FAQs

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Q: If I have sinus surgery once will I have to have it again?

A: If you have sinus disease that is due to anatomical problems such as a deviated nasal septum then sinus surgery will only be necessary to correct the anatomical problem. Once it is corrected a second sinus surgery is usually not necessary.

Q: Do allergy shots work?

A: Yes. The shots are called desensitization shots. Very small amounts of the thing that causes allergy (cat dander, tree pollen, grass pollen, ragweed etc…) are introduced by injection in slowly increasing increments. Over a period of time the body’s immune system will not respond to the agent (allergen) and the patient’s allergy symptoms will decrease significantly or resolve completely.

Q: What is sleep apnea?

A: Snoring is noise that someone makes while sleeping. It is due to narrowing of the tissue in the nose and throat. Sleep apnea is a physiological change that occurs because of the obstruction. Unlike snoring there is a change in blood pressure, heart rate and a decrease in oxygen while the person is sleeping. In addition, there are usually many episodes of breath holding, gasping and choking.

Q: Can children have sleep apnea?

A: Yes. Sleep apnea can take the form of daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating in school, hyperactivity. It can even be confused with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).

Q: If I have sleep apnea will I need surgery?

A: surgery is usually a last option. Weight loss is the first option. Most people snore because they carry extra weight. Allergy is also a common cause of snoring. Nasal congestion causes mouth breathing at night and that leads to snoring. A severely deviated nasal septum and/or elongated tissue in the throat are absolute indications for surgery.

Q: Why do I have clicking, popping and pressure in my ears?

A: These symptoms are due to eustachian tube dysfunction. The eustachian tube is a connecting bridge between the nose and the ear. It is a pressure equalizing tube. When it is clogged with mucous it becomes clogged and collapses. When it closes the sensation of pressure, decreased hearing, pain or dizziness can occur. As it opens with swallowing or yawning the tube clicking or popping can occur. Eustachian tube dysfunction is common in those who suffer from allergy and have postnasal drip and during sinus and nasal infections.

Q: What is gastroesophageal reflux?

A: Gastroesophageal reflux is caused by stomach acid that rises into the throat. It is a sign of incomplete digestion. There are certain foods that promote GE reflux they include tomatoes, spicy foods, dairy products, onions, smoking and alcohol. Each of these relaxes the muscles that separate the stomach from the esophagus. This allows acid to flow up to throat. Avoidance of these foods and smoking cessation are usually effective in stopping symptoms.

Q: What are the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux?

A: Heartburn, hoarseness, chronic cough, foreign body sensation in the throat, tightness of the throat and frequent throat clearing.
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