What is eustachian tube dysfunction and what does the eustachian tube do?
The eustachian tube is a connection between the middle ear and the back of the nose. It opens and closes when we swallow to let small amounts of air into our middle ear. When it isn’t working well, the pressure next to our eardrum isn’t equalized, and the eardrum retracts, much like ear pressure on an airplane when your ears don’t equalize.
New Technology Provides Sustained Relief for Managing Chronic Condition
Richmond, VA– February 21, 2018 – Virginia Ear Nose & Throat is among the first in the United States to offer a new technology recently approved by the FDA to treat nasal polyps in adults who have had previous ethmoid sinus surgery (ESS).
You may have heard about the health benefits of a sinus rinse -- how it can keep your nose healthy and prevent sinus problems. But what is it?
Winter is a season for sinusitis and sinus infections, and that often means lost productivity, as workers either call in sick or try to power through. It's difficult to be at your best when you're suffering from the symptoms of a sinus infection, and your productivity will almost always take a hit as a result. But is it necessary to call out of work, for the sake of your own health as well as that of others?
What is chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS)? It is defined as 12 weeks of ongoing inflammation of the nose and sinuses. Symptomatic patients will present with nasal discharge or drainage, facial pain and pressure, nasal congestion or obstruction on examination or with a CT scan. CRS is not an infectious disease although acute sinusitis may be. Different causes of CRS have been investigated over the years. Despite much research, the jury is still out on what causes CRS. CRS is likely caused by a combination of contributing factors such as:
Fall will hit Richmond before you know it -- and with that comes fall allergies. Allergy sufferers know all too well how autumn can worsen allergies. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help mitigate the effects of seasonal allergies. In this article, we'll discuss the most common allergens that arrive with the autumn leaves, what you need to do now, and when to see a doctor or specialist.
Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that dilates the sinus openings. Many individuals who suffer from chronic sinusitis may benefit from having a balloon sinuplasty procedure to help treat their blocked sinuses. Many may also be wondering if a balloon sinuplasty is the right procedure for them or would they even qualify for it. Other questions may include: what will the procedure be like, how long do the effects last, what care will be required afterward, does it require going to the hospital, and/or can you drive home afterward? These are all questions you should ask your balloon sinuplasty doctor before having the procedure.
Commonly, sinusitis is acute. Acute sinusitis can be triggered by a cold or allergies, and it often goes away on its own. Its less-common relative, chronic sinusitis, can linger for months or longer and has symptoms that include loss of smell, congestion, and a runny nose. Patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis may wonder if there is a cure, and what treatments options are involved. Can it be treated or managed at home? Does it require surgery? Read on to learn more.
When you think of seeing an ENT doctor, what ailments do you think they treat? With summertime fast approaching, you may not be aware your ENT can help with certain issues. Here are some common (and not so common) summertime issues you may need an ENT for this season.
Post-nasal drip is a condition that people can often find confusing. What exactly is it? What causes it, and what are the best treatments? When should you talk to a doctor? Here are some things you may not have known about post-nasal drip.
We often think of spring as "allergy season." But if you're an allergy sufferer, every season can seem like allergy season. What steps can you take to keep your allergies from becoming an irritation all year round?
Air quality can make a significant impact on your allergies. Spring and summer are often the worst months for allergy sufferers, but air pollution and other factors can make allergies a problem year round.
What is a Balloon Sinuplasty?
You may have heard or read about the term "balloon sinuplasty" before, particularly if you have had ongoing trouble with your sinuses. A balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure where a balloon catheter dilates the sinus so it can function better. This technique is often done in-office and involves no cutting of bone or nasal tissue. Recovery usually takes a few days.
Nosebleeds are a common occurrence, so common that in the United States, one of every seven people will develop a nosebleed at some point in their lives. They’re commonly caused by ruptures of the small blood vessels inside of your nose, and can be fairly frequent. We see them in patients of every age, but are most common in children and older adults.
Loss of smell, or anosmia, is a condition that can range from nuisance to safety hazard. The loss of smell can affect the taste of food or appreciation of pleasant odors -- but a complete loss of smell could mean being less alert to dangerous situations, like fire or a gas leak. While rarely an indicator of a serious condition, loss of smell can impact quality of life.
Those suffering from allergies must overcome the daily challenges they cause. Whether patients know the specific allergens to avoid or not, one of the most important questions they seek an answer to is who should they turn to for help.
If you live in Richmond, Virginia, you know it is spring when friends and family start to complain about itchy, watering eyes, sneezing, and scratchy throats. While seasonal allergies are often just accepted and handled here, there’s more to it for many people.
Here’s how allergies attack your body, and how they can interfere with other medical conditions such as asthma, sleep apnea, upper respiratory infections, and chronic sinus infection.
It can sometimes be challenging to determine the exact cause of ear pressure. It could be from a sinus infection or an ear infection. But in some cases, ear pressure could also be caused by hearing loss.
It's important to diagnose the correct cause of the ear pressure, as the potential treatment options are vastly different.
Patients diagnosed with a deviated septum may not understand what this diagnosis entails and how a deviated septum may impact their lives. Whether a deviated septum can impact the sinuses is just one of the potential questions patients may have.
Here’s a look at how a deviated septum affects the function of other parts of the nose. We'll also discuss when and how we can fix a deviated septum.
Have you ever felt like you just can’t breathe through your nose because your nose feels stuffy? Many of us experience this sensation when we have a cold. But for patients experiencing chronic nasal congestion, that feeling doesn't go away.
When diagnosed with chronic nasal congestion, many patients try lifestyle modifications and medicine. But sometimes the cause is something that can’t be treated with medicine. Here’s a look at when patients should consider surgical treatment for chronic nasal congestion.