Tag Archives: allergist

New Allergy Treatment Option in Hampton Roads

Just in time for one of the worst allergy seasons ever, Hampton Roads allergy sufferers have a new treatment option. Dr. Christine Franzese with the DePaul/EVMS Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery is now offering sublingual immunotherapy tablets. The sublingual tablets, which are a new allergy treatment option, were FDA-approved in April month […]

Non-Invasive Treatment of Tonsil Stones Can Control Symptoms of Tonsilloliths

Many people have heard of kidney stones or gall stones. Not many people have heard of tonsil stones or “tonsilloliths”, even though they are relatively common. In fact, you may know someone that has them! What are Tonsil Stones? Tonsils are made of lymphoid tissue and they are near the back of your mouth, near […]

Kids in the United States Have Higher Rates of Allergies

New research is suggesting that US environmental factors may affect allergy rates in children. Researchers from Beth Israel Medical Center and St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center recently determined the prevalence of physician-diagnosed asthma, eczema, hay fever, or food allergies in American kids and found that, overall: 20.3% of foreign-born children who live in the United States […]

High Pollen Counts Bring Bad News for Allergy Patients in Hampton Roads

Forecasts have predicted that this year would be one of the worst years for allergy suffers as pollen counts were estimated to be high this year and so far, these forecasts seem to be accurate. According to the Washington Post, Thursday April 18, 2013 was one of the worst days ever for those allergic to […]

Allergy Sufferers Have Access to New Treatment, Allergy Drops, in Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads allergy sufferers are bracing themselves for pollen season. And Dr. Christine Franzese, an otolaryngologist at Bon Secours DePaul in Norfolk is seeing more and more patients coming her way – especially with forecasts predicting a particularly bad pollen year. Dr. Franzese says medications and injections can help, but she’s now prescribing allergy drops. […]

Irritation from Cold Wind and Water Can Lead to Painful Condition, Surfer’s Ear

Surfing is popular in all beach communities, Virginia Beach included.  But with surfing can come a painful and damaging condition many people know little about – Surfer’s Ear. Surfer’s Ear shouldn’t be confused with Swimmer’s ear, which is a common infection of the outer ear canal. Surfer’s Ear is the common name for one or […]

New Advances in Identifying and Treating Salivary Gland Stones

Many people have heard of kidney stones or gallstones, but not many have heard of salivary gland stones.  Salivary gland stones, called sialolithiasis, is when a stone forms in one of your salivary glands, the glands which make saliva. Stones are most commonly found in the submandibular gland, which is underneath your jaw, and parotid […]

New Outpatient Procedure Offers Permanent Relief to Chronic Sinusitis Sufferers

Dr. Christine Franzese of the DePaul/EVMS Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery talks about balloon sinuplasty. This outpatient procedure uses a balloon on a wire catheter to widen the walls of the sinuses – helping patients with chronic sinusitis breathe easier. Hear about how the procedure helped two real-life patients! + Read Dr. Franzese’s […]

3 Ways to Tackle Spring Allergies in Hampton Roads

Spring took awhile to come to Hampton Roads this year, but spring allergy season has already kicked up – and will be hanging around through midsummer. Warming temperatures can mean suffering for those who struggle with seasonal allergies. If you are having difficulty functioning due to itchy eyes or sinus headaches, you may want to […]

Dennie-Morgan Lines: Allergic “Wrinkles”

Allergies and the inflammation caused by allergies can do a lot different things to your body, but not many people realize that allergies can cause or contribute to under eye “wrinkles”. Most people think of old age when someone has under eye wrinkles, but allergies can cause this too, and not just in adults. One […]