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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.
Clear Your Head this Fall... Rinse Out Your Nasal Passages!
This time of year, it seems like everyone is dealing with some form of sinus infection, cold, or seasonal allergies. So, what better time than now to repost Dr. Alex Ashford's demonstration of a saltwater Nasal Irrigation technique for keeping your sinuses clear.
Exercising with Allergies
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, the prospect of exercising outdoors can present some interesting challenges. For some, getting out in the "fresh air" actually creates more problems than it solves in terms of allergy symptoms. Luckilly, there are some things you can do to lessen or even avoid triggering allergy symptoms while getting active in the great outdoors.
Can Adults get Ear Infections?
Ear infections are commonly thought of as something that only happens to small children, but it's a lot more common in adults than you might think. While most cases of ear infections do occur in children, it is still possible to develop ear infections as an adult - and when they do occur in adults, they are more serious and require medical attention. Here's what you need to know about ear infections.
Top 3 Reasons to Get Allergy Tested This Fall
Nationally, we spend more than $18 billion on allergy treatments and millions of people suffer from seasonal allergies every year. If you deal with allergy symptoms, it's a good idea to have allergy testing done.
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...
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.
How to Deal With Fall Allergies
It's hard to believe, but Fall is almost officially here. With school schedules being what they are and the resurgence of pumpkin spice-flavored everything, many of us have mentally made the "seasonal switch" already. If you suffer from seasonal allergies during the cooler months, it's good to go ahead and start talking about Fall Allergies and how to prevent them.
We Believe In Custom Treatment Plans
You've probably expereinced this at least once in your life:
You go to the doctor... tell them your symptoms... get put on the same antibiotic or other medication that they give to every single patient that walks in the door... they take your copay, and you go on your way.
We're not telling you that's the wrong way to do things, but we're going to tell you why we believe in custom treatment plans.
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.
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.
Back to School ENT Issues
It's hard to believe, but school is starting back very soon for most of us here in Georgia. With the new school year comes fun, new challenges for keeping everyone in your family healthy. Many of the health issues you and your children may encounter are related to ENT health. Let's take a closer look at some of the most common ear, nose, and throat illnesses associated with this time of year.
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.
Summer Allergy Season? It's real!
Here in Georgia, we're deep into the sticky heat of summer. So, why are you still experiencing some of the symptoms associated with spring and fall allergy seasons? Believe it or not, there are seasonal allergies associated with the summertime as well. Let's take a quick look at what causes environmental and seasonal summer allergy symptoms.
Exercising with a Sinus Infection
Waking up with the tell-tale signs of sinusitis, congestion and drainage, is never fun. The severity of your symptoms can range from being a mild inconvenience to keeping you in bed all day, and everything in-between. This can be particularly frustrating if you maintain a regular exercise regimen. Should you exercise with a sinus infection? Will exercise help or hurt your condition?
Better Breathing can Reduce Stress
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 as response to stress.
Sinusitis, ENT's, and You
Many annoying respiratory conditions will go away without medical intervention. The old adage, treat a cold and it will last seven to 10 days; don’t treat a cold and it will last a week to a week and a half is true. But there are respiratory conditions where it makes to sense to seek treatment as soon as possible.
How to Stop Snoring
You're probably aware of the statistics on snoring, and the fact that's it's not good for your overall health and well-being. Knowing that information might motivate you do to something about your snoring or the snoring of a loved one, but knowing what to do to stop snoring isn't a clear cut answer.
Can an ENT Treat Headaches?
Headaches are one of life’s most common problems and there are countless ways to treat a common headache. However, what most people don’t know is that headaches are likely caused by ear, nose and throat (ENT) problems. They are among the most common causes of a headache and there are several conditions that could cause a headache as a symptom.
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.
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.
Breathe through your nose – fall asleep faster
Are you one of the millions of people who can’t seem to fall asleep, or stay asleep? In our smart-phone age, it’s getting more difficult to wind down our overactive waking selves and get a healthy period of sleep. Here’s a simple technique for falling asleep that works for thousands.
Sleep, snacking, and optimal breathing habits
It’s a common, and unhealthy combination: you’re bone tired, you can’t sleep because you can’t breathe right, and you crave sweet, or salty, or fatty foods – or all of them! All too often we find ourselves in an unhealthy cycle of poor sleep, obstructed breathing and cravings for the least nutritious foods: sweet, salty, or fatty.
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.
The congested breather’s guide to Septum, Turbinates and Nasal Valve
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.
Why Can’t I Breathe When I Exercise?
I’m healthy, but I can’t inhale enough through my nose when I exercise. What’s up? Take a tour through the online forums on fitness and exercise, and you’re likely to see questions and complaints from many people who wonder why it feels like they can’t get enough air through their noses during exercise. Runners, bicyclists, body builders, soccer players and aerobics enthusiasts – it’s a problem that lots of athletes have.
Snoring and its Treatment (or How Can I Sleep without Sounding Like a Freight Train!?!)
You snore. No, you really snore – like the-neighbor-down-the-block-complains snoring; like your-family-moved-to-the-next-county-to–get-a-good-night’s-sleep snoring. Even your dog won’t sleep in the same room with you. They are all mad because you wake up refreshed, when they lose sleep because YOU SOUND LIKE A TRUCK! What is a person to do?
Blood sugar levels and better breathing habits
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.
Sleep Disruption and Alzheimer’s
These days, an awful lot of us are getting pretty awful sleep. According to a survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, 35 percent of Americans rate the quality of their sleep as “poor” or “only fair.” A significant twenty percent of Americans say that they don’t wake up feeling refreshed.
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.
Airflow and Performance: How Athletes Naturally Boost Performance
Better breathing can make a big difference in athletic performance. From amateur runners to Olympic swimmers and Tour de France-winning bicyclists, many athletes consider breathing technique to be a vital performance skill. Here’s a look at some ideas for improving performance through better breathing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Mouth Breathing vs Nose Breathing
There are many healthy reasons to breathe through your nose, and some serious consequences to mouth-breathing. "Mouth-breather!” is a term people might fling as an insult or say as a joke, but breathing through the mouth has some very real, and very serious health consequences.
Quality of Sleep = Quality of Life
Do we overlook the connection between good sleep and quality of life? The quality of our sleep is a much more important factor in the quality of our waking lives than most people may realize. When we don’t get the sleep we need, we are less productive, less healthy, harder to get along with, and more prone to accidents.
Better Breathing = Better Sleeping
Do you have trouble breathing when you’re trying to sleep? Do you snore or sometimes wake up choking? Did you know that breathing through your nose can help you sleep better? Are you one of the millions of people who can’t seem to fall asleep, or stay asleep? The problem could be breathing problems.
3 Reasons Sleep Matters
Sleep matters. Whether we like it or not, we all need sleep. However, sleep is vitally important to our health. Approximately 40 million people in the US suffer from chronic long-term sleep disorders, with an additional 20 million people having occasional sleep problems. Here are 3 resons that sleep matters for you and your health.
Do I Have a Cold or Allergies?
Now that the seasons are finally thinking about changing - although, here in Georgia we may have highs in the 70's through Christmas - we're already seeing several instances of everyone's favorite game of self-diagnosis: Is It a Cold or Allergies? The symptoms can be very similar, but the root causes are very different. Knowing the difference in the two can help you to get the right treatment and feel better sooner.
3 Reasons to Get Allergy Tested NOW
Did you know that fifty million Americans suffer from allergies every year, according to the CDC? Additionally, as a country, we spend more than $18 billion on allergy treatments. If you've been thinking about getting tested for allergies, here's why now is a great time to check this off of your "to do" list.
What causes Summer Sinus Infections?
Most people love summertime because of the warmer weather, getting outside, and a reprieve from germs and viruses that can run rampant during cooler months. But occasionally we see patients suffering from sinus infections during the summer. They all have one question: why?
3 Ways to Beat Fall Allergies
Autumn doesn't officially start until September 22, which is coming up faster than you think. Schools are starting back so eary that it's hard not to go ahead and make the "seasonal switch" in our minds. With that said, it's certainly not too early to start talking about Fall Allergies and how to prevent them.
Back to School Health Tips
Can you believe it's already time for most kids to head back to school? With this exciting (for the parents, at least) transition comes a whole host of new changes not only in terms of scheduling and environment, but also the germs and illnesses that children are exposed to. With that said, there are some things you can do preventatively to help keep your family healthy this school year.
Ears and Altitude
f you have ever travelled by air, it is likely that you have experienced ear problems, particularly during takeoff and landing. Many people suffer from “popping” or “blocked” ears, commonly referred to as Airplane Ear, during air travel. In fact, ear problems have become the most common medical complaint among people using air travel. While these incidents are usually nothing more than minor annoyances, they have the potential to result in temporary pain and hearing loss.
3 Tips for Healthy Ears this Summer
Summer is great for getting out and having fun, the weather and more relaxed schedule make it the perfect time for swimming, exploring the outdoors, going to concerts and other special events, and much more. Here are some tips for keeping your ears healthy this summer.
When Should I See an ENT?
There can be some confusion about Otolaryngology, the field of medical specialty that addresses conditions and disorders of the ear, nose, and throat and other areas of the head and neck, as well as Otolaryngologists, or ENT doctors. Otolaryngology is not a recent modern medical “fad”. In fact, this exciting field is the oldest medical specialty in the United States. But what does that mean for you? When should you see an ENT?
Can Balloon Sinuplasty Help My Snoring?
Yes, it can! We talk a lot about how Balloon Sinuplasty can help people who suffer from recurring acute sinus infections and chronic sinusitis, but this minimally invasive procedure can also make a huge difference for those who deal with snoring and sleep apnea.
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...