Ear Infection Prevention Measures for Children

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Ear Infection Prevention
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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.

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Sleep Apnea in Children

 

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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.

The Many Uses of BOTOX or Botulinum Toxin

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Dr. Frank Brettschneider is an accomplished otolaryngologist, surgeon, allergist, and osteopathic doctor with a private practice at Port Huron E.N.T. in Michigan. With a triple board certification in otolaryngology, otolaryngic allergy, and oro-facial plastic, Dr. Frank Brettschneider can provide a range of services to his patients for health or cosmetic reasons. One of the many services available at Port Huron E.N.T. is BOTOX injections.

BOTOX is the trade name for onabotulinumtoxinA, a drug containing botulinum toxin, which is derived from the generally quite poisonous clostridium botulinum bacterium, which is also the cause of the deadly disease botulism.

Botulinum toxin has been used in other contexts for years, and BOTOX was created in 1987, when an ophthalmologist named Jean Carruthers was using it to help patients with spasms in their eye region and noticed that it also made wrinkles disappear. Since then, BOTOX has been approved in 78 countries for cosmetic use, and is a very common treatment today for wrinkles and fine lines. It is generally quite safe in its current use, but there can be side effects and it’s important to get the treatment from a qualified professional.

Increasingly, researchers are studying a range of possible medical uses for botulinum toxin, and it has been shown to help with severe chronic migraines, arthritis, and even for excessive underarm sweating. A small Norwegian study showed that botulinum injections into the lower half of the stomachs of 20 people with obesity helped 75 percent of them lose weight.

Options for Treatment of Sinusitis

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As president of Port Huron Ear, Nose, and Throat, Dr. Frank Brettschneider builds on more than 30 years of practice experience. Dr. Frank Brettschneider regularly treats patients with acute or chronic sinusitis.

Treatment of sinusitis depends on its duration, severity, and cause. Patients with bacterial sinusitis can benefit from a course of antibiotics, though some physicians believe that such infections are rare and that antibiotics are unhelpful for the majority of sinusitis sufferers, whose condition is more likely to stem from viruses or allergies.

Those with sinusitis due to allergies may find relief through antihistamines or allergy shots. Some symptom relief may be achieved through painkillers and decongestants, the latter of which can help to thin collected mucus and improve drainage. Patients may achieve a similar effect through nasal irrigation, warm heat, or steam vapor inhalation, although those with severe swelling may require a prescription for an inhaled or oral steroid.

If a patient’s sinusitis recurs or endures for an extended period of time, surgery may be necessary. Performed either endoscopically or through a traditional incision, surgery aims to remove blockages and encourage the sinuses to drain. Finally, some patients may be eligible for an alternative surgery known as balloon sinuplasty, which allows the surgeon to effect incision-free drainage using an inflatable catheter.

The Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty

 

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Balloon Sinuplasty
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A Michigan-based otolaryngologist, Dr. Frank Brettschneider treats patients at Port Huron Ear, Nose, and Throat, PC. Dr. Frank Brettschneider specializes in orofacial plastic surgery, laryngoscopy, and balloon sinuplasty.

An endoscopic, catheter-based system, balloon sinuplasty offers relief from sinus pain. The technology, which takes an average of 73 minutes to administer, allows otolaryngologists to open up blocked sinus passageways without cutting the nasal bone or any tissue. As a result, patients experience less bleeding and minimal pain following a procedure. In addition, they typically have quicker recovery times, returning to regular activity within two days.

The technology has been used to treat more than 380,000 patients to date. Most patients who undergo a balloon sinuplasty enjoy long-term relief. In fact, the Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology reported that 95 percent of 1,036 patients observed in a clinical study of balloon sinuplasty outcomes continued to experience symptom relief of sinus pain following nine months of treatment. Another study, published in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, found that a majority of patients maintained an improved quality of life and symptom relief after two years.