Many of us take for granted the ability to breathe and sleep properly but for millions of individuals, these are problems that they must deal with daily. Allergy and sinus problems, including chronic rhinitis (congestion), are some of the most common ailments that physicians treat. Sleep disorders are problematic by themselves as it leads to lack of rest and productivity but can also exacerbate many other issues including cardiac conditions. The Department of Otolaryngology are experts at treating patients with these issues in addition to researching cutting edge techniques that will continue to help patients reclaim their lives.

Allergy and Sino-nasal research, under the direction of Stella Lee, MD, is looking at a variety of factors to help patients breathe, taste and smell normally.  Many patients complain of decreased ability to smell due to chronic rhinosinusitis including patients with and without nasal polyps. Dr. Lee is researching ways to teach patients how to learn to smell again through daily training that includes essential oils.  In addition, she continues to develop a tissue bank where she is testing allergen reactions in an effort to understand their mechanism of action. This research will allow Dr. Lee to develop methods for patients to potentially prevent allergic reactions in addition to developing treatments to specifically target the allergen should a reaction occur.

Getting a good night’s sleep is elusive for millions of people due to a variety of disorders including sleep apnea. In addition, sleep issues can also be a side effect of many ailments including Alzheimer’s, fibromyalgia and migraines. The Sleep Center, under the direction of Ryan Soose, MD, evaluates sleep issues through overnight patient analysis and then designs treatments that restore a restful night’s sleep.

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