A recent Wall Street Journal article discusses ear wax removal and cautions against overdoing it. Ear wax (or cerumen) is good for your ears, providing protection against infection and disease. Removal should only be required when the wax is excessive and causing problems with hearing or discomfort. Care with removal is needed to prevent injury, damage hearing, or cause burns.
Read the entire article here.
Allergies are becoming more common, especially in children. Nearly half of all children suffer from allergies. A recent report on NPR details theories on why allergies are becoming more common and why some kids suffer and others do not. Also discussed are available treatments, especially immunotherapy or allergy shots, which are the most effective treatment. At Wyoming Otolaryngology we also offer immunotherapy via allergy drops for adults and children, which are safer, more comfortable, and more convenient than the traditional allergy shots.
See the full report at: To Sniff Out Childhood Allergies, Researchers Head To The Farm
Recent research published in the journal Pediatrics demonstrates that infants that snore have an increased risk of developing hyperactivity and behavioral problems by reaching school age. The study looked at over 11,000 children over a six year period and confirmed and strengthened earlier research on the affect of sleep on childhood behavior and learning. Parents are encouraged to seek evaluation from their pediatrician or an ear, nose, and throat specialist if they have concerns about their child snoring or having trouble with sleep. See the complete news article here.