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Allergies & ENT

‘Doctor, I have a lump in my throat’

It’s not uncommon as an otolaryngologist—a doctor who specializes in ailments of the ear, nose and throat (ENT)—to have someone come into my office with this specific complaint. “Doctor, I have a lump in my throat,” they tell me. “I can’t swallow it down and I can’t cough it up.” Understandably, this sensation can be …

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Stuffy nose? 6 ways to get rid of those annoying allergies

It’s that wonderful time of year again when you’re accompanied by used tissues wherever you go, you have to wear extra makeup to cover up those puffy eyes and your nose resembles a certain reindeer of Santa’s. Yep, it’s spring, and while that means blooming flowers and vibrant plant life, it also means allergy sufferers …

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Sinuses got you down this spring? What to do about chronic sinusitis

It’s that time of the year: the flowers are blooming, the grass is turning green and people who suffer from nasal allergies and sinus pain are struggling to catch their next breath. Many people in Texas suffer from chronic sinusitis, a common condition that involves the sinuses becoming inflamed and swollen. According to the Centers …

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Tips to avoid ear pain and injury while flying

Fly the friendly skies. Something special in the air. You are now free to move about the country… as long as you don’t have ear pain. If you typically experience ear pain while flying, you’re not alone. D. Randall Pinkston, MD, otolaryngologist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Clinic – Temple, discusses …

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An allergist’s top tips for dealing with cedar allergy season

One of the biggest problems in the fall and winter season for allergy sufferers—adults and kids alike—is mountain cedar (also known as ash juniper), which produces pollen in the wintertime and grows plentifully in the hill country. What is “cedar fever?” The cedar allergy season in Central Texas is caused by a few different but …

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Can local honey really help your allergies?

When winters are mild, our trees, bushes and flowers start blooming early, and doctors’ offices start filling up with patients with allergy complaints. Everyone wants the same thing: relief. To get it, some allergy sufferers reach for local honey to help ease their symptoms. But should they? They wouldn’t be the first, not by a long …

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5 ways you’re making your allergies worse

For many of us, the sniffling, sneezing and itchy throats of seasonal allergies are an inevitable part of our lives. While there are several treatments and medications that make allergies better, there also are things many of us are doing that actually make them worse. 1. Forgetting to change or clean air filters The reasons …

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The best foods to help you fight allergies

Allergies affect more than 50 million Americans, and it turns out allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, symptoms are our bodies’ way of being overprotective. The immune system mistakes irritants such as airborne pollen, dust, mold or pet dander as viruses, bacteria or parasites that are trying to enter the body. Mucosal membranes of the nose, …

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