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Is It Allergies or Sinusitis? Aug 3rd, 2022

Are you prone to allergies? How do you know if you’re suffering from allergies versus sinusitis? Both conditions have the same major symptoms: swollen sinuses and uncomfortable nasal congestion making it difficult to breathe, especially at night. You roll over on one side to try to sleep and one side...

When Does a Sore Throat Warrant a Trip to the Doctor? Jul 13th, 2022

Sore throats are responsible for more than 13 million visits to the doctor’s office each year. There are numerous reasons you can have a sore throat, but when should you seek the help of a medical professional?  Ear, nose, and throat physician Nilesh Patel, MD, is trained to distinguish a...

What are allergies? Apr 24th, 2018

Allergies are extremely common in the general population, with approximately 50 million Americans being affected.  This number appears to be growing as over 17 million new Americans were diagnosed with hay fever in the past year. Allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, is a term used to describe allergy...

Throat Pain Feb 22nd, 2018

Throat pain is one of the most common reasons for visits to the doctor.  Throat pain may start suddenly and be very painful or start gradually and persist for several months.  ENT providers are specialists who can help identify the cause of your throat pain. Signs and Symptoms  There are...

Hearing Loss Feb 8th, 2018

 There are many different scenarios that can lead to hearing loss, such as exposure to loud noise, wax buildup in the ear canal, ear infection, fluid behind the eardrum, and age related hearing loss. Less common reasons for hearing loss include exposure to certain medications, sudden sensorineural hearing loss, and...

To neti pot or not? Jan 30th, 2018

Nasal irrigation with saline  or saline rinses, are a natural remedy that can be used to help with a variety of symptoms such as nasal congestion, post-nasal drip, facial pain/pressure and runny nose (rhinitis).  There are a variety of methods for nasal irrigation.  One of the most popular and effective...

What is earwax? Jan 16th, 2018

 Earwax, also known as cerumen, is a naturally produced substance in the outer ear canal.  It helps with lubrication of the canal and can protect the ear from infection. There are many different appearances of earwax.  Earwax can be dry and flaky or can be wet and yellow to dark...

Tired of sinus infections? Jan 8th, 2018

 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 29 million Americans are diagnosed with sinus infections each year.  Patients can experience bothersome facial pain/pressure, nasal congestion, headaches and runny nose, among other symptoms.  These symptoms are usually due to blockage of the sinus openings, resulting in infection.  We...