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What is Otitis Externa (Swimmers Ear)? (Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options)

Kathleen Rose McDonald, MD
April 16, 2018
January 14, 2020 12:52 AM

  Otitis externa was commonly known as “swimmer’s ear” is the irritation or inflammation of the ear canal. There have been millions of reported cases of acute otitis externa in the United States which accorded to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has resulted in more than 2.4 million patient health care visits annually.   And, with the hot summers, here in Texas, its common for children and adults alike to develop the condition after taking a swim to cool off.  Below, you can learn about the signs, causes, treatment and prevention of swimmers ear.… Read More

What is a Septoplasty? (Indications, Reasons, and Procedure)

Kathleen Rose McDonald, MD
December 19, 2017
March 11, 2019 07:48 PM

A common problem that causes many patients to go to the doctors is a nasal obstruction. A frequent cause of nasal obstruction is a deviated nasal septum. Septoplasty is a surgical procedure that fixes septal deviation and improves the patient's quality of life. In the U.S., it's the third leading neck and head procedure.… Read More

What is a Deviated Nasal Septum? (Signs, Symptoms, and Causes)

Kathleen Rose McDonald, MD
December 18, 2017
April 29, 2019 07:34 PM
deviated septum

  Around 2.2 million Americans have a deviated nasal septum. That's one in 124 people. Actually, it’s fairly common to have an uneven septum. As much as 80 percent of all nasal septums have some degree of deviation, according to estimates by the American Academy of Otolaryngology. You most likely won't need medical attention with a deviated septum unless it’s causing you health complications or impacts your quality of life negatively.… Read More


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