Dr. Jan Hobbs of Roswell Ears, Nose, Throat and Allergy and Eastern New Mexico Medical Center are now offering a minimally invasive technology for treating chronic sinus inflamation called the Balloon Sinuplasty™.
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Ear Infections: A Common Childhood Problem
Ear infections are common among young children – and if not properly treated, can have long-term effects ranging from hearing loss to delayed speech development. In fact, three of four children in America will have an ear infection before age three, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).
Sometimes an ear infection has no symptoms. If your child isn’t old enough to talk and cannot tell you his or her ear is hurting, common signs include:
• Tugging or pulling at the ear(s)
• Fussiness and crying
• Trouble sleeping
• Fluid draining from the ear
• Clumsiness or problems with balance
• Trouble hearing or responding to quiet sounds
If your child experiences any symptoms of an ear infection, don’t delay in seeing a pediatrician. Your doctor will check for fluid behind the eardrum, redness or swelling in the eardrum, or perform a test known as tympanometry. For this test, a small device is inserted into the ear and sound tones and air pressure are used to measure the flexibility of the eardrum (a normal eardrum is more flexible and moves back and forth more easily than an eardrum with fluid buildup).
Multiple ear infections within a year may require your child have tubes placed in the ears to prevent fluid buildup and decrease pain. The simple and painless procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. These tiny ventilation tubes help improve air flow and prevent fluid from accumulating. Most tubes remain in your child’s ears for six to nine months and are checked at follow-up doctor’s visits until they fall out on their own.
Coping with Allergies
Approximately 50 million individuals in the United States suffer from some form of allergies, and that number is growing. The cause of an allergy is not always known, but a family history of allergies is thought to be a primary risk factor.
An allergy is a reaction by your body’s immune system to something that does not typically bother other people, according to the National Institutes of Health. Simply put, your body’s defense system sees a certain substance – called an allergen – as a threat, and releases antibodies to fight it. Usually, people who have allergies have increased sensitivity to more than one allergen or group of allergens, such as certain types of grass and trees, dust and lint, pollen and mold, and animal fur. The most common food allergies are the proteins in cow’s milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish and tree nuts.
A variety of options are available for treating allergies: over-the-counter remedies (oral medication, topical creams or nasal sprays) prescription medication, or allergy shots. The right course of treatment depends on the severity and frequency of your symptoms. Allergy shots work like a vaccine, by exposing you to a small dose of the allergen, to build your resistance. Allergy shots are usually reserved for more severe, recurrent symptoms that do not respond to other treatment. Also available is the sublingual (oral) drop allergy therapy.
Breathe Easier with Balloon Sinuplasty at ENMMC
Dr. Jan Hobbs of Roswell Ears, Nose, Throat and Allergy and Eastern New Mexico Medical Center are now offering a minimally invasive technology for treating chronic sinus inflammation called the Balloon Sinuplasty™ .
If you are one of the 37 million people plagued by sinus problems, you know how miserable life can get. Sinusitis is one of the most chronic health problems in the United States; with patients suffering recurring headaches, congestion, fatigue and other symptoms.
“The Balloon Sinuplasty procedure is a true advance in sinus care because in many cases it can be done without removing any tissue or bone,” said Hobbs. “That means faster recovery times and less post-procedure discomfort. In fact, I anticipate that many of my patients will be able to return to normal activities within 24 hours and notice significant improvement with their symptoms.”
Dr. Jan Hobbs has been in Roswell for more than 10 years and has a vast experience in treating most ENT and allergy ailments. For more information or to schedule an appointment call Dr. Hobbs at 575-622-2911.