Ashford Clinic Blog
How Are You Sleeping?
It's common knowledge at this point that sleep is vitally important to our overall health, but so many of us deal with sleep issues and disorders night after night. Every year, some 40 million Americans suffer from chronic long-term sleep disorders and an additonal 20 million have occasional sleep issues...
The Link Between Snoring and Sinuses
Snoring is tied to other health problems, from cardiac issues to sleep apnea. But something that rarely gets mentioned about snoring is its connection to sinus issues. Snoring occurs when the free flow of air through the nose and throat is interrupted, and there are several things that can cause this interruption - from large tonsils and the shape of the head and neck to abnormally relaxed muscles and excessive weight.
3 Ways That ENT Issues Affect Overall Health
Because ENT issues are common in so many adults, it is easy to think that issues like allergies and tinnitus only have the power to affect the ears, nose, and throat. However, these seemingly isolated problem areas are not always as narrow as we think they are. While these illnesses may be easiest to distinguish in localized areas, their symptoms have the potential to negatively impact your whole body and overall health. We’ve come up three of the most common results of ENT problems related to overall health to help you discern if your symptoms are contributing to a bigger problem.
Why Am I Always Hoarse?
During cold, winter months, it is common to experience the uncomfortable feeling of a sore throat or a hoarse voice after a long night of sleep, or after overextending your voice in chilly weather. In situations like these, a scratchy throat usually clears up quickly, or can easily be soothed with a warm drink or gargling saltwater. However, for those experiencing chronic hoarseness and throat discomfort, this can be more difficult to relieve, making talking strained and difficult. Chronic hoarseness can also be a sign of a bigger problem that may require medical attention. Before you buy throat drops, or chalk it up to a change in the weather, here are some reasons that may be causing your chronic hoarseness.
Who Needs to Watch for Thyroid Issues?
Thyroid issues are very common, though the causes of many of these conditions remains unknown. It is estimated that over 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition at some point in their lives. While 12 percent may not seem like a particularly large number, it means that roughly 20 million people have some form of thyroid disease. What is more alarming is that 60 percent of individuals who have a thyroid issue are unaware of their condition.
Breathe Easy in 2017
Early in the New Year, many people make resolutions to improve their lives. Whether they are related to personal or professional goals and accomplishments, diet and exercise, or overall quality of life, resolutions are meant to provide something to strive for in the year to come. Those who suffer from constant sinus infections and chronic sinusitis (which is the most common cause of missed work and decreased productivity in the country) may feel that this is the year to finally do something more than just taking a steady stream antibiotics to treat their symptoms. If you want to rid yourself of the constant congestion, sniffling, headaches, and other symptoms associated with chronic sinus infections, that’s a resolution that Ashford Clinic can help you keep this year!