When Does My Child Need Ear Tubes?

Michael T. Cecil, MD, FACS, Lexington Clinic Otolaryngologist

Acute otitis media (middle ear infection) is one of the most common infections in childhood. In the U.S., approximately 70% of children experience acute ear infection prior to their second birthday. Risk factors predisposing this age group to ear infections include daycare attendance, bottle feeding (no history of breast-feeding), allergy and tobacco smoke contact. Obstruction of the eustachian tube is typically the ultimate factor that results in an ear infection. Read more...

Do I Need Sinus Surgery?

Michael T. Cecil, MD, FACS, Lexington Clinic Otolaryngologist

Chronic sinusitis is a very common illness in the United States. Approximately 1 in 5 antibiotics that are prescribed in adults are for sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis is defined as persistent inflammation in the sinuses of at least 12 weeks duration. Symptoms typically include thick discolored drainage, nasal obstruction, facial pain/pressure and decreased sense of smell. Other symptoms may include fever, bad breath, dental pain and headache. Some of these symptoms can also be seen with allergic rhinitis; however, this is usually associated with clear nasal drainage as well as sneezing and itching. Read more...

Why Should Obstructive Sleep Apnea be Treated?

Wayne B. Colin, DMD, MD, Lexington Clinic Otolaryngologist

If after a formal sleep study, the diagnosis is made of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, there are both subjective personal reasons and objective medical reasons to seriously consider treatment. Repetitive obstruction to breathing during sleep can produce blood oxygen levels dramatically below normal with resultant effects on the heart and brain. Obstruction to breathing triggers a reduction in the depth of sleep so as to improve muscle tone and relieve the blockage to breathing. The result is a poor quality of sleep and impaired "quality of life."  Read more...