“My practice is basically a ministry for me. I believe God gave me gifts and that I’m to use them in caring for people when they don’t feel good – serving them until they’re better. So that every patient experiences that quality of care, our practice team lives by three core values: integrity, excellence and service.” – Dr. Benke
Summertime is all fun and games until someone gets swimmer’s ear.
Affecting the outer ear, swimmer’s ear is a painful condition resulting from inflammation, irritation, or infection. These symptoms often occur after water gets trapped in your ear, with subsequent spread of bacteria or fungal organisms.
In order to prevent swimmer’s ear, keep ears free of moisture during swimming or bathing. Using ear plugs while swimming and drying your ears off with a towel will increase your risks of infection.
Fall comes along with lots of allergies.
Millions of Americans suffer from nasal allergies, commonly known as hay fever. When hay season has you down, medication or immunotherapy is there to give you relief.
Some tips to reduce your exposure to common allergens include wearing a pollen mask when doing yard work and keeping windows closed during heavy pollen seasons.
Mountain Cedar season is upon us.
This tree spews its pollen from early December to late February and wreaks havoc on your mucus membranes including eyes, nose, throat and lungs. When it’s cold outside, the pollen can be less active. However, when we have these occasional warm days with a south wind, watch out!
We recommend starting your nasal steroid spray, allergy eye drops and antihistamine in late November just to be ready.
Call us if we can help!
Spring is a beautiful season filled with flowers and time outdoors.
However, it is also filled with pollen and other allergens. Allergy injections (allergy shots) are a great way to treat spring allergens by building up your immune system’s tolerance.
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