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Introducing Holly McNatt – Clinical Allergy Specialist at Dallas ENT Group

Monday, November 6th, 2017

We are pleased to announce that our Clinical Allergy Specialist, Holly McNatt has joined our team!

Holly grew up in Plano and moved to San Marcos to attend college in Fall of 2013. In May of 2017; she graduated Cum Laude from Texas State University with a degree in Nutrition and Foods with a concentration in dietetics. In the past, she has worked with a variety of patients including geriatrics, pregnant mothers, infants, and toddlers. Experiencing allergies herself; she relates to what her patients experience on a daily basis. Holly’s goal as a Clinical Allergy Specialist is to work with patients to improve their overall health and reduce the impact allergy symptoms have on their life.

Help us in welcoming Holly to the Dallas ENT Group team!

Now that many plans have deductibles that are already met this time of year, what better time to finally get your allergy symptoms under control with our in home allergy immunotherapy treatment!

Ask us about how to get the relief you need and breathe easy this holiday season!

Call 972-566-8300

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May is Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month!

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Do you know one of our greatest services is providing treatment for allergy sufferers that allow them to eliminate their over-the-counter medication for good?

Spring is here and we all can’t wait to enjoy the good weather, but not at the expense of good health. Dallas ENT Group can provide safe and convenient allergy testing and treatment via individually customized immunotherapy. No weekly appointments necessary! Also, we take almost all major insurance plans and offer payment plans!

The best part is, you can do the treatment right at home!

With the personalized care you receive at Dallas ENT Group, you will be tested for the 48 most common allergies in the area and have your customized treatment plan all overseen by your ENT doctor. Once you have your personalized treatment plan, you can administer your therapy at home at your convenience.

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT NOW!
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Awarded Again as Best Doctors in Dallas by D Magazine 2015!

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Dallas ENT Group provides comprehensive, quality otolaryngology care to adult and pediatric patients.
Drs. Andy Chung and Thomas Hung also offer their patients full audiology services, as well
as the latest advanced technology at Medical City Dallas Hospital, Forest Park Medical Center, and
Baylor Surgicare at North Dallas.

As former chief of ENT at Medical City and Medical City Children’s Hospitals in Dallas and
director of surgical oncology with the Dallas ENT Group, Dr. Andy Chung’s specialized training
and extensive experience affords adult and pediatric patients the luxury of one-stop, unsurpassed
care for even the most complicated ENT cases. He has clinical expertise in all aspects of ENT with
special interest in the treatment of sinus, cancer, sleep apnea, and thyroid disorders using the latest
minimally invasive techniques, such as balloon sinuplasty, radio-frequency tongue base reduction,
and transoral laser microsurgery.

Dr. Chung is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and completed his
otolaryngology residency at Duke University and an advanced head and neck cancer fellowship at
Washington University in St. Louis. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology,
American College of Surgeons, Texas Medical Association, and Dallas Academy of Otolaryngology.
Double board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Hung completed his surgical internship at Massachusetts
General Hospital and his otolaryngology residency and fellowship at Duke University
Hospital. Striving for the best outcomes while minimizing recovery time in his adult and pediatric
patients, Dr. Hung incorporates state-of-the-art technology specializing in minimal invasive office
procedures, including balloon sinuplasty.

Along with their associate Dr. Arun Badi, the physicians of Dallas ENT Group provide superior
care to their adult and pediatric patients.

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Advantages of Allergy Immunotherapy that you never knew but should.

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015


Allergy skin testing for common Texas allergens and how to resolve them for adults and children.
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Advantages of Allergy Immunotherapy
Allergy shots are widely regarded as a more effective treatment for allergies, and one that can actually decrease the progression of allergies. Medicines such as antihistamines simply cover the symptoms and can cause severe drowsiness. Your allergy immunotherapy treatment may even be covered by your existing insurance policy. If you have a question about your coverage simply call us or contact your insurance company.

What Types of Allergies Can Be Treated With Immunotherapy?
A wide range of allergies can be treated with immunotherapy. Texas is commonly known as “the allergy capital of the world.” Common allergens in our part of the country that trigger the common symptoms of congestion, sneezing, and itching are typically plant-based pollens. Immunotherapy is generally regarded as a sound treatment for allergic reactions to pollen. In addition, immunotherapy can also treat allergic reactions to mold, dust mites, and animal dander.

Why Not Start Today?
You can start on your path to becoming allergy-free today. Just call Dallas ENT Group at (972) 566-8300 to set up your allergy testing appointment today!

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All about Sinus infection/Sinusitis

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

This is the time of year when many people are getting sick with a cold or flu and then develop nasal congestion and pressure. How do you know when you have a sinus infection? Do you need to see a doctor? This will attempt to help answer those questions.

Sinusitis: Swelling of the lining of the sinuses and nose. The sinuses are the hollow areas within the facial bones that are connected to the nasal openings. The sinuses are lined with mucous membranes, similar to the inside of the nose.

Symptoms: Nasal congestion, purulent discharge, dental pain, facial pain, especially if it’s worse when bending forward. Other signs include fever, fatigue, cough, ear pressure/fullness, bad breath and headache.

When to get help immediately: High fever > 102.5, sudden severe pain in the face or head, double vision or difficulty seeing, confusion or difficulty thinking clearly, swelling or redness around one or both eyes, stiff neck or shortness of breath.

Diagnosis: Highly predictive symptoms of a sinus infection include purulent rhinorrhea and nasal congestion with facial pressure/pain. The diagnosis is supported by the sensation of ear fullness, cough, difficulty smelling and headache. Symptoms that may suggest a bacterial sinus infection include: worsening of symptoms after initial improvement of symptoms. It is generally not possible to distinguish between viral and bacterial sinus infections in the first 10 days of illness even based on history, examination or radiology studies.

Most of the time radiologic tests such as x-rays or CT/Cat scans are not indicated for acute sinus infections. These radiological tests may show sinus fluid levels in both viral and bacterial sinus infections but it cannot distinguish between the two.

In general acute rhinosinusitis (ARS) is the most common type that we see in the medical clinic. It is a symptomatic inflammation of the nasal passages and paranasal sinuses lasting less than 4 weeks.

There are different classifications of sinusitis that are based on the length of symptoms.

1) Acute rhinosinusitis: symtpoms for less than 4 weeks

2) Subacute rhinosinusitis: symptoms for 4-12 weeks

3) Chronic rhinosinusitis: symptoms persist greater than 12 weeks

4) Recurrent acute rhinosinusitis: 4 or more episodes of ARS per year with resolution of symptoms in-between these episodes.

A sinus infection can be either viral or bacterial. Viral sinus infections usually last 7-10 days and most sinus infections are this type. Bacterial sinus infections usually (75%) go away on their own as well, but can take a month or more. In rare cases, patients with a bacterial sinus infection can develop a complication called orbital cellulitis.

It is very challenging for the doctor to determine whether a sinus infection is viral (like a common cold) or bacterial. Antibiotics may be helpful for the bacterial kind of sinus infection but won’t help the viral infection. Even though about most of the sinus infections are viral, 85-98% of the patients with sinus infections in the US are prescribed an antibiotic when seen in the clinic.

Acute bacterial infection occurs in only 0.5 to 2.0 percent of patients with sinus infections and virus is causing the symptoms 98-99.5% of the time.

How do you get a sinus infection? Viral sinusitis begins with direct contact of the virus into the eyes or nasal mucosa by respiratory droplets from someone else. Symptoms usually develop within the next day after exposure from someone else. Bacterial sinus infections occur when bacteria secondarily infect the inflamed sinus cavity. Most of the time this is a complication of a viral sinus infection but can also be a complication from with allergies, mechanical obstruction of the nose, swimming, intranasal cocaine use, impaired mucociliary clearance due to cystic fibrosis, or immunodeficiency.

You are more likely to develop a sinus infection if you smoke or you already have an impaired respiratory tract such as in cystic fibrosis.

Treatment: Since viral sinus infections usually resolve within 10 days, most of the time we use medications to treat symptoms with these symptoms without the use of antibiotics. An exception would be in the case of a patient who is getting worse after initial improvement or patients with severe symptoms are who are clearly worsening or are immunocompromised. For viral sinusitis, treatment aims to relieve the symptoms of nasal pressure/obstruction and runny nose. The medications do not shorten the duration of the illness in viral infections.

Options for treatment include:

1) Analgesics such as ibuprofen, naproxen or Tylenol

2) Topical steroid nasal spray such as Flonase, Rhinocort or Nasonex

3) Oral decongestant such as Sudafed or anti-inflammatory medication such as prednisone

4) Antihistamines such as Benadryl, Zyrtec, Allegra or Claritin

5) Zinc preparations have been used, but if sprayed in the nose they way cause difficulty with smell are not recommended.

6) Nasal saline rinses

Treatment of bacterial sinus infections may include antibiotics, however 40-60% of patients with bacterial sinus infections will clear their infection without antibiotics.

Antibiotics: Studies have shown nearly identical results in adults with the use of amoxicillin, Bactrim or erythromycin compared to other antibiotics. Most of the time we use Amoxicillin, either 875mg twice a day or 500mg three times a day for 10-14 days. If someone has an allergy to penicillin, Bactrim, doxycycline or other antibiotics might be chosen. There are some strains of S. pneumonia bacteria that are becoming resistant to amoxicillin.

This document is for informational purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice for any individual patient. If you have questions please contact your medical provider.

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