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Common ENT Conditions in Winter, Part II

There are many illnesses that commonly occur during the winter. Depending upon the age and health of your family members they could end up being serious.
In the first installment of our series on Common ENT Conditions in Winter, we discussed the common cold, influenza, and bronchiolitis. In this second and last installment of the series, we discuss croup, pneumonia and strep throat.

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Seasonal Allergies: What to Do If You Have a Christmas Tree Allergy

Woman with Christmas Tree AllergiesThis past Thanksgiving weekend saw many families out shopping for Christmas trees, wreathes, and mistletoe while also taking advantage of Black Friday deals on holiday decorations, candles, and poinsettias. Once the holidays arrive in a few weeks, we’ll also be preparing our favorite holiday foods, maybe with a roaring fire inside while (hopefully) admiring the glistening blanket of snow outside.

While all of this festiveness is welcome and highly anticipated, holiday prep can introduce unwelcome allergies into our households triggering sneezing, coughing, nasal congestion, rashes, itchy/teary red eyes, eye bags, and runny noses. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. Learn what you can do to have an allergy-free holiday season.

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Common ENT Conditions in Winter, Part I

Whether or not you like the winter months that are upon us and the holidays and winter sports they bring, one thing is certain: no one likes the illnesses that commonly spring up during this time of year. Winter brings with it many ear, nose, and throat (ENT) health conditions and they range from the common cold to bronchitis.

First, we should talk about the common cold. Sooner or later everyone catches a cold. There are many wives tales as to why we catch colds; going outside with wet hair, rapid changes in outdoor temperatures, etc.. However, in reality the common cold is caused by many different viruses. That is what makes them so difficult to cure and even trickier to prevent. It is also why cold symptoms can be addressed but the causes can’t be eradicated.

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Head Lice Causes, Symptoms, and ENT/at-home Treatments

Child with head lice being treated by a nurseNo one wants their children to have head lice. Although it is common for school-age children to contract lice, it is troubling nonetheless for children and their families. Lice can be contracted whether the hair or the child’s environment is dirty or clean. Estimates show that 12 million people1 are infected with lice each year and the majority of them are children aged 3 to 12. Thankfully, lice do not carry illnesses, but they must be addressed immediately to prevent their spread through homes, schools and families. Adults can contract lice too, but children are more apt to because they play together, touch heads, share hats and head gear.

 
What are lice?
Head lice are tiny bugs that feed on the blood of the scalp. They grow fast and multiply quickly which is why it is so important to treat head lice aggressively. According to the Centers for Disease Control2, the life cycle of lice is as follows:

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What to Do if Your Child Can’t Concentrate, Lacks Energy, or Snores

If your child has trouble concentrating in school, lacks energy or is snoring while asleep, he or she may be suffering from sleep apnea. It’s estimated that one to four percent of children suffer from sleep apnea and many of them are between the ages of two and eight.1 An ear, nose, throat specialist can diagnose sleep apnea and prescribe effective treatments.

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How to Know If Your Child Has Dust Allergies?

When children return to school in August or September, they may pick up any number of illnesses from their classmates or their school building. Dusty classrooms and hallways can trigger allergies and you may see that the signs and symptoms begin to emerge a few weeks after school begins. Here is what you need to know about dust allergies.

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Nosebleeds: Why We Get Them and the Proper Way to Treat Them

Nosebleeds can be frightening, especially when your own child suffers one. However, most are not serious. Some will stop on their own; others will stop after administering a few simple first-aid steps. The American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery tells us that nosebleeds “…are most common in children aged 2-10 years and adults aged 50-80 years”.

If you or a family member suffer from nosebleeds, here is what you need to know.

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What Is the Sense of Smell and Why Do We Have It?

The sense of smell can vary from person to personIt could be said that some of the greatest joys in life are experienced through the sense of smell: the salty ocean, a rose, a newborn baby and for some the “new car” smell. But what exactly is the sense of smell and why do we have it? Here is some interesting information about how the sense of smell developed and the ways in which it impacts our lives.

A rose is a rose, but it may smell different to each individual
Scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, UK have discovered that an individual’s unique sense of smell is the result of genes interacting with experience. In other words, where you live and how you live may determine how your nose and brain interpret different smells.

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Why Do We Yawn?

Why Do We Yawn?Have you ever wondered why you yawn? Have you ever started yawning the minute you see someone else doing it? Yawning is a common bodily function that we don’t pay too much attention to until we yawn at the wrong time or in the wrong place. To some extent yawning remains a mystery, but here is what scientists do know about it.

Yawning can be contagious. The mere suggestion of it – like reading this – may cause you to yawn, or you may do so when you observe another person yawning. (This well rested writer started yawning while writing this.) We’re not the only ones who do that. Chimpanzees and members of the wolf/dog family experience contagious yawning, too. Scientists think that yawning spreads because we feel empathy towards those we know – and those who are yawning.

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Common ENT Conditions in Winter, Part II

There are many illnesses that commonly occur during the winter. Depending upon the age and health of your family members …

Seasonal Allergies: What to Do If You Have a Christmas Tree Allergy

This past Thanksgiving weekend saw many families out shopping for Christmas trees, wreathes, and mistletoe while also taking …

Common ENT Conditions in Winter, Part I

Whether or not you like the winter months that are upon us and the holidays and winter sports they bring, one thing is certain: …