Ear Infection Prevention
Dr. Frank Brettschneider, who specializes in disorders affecting the nose, throat, and ears, sees patients for a variety reasons at his practice in Port Huron, Michigan. For instance, Dr. Frank Brettschneider helps children experiencing ear infections.
Ear infections are a common condition, particularly in young children. In fact, the majority of children will develop an ear infection in the first three years of life. However, parents can take a number of precautions to help make it less likely that children will experience the problem.
Parents can improve a child’s environment by not smoking nearby, since a link between smoking and an increased likelihood of ear infections has been shown to exist. Additionally, they should try to minimize children’s exposure to germs by making sure children wash their hands. Enrolling kids in a daycare with smaller group sizes, as well as limiting the amount of time children spend with peers who aren’t feeling well, are other good ideas.
Finally, following good practices regarding pacifiers and bottles can also help. For instance, parents may encourage children to stop using pacifiers after the age of 1, since continued pacifier use after a year of age is a risk factor for ear infections. Additionally, parents should make sure children sit up when they drink from a bottle.
An otolaryngologist, Dr. Frank Brettschneider treats patients with conditions of the ear, nose, and throat through his private practice in Port Huron, Michigan. In preparation for his medical career, Dr. Frank Brettschneider completed his otolaryngology and oro-facial plastic surgery residency at Clemens General Hospital. Among the conditions he is experienced at treating is mastoiditis.
The mastoid is a bone that makes up a portion of the skull that runs behind the ear. Sometimes, this bone can became infected, giving rise to a condition called “mastoiditis.” Usually, the infection begins in the ear and then spreads to the mastoid bone. Most cases of mastoiditis appear in children, and before the era of antibiotics, the condition was a major contributor to childhood mortality.
Symptoms of mastoiditis include hearing loss, which often gets worse as the infection progresses. Moreover, the condition causes pain, fever, and redness in the area around the mastoid. It many also result in ear discharge resembling pus.
Once settled in the mastoid, the infection can be hard to address in that drugs have difficulty penetrating the bone. Doctors may suggest oral and injected antibiotics or, in cases where antibiotics fail, surgery to clean out the mastoid.
Michigan Osteopathic Association
A graduate of Michigan State University’s osteopathic medicine doctoral program, Dr. Frank Brettschneider serves as president, physician, and surgeon of Port Huron Ear, Nose, and Throat located in Port Huron, Michigan. To help him stay up-to-date, Dr. Frank Brettschneider belongs to several professional organizations, including the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA).
As one of the largest state-based osteopathic organizations, MOA represents more than 8,000 medical students and osteopathic physicians in Michigan. Established more than 115 years ago, the organization advances the science of osteopathic medicine, improves the overall treatment of human ailments, and strengthens osteopathic medicine in the state. In addition, MOA promotes effective patient care, advocates for its members, and offers informational sessions.
One of these informational sessions occurs each summer. The 2017 Summer Conference takes place from June 15 through 18 at Mission Point Resort at Mackinac Island. Those in attendance have an opportunity to garner 20 to 22 continuing medical educational (CME) credits. They can also meet with exhibitors to learn more about changes made within the industry and how products and services can help members adapt.
As president of Port Huron Ear, Nose, and Throat in Michigan, Dr. Frank Brettschneider offers a variety of treatments for allergies. Dr. Frank Brettschneider and his colleagues make use of sublingual immunotherapy, a non-injective treatment methodology.
Sublingual immunotherapy offers preventive care for allergies by increasing tolerance to the allergen over time. It involves first determining the patient’s specific sensitivities. This information then allows the treating physician to prepare or prescribe a targeted allergen extract, which the patient places under the tongue for up to two minutes before swallowing. The patient repeats the process at home, three to seven days per week for approximately three to five years, depending on individual needs.
Sublingual immunotherapy currently stands out as the first preventive treatment not to require injections at an allergist’s office. It enables patients to self-administer, provided they adhere to specific dosage instructions and remain watchful for potential reactions, which may require treatment cessation and/or medical attention. It is currently available off label and for certain inhalant allergies, including dust mites and ragweed.
Dr. Frank Brettschneider, who heads an otolaryngology practice, helps patients with nose, ear, and throat conditions, including sleep apnea. In addition to seeing adults with the condition, Dr. Frank Brettschneider has treated children experiencing the sleep disorder.
Children with sleep apnea, a condition in which their breathing becomes blocked during the night, can experience a number of negative side effects on their overall health and well-being. For instance, they might have headaches or feel sleepy during the school day due to poorer-quality sleep at night. Parents often have a tough time waking up a child with sleep apnea in the morning. They might also notice that the child snores loudly at night and breathes through his or her mouth.
Sleep apnea in children has a number of possible causes. For instance, larger-than-normal adenoids and tonsils can partially block air flow as the child breathes while asleep. Excess weight, factors related to jaw and mouth structure, and experiencing second-hand cigarette smoke may be other contributing factors. If parents suspect that their child has sleep apnea, they should take him or her to a qualified medical professional for evaluation and treatment to address the issue as necessary.