Houston ENT and Allergy Blog

What is Vertigo? (Signs, Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments)

Mark Nichols, MD
April 03, 2018
August 23, 2019 04:13 PM

  People who suffer from vertigo may experience sensations that the world is rocking, rotating and spinning around them — even when they are standing perfectly still. It’s like experiencing seasickness on dry land.… Read More

What is Hay Fever? (Signs, Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options)

Patricia Leonard, MD
March 28, 2018
March 13, 2019 07:48 AM
allergies, hay fever, sneeze

  Hay fever, technically known as allergic rhinitis, affects between 40 and 60 million Americans, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. While the name “hay fever” is how this condition is typically referred to, it doesn’t necessarily involve hay or fevers. It’s widely believed that the condition got its name because its symptoms would strike during the hay harvesting period, which coincidentally corresponded to the increase in pollen.… Read More

Why Do I Sneeze All the Time? (Causes and Reasons)

Patricia Leonard, MD
March 27, 2018
June 12, 2019 05:49 PM
allergies, sneeze

The sneeze. It’s one of your body’s most powerful methods of defense, but it can leave you feeling more than a little helpless when sneezing seems to take over and you can’t seem to stop. No matter what the cause of your need to sneeze may be, it is an automatic response you can’t stop by force of will. When one is coming on, the only thing you can do it roll with it. But, why do you need to sneeze? If you’re wondering “Why do I sneeze all the time?” or what the causes of frequent sneezing may be, you’ve come to the right place. This article explores what sneezes are, the reasons you sneeze, and what causes them.… Read More

Tympanic Membrane Perforation: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options

Chuck Leider
March 15, 2018
March 21, 2018 07:27 PM
tympanic membrane perforation, perforated eardrum

  Your tympanic membrane (TM) is an important component of your ear and your hearing. You most likely know it better as your eardrum. The tympanic membrane consists of several layers of tissue which are the:… Read More

Most Common Allergens (Allergies) in Houston, Texas

Patricia Leonard, MD
March 09, 2018
June 12, 2019 05:54 PM

  Allergy season is bad each year in Houston. And, according to Houston Chronicle article, Dr. Joshua Septimus, an internist associated with Weill Cornell Medical School and Houston Methodist Hospital,  hasn't seen a year yet that wasn't severe. It's really about to what degree of severity it is.… Read More

What is a Nasal Endoscopy Procedure? (Indications, Side Effect & Uses)

Chuck Leider
February 27, 2018
February 27, 2018 02:15 PM

  If you've been told by your Houston ENT doctor you require a nasal endoscopy, your first thoughts may be, "what is a nasal endoscopy and what is that thing they'll be putting up my nose?" Not to fear, it's not as scary as it sounds.… Read More

Allergies vs Cold or Flu: Differences and Symptoms

Patricia Leonard, MD
February 16, 2018
March 13, 2019 07:52 AM

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when Houston temperatures are fluctuating like crazy and germs, viruses, and pollen simultaneously saturate the air. It can be enough to make your head spin – or at least feel like it is spinning.… Read More

Skin Allergy Tests in Houston: Reasons, Procedures, and Results

Patricia Leonard, MD
February 13, 2018
March 13, 2019 07:53 AM
allergy testing

  A skin allergy test is an important diagnostic tool used to help determine which allergies or sensitivities some people may have. The tests themselves are conducted under the supervision of board-certified allergists who analyze a variety of key details throughout the testing process to ensure an accurate diagnosis and create an effective treatment plan.… Read More

Antigen Therapy Services for Allergies: Uses, Reasons and Indications

Patricia Leonard, MD
February 09, 2018
March 13, 2019 07:50 AM

  If you’re struggling with allergies here in Houston, you likely know how frustrating the symptoms can be when you can’t find relief. Because allergies are an overreaction of your immune system to a certain antigen, they can cause you to have a runny nose, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, nasal congestion, wheezing and more.… 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

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