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Pros and Cons About Ear Tubes for Children

Category: Ear Infections

All children get ear infections, but what happens when they become recurring? Myringotomy tubes, or ear tubes, are often brought up as a possible option to reduce the amount of ear infections children get. Here are some pros and cons about ear tubes for children:

Pros of Ear Tubes

Cons of Ear Tubes

  • Ear tubes will drastically decrease the amount of ear infections children get. They can, in some cases, completely eliminate them.
  • It’s hard to see your child go through surgery.
  • After getting ear tubes, future ear infections can be treated with drops instead of antibiotics. This lowers the chance for your child to develop an immunity to antibiotics.
  • Some doctors jump the gun with ear tubes. They should only be used if a child has at least four ear infections within a six month period.
  • Ear Tubes can improve hearing for children.
  • If your insurance doesn’t cover the ear tube procedure, it can be a pricey ear infection solution.
  • Tubes drain the fluid that sits in the ears, resulting in less pressure.
  • A majority of children need to have the tubes replaced at least once.
  • Children do not feel the ear tubes once they are inserted.
  • Tubes can cause pus from the ear and a thickening of the eardrum over time.

Consult with an ENT specialist at our offices in Biloxi and Ocean Springs, MS about the positives and negatives of ear tubes for children.


Most Common Fall Allergies in Mississippi

Category: Allergies

Do your runny nose and itchy, watery eyes get worse when fall hits? You’re not alone. Fall allergies affect more than 35 million Americans. Here are the main contributors that trigger fall allergies:

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Should I Use Q-Tips to Clean My Ears?

I’m sure everyone has been told to be careful about sticking Q-Tips too far in their ears. However, it may be a good idea to forgo the use of Q-Tips for cleaning ears all together.

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5 Tips To Keep Sinuses Healthy In Mississippi

Have you ever woken up with sinus pressure, a stuffy nose and sore throat? That’s your sinuses reacting to an irritant. Here are a few tips to keep your respiratory system healthy: Read the rest of this entry »


Worst States to Live in for Allergy Sufferers

Every state has allergens that cause people to feel the impact of seasonal allergies. However, these states are ranked as the worst states to live in for allergy sufferers based on pollen levels, amount of the population on allergy medications and the number of ENT doctors in the area. Mississippi didn’t make it on this list but the climate here is similar to Louisiana.  Our offices in Biloxi and Ocean Springs are only a short drive away from the border and less than two hours from New Orleans. For allergy related questions, contact the Sinuplasty Center of Excellence.  Our physicians have board certifications in otolaryngology, allergy and immunology.

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Ways To Treat Nasal Allergies in Southern Mississippi

 

Nasal allergies occur when allergens in the air affect the nasal passages. They can be caused by a range of allergens, including pollen, animal dander, mold, feathers and more.

So, how can you win the battle against the runny nose, itchy eyes and nasal congestion?

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Four Home Remedies for Sinusitis

Approximately 37 million people struggle with sinusitis at some point in their lives. If you experience the facial pressure and pain associated with sinusitis, there are a few home remedies to relieve the discomfort.

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Swimmer’s Ear Treatment in Biloxi, MS

Swimmer’s ear, also known as external otitis, is a bacterial infection of the outer ear canal. It’s typically caused by excessive water exposure from various activities, such as swimming, diving, surfing and other water sports.

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Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Mississippi

Category: Sleep Apnea

Pediatric sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when a child’s breathing becomes blocked as they sleep. Though people of any age can experience obstructive sleep apnea, it most commonly occurs in children ages two to six.

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Are you listening to music that is too loud?

Category: Uncategorized

A recent poll of parents found that over 80% say they are concerned that misuse of personal audio technology is damaging the hearing of children.  Hearing loss can result from too much exposure to sound from any source that is above 85 decibels. Many new technologies such as stereo systems, handheld listening devices and even televisions can produce sound well above the level to be able to cause damage.

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