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Reasons to See an ENT Doctor for Your Constant Cough

Chronic Cough

A persistent cough can be a lot more than just an annoyance. It can be embarrassing when at work or out in public, cause you to lose sleep, and can even cause severe problems such as vomiting and rib fractures. If you can’t stop coughing, find out some potential reasons so you can get the…

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Tree Pollen Allergy Symptoms and Treatment

Tree Pollen Allergies

Spring in St. Louis can be beautiful, but if you’re allergic to trees, being outside this time of year can be miserable. Find out how you can avoid these triggers and what kind of treatment is available to improve your comfort level.   Types of Tree Pollen Allergies Grass and ragweed are likely to cause…

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Is It Time for Sleep Apnea Surgery?

Sleep Apnea Surgery

If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea and can’t use a CPAP, your doctor may recommend surgery. Since sleep apnea is often caused by excess tissue that restricts the airway when lying down, surgery for sleep apnea entails removing that tissue. Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is the name of this procedure. Why Is Surgery for Sleep Apnea…

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What Are the Most Common Springtime Allergies in St. Louis?

We’ve said goodbye to winter in St. Louis and hello to spring. Although many of us are happy to have longer days, more sunshine, and more color as grass and flowers pop up, others are dreading the misery that springtime allergies bring. Since we’ve been stuck inside long enough, let’s examine what could be triggering…

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Cholesteatoma: An Abnormal Growth in the Middle Ear

Chronic Ear Infections

Have you or your child suffered from chronic ear infections and are now feeling ear pressure, pain or diminished hearing? If so, you may need to see a doctor. A growth in the ear called a cholesteatoma could be causing your symptoms and can result in permanent hearing loss if not addressed promptly.    …

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What Is Causing My Stuffy Nose?

Stuffy Nose Relief

Nasal congestion can be annoying when you feel like you can’t breathe, or you breathe through your mouth to take in enough air. It can cause headaches, trouble sleeping and fatigue so if you’ve been dealing with a stuffy nose for some time, it’s worth it to determine the cause.   Reasons for Nasal Congestion…

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Ways to Prevent GERD and Acid Reflux

acid relux foods

People who get indigestion or heartburn often may not always look forward to eating a good meal. It can be miserable to sleep at night or even function during the day when you suffer from GERD and Acid Reflux. Here are some tips to help you prevent reflux episodes so you can live a more…

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How to Know If Your Eardrum Is Ruptured

Hole in eardrum

Have you recently had ear pain that suddenly stopped, followed by drainage and some dizziness? If so, it’s important to have an ENT examine you right away since you could have a ruptured eardrum. Left untreated, you could experience further infection and even hearing loss.   Ruptured Eardrum Causes Many of us have felt the…

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Is a Runny Nose a Reason to See an ENT Doctor?

Reasons for runny nose

With all the viruses bouncing around, it’s common to have a runny nose this time of year. But if you’re constantly reaching for a tissue for longer than two weeks, it’s a good idea to see a doctor to determine what’s going on.   What Causes a Runny Nose? Your nose will run when there…

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What Caused You to Lose Your Voice?

Laryngitis

During your son’s basketball game, did you cheer too loudly, or is there another reason you’re hoarse? It’s hard to tell, so let’s examine whether you should seek medical attention for your condition.   What Is Laryngitis? Laryngitis is an inflammation of the voice box, or larynx that causes your voice to become raspy, hoarse,…

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