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Rockwall ENT
... Our physicians provide expert care for both children and adults in the diagnosis and treatment of the following symptoms and conditions: Allergies Sinusitis Ear Infections Hearing Loss Dizziness Neck Masses Snoring Sleep Apnea Thyroid Problems Headaches Nasal Fractures Nasal Obstruction Deviated Nasal Septum Hoarseness Swallowing Problems At Allergy ENT we recognize that you have a choice when it comes to your preferred ear, nose and throat specialist (known as an otolaryngologist)...

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Allergy, Ear, Nose, and Throat Greenville, TX This page provides you with practical information about our practice...

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Allergy, Ear, Nose, and Throat Clinic of NE TX Allergy ENT - Greenville Office 4000 Medical Parkway Greenville, TX 75401 Tel: (903) 454-6481 Fax: (903) 454-6486 Office Hours Monday: 08:45 AM - 04:30  PM Tuesday: 08:45 AM - 04:30  PM Wednesday: 08:45  AM -04:30  PM Thursday: 08:45 AM - 04:30  PM Friday: 08:45 AM - 04:30  PM Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed img...

Our Services
The otolaryngologists at Allergy ENT offer a full array of ear, nose and throat services...

Our Physicians
...He is proficient in allergy management and both pediatric and adult disorders of the ear, nose and throat...

Our Rockwell Office
Allergy, Ear, Nose & Throat Rockwall, TX This page provides you with practical information about our practice...

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Allergy, Ear, Nose & Throat McKinney, TX This page provides you with practical information about our practice...

New Patient
Your first visit to Allergy Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic of N...

Second hand Smoke and Children
...It also increases the number of children’s colds and sore throats...

Facial Plastic Surgery
... Post-graduate training includes a year of general surgery, four years of residency in otolaryngology (disorders of the ears, nose, and throat), and may also include one to two years in a fellowship dedicated to facial plastic surgery...

Fun ENT fact of the day - 2
Ever wonder why your throat feels dry when you've been breathing a long time through your mouth...

Fun ENT fact of the day - 7
... What we hear when people speak and sing is in large part related to the resonating structures of the throat and nose...

Fun ENT fact of the day - 12
... Your "inner speech" (the voice you hear inside your head when you're reading or thinking) is accompanied by tiny muscular movements in your throat...

Fun ENT fact of the day - 18
... Washington died after his doctors removed 40% of his blood (80 ounces) over a 12 hour period to cure a throat infection...

Fun ENT fact of the day - 26
... Tiny hair cells called cilia move the layer of mucus slowly backward into the throat, where it is swallowed...

What is Sinusitis?
If you’ve ever suffered from a stuffy nose, facial pain, and pressure around the nose, cheeks, and eyes, or experienced postnasal drip (in which nasal mucus drains down your throat), then you’ve experienced a sinus infection before...

The Effect Smoking Has on Your Health
... Digestive Disorders Besides the increased risk of throat, lung or esophageal cancer, smoking can also increase your chances of pancreatic cancer...

Signs of Head and Neck Cancer
... Head and neck cancer is an umbrella term that encompasses five different kinds of cancers that affect the pharynx (throat), sinuses, larynx (voice box), mouth, and the salivary glands...

What is a Tonsillectomy?
...Tonsils are two glands located at the rear of the throat...

Treating Canker Sores
A canker sore is a painful ulcer that often develops within the mouth or tongue, but can also be found within the throat or on the lips...

What is Thyroid Cancer?
...According to the Mayo Clinic, some common signs and symptoms of thyroid cancer include: Swollen lymph nodes in your neck Pain in your neck or throat Pain or difficulty swallowing Chronically hoarse voice A lump in your neck Thyroid cancer treatment works best in the early stages of the disease...

Sinus Infections
...You may also experience: Pain in your upper jaws or teeth, eyes, nose or forehead A yellowish-green discharge when you blow your nose Congestion caused from swelling in your sinuses Severe headaches and earaches A sore throat and persistent cough Sinus infections are most often viral, but they can also be bacterial or fungal...

Head and Neck Surgery Options
There are many ear, nose and throat problems that could benefit from surgery...

What Could Be Causing Your Breathing Problems?
Do you have breathing problems such as wheezing, shortness of breath, a chronically stuffed nose, or throat tightness...

Chronic Nasal Congestion
...In order to properly treat these conditions you should see an ear, nose and throat specialist who will be able to determine the cause of your symptoms so they can create an effective treatment plan...

Treating a Deviated Septum
...If you have a deviated septum, your ear, nose, and throat doctor (ENT) can help...

What Is Causing My Chronic Cough?
...Determining the cause is an important step that will help your ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor find a treatment that will stop your chronic coughing...

Dealing With Swimmer’s Ear
...If you think you may have swimmer’s ear, or if you are experiencing any kind of ear pain, it’s a good idea to play it safe and visit an ear, nose and throat specialist right away for care...

Mouth Sores
...Unlike cold sores, which are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HS1 and HS2) and develop on the lips and the skin around the mouth, non-Herpes related mouth sores can form on the gums, tongue, lips, the lining of the cheeks and throat...

Head and Neck Cancers
...The common types of head and neck cancer include: Oral cavity Oropharnygeal (in the throat or back of the mouth) Nasal cavity Paranasal sinus Nasopharyngeal Laryngeal (in the voice box) Hypopharyngeal (behind or beside the voice box) Most of the time people don’t find out that they have head and neck cancer until symptoms start to surface that warrant visiting the doctor...

What Causes Nosebleeds?
...During an evaluation an ear, nose and throat doctor can ask you questions about your symptoms, perform a quick examination of the nose and determine the underlying cause of your persistent nosebleeds...

Swallowing Disorders
... Some people having pain when they swallow while others may have trouble swallowing certain foods or feel as if there is something stuck in their throat...

Signs of Tonsillitis
...So how do you know whether you are dealing with tonsillitis, the influenza virus, or strep throat...

Causes of Dizziness
...While you may visit a family physician to find out what’s going on, don’t be surprised if you end up being referred to an ear, nose & throat doctor...

What Causes Ear Infections?
... Causes of Ear Infections Within the ears lie Eustachian tubes, which are small passages that connect the middle ear to the back of throat...

Types of Breathing Problems
...Early symptoms include exercise-induced rapid breathing, a persistent cough, and clearing your throat often (usually in the morning)...

What Could be Causing Your Sore Throat?
A sore throat will happen to most people, and while this is usually the result of an infection, if you are dealing with persistent or recurring symptoms, you may be wondering when it might actually be time to see an ENT specialist...

Five Most Common Nasal Issues
...Exposure to pollens, grass, weed, or mold can trigger uncomfortable symptoms, including: Frequent sneezing Congestion that makes breathing more difficult Runny nose Pain and pressure in your sinuses Itchy nose, eyes, ears, and throat Watery eyes Scratchy throat Allergy medications or shots, prescription nasal sprays, decongestants, and antihistamines can help prevent or reduce your symptoms...

Signs You Need Hearing Aids
...Before you talk to your Ears, Nose, and Throat specialist, educate yourself on the common signs of hearing loss...

Cholesteatoma Symptoms & Treatments
...This connects the middle ear to your throat, nose, and sinuses...

What Is Dysphagia?
...It’s why you need to schedule an appointment with an Ears, Nose, and Throat specialist (ENT) right away...

Allergy Medication Guide
An ear, nose, and throat professional (ENT) is a great resource when it comes to your allergies...

Signs Of Throat Cancer
Your ENT doctor sees, diagnoses, and treats many conditions related to the ear, nose, and throat...

Does My Child Need Ear Tube Surgery?
...This will serve two purposes: To prevent future ear infections (or, at the very least, make future infections milder) To improve hearing in your child This procedure is performed by a qualified ear, nose, and throat surgeon and is performed under general anesthesia (this means your child will be asleep during the procedure)...

Finding the Right Treatment for Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
The eustachian tube is a narrow canal that runs from the throat to the middle ear, and it is responsible for regulating pressure within the middle ear...

When a Tonsillectomy Is Necessary
The tonsils are two small glands that are found in the back of the throat...

Getting Your Tonsils Removed
If you open your mouth, it’s fairly easy to see your tonsils, as they are the two soft-tissue organs that lie on either side of the back of the throat...

Treating a Cleft Palate
...This is why it’s important to work with a qualified ear, nose, and throat doctor who can ensure that your child gets the proper treatment to correct their cleft palate...

What Are Adenoids?
...While the tonsils are found in the back of the throat the adenoids sit in the far back of the throat behind the nose...

The Possible Causes of Dry Mouth
...   While it might be obvious that a dry mouth will feel, well dry, there are other symptoms associated with dry mouth including, Sore or irritated throat Excessive thirst Changes in taste Less obvious symptoms include hoarseness or dry eyes...

Methods of Soothing a Sore Throat
Sore throats are incredibly common...

Why Do I Get Frequent Nosebleeds?
...A posterior nosebleed occurs when there is damage to an artery branch deep within the nose, leading to heavy bleeds that can go down the throat...

Signs and Symptoms of Postnasal Drip
We’ve all experienced it: that nasty feeling when mucus drains down your throat...

Vertigo and Dizziness
...Some of the most common causes of vertigo include, Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo Labyrinthitis Meniere’s disease Vestibular neuritis Head injuries Stroke Multiple sclerosis Colds Vertigo may be acute and simply go away on its own, while other causes will require treatment from an ear, nose, and throat doctor...

FAQs About Swimmer's Ear
...Schedule your evaluation with an ear, nose, and throat doctor today...

What Is a Perforated Eardrum?
...   If you are showing signs of a perforated eardrum, don’t wait to turn to your ear, nose, and throat doctor for care...

What Is Tonsillitis?
There are many reasons you could be dealing with a sore throat, and an infection of the tonsils could be one of them...

Why Does My Throat Feel Scratchy in the Morning?
Sore throats are one of the most common symptoms people experience; however, they often accompany bacterial throat infections and colds...

Recovering From Your Tonsillectomy
...Other symptoms such as ear and throat pain are common and can last up to two weeks...

Do I Have Strep Throat?
...Everything from colds and flu to strep throat abound, and ENT doctors certainly start to see more patients...

Throat
Aging and Swallowing Aspiration Cricopharyngeal Muscle Dysfunction Dysphagia GERD and LPR Hoarseness Salivary Gland Disorders Sore Throats Spasmodic Dysphonia Tonsillitis Tonsils and Adenoids Vocal Cord Paralysis Voice Box (Laryngeal) Cancer Zenker’s Diverticulum

Nasal Fractures
... If you suspect your nose may be broken, you should see an ENT (ears, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, within one week of the injury...

Dysgeusia
...Impaired taste can take many forms, including: Hypogeusia, which is a reduced or diminished sense of taste Ageusia, which is a complete loss of taste Aliageusia, when a typically pleasant-tasting food or drink begins to taste unpleasant Phantogeusia, which refers to tasting something that is not actually there, or hallucinating a particular taste The tongue and throat have many taste receptors...

Deviated Septum
... Discuss your symptoms and any known nose damage or surgeries with your primary care provider or an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist...

Geriatric Rhinitis
...However, there are special considerations for senior patients, and symptoms of geriatric rhinitis may include: Constant feeling of nasal drainage Chronic or uncontrolled need to clear the throat of mucus Sense of nasal obstruction, most often while lying down Nasal crusting, especially during winter and in patients taking diuretics Vague facial pressure Decreased sense of smell and taste What Causes Geriatric Rhinitis...

Hyposmia and Anosmia
... Loss of smell is a health condition that should be evaluated and treated by an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist...

Nosebleeds
...Common symptoms can include: Anterior nosebleeds begin with a flow of blood out one or both nostrils Posterior nosebleeds can begin further back in the nose and may flow down the throat What Causes a Nosebleed...

Post-Nasal Drip
Glands in your nose and throat continually produce mucus, normally one to two quarts per day...

Sinus Headaches
...For example, many patients visit an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, to seek treatment for what they think is a sinus headache, only to learn they actually have a migraine or tension headache...

Sinusitis
...Your primary care provider or an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, can help sort out what type of sinusitis you have and how to treat it...

Rhinitis
...A qualified ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, can provide a thorough evaluation and appropriate treatment for your nasal/sinus condition...

Turbinate Hypertrophy
...First, discuss your symptoms with your primary care physician or an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist...

Aging and Swallowing
...Changes in the tongue, upper throat (pharynx), vocal cords and voice box (larynx), and lower throat (esophagus) occur with aging...

Aspiration
... When swallowing becomes difficult, or the sensation of your throat or voice box becomes impaired, anything that passes through your mouth can get into your lungs, even saliva, which is full of bacteria...

Cricopharyngeal Muscle Dysfunction
If the cricopharyngeal muscle (CPM) in your throat malfunctions or is impaired, this can cause you to have difficulty swallowing...

Dysphagia
...If swallowing is difficult on a regular basis, you should see an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist...

GERD and LPR
Acid reflux occurs when acidic stomach contents flow back into the esophagus, the swallowing tube that leads from the back of the throat to the stomach...

Hoarseness
... If you have any of these symptoms for hoarseness, you should see an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, as soon as you can: Hoarseness that lasts more than four weeks, especially if you smoke Severe changes in voice lasting more than a few days Voice changes, such as raspy, strained, breathy, weak, higher or lower in pitch, inconsistent, fatigued, or shaky voice Difficult breathing Pain when speaking Vocal professionals (singer, teacher, public speaker) who cannot do their job What Causes Hoarseness...

Salivary Gland Disorders
...There are also many tiny, minor salivary glands located along the lips, inside the cheek, mouth, and throat...

Sore Throats
Everybody gets a sore throat now and then...

Spasmodic Dysphonia
... Generally, an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, and a speech language pathologist will perform a comprehensive exam, including a review of the patient’s medical history and symptoms and a visualization of vocal fold movement using a special camera called a flexible laryngoscope through the nose...

Tonsillitis
Tonsillitis, also described as pharyngitis, refers to inflammation of the pharyngeal tonsils, which are lymph glands located in the back of the throat that are visible through the mouth...

Tonsils and Adenoids
Tonsils are the two round lumps in the back of your throat...

Vocal Cord Paralysis
... Symptoms of paralysis and paresis of the vocal cords can include: Voice changes—Hoarseness, breathy voice, weak voice, gurgling quality to the voice, shortness of breath after speaking Airway problems—Shortness of breath with efforts, noisy breathing, unsuccessful cough Swallowing problems—Choking or coughing when swallowing food, drink, or saliva, and food sticking in throat These symptoms can be mild to severe depending on the degree of paralysis, and the ability of your voice box to adapt...

Voice Box (Laryngeal) Cancer
... Signs and symptoms of laryngeal cancer include: Worsening or persistent hoarseness Difficulty swallowing Persistent sore throat or pain with swallowing Difficulty breathing Pain in the ear Lump in the neck Coughing up blood Anyone with these signs or symptoms should be evaluated by an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist...

Zenker’s Diverticulum
A Zenker’s diverticulum (ZD) is a rare condition where an “outpouching” occurs where your throat meets your esophagus, the swallowing pipe that leads into your stomach...

Goiter
...Discuss any possible symptoms or concerns you may have with your primary care provider, an endocrinologist, or an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist...

Hyperthyroidism
...Discuss any possible symptoms or concerns you may have with your primary care provider, an endocrinologist, or an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist...

Pediatric Thyroid Cancer
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the throat...

Thyroid Nodules
... Your endocrinologist or ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, may order or perform: Thyroid function tests, including thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) Blood tests, or radiology examination An ultrasound to see the size and appearance of the nodule A fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy, which is a safe, relatively painless procedure...

Pediatric Sleep-disordered Breathing
...Overweight children are at increased risk for SDB because fat deposits around the neck and throat can also narrow the airway...

Snoring, Sleeping Disorders and Sleep Apnea
... Symptoms associated with OSA can include: Loud snoring Pauses in breathing during sleep Waking up gasping or choking Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat Daytime sleepiness or fatigue Frequent nighttime urination Morning headache Irritability, mood changes, depression, difficulty concentrating High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, or other cardiac issues What Causes OSA...

Ankyloglossia (Tongue-tie)
...When tongue movement is restricted, evaluation by an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, may be necessary to check for ankyloglossia or other conditions that can affect oral and tongue function...

Pediatric Hearing Loss
...In addition to an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, children with permanent hearing loss should be seen by other specialists, including an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) and in some cases, a heart doctor (cardiologist) and a genetics doctor...

Pediatric Sinusitis
... The following symptoms may indicate a sinus infection in your child: A cold lasting more than 10 to 14 days Low- or even high-grade fever Thick yellow-green nasal drainage for at least three days in a row Post-nasal drip, sometimes with sore throat, cough, bad breath, nausea and/or vomiting Headache, usually in children age six or older Irritability or fatigue Swelling around the eyes What Causes Pediatric Sinusitis...

Pediatric Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Acid reflux occurs when acidic stomach contents flow back into the esophagus, the swallowing tube that leads from the back of the throat to the stomach...

Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease
...A multidisciplinary team approach between an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, an audiologist, and a rheumatologist is recommended to manage the condition...

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
...After a thorough examination of your ears, nose, throat, and neck, the doctor will perform a test on you that is called a Dix-Hallpike Maneuver...

Cholesteatoma
... Cholesteatoma may cause these symptoms: Hearing loss Ear drainage, often with a bad smell  Recurrent ear infections Sensation of ear fullness Dizziness Facial muscle weakness on the side of the infected ear Ear ache/pain If you experience any of these symptoms, you should see an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, as soon as possible...

Conductive Hearing Loss
... If you are experiencing hearing loss, you should see an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, who can make a specific diagnosis for you, and talk to you about treatment options, including surgical procedures...

Earaches
... A variety of problems can cause earaches in children and adults: Middle ear infection (called acute otitis media) Swimmer’s ear (called otitis externa) Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction or jaw joint pain Eustachian tube dysfunction Inflammation of the outer ear (called chondritis) Cotton swab use Throat infection Throat cancer (rarely) What Causes Earaches in Children...

Ears and Altitude (Barotrauma)
... If your ears fail to open, or if you are experiencing persistent pain in your ears, seek the help of an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist...

Earwax (Cerumen Impaction)
...This is most often performed by an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, using suction or special miniature instruments, and a microscope to magnify the ear canal...

Hyperacusis
... If you think you or a loved one may have hyperacusis, you should seek an evaluation by an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist...

Ménière’s Disease
...Treatment options include: A low salt diet and a diuretic (water pill) Anti-vertigo medications (used to stop acute attacks) Intratympanic injection with either dexamethasone or gentamicin Surgery Your ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, will help you choose the treatment that is best for you, as each has advantages and drawbacks...

Otosclerosis
... Because many symptoms seen with otosclerosis can be caused by other medical or ear-related conditions, it’s important to be examined by an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist...

Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL)
...Other causes may include: Sudden hearing loss—caused by a virus; you should see an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, for urgent treatment that could help recover some hearing Aging—gradual SNHL that cannot be reversed (most common) Acoustic trauma—exposure to loud noises (e...

Swimmer's Ear
...Your primary care provider or ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, will prescribe treatment to reduce your pain and to treat the infection...

Tinnitus
...Prior to any treatment, it is important to undergo a thorough examination and evaluation by an ENT (ears, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, and an audiologist...

Vestibular Schwannoma
...Weighing these factors requires a thorough discussion with your ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, and often referral to additional specialists in neurotology, neurosurgery, and/or radiation-oncology...

Bell's Palsy
... Your primary care provider, or ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, may prescribe antiviral drugs in addition to oral steroids...

Fine Needle Aspiration
...So, play it safe! If you have a lump in your head and neck area, see your ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, as soon as possible for an evaluation...

Head and Neck Cancer
...But a lump(s) in the neck can be the first sign of cancer of the mouth, throat, voice box (larynx), thyroid gland, salivary glands, or of certain lymphomas and blood cancers...

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
...Many different subtypes of the virus exist, and it usually affects the throat or the reproductive tract...

Neck Mass in Adults
... Common symptoms in patients with a neck mass at higher risk for cancer (see “What Causes a Neck Mass” below) include: The mass lasts longer than two to three weeks The mass gets larger The mass gets smaller but does not completely go away Voice change Trouble or pain with swallowing Trouble hearing or ear pain on the same side as the neck mass Neck or throat pain Unexplained weight loss Nasal blockage in one side of the nose Breathing difficulty Bleeding from nose and oral cavity Coughing up blood Skin lesion on the face or scalp that is growing or changing color What Causes a Neck Mass...

Sialadenitis
... An ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, may diagnose Sjogren’s syndrome based on persistent symptoms of dry eyes and/or mouth, parotid gland enlargement, and abnormal blood test results...

Skin Cancer
... Skin sores that do not heal A scar-like bump that was not caused by injury or trauma If you notice any of the factors listed above, see your primary care provider, or an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, right away...

Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain
...Many patients see an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, convinced that their pain is from an ear infection...