Reflux and Otitis: Does GERD Cause Ear Infections?

The Study This post will largely be limited to reviewing a single scientific paper, entitled “The Role of Extraesophageal Reflux in Otitis Media in Infants and Children,” by Dr. Robert O’Reilly and the team at DuPont Hospital for Children in Delaware. This was a significant study, published in 2008 in the journal, Laryngoscope, a premiere … Read more

5 Impressive Facts About Allergic Rhinitis

40 – 50 Million in USA have allergic rhinitis 10-30%  of adults have allergic rhinitis (49% under age 35) Almost 40% of children miss some school each year due to allergies Allergic rhinitis accounts for 12 Million doctor-visits per year 55% of those with sinusitis have a history of allergic rhinitis 95% of those with asthma have rhinitis I am … Read more

STOP BREATHING: Your Air Is Killing You (and what to do about it)

1.  Stop Smoking. If you have sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, or asthma (or your children do), and you smoke …. seriously?!  Really?  Stop, duh.  It’s not cool any more. Stay away from tobacco and other smoke.  Even the smell of smoke that you can smell on other people – on their clothes, in their hair, on their furniture – is … Read more

Anatomy of Nose Bleeds in Children

I have been seeing my recurrent and chronic nose-bleeders in clinic again. It goes with the season. Now that we are in the cold-weather, heat-is-on-air-is-dry season, you are bringing your children with nose bleeds to see me in clinic again. So I thought now would be a good time to review nose bleeds (epistaxis) in … Read more

What is Sinusitis ?

Sinusitis in children is almost always associated with rhinitis – it is rare to see sinusitis without inflammation of the nose also.  Most clinicians who treat children with sinusitis therefore refer to “rhinosinusitis,” and treat both the rhinitis and the sinusitis.  Due to the relationship between the lining of the nose and sinuses (respiratory epithelium), and the … Read more

Allergic Rhinitis CAN Be Controlled – Here’s How

Allergic rhinitis – usually simply called “allergies” – is a chronic illness resulting in stuffy, runny nose, nasal congestion. Itchy, burning eyes and general low energy are often associated. You know all that, or you wouldn’t be reading this, right? It is estimated that allergic rhinitis affects nearly 50 Million Americans. Over half of those with sinus disease have … Read more