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Dr. Stierman on KVUE Discussing Grill Brush Trouble

Dr. Stierman on KVUE June 2016

Dr. Stierman on KVUE Discussing Grill Brush Trouble

Dr. Karen Stierman was on KVUE Midday recently to discuss the dangers of grill brushes. Research published in the April 2016 edition of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery examines the incidence of injuries caused by ingesting wire bristles from grill brushes, and prompts physicians and consumers to take notice before the summer grilling season.

Click here to watch Dr. Stierman on KVUE

Meet Dr. Taheri

Meet Dr. Taheri

Please help us welcome Dr. Kevin Taheri to the ENT & Allergy Center of Austin!

Dr. Taheri sees both pediatric and adult patients and is interested in all general ear, nose, and throat procedures including the treatment of allergies, chronic sinusitis, and balloon sinuplasty. He also treats nasal obstruction and performs head and neck surgery, treating both thyroid and parathyroid disease.

We are delighted include Dr. Taheri as part of our staff.

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New Sublingual Allergy Tablets

Exciting news from the FDA regarding sublingual allergy tablets!

The FDA recently approved three allergy sublingual immunotherapy tablets. On April 17, the FDA approved Merck’s RAGWITEK™ sublingual allergy tablet for ragweed pollen. This comes just days after the approval of the grass sublingual allergy tablets GRASTEK® (also Merck), and ORALAIR® (Greer).

While it will be some time before these tablets are made available for patients, RAGWITEK™ will likely be the first. Roll-out is targeted for late spring or early summer 2014, directly before the start of ragweed season. However, carriers may be reluctant to allow “new” drug formulary penetrance in the first six months.

The AAOA anticipates the cost of the tablets to be approximately $7 to $8 per tablet. The tablets will need to be taken three months prior to the season and continued throughout the season. No claim of disease modification is being made.

For more information, click here.

Got a Sore Throat?

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In a majority of sore throat cases, the problem comes-and-goes when you're getting a cold or the flu. Sure, there are serious things which may happen if you get a sore throat with great frequency. If that's the case, the ENT Center of Austin can diagnose this regular, repeated occurrence and offer help. However, for those who aren't plagued with continuous roughness, we want to make the journey less bumpy by tossing out some suggestions to smooth the road ahead.

Piercing Your Nose - Warnings Ahead

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Getting a hole punched in your nose is not something you want to do when you're under the influence. If you hear anyone in the background slobber, "Let's drive to Key West!" before getting a beak piercing, probably should stop bending elbows for the night, call a cab and go home.

For those sober folks, here's the good news: It hurts a lot less to get your schnozzle punctured than a lip, ear or some totally unmentionable place on your body. Want some other tips? Read on.

Weight Gain After a Tonsillectomy

There's something that happens to kids under the age of 6 after they get their tonsils removed. You may have noticed it personally, but children after surgery, tend to end up gaining weight. This weight gaining experience doesn't happen in older patients, rather just those youthful folks we mentioned at the top.

weight scaleA group of scientists at Johns Hopkins University who specialize in otolaryngology -- head and neck surgery -- have studied this. They looked at nearly 120 young ones in the Baltimore area. What popped-up was that they found an increase in their body mass index, or BMI, when the procedure was done at a very early age.

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