14 Oct

Soothing Itchy Ears and Throats

As with most upper respiratory issues, itching in the ears and throat is primarily caused by irritation. That irritation can lead to interrelated sinus issues like congestion and postnasal drip.  Causes of the irritation can range from environmental to mild illnesses. Let's take a look at what causes these issues and how to soothe them.

07 Oct

Is Mold Causing my Allergy Symptoms?

Some allergens are obvious, Spring Pollen and Fall Ragweed are easy to see and are certainly responsible for the allergy symptoms of millions of people. Other allergy triggers are just as common, but far less visible. Substances like mold and dust are huge contributors to allergy symptoms that lurk in different places than their plant-based counterparts. Mold, especially, is tricky to spot and just as likely to cause your symptoms - especially in the Fall and Winter months. You just have to know where to look.

23 Sep

How To Tame Your Fall Allergies

It's official, Fall has arrived. Here in Georgia, that means enjoying the seasonal sights and flavors in shorts and T-shirts while we have mostly highs in the 80's until December. The change in temperature may occur slowly, but the Fall Allergy Triggers don't exactly work on the same schedule. Yes, Fall Allergies are very real and affect millions of Americans every year. For many of us, Fall Allergy Season started weeks ago with the first appearances of ragweed. With that in mind, here are our recommendations for how to deal with your allergies this Fall...

16 Sep

Is That My Nose Whistling?

Some of us are more musically inclined than others but rarely does musical talent apply to our noses. Everyone experiences some "nose whistling" at some point or another, but persistent musicality from your nose may be due to an underlying issue. Nose whistling usually clears up on its own and is normally not a serious condition, but if your nose just won't stay quiet, you might need to see a doctor. So, why do our noses whistle and how do we get rid of it? Let's find out...

02 Sep

Barometric Pressure and Your Sinuses

Many of us have a friend or relative who could tell a thunderstorm was coming because their knees hurt. It turns out that there may be something to that. Have you ever noticed that changes in the weather can mean changes in your sinuses (headaches, pressure, etc.)? It's not your imagination! Recent studies have shown that there can be links between changes in barometric pressure and some changes in our bodies. While much remains unknown about Low and High Barometric Pressure Symptoms, here is what we know so far...

19 Aug

I'm Over My Sinus Infection, so Why am I Still Coughing?

So, you’re finally over that troublesome sinus infection that’s lingered for weeks. Maybe you treated your symptoms at home, maybe you went to your doctor and had a round of antibiotics. Either way, you’re feeling much better and everything's back to normal...except for that cough that just won’t go away. Why is that? Is this normal? When will it go away for good?

12 Aug

Can Allergies Make You Tired?

We all know someone who blames every little symptom they experience on their allergies, but it turns out they may be on to something in many cases. The symptoms of seasonal and environmental allergies are fairly common knowledge these days - congestion, sneezing, sinus headaches, nasal swelling, etc. - but a lesser-known symptom is fatigue. If you suffer from seasonal or chronic allergies, they could be making you feel tired. How and why does this happen?

05 Aug

Heat, Humidity, and Sinus Infections

It's August in Georgia, which means it's almost guaranteed to be hot and humid most of the time. While that's sure to make being outside uncomfortable for everyone, that's especially true for those of us who deal with sinusitis and other sinus issues. It turns out that the extreme summer heat can have an adverse effect on your sinuses, making you more susceptible to sinus infections or your lingering sinus infections worse.

22 Jul

Breathe Better, Stress Less

Stress has a unique effect on the body. When you are stressed, your symptoms can be exaggerated, which can trip a spiral of consequences that feed on each other: erratic sleep, chronic fatigue, nutritional problems and weight gain, cardiac disease, and hypertension can all happen or worsen in response to stress. We've also explored how stress can also make your allergy symptoms worse. So, what can be done to help manage your stress? There are tons of books, podcasts, and other resources on this subject, but there are also some simple solutions you can try right now to get you started.

15 Jul

What's Causing My Sinus Headaches?

Sinus headaches are awful. Those who have them regularly know that they can ruin your day and bring your productivity to a grinding halt. Often mistaken for migraines, sinus headaches are more often associated with sinus infections, facial pain, discolored mucus, and even fever. So, what causes them, and what can be done to treat them? Let's find out.

08 Jul

Stress and Your Allergies

Stress is something we all experience, but it's become an increasing issue for millions of people. There seems to be an ongoing list of things to be stressed about, from everyday work and life to current events, and there are hundreds of books, podcasts, products, and other resources dedicated to helping people handle their stress. It's an increasingly common issue that can impact your overall health in numerous ways, and your allergy symptoms are certainly part of that list. Let's explore how stress impacts allergy symptoms and what can be done about it.

24 Jun

Pets and Allergies

They're adorable, we love them, they're part of the family. It's true that our pets add so much to our quality of life, but as with anything else, there are also plenty of downsides that come with pet ownership. One particular area of confusion when it comes to pet ownership complications is how they contribute to our allergy symptoms. It's true that pets can be a source of irritation when it comes to your allergies, but not in the way that most people think.

17 Jun

Sinus Issues: 3 Sneaky Suspects

When your nose gets stuffy and you feel that familiar sinus pressure in your head, the first causes we typically look to are the familiar culprits: pollen, dust, and mold. While these "big three" are very often the offenders in causing your sinusitis, there are certainly other everyday substances that can cause or contribute to your sinus symptoms. Let's take a quick look at some of these everyday culprits and how to avoid them.

04 Jun

Summer Sinus Infection Survival Guide

Unlike allergies, Sinus Infections aren't typically associated with a specific time of year. With that said, there are plenty of things that can cause a sinus infection to occur in the summer months, including lingering allergy symptoms and viral infections (aka the "summer cold"). Here's a quick guide to what causes sinus infections, what the symptoms are, and how they are treated.

27 May

How can I Exercise with Seasonal Allergies?

If you struggle with seasonal allergies, it can be difficult to maintain an active lifestyle outdoors when being outdoors seems to trigger your symptoms. After all, getting outside and being active is supposed to help you feel better, not worse. Fret not, there are some things you can do to make the great outdoors less aggravating while allergy triggers lurk at every turn. Let's take a look at some specific steps you can take to keep your allergy symptoms in check while you exercise.

20 May

Why Do My Throat and Ears Hurt?

Experiencing shart pains in the throat and/or ears can be incredibly unpleasant, and very concerning if it persists. While the most common cause of a sore throat is the common cold, there can be other underlying causes. In most cases, a sore throat will subside in a few days. If it doesn't, it's probably time to consult your doctor or even see your ENT.

13 May

Can I Experience Allergy Symptoms in Summer?

The short answer is yes, you can experience allergy symptoms in the summer. Between springtime pollen and other allergens lingering into the summer season and the grass-based pollens that pop up during the hot season, there are a number of substances capable of triggering your allergy seasons deep into summer. Here's a quick rundown of what can cause your allergies to flare up in the summertime.

30 Apr

How to enjoy the outdoors during spring when you suffer from seasonal allergies

Georgia residents who deal with allergies from spring pollen often choose to stay inside during one of the most pleasant seasons because they don't want to suffer the consequences of exposure to tree pollen, grass pollen, and other forms of pollen. 
At Ashford Clinic, we understand the desire to get outside without having to worry about getting a runny nose, scratchy throat, or even a sinus infection as a result of enjoying the outdoors. We want to share a few tips with you that can help you enjoy the outdoors this spring without suffering from your seasonal allergies.
20 Apr

Updated Covid-19 Statement - April 20, 2020

Beginning Monday, April 20, Ashford Clinic will start seeing patients in need of ENT services during our normal office hours, Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm. Only one patient will be allowed in the building at a time to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. We kindly ask that patients who are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) or have been near someone with Covid-19 to refrain from coming into our offices. For questions or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 706-248-6860.

15 Apr

What's Making You Sneeze This Spring?

Just when you thought it was safe to step outside, the Spring Allergy Season comes raging back. Whether you have the slightest bit of a runny nose after a long walk or can't go to the mailbox without feeling like you have a full-blown sinus infection, you're one the millions of Americans who suffer from Spring Allergies every year. But what's causing these symptoms, and where does that yellow haze come from? Let's take a look at the common culprits of your spring allergy symptoms.

03 Apr

Is it "Just Allergies?" Know the Difference.

"It's just my allergies." That's what many people tell themselves, and others, any time they experience a sore throat or runny nose. With Spring in full bloom and pollen covering everything, it's entirely possible that what many of us are experiencing are allergy symptoms. With that said, it's important now more than ever to know the difference between allergy symptoms and those of a cold or other respiratory issues. The symptoms can be very similar, but the root causes are very different. Knowing the difference between the two can help you to get the right treatment and feel better sooner.

25 Mar

The Connection Between Breathing and Blood Sugar

Breathing is obviously a very important function of the human body, and it affects almost every area of your health. One fascinating connection is how breathing is connected to blood sugar and oxygen levels in the blood. A recent study explains how a lack of oxygen in fat cells can lead to obesity-induced insulin resistance and diabetes. Learn how your breathing habits can help maintain healthy oxygen intake, and make it a little easier to avoid the descending cycle that can lead to obesity and diabetes.

11 Mar

Hand Washing 101

Everyone wants to stay healthy, especially at times when there is a lot of illness going around. So, how can you protect yourself when it seems like everyone around you is getting sick? While there is no way to fully guarantee you will avoid any and all sickness, one of the most effective ways to prevent illness for you and your family is actually very simple - wash your hands.

22 Jan

10 Tips for Staying Healthy in Winter

It can be disheartening to start January with so much motivation and enthusiasm only to be hit with a nasty cold that takes weeks to fully get over. While there is no way to guarantee that you completely avoid illness during the winter months, there are some practical things you can do to help you stay healthy this time of year.

02 Jan

The How's and Why's of Nasal Congestion

Now that the holidays have come and gone and life starts to drift back to normal, many of us start to wonder the same thing - "where did this nasal congestion come from?" This kind of congestion in incredibly common this time of year, and it can be an annoying and disruptive hinderance in our lives. Here's what causes nasal congestion and how it's treated...

11 Dec

Allergies and Nosebleeds

If you regularly struggle with allergy symptoms, you may notice that your nose bleeds. This may occur only occasionally, or it might be a frequent issue. The good news is that this is common among people who deal with allergies and while they are certainly a nuisance, they are rarely life-threatening. Let's dive a little deeper into what casues them.

30 Oct

4 Mind (or Nose) Blowing Sneezing Facts

Everyone sneezes. Some people sneeze more loudly or forcefully than others, but it's something that everybody does. In a way, it's one of the few things that we all have in common. While sneezing is common to everyone on Earth, there are some really interesting things about sneezes and sneezing that most people don't realize.

25 Sep

How Can Balloon Sinuplasty Help Me?

At Ashford Clinic, our goal is to provide the best care possible for our patients through the most comprehensive treatment available. One such treatment option is Balloon Sinuplasty, an in-office procedure that we've seen incredible success with for patients suffering from a broad spectrum of ENT issues, from chronic sinusitis to snoring and sleep issues. Here's a bit more information on this highly-effective procedure...

18 Sep

The Truth about Daytime Drowsiness

Feeling sleepy during the day is incredibly common, and can have a long list of causes, like long nights with kids, staying up too late to catch the end of a game, or an all-nighter for work or school, and much more. If nodding off during the day is becoming an every day struggle, problems can occur and the consequences are far more dangerous than decreased productivity at work. Causes for regular daytime drowsiness can include snoring, sleep apnea, and other sleep disorders, which can result in medical illnesses including hypertension, heart attack, abnormal heart rhythm, diabetes, weight gain, and more.

28 Aug

It's just Allergies... or is it?

What's causing your stuffy nose? It's not uncommon for most people to say "It's just allergies" without understanding what that actually means. There is a lot of confusion about the difference between allergies and sinusitis (sinus infections), and while there is some overlap in symptoms, these are two different conditions and treatment can be very different for each.

21 Aug

Snoring & Sinuses, What's The Connection?

Have you been told that you frequently snore? Do you also regularly struggle with sinus infections? There is more of a connection between these two things than you might think. It is fairly common knowledge at this point that snoring can increase the risk of serious health conditions, like heart disease and stroke, so it should come as no surprise that snoring can also be caused by sinus issues.

24 Jul

Let's Talk About Sleep Apnea

Quality of sleep and your overall health are more deeply connected than many people realize, sleep disorders can have long-term effects that cause or contribute to serious health issues. Sleep Apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders - an estimated 22 million Americans suffer from Sleep Apnea and roughly 80% of moderate and severe cases go undiagnosed - so it's important to know what to look out for when it comes to Sleep Apnea and other sleep issues.

15 May

How Are You Sleeping?

Other than a lumpy and uncomfortable mattress, pregnancy or feeling generally achy in the muscles, sleep should be easy to come by. You should be able to set up a comfortable sleep space that makes you feel warm, toasty and ready to sink into a deep sleep cycle that sees you through until the morning. You should be waking up rested and ready to take on the day, with your body feeling relaxed and muscles comfortable.

08 May

What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that  gently opens sinus passages restoring air flow and providing immediate relief for pressure from the sinus passages. It is a short, in-office procedure (typically one hour) to dilate the inflamed passages and flush the infected sinus cavities. 

Most patients report that nasal breathing improves during the procedure and sinus and head pressure are immediately lessened. Because this is a minimally invasive procedure under light sedation, recovery is much shorter and less painful than traditional sinus surgeries. 

10 Apr

How to Thrive in Pollen Season

It's hard not to notice that we're deep into pollen season, with the fine layer of yellow covering everything left outdoors and the coughing, sneezing, and runny noses of those suffering from Seasonal Allergies. An estimated 36 million Americans deal with some form of Seasonal Allergies, and with hundreds of medications, home remedies, and other products available on the market all claiming to help rid you of your allergy symptoms, it's hard to know where to start or what would even work for you.

23 Jan

Why Is My Nose Stuffy?

What parts of your nose get stuffed up, why, and what to do. It’s more than just annoying and inconvenient when you can’t breathe properly through your nose. Medical experts, athletic trainers and yogis all agree that nose breathing is beneficial. When your nose is congested, because of cold or seasonal allergy or a malformation of the nasal passage, it’s more difficult to exercise, to sleep, and to concentrate on work or school.

02 Jan

Are my breathing habits hurting my health?

Look around at your fellow humans and you’re likely to observe that an impressive percentage of the population breathes incorrectly. Some of the most common features of inadequate breathing are taking shallow breaths; making audible sound while breathing, even at rest; and drawing breath with the muscles of the upper chest instead of using the diaphragm. Worst of all, and maybe the most common, is the habit of mouth breathing.

26 Dec

Breathing right can boost your immune system

Did you know there are ways to improve your health and bolster your immune system through proper, mindful breathing? The action of the immune system in defending the body from disease is a recent discovery. While ancient practitioners in Greece noticed the actions of immunity from disease, even earlier, yogis evolved ways to influence health and immunity through proper, mindful breathing.

12 Dec

What Causes Nasal Congestion?

Whether it is temporary or persistent, a stuffy nose is always a drag. What are the causes of nasal congestion? Read on to find out. You would think that breathing through your nose would be easy. But this is not always the case. And for those congested among us, not many problems are as annoying and disruptive as nasal blockage.

05 Dec

How to Get Rid of a Stuffy Nose

Nasal congestion is miserable, no doubt. If you are suffering you might want to try one or more of these tips to find relief. No matter the cause of your stuffy nose – allergies, viral colds, environmental irritants – it would be nice to open up the blocked passages and turn off the mucous faucet. Here are some potential remedies ranging from simple to surgical that can help.

29 Nov

What is the NOSE score?

It may sound like a joke but there really is a N.O.S.E. assessment for nasal congestion. Taking it may help you find a better way to breathe. The N.O.S.E. score is not some sort of gag. It is a serious medical tool that helps quantify the severity of a person’s nasal congestion. The questionnaire has been used for 15 years in nasal congestion research, its causes, and its treatments. These sorts of assessments are commonly used in medicine for other problems, so why not for your nose?