Throat Conditions – Tonsillitis


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A specialist board certified in otolaryngology in Michigan, Dr. Frank Brettschneider earned his DO from Michigan State University. Dr. Frank Brettschneider treats patients with problems such as tonsillitis at Port Huron Ear, Nose, and Throat, PC.

Sometimes, the tonsils, or the tissue in the rear of the throat, become infected, resulting in tonsillitis. The condition causes symptoms like pain, swelling, and tenderness in the throat and in nearby lymph nodes. Patients often associate tonsillitis with surgery, a treatment that was once commonly used to address the condition. These days, however, doctors reserve surgery only for those cases that recur or show resistance to more conservative therapies.

The origins of the infection can be viral or bacterial in nature. Up to 70 percent of cases originate from viruses, and the remainder originate from bacteria, usually the bacteria that cause strep throat. Moderate viral tonsillitis cases may not require medication, but doctors may prescribe antibiotics to address bacterial tonsillitis.


Ear Infection Prevention Measures for Children

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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.

Ear Problems – Mastoiditis

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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 Welcomes Members to Conference


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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.

An Introduction to Sublingual Immunotherapy

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Sublingual Immunotherapy

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.