Health Information

Allergies >

An allergy is an abnormal condition of the immune system where it reacts to harmless substances such as pollen, dust, molds, and some foods as if they were bacteria, viruses, and cancer. This leads to an overreaction of the immune system to these substances, which trigger a sequence of events referred to as allergic inflammation.

Ears >

If you have ear pain, drainage, excess earwax, hearing loss in only one ear, sudden or rapidly progressive hearing loss, or dizziness, it is especially important that you see an otolaryngologist.

Nose >

When your nose works well, you seldom give it a second thought. Iif your nose doesn’t work right, you may have trouble breathing, smelling, and tasting. This can lead to headaches, sore throats, and more. These can be signs of a problem that nasal surgery could help correct.

Pediatrics >

Medline, a service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, reports that day care centers do pose some degree of an increased health risk for children, because of the exposure to other children who may be sick.

Plastic Surgery >

Grand Rapids ENT surgeons are trained and experienced in both nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) and eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).

Throat >

Throat problems are common. You’ve probably had a sore throat. The cause is usually a viral infection, but other causes include allergies, infection with bacteria or the upward movement of stomach acids into the esophagus, called gastric reflux (GERD).