The Importance of Getting Evaluated by a Sinus Specialist

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Christopher French, MD

Written by MGP Member Christopher French, MD, Sinus Specialist at Associated Otolaryngologist of Pennsylvania  

Nasal and sinus issues are very common in Central Pennsylvania. Symptoms can include:

  • Trouble breathing through your nose
  • Blowing your nose frequently or having a drippy nose
  • Postnasal drip causing you to clear your throat or cough frequently
  • Sinus headaches
  • Problems with your sense of smell

If you suffer from any of these symptoms for more than a couple weeks, you may have rhinitis (inflammation inside the nose) or sinusitis (inflammation that extends into the sinuses).  The good news is that there are effective treatments for these diseases.

Typical treatment begins with steroid nasal sprays that help reduce the swelling inside your nose. If these don’t lead to improvement, further evaluation by a sinus specialist can be beneficial. The sinus specialist may perform a nasal endoscopy (a quick painless office procedure to look inside your nose with a camera) or order a sinus CT scan. The results of these studies can help narrow down the cause of your symptoms so you can be more effectively treated with medical or surgical measures. 

The Effects of Aphasia After a Stroke

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~ Written by Kristi Witt, Speech Language Pathologist at MGP Member Group, ENT Surgery Group, PC

aphasiaawareness 1Stroke is the #5 cause of death in the U.S., and a leading cause of disability.  ​Aphasia effects over 2 million people, but most people don't know what it is.  It is a language disorder, usually caused by stroke, that can drastically impair one’s ability to communicate.

Aphasia can diminish one’s capacity to use language in basic daily activities, and can lead to depression, social withdrawal, and erosion of relationships.  A certified Speech Language Pathologist can evaluate aphasia, determine which communicative mechanisms are affected by this disorder, and plan appropriate treatment strategies.       




Diabetic Foot Care

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~ Written by MGP Member, Thomas Ortenzio, DPM of OSS Health

Foot Care Diabetes

The disease known as Diabetes Mellitus (or diabetes) affects many systems of the body and can develop in people of all ages.  When it affects the foot, the consequences can be severe.  It is crucial for people with diabetes to give special attention to their feet so that they live longer and heathier lives.

Diabetes is a disease caused when the body does not produce enough insulin, or when the body’s insulin is incapable of functioning properly.  Insulin helps turn the food we eat into energy or store it for future use.  Diabetes can cause:

  • Poor immune function
  • Loss of vision
  • Decreased kidney function
  • Nerve dysfunction resulting in decreased sensation and circulation changes

The biggest concern with your feet is prevention of those complications that arise from changes in sensation and circulation.

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