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Due to the recent announcement from Independence Blue Cross (IBC) regarding the termination of participation agreements with the Tower Health System Hospitals (including Brandywine, Jennersville, Pottstown, Phoenixville and Chestnut Hill hospitals) ENT and Allergy Specialists would like to reassure our IBC patients that we are an independent medical practice not affiliated with the Tower Health System Hospitals. Accordingly, we continue to be participating providers with IBC and accept all IBC insurance plans.

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If your chronic sinus problems, including nasal congestion do not improve through the avoidance of triggers, allergy treatments or medications, a balloon sinuplasty may be the best option. Balloon sinuplasty is a safe, effective procedure that offers a faster recovery compared to traditional methods of sinus surgery.  This procedure can be performed in your specialist’s office.

As the video on this page shows, your specialist will a gently insert a small, flexible sinus balloon catheter into your clogged sinus passageways.  The balloon will be inflated and as it enlarges, the balloon will push against the sinus passageways, helping to open up the sinuses and providing relief. Recovery is generally fast, and most patients find they can return to work and activities in about two days.

ENT and Allergy Specialists are the area’s most experienced balloon sinuplasty surgeons.  We’ve helped thousands of patients.  Talk to your doctor and see if this procedure may be right for you.

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Sinusitis is among the most common diagnoses for those who visit their physician complaining of coughing, sinus pressure, congestion, postnasal drainage and headaches. One in eight adults suffers from sinusitis today. Often, patients misdiagnose themselves as simply suffering from seasonal allergies or a persistent cold. While medications such as nasal sprays, antibiotics and antihistamines can provide temporary relief, many times they do not solve the problem and a surgical procedure may be required.

The good news is that ENT & Allergy Specialists now offers a breakthrough treatment called the PROPEL® Sinus Stent.  This dissolvable stent is placed at the end of sinus surgery to keep the sinuses open, eliminating the need for gauze packing used in older surgical techniques.

PROPEL® delivers anti-inflammatory medication directly to the healing tissue and is clinically proven to improve surgical outcomes and enhance healing by reducing post-operative scarring and the need for additional surgical procedures and oral steroids and their potential side effects. The stent’s lightweight design means patients usually cannot even tell that it is there.  And since PROPEL® dissolves within 45 days, no removal is necessary.

The PROPEL® Stent improves patient sinus surgery outcomes and the healing process, plus patients hardly know it is there.

How it works:

The PROPEL® Stent is carefully inserted by an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat physician into the sinus cavity at the end of surgery. The stent remains there for a few weeks, utilizing a spring-like mechanism to open up the nasal passageway. At the same time, it provides anti-inflammatory therapy to enhance healing. The stent slowly dissolves on its own, and no removal is necessary, making postoperative care easier on patients.

Clinical:

PROPEL® has been studied in three prospective, randomized clinical trials conducted in the United States demonstrating reduced scarring and reduced need for oral steroids.

Conclusion:

When a patient’s chronic sinusitis does not respond to medications, surgery to enlarge the opening to drain the sinuses may provide the best option. The PROPEL® Sinus Stent offers a new weapon in the fight against chronic sinusitis, backed by clinical data and positive outcomes.

If you or someone you know is experiencing chronic facial pain or pressure, headaches, nasal congestion, difficulty breathing, and/or loss of taste or smell, please call us to consult with a specialist at 610-415-1100.

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At ENT and Allergy Specialists we are experts in new and minimally invasive techniques to improve breathing. A Better Nasal Airway can have many positive effects on your life including improved comfort, reduced snoring and sinus infections, and even improved sports endurance.

Exercise endurance during high-intensity sports such as cycling is dependent on both physiologic factors and the perception of fatigue.

A study by Ansley, et al1 showed that head cooling significantly decreased the perception of fatigue and increased the exercise time to fatigue by 51%. Not only were athletes able to exercise dramatically longer with head cooling, but their production of a stress hormone thought to be involved in feeling fatigue – prolactin – was nearly eliminated.

Other studies by White and Cabanac found that this head cooling is achieved by the body during exercise via increased blood flow to the nose2 and that improving nasal airflow increases cooling3.

Taken together, these studies suggest that improving the nasal airway in athletes will dramatically improve their endurance. It’s important to point out that there have been many misleading claims made over the years about how this works and attempts by not-so-reputable groups to sell useless products based on this information. A better nasal airway does not improve an athlete’s VO2 max (maximum exercise capacity of heart and lungs) or his/her oxygen intake. A better nasal airway does improve an athlete’s ability to continue exercise under conditions of heat and fatigue by measurably decreasing both.

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So how can you achieve a Better Nasal Airway? One simple solution is Breathe Right® Strips. They have been shown in studies to increase the internal cross-sectional area of the nose. However, if you have significant allergies, a deviated septum, or other nasal abnormalities these strips may have limited effectiveness. In that case, treating the allergies or nasal obstruction will give you a Better Nasal Airway.

With improvements in both allergy treatments (such as Sublingual Immunotherapy or Allergy Drops) and minimally invasive nasal surgery (turbinate reduction, septoplasty, nasal valve augmentation), a Better Nasal Airway can be achieved with little effort, downtime or discomfort. Call us for an appointment to see how we can help you achieve a Better Nasal Airway.

1) Ansley L, Marvin G, Sharma A, Kendall MJ, Jones DA, Bridge MW The effects of head cooling on endurance and neuroendocrine responses to exercise in warm conditions. Physiol Res. 2008;57(6):863-72. Epub 2007 Nov 30.

2) White MD, Cabanac M. Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol. Nasal mucosal vasodilatation in response to passive hyperthermia in humans. 1995;70(3):207-12.

3) White, M. D. and Cabanac, M. (1995). Physical dilation of the nostrils lowers the thermal strain of exercising humans. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 70, 200-206.

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Do you suffer from frequent runny nose, congestion and post nasal drip? If so, you may have a condition called chronic rhinitis (inflammation of the nasal tissues) and you are not alone. More than 24 million Americans suffer from chronic rhinitis and its frustrating symptoms:

  • Watery Runny Nose
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Congestion in the morning
  • Post-nasal Drip
  • Clearing of the Throat
  • Interrupted Sleep

Patients have historically managed chronic rhinitis symptoms with treatments such as nasal sprays, drops and pills; all of which merely manage the symptoms and often produce unwanted side-effects.

ENT and Allergy Specialists, Philadelphia’s premier Ear, Nose and Throat practice now offers ClariFix®, a unique treatment solution that delivers lasting relief for adults suffering with chronic rhinitis. This non-invasive procedure treats the underlying condition and helps patients to improve their quality of life.

How does ClariFix® Cryotherapy treat Chronic Rhinitis?

Chronic rhinitis can be caused by out of balance nasal nerves sending too many signals to the nose, telling it to drip, run and swell more than necessary. The nerves may be stimulated by allergens or irritants in the air, changes in weather, medications, certain foods, or chronic health conditions.

ClariFix®, utilizes a clinically proven and minimally invasive cold treatment therapy called ‘cryotherapy’ to get to the root of the problem: the inflamed nasal lining and underlying nerves. During the procedure, our Sinus Surgery Specialists use a topical anesthesia to numb the area, before guiding the handheld ClariFix® device endoscopically to the out of balance nerves in the back of the nose. The outpatient treatment, which takes approximately ??? minutes, uses a cryotherapy balloon to quickly freeze the out of balance nerves stopping the source of your symptoms for lasting relief.

In a clinical study, results demonstrated the following after patients were treated with ClariFix® cryotherapy

  • A statistically significant improvement in runny nose and congestion
  • 4 out of 5 [80% of] patients reported long-lasting symptom improvement
  • Similar improvement in both allergic and non-allergic rhinitis patients
  • Treatment was well tolerated, with no device or procedure related serious adverse events

ClariFix® cryotherapy is a proven treatment option that can be performed in the office with minimal downtime. The most common side effects associated with ClariFix® cryotherapy are temporary increased congestion and transient pain or discomfort.

Are you ready to say good-bye to the tissue box? Schedule your appointment today!

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ENT and Allergy Specialists by Ent And Allergy Specialists - 1M ago

Parents trust ENT and Allergy Specialists because we understand that children are not simply small adults. They have unique physical and emotional needs.  As pediatric ENT doctors we are experts in providing relief of symptoms, and in helping pediatric patients to feel safe and comfortable.

Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat Conditions that We Treat

Treatment First - Surgery Last. Most pediatric ENT problems can be remedied with medicines or allergy treatments and do not require surgery.  We are experts in both non-surgical and surgical pediatric ENT treatments. When a problem does require surgery, we have the experience to address your child’s condition, while ensuring comfort and safety. Conditions that we treat:

  • Ear Pain and Ear Infections
  • Hearing problems
  • Tonsillitis
  • Sleep apnea
  • ENT bacterial, viral and fungal infections
  • Seasonal Allergies
  • Food Allergies
  • Skin Allergies
  • Drug Allergies
  • Asthma
Specialized Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat Care

Our Board Certified physicians have received specialized training in the unique care of pediatric ear, nose, throat, allergy and asthma conditions.  Since 1999, we have focused on caring for pediatric patients as part of our core mission.

Specialized Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat Testing

We’re here to help, now. When your child is suffering, the family feels it too.  That’s why we offer care that is complete, compassionate and fast. Unlike pediatric specialty hospitals that can take months to access, ENT and Allergy Specialists offers same day appointments, and the availability of on-call physicians, 24 hours a day.

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According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Christmas tree (pine, fir, and hemlock or spruce trees) allergies are fairly uncommon. It’s more likely that your symptoms stem from the tiny mold spores, dust or pollen housed on the tree or from terpenes (chemical compounds) responsible for the wonderful fragrance.

Artificial Christmas trees, decorations and lights are stored from year to year in attics, basements, crawl spaces and garages. Unfortunately, these storage areas are prone to dust and mold. That being said, artificial trees may also trigger allergy symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, a runny or stuffy nose, itchy or watery eyes.

The holidays can be very stressful, however when you’re not feeling well they can feel downright overwhelming.

 Try these Tips to Improve Allergy and Asthma Symptoms during the Holidays

  • When purchasing a real Christmas tree, ask the seller if they can shake it to remove loose debris, and some of the dust and mold.
  • Keep in mind that mold continues to multiply; consider this when determining how long you’ll keep a live tree in the house.
  • Hose off both real and artificial trees (if not pre-lit) and allow them to dry thoroughly before bringing them indoors. Do this with any live greenery, wreaths, etc. you plan on hanging indoors.
  • Soft surfaces are more prone to harbor dust and mold. Keep this in mind when purchasing holiday décor.
  • Dust or wash (if possible) ornaments and knickknacks before decorating. In addition to removing the dust, they’ll sparkle more.
  • Scented candles are all the rage. However, if someone in your home suffers from allergy or asthma symptoms, then skip them and try some of the pre-lit candles for ambience.

If you are unsure what’s causing your symptoms, it’s best to be examined by a healthcare professional. ENT and Allergy Specialists are experts in diagnosing Allergies, Sinusitis, Asthma and more. Schedule an appointment today!

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How deviated septums occur

The septum, the thin wall that divides your nasal passages, may be irregular from birth in some people, but in most cases, problems start due to an injury to the nose, such as from trauma in a car accident, contact sports incident, or some other injury. Since cartilage is softer and more flexible than bone, it can suffer damage without the more obvious signs that accompany bone fractures.

Aging may make a deviated septum more obvious, since nasal structures can change with time. So the deviated septum may or may not worsen over time, but symptoms related to it could become more serious.

Symptoms and complications of a deviated septum

The deviated septum itself can sometimes be sufficient to create breathing issues on its own. In some cases, you may breathe fine most of the time, but when you have a cold or other respiratory issue, the decreased airflow through your nose may be more noticeable.

The irregular shape of nasal passages affected by a deviated septum can cause drying of the inner surfaces of your nose, leading to frequent nosebleeds. Breathing irregularities made worse by a deviated septum could cause sleep problems such as noisy breathing or causing you to sleep predominantly on one side.

Under normal circumstances, the nasal cycle sees one side of the nose being blocked and then the other on a regular basis, something most people notice at the time but rarely think about again. An abnormal nasal cycle, where one side of the nose is blocked without much alternating, may indicate a deviated septum.

Treating a deviated septum

There are two general levels of treatment when you have a deviated septum. The first level focuses on treating symptoms. This could be through the use of decongestants, nasal corticosteroid sprays or antihistamines. The medications here are used to prevent swelling and congestive symptoms that aggravate breathing when combined with your deviated septum condition. Once swollen mucous membranes have subsided, your breathing returns to normal.

If you still have breathing problems when the mucous membranes are normal, you may be a candidate for surgery to correct the deviated septum itself.

Septoplasty straightens and repositions your septum to the center of your nasal passage. The cartilage of the septum is reshaped to eliminate the deviation. This may resolve most breathing issues, though of course allergies and respiratory infections can still cause breathing difficulties on their own.

Choosing an experienced ear, nose, and throat practice such as ENT & Allergy Specialists is the first step toward easy breathing. Call our offices or request an appointment online to get started today.

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ENT and Allergy Specialists by Ent And Allergy Specialists - 1M ago

Do you dread seeing the beautiful trees and flowers blooming each spring? Do you want to stay indoors when everyone else is outside enjoying the weather and the sunshine? You are not alone!

Study after study has shown that patients with allergies have a worse quality of life than those who do not. There are some things you can do to feel better, such as:

  • using air-conditioning instead of opening the windows
  • changing when you get in from outdoors
  • trying over-the-counter allergy medications.

Many of the over-the-counter medications used to control symptoms also carry carry side effects. If you are looking for a long-term way to treat your allergies, make an appointment to see one of our doctors to discuss allergy drops, a custom-made, safe and convenient treatment to boost your body's natural tolerance to allergies. Love spring again!

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Do you suffer with nasal allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, nasal congestion, sinus infections? Are you sick of taking medications to cover up your symptoms? Suffer no more!

If you have indoor or outdoor allergies, we may be able to offer you sublingual immunotherapy, or allergy drops. This is a safe and effective way to boost your own body's natural protection against allergies over time.

Many of our patients, both adults and children, are able to reduce or stop taking allergy meds and the results are long-lasting. In children, there is evidence that allergy drops reduce the future risk of asthma. Best of all, they are very safe and can be done at home. Make an appointment today to find out more!

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