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Unusual Foreign Bodies in the Ear, Nose & Throat

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Jan 11, 2019 4:20:59 PM

Ticks in ears and batteries in noses. You'd be surprised by the types of foreign objects ENT doctors remove from someone's ear, nose and throat on a regular basis, especially children!

ENT specialist, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, recounts some of the most bizarre, dangerous and downright weird objects that he's removed from ears, noses and throats over the years. 

Things can get stuck in people’s ears, nose or throat in a variety of ways. Sometimes it's accidental and uncontrollable, other times it may be the result of a curious child innocently sticking something in their nose or ear. Either scenario can be equally scary for the patient and their parent or caregiver.

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Topics: Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, Blog, Audiology, Ear, Nose & Throat

Why do we get more colds in the winter?

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Dec 14, 2018 4:21:09 PM

Can you catch a cold from the cold? Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist at Advanced Specialty Care explains why the cold weather increases our chances of catching viruses!

Most adults get 2-3 colds a year and children even more. It seems that the winter is the worst time for catching a cold. There are 2 main reasons for this. Firstly what we do in cold weather is very different from what we do in warm weather. Secondly our defenses against cold viruses don’t work as well in cold temperatures.

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Topics: Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, Ear, Nose & Throat, Blog

Why Does My Nose Run So Much in the Winter?

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Nov 29, 2018 1:50:34 PM

If you live in New England, you're no stranger to cold weather. As soon as the temps drop, we instinctively break out our winter coats and boxes of tissues and prepare for the inevitable runny nose.

You know the feeling. You're walking your dog, shoveling snow, sledding in the backyard and you feel the unpleasant sensation of your nose dripping. No matter how much you sniffle and try to stifle it, your nose just won't stop running.

But what is it about the cold air that seems to turn our noses into faucets? Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist explains why the cold air makes your nose run.        

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Topics: Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, Ear, Nose & Throat, Blog

Back To School: Prepare For That First Infection!!

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Aug 31, 2018 12:01:37 PM

Just as the balmy days of summer transition to the cool nights of fall so parents can anticipate that first back to school infection brought home and shared with all members of the family. While classroom conditions may have improved, and antiseptic cleaning universally deployed, we still see a sharp rise in the incidence of transmitted infections as our children congregate in school. What parent hasn’t cared for that first stuffy nose, the cough or wheeze that disturbs sleep, the sore throat with accompanying fever? Worse than that is the rapidly improving illness in our children which when transmitted to the adults in the household leaves us debilitated with lingering symptoms for weeks.

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Topics: Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat

When ‘Mommy, My Ear Hurts Again!!’ Means Swimmer’s Ear

Posted by admin on Jul 18, 2018 2:28:43 PM

Swimmers ear (Otitis Externa) is a common painful infection and any parent who has cared for a child suffering from this condition knows just how painful it is. So, what is swimmer’s ear, how does it occur, how is it treated and, more importantly, how might we prevent it?

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Topics: Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat, Richard Lipton

Should You Use Q-Tip’s For Cleaning Ears?

Posted by admin on Apr 4, 2018 12:13:48 PM

There’s an old expression that goes something like “put nothing into your ears smaller than your elbow.” That’s good advice and certainly includes cotton swabs. The package that cotton swabs come in is in agreement, stating not to use them inside your ears. They’re meant to be used around the outside folds of the ear. Below we discuss why.

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Topics: Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe

Demystifying Tinnitus, Or Ringing In The Ear

Posted by admin on Feb 14, 2018 10:38:00 AM

We recently observed Tinnitus Week, February 5-11. While tinnitus is a very common problem, many people don’t understand it. So we’ll shed a little light on it below.

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Topics: Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe

Is Earwax Bad and How Do I Remove It?

Posted by admin on Jan 12, 2018 12:40:48 PM

Earwax is a normal human secretion called cerumen. Our ears are designed to clean themselves naturally. Unfortunately, in some people, this is not always the case. Earwax can build up and get impacted – impairing your hearing. If built up earwax is bothering you, it’s important to remove it properly so as not to harm yourself.

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Topics: Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe

Suffering From Chronic Sinus Headaches, Congestion? Consider Balloon Sinuplasty

Posted by admin on Dec 27, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Your nose is always stuffed. Your head feels heavy and you feel constant sinus pressure and pain. If these symptoms have been going on for weeks and months, you like many Americans, millions in fact, suffer from chronic sinusitis. This severe inflammation of the mucus membranes that line the sinus cavities and other spaces in the face causes a number of symptoms and can impact your quality of life significantly. If you’ve been to a doctor over and over again, taken antibiotics to no avail, it might be time to think of balloon sinuplasty as a treatment option.

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Topics: Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat

When You Need To See A Doctor For A Hoarse Voice

Posted by admin on Nov 29, 2017 3:08:42 PM

Speaking should be effortless and easily reproducible; and like many things we have in abundance, we often take it for granted. It’s not until our natural vocal production is impaired that we appreciate how demanding and complex speech is. Hoarseness, or dysphonia, is a voice-related restriction such as a change in voice quality, pitch, volume or it takes effort to speak. It’s important to remember that hoarseness can be caused by a number of factors and is a symptom, not a disease.

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Topics: Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat, Dr. Michael Drobbin