Dysphagia, or more commonly referred to as a swallowing disorder, can afflict people of all ages but is generally more prevalent in the elderly. Those with dysphagia often have trouble swallowing food or liquid and passing it from the mouth to the stomach. Although this feeling may cause a bit of anxiety or nervousness, it is rarely an indicator of something more serious. Dysphagia may clear up on its own but, when it does not, one should consult an otolaryngologist.
Approximately fifteen million Americans, including one in every 13 children, are living with some type of food allergy. Food allergies can be life-threatening and should not be taken lightly. This has become more apparent in recent years and, if you have school-aged children, you’ve likely been warned more than once not to send peanut products or special birthday treats into school. The most common food allergens are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish, and shellfish.
Did you know that we here at Plymouth Ear, Nose and Throat have over thirty years of experience dealing with pediatric otolaryngology problems? Ear infections that have become recurrent, or even chronic, is one of those pediatric issues that we tackle on a regular basis. Although some may be more prone to ear infections than others, it is important to be educated about the facts of ear infections, what causes them, and what can be done to help ease and avoid them.
Fall is quickly approaching and with the changing of seasons comes an increase in ragweed. Ragweed plants release millions of grains of pollen making it a major culprit in seasonal allergies. Its growth peaks in mid-September so now is the time to start planning your attack against those pesky allergy symptoms.
Though they are fairly uncommon, acoustic neuromas can create short term as well as long lasting symptoms. About 3.5 out of every 100,000 people are diagnosed with acoustic neuromas, also known as vestibular schwannoma.
More than 60 million American adults suffer from heartburn at least once a month. The more long-lasting and and serious form is referred to as GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. Laryngopharyngeal reflux is similar to gastroesophageal reflux disease but those suffering from LPR often do not experience heartburn. Therefore, LPR is often referred to as silent reflux.
In the Northeastern United States, deer ticks are carriers of the Lyme disease bacteria and can pass the disease onto adults or children by biting. The good news, though, is that it takes a day or two after a tick attaches to the skin before Lyme disease will spread. Therefore, it is super important to do regular skin check on anybody in your household during the aforementioned months, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors or have animals that go outside.
Imagine having a hypersensitivity or intolerance to everyday sounds like that of running water, a crying baby, a doorbell, or a television turned on at an appropriate volume. Those suffering from hyperacusis experience the above scenario on a daily basis and often also complain of pain or discomfort in the ears. Hyperacusis is a reduction of normal tolerance for everyday sound and can greatly impact one’s quality of life.
Plymouth ENT will offer free oral, head and neck cancer screenings during OHANCAW®, which is sponsored by the HNCA.
Spring is on the horizon which means warmer weather, longer days, and less shoveling! With spring comes allergens and, even if you’ve never fallen victim before, it is possible to develop allergies as an adult. If you find yourself suddenly dealing with a runny nose, scratchy throat, and a never-ending feeling of fatigue, don’t count out spring allergies.
There is no denying that getting a good night’s sleep is beneficial to our health and well being. Those experiencing unrestful nights due to sleep apnea are at a higher risk for conditions such as depression, high blood pressure, and diabetes. In addition, those that share a bed with a sleep apnea sufferer generally experience wakeful and restless nights.
Did you know that over fifty million Americans experience some form of tinnitus? A tinnitus sufferer would typically complain of hearing ringing, buzzing, hissing, or whistling in their ears. Tinnitus is a symptom of an underlying condition such as noise induced hearing loss, age related hearing loss, ear infections, ear injury, or a circulatory system disorder. Most people generally adjust to chronic tinnitus over time but the condition can be much more bothersome to others. Those that aren’t able to adjust may experience side effects such as insomnia, depression, anxiety, and irritability.
Plymouth Ear, Nose and Throat is excited to announce that, in addition to diagnosing and treating seasonal and perennial allergies, we will be adding food testing to our allergy program! Our doctors and nurses are looking forward to expanding our allergy program and welcoming new patients that might be suffering from food allergies. Let’s chat a bit more about the specifics of food allergies, their symptoms and how we can help to diagnose and manage them.
The cooler weather is upon us, the leaves are changing color, and pumpkins are adorning our front steps. Fall is a time of year that many people look forward to after a hot, sticky summer. However, if you’re one of the estimated 26 percent of Americans who suffer from allergies to ragweed, you may not be so psyched about Autumn knocking on your door.
We, here at Plymouth Ear, Nose and Throat, are thrilled to congratulate our very own Dr. Anit Patel on his recent appointment as President of Medical Staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth! Dr. Patel is honored and humbled to have been chosen by his peers to fulfill this two-year term. His main goal will be to continue improving, and maintaining, the highest level of quality care available to the hospital’s patients. In working towards achieving this goal, Dr. Patel will assist Beth Israel Deaconess-Plymouth in becoming the leading community hospital in Massachusetts.
Thyroid cancer symptoms are not always easy to detect, which occasionally makes it hard to diagnose as well. However, all symptoms are not necessarily caused by thyroid cancer at all, but rather by a thyroid nodule. And thyroid nodules are not always cancerous--as a matter of fact, nearly all of them are benign and develop later in life. The following are some symptoms of thyroid cancer that can start as nodules and develop into something more serious.
Here at Plymouth ENT, we’re so excited that it’s finally June and summer is upon us! However, the warm weather and beach days are not always a piece of cake. Summertime allergies can cause severe symptoms for some folks, and can occasionally be just as bad as the spring and fall seasons. Furthermore, the symptoms are not always the run of the mill sniffling and sneezing, and can be a bit more serious if certain factors are in play. It is important to remember that anyone can get allergies and they can appear at anytime, so even if you haven’t had them in the past, be sure to get checked out if you experience and of the following symptoms along with your sniffles.
At last, winter is behind us and the warm weather is on the way! However, the higher temperatures aren’t entirely cause for celebration. For some people, spring brings the worst allergy season of the whole year. In some cases, these allergies can start as early as late February and last until the end of June. In order to be equipped for the months ahead, here are some best practices to effectively cope with your seasonal allergies.
As the temperature drops and the snow starts to fall, you’ll hear lots of people around you start sniffling and sneezing--it may even be you! While colds and allergies have different symptoms, it’s so important to know the difference so you can seek proper treatment. It’s sometimes a tough call to figure out where that coughing and sneezing is coming from, but how long your symptoms last can be indicative of what is ailing you.