Men and women in the area of Plano, TX who routinely face chronic sinus infections may want to speak to the team at The ENT and Allergy Centers of Texas regarding solutions such as endoscopic sinus surgery.
What is sinusitis?
The sinuses are cavities within the head that can become problematic for some patients. The sinus cavities are often found around the nose and up into the forehead and down near the mouth. When these areas become inflamed from allergies or infection, they can become blocked and painful. Continued inflammation, pressure, and other problems such as pain and fever can develop due to the bacteria that can grow in the blocked areas.
In most cases, patients who have sinusitis, sometimes referred to a “sinus infection,” can speak to their ENT doctor about the use of antibiotics to kill the bacteria and decrease inflammation and blockage. When this occurs, patients feel relief and can get back to their daily routine without interruption.
Unfortunately, some patients deal with sinusitis on a regular basis. Recurring and chronic sinusitis may benefit from endoscopic sinus surgery. This surgical procedure is typically an option for patients who cannot control or resolve their sinus problems. Those who do not respond to traditional methods of treatment may be a patient who can benefit from surgical intervention.
Understanding endoscopic sinus surgery
Also known as FESS, or “functional endoscopic sinus surgery,” this surgical treatment is often a last resort for patients with chronic infections. The treatment is minimally invasive and is used to widen the exits of the sinus cavities to keep them from becoming blocked and allowing them to properly drain. Patients who undergo surgery will see more long-term results than with antibiotic treatment alone.
Interested in treating chronic sinusitis once and for all?
Contact the team at The ENT and Allergy Centers of Texas to discuss the possibility of undergoing endoscopic sinus surgery. We have various locations in and around the communities of McKinney, Allen, Plano, and Celina, TX and can be reached at our main line at (972) 984-1050 to schedule an appointment. With a proper evaluation and a consult with our professionals, patients can educate themselves on the benefit of surgery for the treatment of chronic sinusitis.
We are in summer mode and there’s so much to get done before we can take off on our first vacation. We’re shopping for swimsuits, getting pedicures, and finalizing the plans on exciting summer locales. But, there’s one thing we definitely recommend that you check on before you go off vacationing this summer: sun protection.
Now is a great time to get used to bringing along sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen with you wherever you go, because it takes a while to make a habit. Wear sunglasses when you’re outside in the bright summer sun for more than a few minutes to keep the sensitive skin around your eyes protected from damaging UV rays. Keep reading to understand why you should be incorporating sunglasses into your look this summer.
Sunglasses aren’t just stylish accessories, though they can absolutely make you look cooler. These can also help protect you from getting cancer in the future. Exposure to UV (ultraviolet) rays can cause skin damage, and that’s something we want to prevent, especially when it can mean a cancer diagnosis when you’re older.
Before you decide you need expensive sunglasses to keep your eyes safe, you should know the best feature to look for to keep your eyes and eye area safe from damaging UV rays.
You’ll need to get sunglasses that block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays. The area around your eyes can be impacted by damaging rays. Cancer can develop along the sensitive skin of the eyelid, which can lead to loss of eyelashes, and more serious concerns. Thankfully, most skin cancers can be successfully treated, though we’d rather prevent them than treat them.
Your skin will thank you for taking care of it now, before more damage can occur. Keep in mind that you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to get quality sunglasses and protect yourself. You can find fairly inexpensive sunglasses that have UV protection. If you’re not sure what you need this summer, get in touch with us to learn more. Give us a call at 972.984.1050 to schedule a consultation with us today.
We put so much attention on our eyes or our teeth, but our ears are generally just along for the ride. That is, until they start hurting. If your ears are bothering you, do you know what to do? Often, we can get a buildup of earwax and not realize it until things are uncomfortable. Keep reading to learn about earwax and how it can impact your hearing.
An earwax blockage happens when earwax accumulates in your ear or becomes too hard to wash away in the shower. Of course, earwax is a natural part of your body’s defenses. Earwax helps clean, lubricate and protect the ear canal by trapping dirt. It actually slows the growth of bacteria, too.
Signs and symptoms of earwax blockage may include:
Poor hearing in the affected ear
Ringing or noises in the ear
If earwax blockage becomes painful and distracting, you or your doctor can remove the wax safely. If your eardrum is intact, some easy measures may help you remove excess earwax:
Use an eyedropper to apply a couple drops of baby oil, mineral oil, glycerin or hydrogen peroxide into the affected ear canal. This can soften the wax so it can come out easier.
Use warm water. After a day or so, when the wax is soft, you can use a rubber-bulb syringe to squirt warm water into your ear canal very gently. Tilt your head and pull your outer ear up and back, to straighten your ear canal. Tip your head to the side to let the water drain out when you’re done. Then, dry your ear gently with a towel.
Your ear canal and eardrum can be damaged easily by too much earwax or by you trying to remove it harshly. Don’t try to remove ear wax yourself by putting anything into your ear canal, especially if you have had surgery on your ear, have a hole perforation in your eardrum, or are experiencing ear pain or drainage. Give us a call at 972.984.1050 to schedule a consultation if you’re experiencing pain you feel may be from earwax buildup.
Spring is an amazing time of year. The flowers are starting to bloom, and leaves on trees are growing and bright green. But for those of us who suffer from hayfever, spring can be a difficult time of year to get through. When everyone else is happily exercising outside or working in the yard, you’re trapped inside with itchy eyes and a runny nose.
It doesn’t just stop there. Other symptoms of hay fever can include:
● sneezing and coughing
● temporary loss of smell
● a stuffy nose
● itchy, red and/or watery eyes
● itchy throat, mouth, nose and/or ears
Many people find that hay fever symptoms can be subdued with a combination of allergy medications and lifestyle adjustments. You may need to try a few before finding what works best for your specific allergies.
Medications for hay fever include nasal corticosteroids, which help prevent and treat nasal inflammation, nasal itching and runny nose and antihistamines to help with itching, sneezing, and runny nose. There are other medications you may try, but those are the most commonly suggested ones.
You may want to try adjusting your daily habits: your hay fever may be affected. Some people may actually get fewer hay fever symptoms by tweaking some simple things at home and making some smart changes. Essentially, you can reduce your symptoms by limiting your exposure to your triggers. If you know what you’re allergic to, you can plan ahead and try to avoid those triggers.
Try the following to help cut down on allergic reactions:
● Close doors and windows during pollen season.
● Use an allergy-grade filter in a standalone unit or your home’s air system and change it regularly.
● Avoid exercising or working outdoors in the early morning, when pollen counts are highest.
● Stay indoors on dry, windy days.
● Vacuum carpets weekly with a vacuum cleaner that boasts a small-particle or HEPA filter.
If you have hay fever, we may be able to help test for your specific allergies and help you treat your symptoms. Give us a call today at 972.984.1050 to learn more.
Spring is so close we can almost taste it, and the official first day of spring is actually just a few days away. When you wake up in the morning, do you feel excited and energized for a new day? Or are you thinking of crawling back in bed because you feel fatigued? Maybe you’ve been snoring a lot and your husband or wife is feeling a little more tired too?
You could be thinking that it’s allergies, or maybe you’ve been thinking of sleep apnea treatment. It’s true that this time of year can impact your breathing throughout the night. Pollen can limit your ability to breathe, but chances are you’re also impacted by something else.
Did you know that more than 18 million Americans have sleep apnea? Depending on how severe it is, obstructive sleep apnea can be a life-threatening condition. If you poorly manage your sleep apnea, you are at a higher risk of having a heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, heart failure, or gaining weight. And, if you have tried a CPAP machine, we applaud you. Many people find a CPAP machine helpful, but studies show that about half of all patients that start using CPAP eventually stop using it. Thankfully, there’s something else you can do about your sleep apnea.
What is Inspire?
Inspire is an implanted device that keeps your airway open while you’re asleep. It uses a small generator, a sensing lead, and a stimulation lead to create mild stimulation to the muscles that keep your airway open. It is controlled through a handheld remote, which you can operate yourself. The remote allows you to turn it on and off, control the stimulation strength, and pause the device.
Ideal candidates for Inspire are in generally good health, not significantly overweight and suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. You may benefit from Inspire if you have unsuccessfully tried CPAP machines, suffer from lack of oxygen when you sleep, or are tired and lethargic due to a lack of sleep.
If you’re curious about Inspire, get in touch to schedule a consultation. Call us at (972) 984-1050 to learn more about this new sleep apnea treatment today.
Skin cancer might not be on the top of your list of things to worry about, but just because the sun is in hiding for most of the day, winter is still a good time to think about your skin health. In the winter, dangerous UV rays can cause skin damage that can lead to instances of skin cancer down the road. Wearing sunscreen and other protection can help you prevent dangerous cancer from forming. Keep reading to learn about skin cancer, how to prevent it, and how we can help you treat it, if you do happen to have it.
Though skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States it is rare to find people who actually practice safe skin care. Whether you are worried about Squamous cell carcinoma, Basal cell carcinoma, or Melanoma, it’s important to do everything in your power to prevent skin cancer. After all, it’s better to prevent an issue than to try and treat it!
Spring is Coming
Though you may not feel too concerned about sun damage, it is cumulative. Though you can’t do anything about the exposure to the sun that your skin has gotten in the past years, you can prevent further damage. Now is a great time to test out new sunscreens, and pick one that feels just right before the sun starts really beating down.
Besides sunscreen, there are other things you can try to prevent skin cancer. In other countries and in other circles, people rely on antioxidant-rich foods to help boost their skin’s cancer-fighting abilities. Try incorporating more tomatoes, carrots, or Brazil nuts into your diet to boost the health of your skin, and keep it operating as it should.
If you do find that you have spots on your skin that look abnormal, it’s important to come in right away to have them inspected. We can discuss treatment options further with you during your consultation.
Regardless if you want to test for skin cancer, or you just want to see the best for treatment, we’re here for you. Give us a call at (972) 984-1050 to schedule a consultation with one of our physicians.
Sleep is important to us. It helps us heal and repair our cells overnight, and encourages our brains to recharge for another day. But, if you aren’t sleeping well, you may be suffering needlessly. Sure, there are factors that you can control, like putting the cat away in her room before she wakes you up in the middle of the night, or making sure to go to the bathroom before you fall asleep. But, there may be other factors at play affecting your sleep. If you’ve been suspecting that there’s something else affecting your sleep, make it a resolution to check it out this year. It’s not worth losing any more sleep over.
If you find yourself unable to sleep well due to sleep apnea, you may be interested in learning more about Inspire. Keep reading to learn more about this new treatment.
What is it?
Inspire is an implant that helps keep your airway open while you sleep. It utilizes a small generator, a sensing lead, and a stimulation lead to create mild stimulation to the important muscles involved in keeping your airway open. You can control when it operates through a handheld remote. The remote allows patients to turn the device on and off, control the stimulation strength, and pause the device when needed.
Why would I need Inspire?
Generally, patients may be interested in learning more about Inspire if they have had negative experiences with CPAP machines. Additionally, patients who are likely good candidate for Inspire may have experienced:
●Short & long term health risks including heart disease, heart attack, stroke, depression, and memory loss
●Unable to stay awake during the day or daily activities
●Unsuccessful CPAP treatment
●Lack of oxygen while sleeping
Keep in mind that there is slight risk of side effects. Possible adverse effects may include:
● Nerve trauma or damage
● Damage to blood vessels near implant
● Discomfort from the stimulation
● Tongue movement restrictions
● Tongue weakness
● Problems with swallowing or speaking
If you’re curious about learning more about Inspire, we would love to talk to you. Contact us at (972) 984-1050 to learn more about this new sleep apnea treatment today.
It’s important to take care of our skin and prevent skin cancer at all times. Even in the winter, dangerous UV rays can cause skin damage that can lead to skin cancer later on. Wearing sunscreen and other protection can help you prevent dangerous cancer from forming. Keep reading to learn about skin cancer and how we can help you treat it.
Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the U.S. The three types of skin cancer that are most commonly diagnosed include:
Squamous cell carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma
The non-melanoma skin cancers can be treated in our office with a minor surgery to remove cancerous cells. Targeted drug therapy and immunotherapy may be great options as well. Melanoma skin cancer may require numerous treatments, which can include surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy.
The treatment for skin cancer will vary and depends on the size and type of the tumor. Many of the available options involve removal of the entire growth. They are usually enough to give you a cancer-free result, though we always recommend having check-ups after your tumor has been removed. These removal procedures are usually minor and require only a local anesthetic in an outpatient setting.
Some of the treatment options for skin cancer include:
Laser therapy – This option destroys cancerous growths with a very targeted system. Little damage is done to the surrounding tissue.
Mohs surgery – This treatment requires removal of larger growths one layer at a time until no abnormal cells are remaining.
Chemotherapy – Chemotherapy involves using powerful drugs to kill cancer. This technique can also utilize creams and lotions.
Freezing – This kills dangerous tissue by freezing it with liquid nitrogen. You may be more aware of it as “cryosurgery.”
Excision – This involved cutting the abnormal tissue, as well as some of the surrounding healthy tissue, out of the skin.
If you want to test for skin cancer, or you just want to see the best for your treatment, we want to help. Contact us at (972) 984-1050 to schedule a consultation with us today.
There is nothing like being crippled by allergies. Whether it’s the day of a very important meeting, party, or presentation, allergies may strike. And, unfortunately, we can’t all put our plans on hold to stay at home and hide from the outside world. That sniffling, sneezing, itchy-eyes-feeling may just have to be suffered through. Or does it?
We often tell people that North Texas is perfect–for allergies. We have the perfect combination of allergy-causing conditions: windy, flat terrain with plenty of pollens, weeds, and grasses to get allergies going. Thankfully, we are here to help with the treatable aspects of allergies. Keep reading to learn how we can help you and your loved ones understand the environmental, immune, and physical factors that increase allergic reactions.
Testing For Allergies
Testing for allergies can help you understand more about what you should avoid. Whether you think you’re allergic to a certain food, or just curious about what pollen is really affecting your quality of life, we can help.
A skin test allows us to measure what allergen or allergens cause a reaction for you, and we can follow up with detailed information to help you understand your situation better. Blood testing and understanding your patient history can help, but skin tests allow us to gather much more useful information. At ENT & Allergy Centers of Texas, we offer allergy testing to patients aged 5 and older. Yes, you read that right. If you are stumped why your child is itchy, rashy, or suddenly uncomfortable, we can help.
We test a comprehensive panel of allergens based on the common inhaled allergens. These include trees, molds, grasses, weeds and pet danders. The more you know, the better you will be able to understand and plan for the future.
We can help if you’re interested in learning about:
Environmental avoidance of allergies
Immunotherapy treatment options
Don’t wait for the next allergy attack to surprise you on the day of a big event, like a wedding or a big outing. Schedule your allergy testing and learn more about what aggravates your allergies, and then let us help you with treatment options. Contact us at (972) 984-1050 today!
With autumn comes the excitement of change. School is back in session, and Halloween isn’t far off. Though you might want to focus on getting back into the swing of things, or just preparing for another awesome Halloween party, that post-nasal drip might be getting in the way. Post-nasal drip can be a huge distraction that keeps you from doing what you want to do. Keep reading to learn about what post-nasal drip actually is, what causes it, and what you can do about it.
What is it?
Post-nasal drip is where the extra mucus in your nose drains down the back of your throat. It might sound a little icky, but the fact is that it happens all of the time. It’s only aggravating when the mucus is thicker than normal, or if you have more mucus than normal.
Causes of Post-Nasal Drip
Post-nasal drip can come from so many causes. If you have any of the below, know that post-nasal drip could follow.
Changing weather including dry air and cold temperatures
Fumes from cleaning products, smoke, or chemicals
Some medications may cause post-nasal drip such as birth control
How Do I Treat It?
Treating post-nasal drip can be as simple as sitting in a warm, steamy shower. Alternatively, you could try rinsing your sinuses with a specially designed teapot or holding your head above a steaming bowl of water with a towel above your head to catch the steam.
Post-nasal drip has been linked to allergies and mucus production, so knowing the source of your post-nasal drip can help you attack the source of it. Other options include changing out the filter attached to your air ducts, cleaning any areas of the home that have collected dust, and cutting down on the milk and diary.
Drinking a lot of water and staying hydrated can also help you beat post-nasal drip. When you’re hydrated, your mucus will not be as thick and thus, less aggravating.
Are you looking for more ways to fight post-nasal drip and other allergy-related issues? Call us today at (972) 984-1050 to schedule a consultation.