What exactly are tonsil stones? Can they be Prevented? Ask the Expert: Dr. Smedley, Ear, Nose and Throat with Utica Park Clinic

What exactly are tonsil stones? Can they be Prevented? Ask the Expert: Dr. Smedley, Ear, Nose and Throat with Utica Park Clinic

Oct 11, 2016

    Question: What exactly are tonsil stones?  Is there a way to prevent them?     Answer: Tonsil stones are also known as tonsilloliths.  The surface of the tonsil is filled with uneven nooks, crannies or crypts.  These areas get filled with secretions from the tonsil, dead cells, mucus and other debris.  It gets compacted into the crypts each time...

My wife snores. Is there a mouthpiece or anything else she can wear to help? | Ask the Expert: Ear, Nose and Throat with Dr. Smedley at Utica Park Clinic

My wife snores. Is there a mouthpiece or anything else she can wear to help? | Ask the Expert: Ear, Nose and Throat with Dr. Smedley at Utica Park Clinic

Sep 6, 2016

Question: My wife snores. Is there a mouthpiece or anything else she can wear to help?   Answer: Yes!  Frequently, sleep apnea not only impacts the person who has it, but their partner as well.  For every person I help address their snoring and sleep apnea, there’s someone else that is also getting a better night’s sleep.  Many times, there’s a...

Ringing in the Ears | Ask the Expert: Dr. Smedley Ear, Nose and Throat Care with Utica Park Clinic

Ringing in the Ears | Ask the Expert: Dr. Smedley Ear, Nose and Throat Care with Utica Park Clinic

Aug 3, 2016

  Question: What causes ringing in the ears and how can I stop it?     Answer: Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, has many different causes.  It has often been described as buzzing, ringing, crickets, chirping, pulsing, whooshing and many others.  Hearing loss, medications, injury and even our anatomy can play a part.  One ear or both ears can be impacted.   ...

Snoring and Sleep Apnea | Ask the Expert: Ear, Nose & Throat with Dr. Smedley at Utica Park Clinic

Snoring and Sleep Apnea | Ask the Expert: Ear, Nose & Throat with Dr. Smedley at Utica Park Clinic

Jul 6, 2016

  Question: If you snore, does it mean you have sleep apnea?    Answer: Sleep apnea simply means a pause in breathing while sleeping.  It can be central (the brain doesn’t send the message for the body to breath in) or obstructive (something is blocking the effort to breath in.)  Obstructive sleep apnea is more common and is frequently associated with...

Is Mouth Breathing when my Child Sleeps Bad? | Ask the Expert: Ear, Nose and Throat with Dr. Smedley at Utica Park Clinic

Is Mouth Breathing when my Child Sleeps Bad? | Ask the Expert: Ear, Nose and Throat with Dr. Smedley at Utica Park Clinic

Jun 2, 2016

    Question: My child is a “mouth breather” when she sleeps. Is that a bad thing?     Answer: Mouth breathing is frequently a sign of nasal airway obstruction and does have specific implications that need to be considered.    First of all, the upper and lower teeth erupt from the gums and advance until they meet together to take their place in our...

Nose Runs When Eating | Ask the Expert: Dr. Smedley Ear, Nose & Throat with Utica Park Clinic

Nose Runs When Eating | Ask the Expert: Dr. Smedley Ear, Nose & Throat with Utica Park Clinic

May 2, 2016

    Question: When I eat, my nose runs!  It’s so embarrassing that I feel I can’t go out to eat in public.  What can I do?  I have tried nasal steroid sprays and antihistamines.  Nothing works!     Answer: This condition sounds like gustatory rhinitis, which is treatable.  There are prescription nasal sprays that can be taken...