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

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

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