To our patient Patients

We are continuing to provide allergy shots and office visits during this peak allergy season. In an effort to help you maintain good health, we are minimizing the use of our waiting room. If you normally wait in the waiting room for 20 minutes following your shot, you may wait in your car instead, but do not leave the parking … Read More

Epistaxis (aka Nosebleeds)

What is epistaxis? It’s the doctor word for nosebleeds, because doctors have to have a special word for everything. It’s literally when, well, blood comes out of the nose. It’s a simple idea, but it can be a complex problem. Some causes of nosebleeds are obvious. When we operate on noses, they will bleed some. That’s expected, but we know … Read More

Status Update (COVID-19)

Hello, all! We hope that you are staying safe. We are still open and happy to continue serving your ENT and allergy needs. If you are not currently displaying coronavirus symptoms, we recommend that you continue your allergy shots. Face masks are available at our front desk if you wish to use them. Please contact us with any questions. Thank … Read More

Headaches

OK, first off, this is a daunting topic. There are many different causes of headaches, and to make matters more complicated, there are combination headaches of several types. Let’s start off by saying that many headaches, such as migraines, tension headaches and temporal mandibular joint syndrome are not of ear, nose and throat origin, and thus a neurologist or an … Read More

The Green Driveway

Wait! I thought my driveway was black asphalt. Well, it is for most of the year, but suddenly, it has a distinct green sheen. What’s going on? It’s springtime in Southeastern Virginia, and the trees are pollenating. Now, every car, every screened porch, every piece of patio furniture, pretty much anything that sits outside is covered with the same green … Read More

Sinus Infections

One of the most common complaints seen in an ENT office is the reported sinus infection. Symptoms include congestion, headache, runny nose and post nasal drip. Oh, but wait. Those symptoms are also seen with colds and allergies. So, what’s the difference? How can you tell the difference between colds, allergies and sinus infections? The complaints are similar, and many … Read More

In-Office Surgeries

In recent years, there has been a push to perform more surgeries in the office setting. Most of these are modifications of procedures performed in the operating room with IV sedation or general anesthesia. The advantages of in-office surgery are less anesthesia, greater convenience and lower costs. The potential drawback of in-office surgery is diminished results. Better outcomes can be … Read More

Got The Itch?

Few conditions are more annoying than urticaria, better known as hives. Not only can these little welts be uncomfortable and unsightly, they can also be a sign of a more serious medical condition. Fortunately, most cases of urticaria are benign and are usually caused by allergy. The allergens can be inhaled through the nose, ingested as food, grow on the … Read More

Make The Nose Great Again

Some time ago, we discussed the nasal airway and ways to improve air flow. We covered both over the counter and prescription medications to help you breathe better. We presented both allergy shots and surgery to maximize the amount of air passing through your nose. Each of these treatments can have a positive impact on your quality of life. Nasal … Read More

Tonsil Stones – Are They Real?

I’ve often found it interesting when patients complain they have tonsil stones, considering that tonsil stones don’t really exist. Well, they’re not actually stones. The term is a misnomer. Unlike kidney stones or salivary stones, which are calcified and therefore hard, tonsil stones are soft and stinky, white or yellow balls of solid pus, which form in the crypts of … Read More