As a pediatric otolaryngologist I get to see a wide variety of kids with head and neck problems. One of my favorite parts of my practice is helping new moms breast feed by improving their kid’s tongue mobility with a simple frenulectomy (removing tissue inside the mouth to free up more movement.) It is a very simple procedure and one that often assists the mother child relationship as it can improve the latch, decrease [...]
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Its officially summertime. Right in between the peak allergy seasons of Spring and Fall! As we in southern Arizona go through the monsoon season, followed by beautiful changes to the desert, a question I hear frequently is “can I eat honey to help improve my allergies.” Now that’s a question I like to entertain as I see a lot of allergies, and I love honey! But let’s look more closely at the details. Eating [...]
Man to Man talk ~ Its men’s health month. Let’s face it, we tend to neglect our health until the problem is unrelenting and they have no choice. Men don’t necessarily like to read a whole lot. Men prefer pictures instead! Here are some simple, quick and good guidelines to keep in mind. It’s worth the read, men! Here are 10 suggestions: Sleep: Probably one of the more important functions to a healthy lifestyle. [...]
May is Asthma and Allergy month. So what better time to discuss and learn more. How easily this can be forgotten in the winter and middle of the summer in the desert southwest. But oh, the beautiful spring and fall. How bad can it be? “If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is a cat”. Let’s start out with [...]
O loss of sight, of thee I most complain! Blind among enemies, O worse than chains, dungeon or beggary, or decrepit age! - - John Milton Our vision is precious to us, yet it is something that we often take for granted. Our ability to get up in the morning, take care of ourselves and go about navigating our daily routines is something to which we rarely give a second thought. In my practice as [...]
March is Colon Cancer Awareness month. Why the need for “awareness”? Because colon cancer is a serious disease that has few warning signs at early, easily treated stages, and requires procedures for identification. Colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death. But what is colon cancer. Obviously, it involves the colon, in particular the large intestine and the rectum. Cancer occurs when the DNA of cells develop errors and replicate abnormally [...]
I am pretty certain that every adult human being has, at one time or another, wondered what is up with ear wax, also called cerumen. We all produce it. It can be excessive, irritating, interesting or even deafening. Wax production and make up changes depending on age as well as ones nationality. Today I would like to take a minute to talk about ear wax. The ear canal is made up of two sections, [...]
There is a lot of confusion over knowing whether you have the flu or cold and how they are treated. There is even the possibility that the condition is sinusitis. Urgent Specialists can help evaluation your situation. When there is a condition of sinusitis the symptom onset is progressive. There is almost never a fever. Aches and chills are unusual, but fatigue and weakness can happen. Sneezing is rare, but a stuffy nose and sore throat are frequently [...]
Ahh, that first sip of freshly brewed coffee in the morning. Can’t think how I would survive without it. Addiction? Maybe, but the bigger question is “is this good, bad or indifferent for my health”? Well, to answer this question I set out to look at the scientific data. So, the big question is what does coffee do to me physiologically. As we all know, coffee contains caffeine. Caffeine is a molecule that [...]
Great…. You’re coming down with something…. No sense denying it now, you’re sneezing and your throat is starting to get scratchy. It’s probably just a cold… right? Or could it be the dreaded….flu? It’s that time of year - cold and flu season. Across the country and here in Tucson, Influenza season is upon us. At the Urgent Specialists, we have already had many patients come in with full-blown flu symptoms. When you begin [...]