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

Infant with mouth open showing a restrictive frenulum, resulting in the condition often referred to as tongue-tie.

What Is Tongue-Tie in Infants, and Can It Affect Breastfeeding?

The birth of a baby is a beautiful, exciting, and scary time for new parents. When it comes to the health of a newborn, there are so many aspects of care to consider and so many new things to learn. Breastfeeding can be a primary cause of stress for many first-time mothers. While breastfeeding has proven to provide a baby with optimal nutrition, passive immunity, and mother-infant bonding, getting a baby to successfully latch for breastfeeding can sometimes be challenging and … Continued

What’s The Point Of Allergy Shots? Dropper with allergy drops liquid over bottle against blurred organic background, closeup.

What’s The Point Of Allergy Shots? Allergy Drops Are An Effective, Safer Alternative

Allergy shots (allergy immunotherapy) have been around for decades. For many people, allergy shots can be an effective medical therapy for severe allergy symptoms. For others, the inconvenience of frequent trips to a medical office and fear of needles make allergy shots an unattractive form of allergy treatment. For those patients, allergy drops may be a much better alternative to achieve similar, long-lasting relief of allergy symptoms. (More on that later.) A Brief History Of Allergies Allergic rhinitis is among … Continued

Is It Snot Or Not? Woman surrounded by tissues, blowing her nose.

Is It Snot Or Not? A Brief Guide To What Can Come Out Of Your Nose

From the smallest of babies to the oldest of adults, at some point, everyone has had a “runny nose.” The mucus that comes out of our nose is most commonly referred to as snot. But sometimes your nose produces more than mucus. It’s important to know the difference between mucus, pus, polyps, cerebrospinal fluid, and a foreign object so you will know when to seek the care of a physician. So read on to learn how you too can identify … Continued

PANDAS - Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infections

PANDAS – What Every Parent Needs to Know

What is PANDAS? In recent years, there has been a growing body of information and awareness among the medical community of a rare but concerning consequence of GABHS infection (a.k.a. acute tonsillitis or “strep throat”) called Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infections, commonly referred to as PANDAS. This is a specific phenomenon that falls under the broader category of Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS). Proper diagnosis is dependent on the healthcare provider’s awareness of this uncommon GABHS associated … Continued

Tonsillectomy for Children

Tonsillectomy for Children – New Clinical Practice Guidelines

Should my child have their tonsils removed? Tonsil problems in children are among the most common health concerns that result in a referral of a child to an ear, nose, and throat doctor (ENT or otolaryngologist).  Management methods of tonsil concerns such as frequent throat infections and problems associated with large tonsils continuously change over time as data from new research and clinical results are analyzed. Tonsillectomy, which almost always also includes adenoidectomy (removal of the tonsil tissue from the … 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