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.
The Cochrane Collaboration has found that sublingual immunotherapy is without serious side effects or risks and is effective at treating allergies. The Cochrane Collaboration is an international organization dedicated to analyzing the best available research evidence and promoting the best and safest medical treatments. This review shows that the use of daily allergy drops placed under the tongue in place of weekly allergy injections is quite effective at controlling allergies and can be used safely.
Consumer Reports Health recommends the office of an Otolaryngologist with a staff Audiologist as the best place to purchase hearing aids. They found “patients gave those hearing-aid providers higher marks on their thoroughness in evaluating hearing loss than did respondents who went to other types of providers.” An ear doctor can also diagnose causes of hearing loss that need other treatments, such as an infection or a tumor, and can clean out obstructing ear wax.