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Will my sense of smell and taste come back after I was tested positive for COVID-19?

11-23-2020

Your sense of smell and taste will come back. Of course, these are very unsettling symptoms, but the good news is the vast majority of those effected will experience a rapid recovery of symptoms in a month's time (70-80%; Kacem et al. Neurol Sci 2020; Rieter et al. Am J Otolaryngol 2020). For those who […] ... more

What can I do to understand people while wearing masks and hearing aids?

11-05-2020

It can be somewhat difficult to hear others when they are wearing a mask. It can help to: • Face one another when conversing, taking care to maintain a safe distance • Minimize ambient noise, if possible • Speak slowly and clearly • Inform the other person of your hearing aids • Take turns speaking […] ... more

Do Valve Masks Keep Others Safe?

07-23-2020

  To protect the health and safety of our patients and team members, Coastal Ear, Nose and Throat and Coastal Surgery Center will no longer allow valve masks to be worn in any of our locations. A valve mask has a small plastic valve attached to the fabric on the outside. Unfortunately, the filter function […] ... more

Is voice hoarseness related to voice straining or overuse, allergies, post nasal drip, sinusitis, or acid reflux?

06-03-2020

This gentleman in his 70s presented with a hoarse voice and was found to have an early stage vocal cord cancer which was excised by Dr. Patel using cutting edge laser technique, before it could invade into deeper structures. The vast majority of patients with hoarseness have inflammation related to things like voice straining or […] ... more

What If Allergy Medications Aren't Enough?

04-30-2020

Spring is in the air. Blooming flowers, sunshine-filled walks around the block, and the typical combination of sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes. We all know the symptoms of seasonal allergies, right? Is it an antibiotic you need, or a daily over-the-counter antihistamine? What you may be surprised to learn is that there are many […] ... more

Can I Schedule A TeleHealth Appointment?

04-16-2020

Safety and Comfort In these new times of quarantining, social distancing, and the uncertainty of when this will all end, Coastal Ear, Nose & Throat has adapted to be able safely see and treat patients. Telehealth visits offer patients the ability to see a doctor in the same day from the comfort and protection of […] ... more

What is TELEMEDICINE?

03-31-2020

During this period of national emergency, at Coastal Ear, Nose and Throat we are striving to keep everyone safe while continuing to provide the care you need. You will be able to have a visit with our physicians from the safety and comfort of your home using a HIPAA compliant video conferencing platform/telephone. TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM […] ... more

The Common Cold Can Lead to Sinus Infections in the Winter Months

12-19-2019

A sinus infection (or sinusitis) occurs when the tissue lining in your sinus cavity becomes swollen or inflamed. When your sinuses are blocked, they become a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses that can lead to an infection. That’s why it’s best to visit your doctor at the first signs of a sinus infection. Otherwise, […] ... more

Don't Let Tissues Be Your Winter Accessory!

11-13-2019

The common cold is a viral infection of your nose and throat (upper respiratory tract). It's usually mild, although it might not feel that way for the time being. Many types of viruses can cause a common cold. Children younger than 6 are at greatest risk of colds, but healthy adults can also expect to […] ... more

Soothing Your Sore Throat

10-30-2019

Sore Throat Remedies Nobody likes a sore throat. In fact, it can be just plain miserable. When your throat is sore, you become painfully aware of the itching, burning and scratching every time you swallow. Sore throats are most often caused by the common cold, and they tend to get better on their own, typically […] ... more