 new symptomatic cases of nasal polyps reported every year in the United States. An estimated 25 to 30 percent of the 20 to 32 million U.S. patients with Chronic Rhinosinusitis (CRS) have symptomatic nasal polyps.


Should your child get ear tubes?

Parents of young children may be all too familiar with the ear aches, ear infections, and middle ear fluid build-up that can plague their little ones.

For many of these children, ear tubes, known clinically as tympanostomy tubes, may be the best treatment. About 667,000 ear tubes are put in each year, and by the age of 3, one out of 15 children will have tubes in their ears.


10 Signs There is Something Wrong With Your Thyroid

January is National Thyroid Awareness Month

More than 20 million Americans suffer from thyroid disorders. It’s more common than diabetes and heart disease, but an estimated 60 percent of cases go undiagnosed. Most of the time, when we feel something different in our bodies, we simply tell ourselves it’s just a cold, allergies, or age.

Sometimes this is true, but more often than we expect, these seemingly innocent problems can indicate bigger medical issues. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to the messages our bodies send us — such as when we experience issues with our thyroid.


High pollen levels affect performance in work and school

Fall is coming and that means ragweed and hay fever will be on the rise. Hay fever affects around 10 percent of the population, which includes a higher percentage of children. The signs of allergic response include sneezing, itching and a runny nose. These symptoms can disrupt sleep, leading to fatigue, and many medications used to treat the allergy can also induce sleepiness in some people. In the United States, school-age children collectively lose about two million school days because of environmental allergies.


Test Your Hearing

You may have hearing loss, and not even be aware of it. People of all ages experience gradual hearing loss, often due to the natural aging process or long exposure to loud noise. Other causes of hearing loss include viruses or bacteria, heart conditions or stroke, head injuries, tumors, and certain medications. Treatment for hearing loss will depend on your diagnosis.


Discover the Benefits of Allergy Drops

Clinical studies have proven allergy drops to be an effective alternative to allergy shots. Allergy drops are taken home and administered under the tongue by the patient, allowing them to only have to make clinical visits one to two times per year after the initial test.


Tinnitus Symptoms, Treatment and Remedies

Tinnitus affects over fifty million people in the U.S. Tinnitus is described as a nagging buzzing, whistling, whining, or screeching noise in head or ears that varies in intensity and can be intermittent or constant. The degree of loudness and even the type of sound is particular to each person. Some tinnitus sufferers describe the noise as being as piercing and sharp as the signal used in the emergency broadcast system. Tinnitus is a symptom, not a disease, which can accompany any type of hearing loss.


Your Snoring May Be A Sign Of A More Serious Condition

Snoring is a fairly common, affecting 40 percent of men and 25 percent of women. Not only is snoring a nuisance, but 75% of people who snore have obstructive sleep apnea (when breathing is disrupted during sleep for short periods). Studies show that around 80% of the obstructive sleep apnea cases go undiagnosed which increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes in adults.


How to Recognize Thyroid Issues

As many as 59 million Americans have a thyroid problem (that’s roughly 1 out of every 6 people), but the majority don’t even know it yet.

The thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, produces hormones essential for metabolism and brain activity. Symptoms of a thyroid problem are often vague, but if you notice any of the following signs persisting, or have more than one, you should contact us for a simple test to look into it.


How To Know If You Need A Tonsillectomy

Temperatures have begun to drop and we are officially in the cold and flu season. Sore throats are very common during this time, however, what you’re experiencing may be more than a run-of-the-mill throat infection. It just may be tonsillitis.

Your tonsils are considered your immune system’s first line of defense against bacteria and viruses that enter your mouth. Unfortunately, this means that your tonsils themselves are particularly vulnerable to inflammation or infection.


Winter Allergies: Your Home May Be to Blame

Many people don't associate winter with allergies, but they do persist into and through the cold months, when they pose slightly different problems than they do during other seasons.

You don't have pollens in the winter, but you still have the indoor allergens including cats, dogs, dust mites, and mold. A big problem with winter allergies is that cold-weather lifestyles can turn a simple allergic reaction into something worse.


Is It a Sinus Infection, a Cold, or Allergies?

As we get into the cold weather, it is a prime time for stuffy noses, sore throats and watery, itchy eyes. But if your symptoms last more than a week, or if they seem to turn off and on based on your surroundings, you may be battling allergies or sinusitis.


Developing New Allergies as an Adult

Allergies are like any ailment, they can strike whenever and it's not uncommon for allergies to sprout up for the first time in adulthood. Many individuals think that they cannot acquire allergies that they have not experienced before, but it is possible.


Why It’s Bad to Use Q-Tips for Your Ears

Q-Tips are widely used all around the world by many people for one thing – to get rid of the wax inside their ears.

While you have your ears free from wax, this particular cleansing routine can be dangerous to your ears and their function. This routine is also counter-productive. While you may see some amount of residue on the cotton swab, inserting Q-tips actually cause the wax to go further into the ear canal instead of getting all of it removed. Swabbing in your ears can actually affect your sense of hearing, the moment that the ear wax gets into the eardrums instead of going out the ears.


The Importance of Back-to-School Hearing Tests

Loss of hearing is usually a gradual process. Initially the changes may be so subtle that only a very keen parent would suspect something is wrong. More often than not, a parent may conclude that the child is being rude for not responding to instruction or maybe the child is branded ‘absent minded’ because of requesting for instructions to be repeated too often. When this happens at school, it can affect a child’s grades and subsequently their self-esteem.


Tips to Help Prevent Swimmer’s Ear

Swimmer’s ear is an infection in your ear that is caused by bacteria that is commonly found in water. Ear wax and the slope of your ear canal are natural defenses to clean and prevent swimmer’s ear, but sometimes they can get overwhelmed. If excess moisture remains in your ear, swimmer’s ear can develop. Other types of ear infections cause pain inside the ear, but swimmer's ear causes pain when the outside of the ear is touched.


Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure Makes Breathing Better

Balloon sinuplasty is a surgical procedure designed to treat chronic sinusitis in patients whose condition does not respond to medical treatment. It’s a safe, effective and much less invasive alternative to traditional sinus surgery.


Hearing Loss: Myths Exposed

Myth Exposed: The most common cause of hearing loss is advancing age.

The truth is, exposure to loud noise is the number one cause of hearing loss; only 35% of people with hearing loss are older than age 64. There are nearly six million people in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 44 with hearing loss, and more than one million are school age. Hearing loss affects all age groups. Hereditary factors and health conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other circulatory problems also cause hearing loss along with certain medications like aspirin, some antibiotics and chemotherapy drugs.


Mild winter means rough allergy season

A mild winter and early spring means there may be a big price to pay if you have seasonal allergies. It seems like every year we say this may be the worst pollen season, but this year we are seeing an increase in pollen a month sooner than usual in many areas of the U.S.


Tips for getting a good night’s sleep

Sleep apnea is a chronic disorder in which tissues in the throat relax during sleep, obstructing the airway and causing interruptions in breathing. These may last from a few seconds to a couple of minutes, and rob you of quality sleep.

Symptoms include snoring, sore throat, dry mouth, headache, daytime drowsiness, lack of concentration, memory loss, confusion, irritability and depression. If untreated, sleep apnea may cause heart attack, stroke, diabetes or high blood pressure.


8 Tips to Relieve Your Sinus Pain

Are you among the 37 million Americans who have sinus problems each year? If so, there's a lot you can do around the house to create a "sinus-friendly" environment.

Here are some tips to help you prevent sinus infections and avoid the complications associated with it.


Check Your Neck

If your thyroid isn’t working properly, neither are you!

More than 20 million Americans suffer from thyroid disorders. It’s more common than diabetes and heart disease, but an estimated 60 percent of cases go undiagnosed.


October is Audiology Awareness Month

More than 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss. While this condition is often viewed as an inevitable part of aging, over half of all patients are otherwise healthy adults under the age of 65. Regular hearing screenings are an invaluable tool in identifying problems early and taking steps to prevent further hearing damage before it is too late. We encourage you to schedule an appointment for a hearing screening with one of our audiologists during the month of October, recognized nationwide as Audiology Awareness Month.


Ragweed Season Could Be Worst Ever

A cold spring and wet summer could spell a ragweed season full of sniffling, sneezing and watery eyes for allergy patients in Kentucky and Indiana this year. Many weather experts are saying this autumn could be the worst we’ve seen in many years.

Fall pollen counts are getting higher each and every year. It doesn’t help that Louisville, Kentucky was ranked the worst city for allergies in 2014, according to the AAFA.


New School Year Approaching

As the new school year quickly approaches, parents will prepare by buying school supplies, getting ready for open houses and arranging physicals for their children. A back-to-school hearing test is often left off the list but something that should be completed before your child returns to school.


Summer is Tonsillectomy Time

Summer break is a popular time to schedule tonsillectomy so kids don’t miss out on valuable classroom work. Tonsillectomy is one of the most common operations performed on children, usually for obstructive sleep apnea or recurrent tonsil infections.


The great peanut butter debate

A study recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine has had parents talking — and leaving some of them a bit confused! It reopened a can of worms, or in this case, a jar of peanut butter!

“The study reveals that the incidence of peanut and tree nut allergies in the U.S. quadrupled over the past 13 years,” said Amy Ingram, M.D., physician with Advanced ENT & Allergy. “This is a huge increase and a concern since peanut allergy is the country’s leading food-allergy cause of anaphylaxis and death.”

To rewind, in 2000, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that parents wait until a child turned 3 years old to try foods associated with high risk of allergies, such as nuts, eggs and fish. The belief was that infants’ immune systems weren’t ready for these foods.


Are you suffering from sinusitis or allergies?

It’s spring time and you have a stuffy nose, sinus pain, fatigue and reduced sense of smell and taste. You head to the local pharmacy for over the counter medication to treat your allergies. There is only one problem, these are the symptoms of a sinus infection, not allergies. Most allergy patients can't tell the difference, according to a recent survey by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.


Preparing for spring allergies

The clocks have sprung forward and the flowers are ready to bloom. And while many will enjoy the warmer temperatures, others will be battling spring allergies.

"Lots of patients come in with your typical seasonal allergy symptoms, itchy watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, sometimes occasionally increased asthma symptoms," according to Dr. Akin, a physician at Advanced ENT and Allergy.


Are you getting enough sleep?

Many Americans struggle with getting a good night’s sleep.

According to a recent study, insomnia affects approximately 23% of all U.S. workers, resulting in 367 million lost work days per year, and the cost to employers is nearly $63.2 billion per year in medical expenses and lost productivity.

In addition, more than 40 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), of which 18 million have moderate to severe disease.


National Thyroid Awareness Month
Thyroid disorders affect approximately 20 million Americans.

More than 20 million Americans suffer from thyroid disorders, according to the American Thyroid Association. It’s more common than diabetes and heart disease, but an estimated 60 percent of cases go undiagnosed, which may put patients at risk for serious conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and infertility. Additionally, the rate of thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer has tripled over the last three decades and represents the fastest increasing cancer type amongst both men and women.



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