ASK THE EXPERTS: At What Age Are Allergy Problems Worst?

Unfortunately, allergies can affect people at any age. Allergies can start in infants with food or eczema and seem to worsen through childhood – often peaking in young adulthood. Allergies can come and go throughout life which can make them even more frustrating to deal with. There are many ways to combat allergies. Here are a few tips to try this season: 

  • Stay indoors on dry, windy days – pollen and other allergens are kicked up during heavy winds or lengthy periods of dryness in the weather. 
  • Delegate lawn mowing, weed pulling, and other gardening shores to someone else within your family – these activities tend to stir up allergens.
  • Change your clothes after coming in from outside – pollen and other allergens can easily collect on clothes, skin, and hair.
  • Don’t hang your laundry out to dry – clothes easily collect allergens that can be transferred to your hair or skin.
  • If you’re going to be outside doing chores, try wearing a pollen mask

Another tip you can try is using high-efficiency filters with your forced air heating or air conditioning. HEPA filters can also help remove allergens from bedrooms and other living spaces to help you sleep better at night and function within your home during the day.

Lastly, if reducing your exposure to allergens isn’t working for you, you can try over-the-counter remedies such as oral antihistamines, decongestants, or nasal sprays. 

Are you still experiencing problematic symptoms? Even with some of the best efforts, allergies can still affect you in a negative way. Thankfully, we are here to help! We can help you manage your allergies this season. Schedule an appointment with an expert today!

ASK THE EXPERTS: What is the Most Effective, Long-Lasting Allergy Treatment?

The weather is warming up! Flowers are beginning to bud and trees are blooming. But with Spring comes discomfort for those who experience seasonal allergies; sneezing, congestion, a runny nose, and other bothersome symptoms don’t excite the millions of people who deal with seasonal allergies every year. Many ask us, “what is the most effective, long-lasting allergy treatment?” 

By far the most effective and long-lasting allergy treatment is called immunotherapy. Simply put, immunotherapy is a way of teaching your body how to tolerate the things which you are allergic to. Normally, immunotherapy involves giving gradually increasing doses of a substance or allergen to which a person is allergic. This process causes the immune system to become less sensitive to an allergen which helps with long-term treatment. 

There are various types of immunotherapy such as allergy shots and sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT). Both of these types help the body build resistance to the effects of an allergen. 

Want to learn more about immunotherapy and how we can help treat your seasonal allergies? Contact us today!

Good Communication Tips to Support Loved Ones Diagnosed with Hearing Loss

Over the years, we have received many questions from family members that are walking the hearing loss journey with a loved one. One of the most repeated questions comes often in the form of: What are some good communication tips for the whole family to offer support to our loved one diagnosed with a hearing loss?

Family, friends, and colleagues can do a lot to help you hear better. That is why it is important to let them know about your hearing instruments and to tell them what they need to do to make communicating easier for you. In addition to being fitted with the perfect hearing device for you and your lifestyle, here are a few tips and suggestions to help ensure the very best communication techniques are implemented into your day-to-day.

Here are some of the things you can ask your conversation partner to do:

  • Ask them to move closer and sit or stand in the light to make their facial expressions and lips easier for you to see
  • Remind them not to talk while chewing
  • Suggest that they not “hide” behind a newspaper or lean their cheek or chin on their hand while talking
  • Ask them to talk slower and more clearly
  • If you have difficulty understanding, ask them to try rephrasing the sentence rather than just repeating
  • Avoid conversation in doorways and new windows; if you cannot close them, find somewhere quieter to continue the conversation
  • Having a conversation in an echoing room is difficult. Try to find a place where your conversation is not distorted.

It’s always good to be reminded that the people in your life care about you, and want to do what they can to make the day-to-day things as easy on you (and themselves) as possible. Clear and direct suggestions help make that happen, as well as create regular opportunities for open and honest conversations with the people closest to you.

The experts at Wyoming Otolaryngology are here to help. Reach out to us directly if you or a loved one are ready to take the next steps in starting a conversation towards better hearing.

ASK THE EXPERTS: Why Did I Lose My Hearing?

Loss of hearing can be frustrating but not impossible to deal with.

Hearing loss can occur gradually over time and can be really frustrating for communication in daily living. Exposure to loud noises, medications, genetics, head trauma, and medical pathologies all may contribute to hearing loss. Combinations of any of all of the above mentioned can exacerbate hearing loss and other auditory symptoms such as tinnitus (often described as ‘ringing’ or noises perceived in the ear or head). Although most types of hearing loss cannot be reversed, a thorough evaluation by our hearing health and medical professionals can help identify health issues that may also negatively impact hearing. A sudden hearing loss should be addressed right away for appropriate diagnosis and treatment. 

Signs of hearing loss may include, but are not limited to, struggling to understand conversation from a distance, without visual cues (such as masks, phone calls, radio), or in background noise such as restaurants. Thankfully, a full hearing evaluation can provide helpful information regarding the type of degree of hearing loss as well as solutions, strategies, and opportunities to address the hardships of hearing difficulties. Times with friends, family, and business may once again be enriched by solutions available today. 

Schedule your appointment today to investigate your hearing loss and experience the positive changes through good support, diagnosis, and strategic solutions. Wyoming Otolaryngology is a group of highly trained medical and technical professionals so ‘ask the experts’.

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ASK THE EXPERTS: What Are Sinus Infections and Are They Hereditary?

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Also known as sinusitis, sinus infections can be caused by various factors that cause inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining within the sinuses. Some conditions that trigger sinus infections may be viruses such as the common cold, a deviated septum, nasal polyps, or allergies(or allergic rhinitis, the swelling of the lining in the nose caused by allergens). 

Though some problems that cause sinus infections run in families, there is not an “allergic gene” you can inherit. For example, if one parent has allergies, their child may have a 30-35% chance of also having allergies. If both parents have allergies, their child may be up to a 50% chance of having allergies. 

It is not normal to have multiple sinus infections, once a year should be rare for most people. Allergies, sinus abnormalities, immune function, and past infections can all lead to problems that cause multiple, recurrent, or chronic sinus infections. Thankfully, these things can all be treated so infections are rare and easier to manage. 

Are you experiencing sinus infections frequently? Please reach out to our specialists who can help you build a plan of treatment for most ailments of the ear, nose, and throat. 

Schedule an appointment today!