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Sleep Disorders Impact Men and Women Differently

A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine indicates that men and women are affected differently by sleep disorders.  Women are more likely to have trouble sleeping, have excessive daytime sleepiness, and more severe symptoms of depression.  Disordered sleep has a greater affect in women than men in their ability to concentrate and […]

  • Posted on: Jul 25 2017
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Swimmer’s ear

The arrival of the summer season brings an increase in the incidence of swimmer’s ear.  Swimmer’s ear(acute otitis externa) is a painful condition resulting from infection of the outer ear.  Water gets trapped in the ear canal, and bacterial or fungal organisms can infect the thin skin lining.  You don’t have to go swimming to get swimmers ear, […]

  • Posted on: Jun 20 2017
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It’s Hard to Think Clearly With a Stuffy Nose

People often feel “fuzzy headed” when they are congested.  Studies have documented that children with untreated allergies perform worse in school.  Nasal congestion affects the quality of sleep, which can lead to daytime lethargy.  In addition, nasal inflammation triggers the release of cytokines which can affect the ability to think and perform. There are many causes […]

  • Posted on: Jun 7 2017
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Allergy Alert-How to reduce symptoms

The spring allergy season is in full bloom and is caused by tree pollen.  Pollen counts have been very high, and will remain high for the next few weeks.  Symptoms include itchy eyes and eye swelling, itchy nose, nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, post-nasal drip, and itching sensation in the throat. The first line of […]


Sinusitis and Depression

Chronic sinusitis is a common problem, affecting 12% of adults in the United States. Symptoms of chronic sinusitis include facial pain, facial pressure, headache, congestion, post-nasal drip, and difficulty breathing through the nose. Chronic sinusitis can have a significant affect on the quality of life, which can lead to depression. Depression may arise in the […]


Spring Allergies

We have had an unusually warm winter, and the spring allergy season will probably begin earlier this year. Spring allergies are related to tree pollen. Allergy symptoms include nasal congestion, sneezing, nasal or ocular itching, and runny nose(clear mucous). It is recommended to begin allergy treatment early, before significant symptoms develop. The first line of […]


Winter Nose

Nasal congestion, a runny nose, and nasal irritation is common during the winter season. We spend more time indoors during the winter, and are more susceptible to winter allergies. Common indoor allergy triggers include dust mites, mold, and pets. Symptoms of allergies include a runny nose(clear, thin mucous), sneezing, itchy eyes and nose, watery eyes, […]


Tonsil Stones

Tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths, are formed in the tonsils of affected adults. The stones can arise from material, such as food, mucous and bacteria, that collects in the crypts(holes) of tonsils. The can also be formed from a strain of bacteria, actinomycoses, that are found in the tonsils and produce sulfur granules. The stones are […]


Headphones and Hearing Loss

A recent article in the New York Times discussed the risk of long term hearing loss in children who listen to music with headphones at high volume. The risk of long term hearing loss increases with increased volume(decibels) and length of noise exposure. The OSHA workplace safety limit for adults is 85 decibels for no […]


Preventing Nose Bleeds

As the seasons change, and the air becomes cooler and dryer, the incidence of nose bleeds(epistaxis) increases. The mucous membranes of the nose have a rich blood supply, and the dry air makes them more friable and likely to bleed. Those who take daily low-dose aspirin are at increased risk of bleeding. Use of anti-coagulant […]