A photo of Dr. McClelland receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Should I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Living with the Covid virus (COVID-19, Coronavirus) has certainly created a challenging and confusing time for us all. For many people, it has resulted in a period of distress and uncertainty unlike any previously experienced. After much anticipation, COVID-19 vaccines are finally being distributed, but now people seem to be reeling with an entirely new set of concerns.  As we enter 2021, millions of us are asking: “Should I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?” I hope my perspective and personal opinions … Continued

Tips For Reducing The Effects Of Environmental Allergens

Tips For Reducing The Effects Of Environmental Allergens

Allergens are all around us. From the outdoors to our home, common sources of allergies like pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and mold can make life miserable. Immunotherapy in the form of allergy shots or allergy drops at CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat can create an immunity to these environmental allergens, but there are also steps you can take each day to reduce the impact of allergies on you and your family. This article offers some overall advice as well … Continued

Pollen, Animal Dander, Dust Mites, and Mold

Pollen, Animal Dander, Dust Mites, and Mold – Taking Control Of Common Allergens

Pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and mold have an immeasurable impact on people with allergies. These allergens seem to be present in every aspect of life, but once you learn more about them and understand how to reduce your exposure to them, you can improve your health and your life. Pollen It’s remarkable just how much discomfort tiny pollen particles can cause. Pollen from grasses, trees, and weeds can trigger runny noses, itchy eyes, sneezing, and even skin irritation. Depending … Continued

Know The Signs Of Reflux

Know The Signs Of Reflux

Even If You Don’t Have Heartburn, You May Still Have Reflux​ Most people do not realize there are two different conditions caused by reflux. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is what immediately comes to mind for most patients, with symptoms of heartburn caused by the backflow of stomach contents into the esophagus. The other condition caused by gastric reflux is Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR). This condition is very common, but it can have very different symptoms than GERD. Identifying which type of … Continued

Do You Have Allergies Or A Cold?

Do You Have Allergies Or A Cold?

You cough, you sneeze and you suffer from congestion and a runny nose. But to get the relief you need, you must answer this big question: Do you have allergies or a cold? First, it’s important to know the differences between allergies and colds. The common cold and its symptoms usually begin when a virus enters your body, and your system reacts by fighting it. Allergy symptoms are the result of an overactive immune system. Your body mistakenly acts as … Continued

Sinus Surgery Success - The Importance of Topical Medical Therapy

Sinus Surgery Success – The Importance of Topical Medical Therapy

For patients who have already undergone sinus surgery, whether it’s balloon sinuplasty or endoscopic sinus surgery, medicated saline irrigations can be an important part of long-term postoperative medical care. Chronic sinusitis is typically the result of a combination of physical obstruction problems and environmental inflammatory problems that lead to a chronic or recurring bacterial or fungal infection. Logically, sinus surgery only serves to resolve the physical or obstruction aspect of the condition. So, as I like to explain to my … Continued

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children – Recognition and Treatment

Sleeping difficulties such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can affect people of all ages, sizes, and genders, including children. Approximately 2 to 4 percent of children snore regularly, and about 24 percent of the pediatric population has obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea causes a child’s breathing to be interrupted during sleep, which the brain perceives as choking. This triggers several physiologic changes. The heart rate slows, blood pressure rises, the brain is aroused, and sleep is disrupted. … Continued

Managing Nasal Polyps

Managing Nasal Polyps – Symptoms, Treatments, Options

Generally speaking, most patients are familiar with polyps as they relate to a colonoscopy and their potential to become cancerous. Although polyps are most notably associated with the colon, they can also occur in the stomach, the uterus and even the nasal cavity. Though they may sound scary, nasal polyps are almost always non-cancerous (benign). Nevertheless, we take this condition seriously and believe all patients with nasal polyps should be cared for by an otolaryngologist, because nasal polyposis can adversely … Continued

Three Factors That Lead To Chronic Nasal and Sinus Problems And How To Fix Them

Three Factors That Lead To Chronic Nasal and Sinus Problems And How To Fix Them

Over the past few years, the healthcare industry has been obsessed with finding a better allergy medicine and the “right antibiotic” to finally cure chronic nasal and sinus problems. Patients caught in a seemingly endless cycle of short-term relief followed by a return to stuffy heads and sinus pressure remain skeptical about the promise of new treatment options. One thing is clear. Based on advancements in our understanding of chronic and recurring sinus infections, there is no one-step cure for … Continued

Balloon Sinuplasty

Chronic Sinusitis Sufferer Undergoes Breakthrough Sinus Procedure in the Doctor’s Office – A Procedure Traditionally Performed in the Operating Room

CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat, PA offers our patients the benefit of a minimally invasive technology in the comfort of the office. Using only topical/local anesthetic, we can treat your sinus disease by gently dilating the sinus outflow tracts with a balloon catheter. Our surgeons are trained and experienced to perform this procedure in the office. CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat was the first practice in Charlotte to perform these Balloon Sinuplasty procedures in the office and remains the leader … Continued