Category Archives: throat conditions

Practice changer for sore throats!

Steroids may be helpful for sore throats.  This is a new thought. 8 research trials were combined with results showing that for patients with sore throats (with  negative rapid strep test) and painful swallowing that steroids may treat the symptoms.  Patients who … Continue reading

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Hooked on hookah?

Here in Wichita hookah bars are popping up (seemingly) everywhere!  Waterpipe tobacco or “hookahs” are becoming a popular way to smoke.  Studies have shown nearly 20% of college students have smoked hookah in the past 30 days. My little foray … Continue reading

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Stop your kid from starting smoking

90% of tobacco users start before age 18 (read this: while they still live in your home).  I am a mother of three who feels passionately about my children not using any form of tobacco. As a physician I have … Continue reading

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The sore-throat-should-I see-my-doctor quandary. . .

I saw a patient this morning who I diagnosed with viral pharyngitis, not (bacterial) strep throat. She said she felt embarrassed that she came in to see me. I reassured her the importance of coming in to figure out  if she has … Continue reading

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Hoarseness

Hoarse voice Today, I am hoarse.  I whispered to my family yesterday and now I can talk to my patients.  I was given the advice that I “should start on something” to bring my voice back.  Hmmmmm. . . there … Continue reading

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