Houston ENT and Allergy Blog

Face Masks and Virtual Communication Affect Your Voice: Problems and Solutions

Michael P Underbrink, MD
April 26, 2021
April 26, 2021 08:58 PM

  The current global pandemic has resulted in many changes, including many people communicating virtually throughout the day, and many others having to communicate while wearing face coverings. … Read More

Anosmia (Loss of Sense of Smell) and COVID-19

John D Edwards, MD
January 29, 2021
February 10, 2021 08:50 PM
loss of sense of smell, covid19

Loss of smell, or anosmia, is one of COVID-19's known symptoms. But, if you're experiencing anosmia, you don't need to panic. There are a lot of possible causes for anosmia and most are temporary. Below you'll find an overview of how you smell, what anosmia is and its causes, how to diagnose and treat it, and how it relates to COVID-19.… Read More

Ear Tube Surgery (Tympanostomy) Procedure: Reasons and Benefits

Tara Morrison, MD
January 28, 2021
February 9, 2021 11:00 PM
tymponastomy, ear tube surgery

  If your child experiences frequent ear infections, a chronic build-up of fluid in the middle ear, or experiences speech or hearing issues related to infections and fluid in their ears, they might require ear tubes. Or if you're having difficulty hearing due to fluid buildup in your middle ear or intense air pressure changes that have caused you to experience barotrauma, your doctor may recommend ear tubes. The surgeons at Houston ENT provide this service and will be happy to set up a consultation with you.… Read More

Environmental Allergies: Symptoms, Causes, Testing, and Treatment 

Hassan A Ahmad, MD
November 23, 2020
December 30, 2021 12:32 AM
allergy clinic, allergies, environmental allergies

  Environmental allergies involve an overreaction of your immune system to things existing in your everyday work, home, and outdoor surroundings. Here you'll learn more about what they are, what causes them, and your different treatment options.… Read More

Sinus Headache: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

Sanjeev J. Shah, MD
November 04, 2020
November 4, 2020 03:22 PM
sinus headache

  Around 70% to 80% of the population in the United States experience headaches, with 50% experiencing a minimum of one headache each month, 15% a minimum of one a week and 5% every day. The occurrence of headaches increases dramatically when you're in your 20s. After that it levels off until you reach between the age of 40 through 50 years old, after which it reduces.… Read More

Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Disease (LPRD): Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment 

Michael P Underbrink, MD
September 22, 2020
September 22, 2020 01:00 PM

  If you've ever had too much beer and pizza, you're probably familiar with the uncomfortable feeling of acid reflux. The hallmarks of reflux are chest pain, nausea, and heartburn. However, there's another condition you should familiarize yourself with — laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (LPRD).… Read More

What are Vocal Cord Nodules? (Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment)

Michael P Underbrink, MD
May 22, 2020
May 22, 2020 04:54 PM
Vocal Cord Nodules

Vocal cord disorders can not only impact your vocal cords, but your voice and ability to talk, too. Vocal cord nodules affect both boys and girls of any age and commonly cause voice problems in both adults and children. What are Nodules of the Vocal Cords? Vocal cord nodules are defined as growths that grow on your vocal cords. But, are vocal cord nodules dangerous? They're benign (non-cancerous) bumps, and can be likened to calluses you get on your hands. Your next question may be, "can vocal cord nodules become cancerous?" Typically, benign nodules go away if you practice voice therapy or rest your voice. It's rare that you would need vocal cord nodules surgery.  Vocal nodules are also called "vocal fold" nodules by doctors and "Singer's nodules" since individuals can inadvertently "abuse" their vocal cords when they use their voice regularly and cause these growth formations along with other related voice problems.… Read More

Telemedine, Houston ENT and Allergy, and Luma Health

Chuck Leider
May 19, 2020
May 19, 2020 03:00 PM

Houston ENT and Allergy are committed to ensuring the well-being and safety of our employees, clinicians, and patients always, but particularly because of the recent concern and outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. As such, we have added the safety and convenience of telemedicine to our practice. … Read More

What is Spasmodic Dysphonia? (Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment)

Michael P Underbrink, MD
May 02, 2020
May 3, 2020 12:36 AM
spasmodic dysphonia

    Spasmodic dysphonia (SD) is defined as a voice disorder. It leads to involuntary spasms in your larynx or voice box muscles. It causes your voice to break and have a strained, tight or strangled sound. Spasmodic dysphonia can lead to issues that range from having difficulty saying one or two words to not having the ability to talk at all. It's a life-long condition, often affecting women (usually between 30 and 50 years old) more than men. … Read More

What is Vocal Abuse/Misuse? (Signs, Causes, and Treatment)

Michael P Underbrink, MD
February 10, 2020
February 10, 2020 03:30 PM
vocal misuse, vocal abuse

  Many individuals require their voices for work. Among those who need their voices for work, most commonly it's singers, public speakers, teachers, sales people, customer service representatives, and lawyers. Around 17.9 million individuals in the United States say they experience issues with their voice. Voice abuse/misuse can be avoided by properly caring for your voice. What Is Vocal Abuse/Misuse? Voice abuse/misuse is where you use your voice in specific ways that can contribute to or cause the development of laryngeal pathologies. This means that you sprain or strain your voice resulting in injury to one or more of your vocal cords. Some include vocal abuse behaviors and using inappropriate vocal components like:… Read More

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