Respiratory: Allergies & Sinus Problems/Ear infections

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Hi
I have been suffering from chronic ear infections. I am 29 and female. I don't smoke or drink. I have has 4 infections in the past 6 months I also have tons of drainage and a feeling of a lump in my neck/ throat. I went to and ent and he said it could be allergy related and put me on Flonase. He also stuck a camera up my nose and looked down my throat. My question is how far down the ghost can thoses cameras see? Would it have detected an actual lump? I Am also suffering from a very hard lump in my tongue abou half inch from the tip which he feels is a blocked gland and as long as it doesn't grow he won't need to remove it. He feels it is benign. My question is Lso could allergies be causing the fluid ? I did t have much fluid when I went but he said we may consider ear tubes I the Flonase doesn't do the job. He also put me on medicine for acid Felix which he thinks is causing the lump. So how far down in you throat will the camera see?

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Kim

The camera can see almost all the way down the throat. Yes, it could see any visible lumps but not all lumps are visible.

Yes allergies can cause excess fluid created from the immune system and it can stuff up the middle ear.

Cheers, Gene

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Gene Sperling

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I can answer questions about indoor air quality, respiratory medications, home toxins, allergies and VOC's (volatile organic compounds). Home and office environmental issues and general medication questions regarding side effects and interactions.

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I have been a pharmacist for 30 years. I have been director of pharmacy services for a large teaching hospital, and have served as a consultant pharmacist to various out-patient programs. I have organized and managed various infusion programs treating infectious disease, immunologic diseases, and metabolic disorders. For the past 15 years I have operated a national respiratory pharmacy and devoted my time to assessing asthma, COPD, and emphysema patients and their problems. I know how to set-up and maintain a 'clean room' environment and I know how to resourcefully remediate environmental issues that cause health problems.

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I am a current or past member of IAQA, IESO, CA Pharmacists Assoc., NCPA, Consultant Pharmacists Assoc., Calcerts, and many others. I have licensing from the GSA (Government Services Organization). I have served on the California Task Force for Disaster Preparedness under the Department of Health Services.

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I am in the process of researching the application of Building Science as it relates to the Healthcare Industry. The purpose is to show the relationship(s) between 'sealed environments', poor construction, and improper equipment installations in modern homes and offices. The building boom of the 90's and 00's accelerated at a pace that did not allow proper oversight or adequate research of new techniques in construction design and the trades that applied them.

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I have a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Oklahoma. I have upper division courses in bio-pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, pharmacokinetics, toxicology, immunology, microbiology,etc. I have taken numerous post-graduate courses on respiratory disorders, mold, environmental issues, indoor air quality, building science, HVAC, clean room set-ups, womens health, and medication therapy management.

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I have received a distinguished achievement award from the County of Los Angeles for work with the Asthma Reading & Education Program sponsered by the UCLA clinics and Martin Luther King Medical Center. I have sponsored winter ski retreats for children with asthma. I have served on the Boards of several home health agencies. My highest honor comes when I can help someone understand how their personal environment influences their health, and how their own awareness positively impacts their quality of living. There is no greater award than helping others.

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My past and current clients have been the thousands of patients and physicians that I have consulted for and with to assess alternative approaches to disease management through common sense treatment, and how our personal environment influences our overall health.

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