Blog Blog en-us Fri, 21 Dec 2018 00:43:36 -0800 Wed, 01 Mar 2017 12:12:47 -0800 Officite Development Scripting Pre-register Online for appointments

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You can Pre-register online, fill out your paperwork, and pay your co-pay before your appointment.  Give us your email address and Phreesia will send you an email.  You will receive a link to login and fill out your information. 

As always, please remember to bring your insurance cards and a list of current medication.

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 18:55:40 -0800
FACTS and STATS about Fall Allergies, 29 Jan 2017 18:55:40 -0800Common Symptoms of Sleep Disorders  Symptoms of Sleep Disorders:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness or fatigue
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Mood swings
  • Lack of energy
  • Depression
  • Exhaustion

Tips to Improve Sleep & Reduce Daytime Sleepiness:

  • Turn off devices at least an hour before bed, especially those that are held close to the face, such as a phone, tablet or laptop.
  • Sleep in a cool, dark room.
  • Do not let animals sleep on the bed.
  • Relax before bed, do not work until bedtime.  It is important to separate the work day and bedtime.
  • Exercise -- exercise improves sleep, but do not exercise too close to bedtime because the body needs time to cool down and relax after exercise.
  • Limit afternoon and nighttime caffeine.
  • Routine -- waking and going to sleep at the same time each day establishes a normal sleep schedule.
  • Avoid alcohol close to bedtime.
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 20:09:03 -0700
Hear This

Hear This!

Rates of noise-induced hearing loss in kids have jumped by almost a third in the last decade, and one in eight American children under 13 has some level of loss, according to the Starkey Hearing Foundation, an organization that provides hearing aids to people in need around the world.  "Noise damage is entirely preventable, but once the damage is done, it can't be reversed," says David A. Fabry, PhD., vice president of audiology and professional relations at Starkey Hearing Technologies.  Always have your kids wear ear protection at loud public events, and monitor the volume of their headphones.  If something sounds loud to you, it's too loud for your child, Dr. Gabry say.  Both iPhones and Android systems have parental controls to limit the volume,  Starkey Hearing Technologies' free app, SoundCheck, can also help you measure safe listening levels.

Parents May 2016

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:44:41 -0700
Select the Right Sunscreen

Select the Right Sunscreen

When it comes to sun protection, the options are endless.  Does your kid need SPF 30 or 70?  What's the difference between UVA and UVB?  Quit worrying!  Just follow these guidelines from Parents advisor Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D., a pediatrician at Seattle Children's Hospital.

  • Look for the term "broad spectrum" on the label.  That means the sunscreen will protect against both UVA (skin-damaging) and UVB (burning) rays.
  • Pick one with SPF 30.  Sunscreens that have a higher SPF don't significantly increase protection, says Dr. Swanson.
  • Go for a mineral sunscreen.  The active ingredient should be zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.  These are physical barriers and are less likely to be absorbed into skin.
  • Try to avoid sunscreen for babies under 6 months old.  Instead, keep them out to the sun and use a hat, sunglasses, and clothing as cover.
  • Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure.  If your child is playing or swimming, reapply every one to two hours.
  • Avoid spray sunscreens.  It's hard to know how thickly you're applying them, and more research is still needed on the possible risks from inhalation, says Dr. Swanson.


Parents May 2016

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 16:51:44 -0700
5 Things you didn't know about allergies - week 5                                     


 Honey - There is NO proof it helps.

Some parents swear by local honey as an all-natural immunotherapy. (It's safe for kids 12 months and older.)  If regular exposure to allergens is how immunotherapy strengthens a patient's immune system, shouldn't a tasty substance laden with pollens from your local area have the same effect?

Unlike immunotherapy, honey doesn't contain consistent levels of pollen.  There are few scientific studies of honey and allergies, and the ones that exist have no proof of any benefiting results.  Research has shown that any honey works as well as medicine for cough (given by teaspoon on an as-needed basis).  That said, it has to be the yummiest unproven therapy out there.

Parents - May 2016

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 20:05:01 -0700
5 Things you didn't know about allergies - Week 4

Kids ages 5 and older can try a new treatment.

When I was a child one of the only things that helped my allergies was getting "allergy shots," properly called immunotherapy or AIT.  Even today, shots are usually given one time every week for three to five years and act much like a vaccine, offering exposure to increasing levels of the substance you're allergic to so your immune system adapts and becomes less reactive.

Parents - May 2016

Tue, 24 May 2016 20:24:30 -0700
5 things you didn't know about allergies - Week 3 has a big effect on allergies.

Cold winter weather is a blessing for many kids with seasonal allergies, who can count on a break until at least February. A warmer winter can cause plants to pollinate early, meaning sufferers' symptoms start up sooner than usual.  A rainy spring can also promote rapid plant growth and lead to an increase in mold, with effects that last well into the fall.  Rain can wash away pollen, but the relief is only temporary, since pollen counts can rise rapidly following wet weather.

Other weather clues that may help you to head off your child's worst symptoms.  Warm, windy days generally lead to a high pollen count, whereas calm days can leave all that pollen on the ground rather than flying into your child's nose.

Parents May 2016

Wed, 11 May 2016 20:56:00 -0700
Things you didn't know about Allergies - week 2 counts don't tell the whole story.

If your child has had allergy testing, the results will be much more useful than relying on monitoring the overall pollen count.  If she's not allergic to ragweed, for example, then a high ragweed count shouldn't keep her off the playground.

Children who only have allergies in certain seasons are likely allergic to pollens or mold spores that appear at specific times of year.  Doctors can perform skin and/or blood tests to help you learn which types of pollen cause your child's flare-ups, and you can monitor pollen counts to know when to start medicines and, on the worst days, when to limit your child's time outdoors.  As a general rule, trees pollinate in the spring, grasses bloom in mid to late spring or early summer, and weeds in late summer or early fall.  In colder climates, mod spores are a summer to early-fall phenomenon, but in warm places, they can remain airborne year-around.

"Parents- May 2016"

Tue, 03 May 2016 20:59:03 -0700
Things you didn't know about allergies - week 1

Week 1- You should start medications earlier in the year than you may think.

If you are your child has seasonal allergies, you should ideally start the medicines at least two to three weeks before the beginning of the season ( which depends on his specific allergy) and continue them through the end.  If you have allergies year-round, talk to your doctor about keeping the medicines going all year rather than waiting for symptoms to flare up. 

Most allergy medicines are far more effective at preventing symptoms than they are at treating them once they start.  That's because the runny nose, stuffiness, itching, sneezing and watery eyes result from a whole cascade of events in the immune system, and once it gets going it's hard to stop.  Corticosteriod nose sprays, available over-the-counter, are the most effective type of medicines for allergies (ages 2 and older); they prevent the cascade by decreasing the immune system's response to antigens like dust mites and pollen.

Antihistamines can help relieve symptoms also. They are more effective if they are in bloodstream before the allergy attack.  They need about 5 days to reach their full strength and about 5 days to wear off completely.

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:55:27 -0700
To Vape or not to Vape? March 2015 a policy statement about electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) from the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Society of Clinical Oncology, stated that the use of electronic nicotine has quickly increased.  It is unclear that nonsmokers or former smokers will use these combustible tobacco products.  These devices may even discourage smokers from quitting.

Additionally, new research out of the University of California San Diego says smokers who try e-cigarettes to help them quit may in fact be less likely to quit.  Smokers in the study who had tried e-cigarettes were found to be half as likely to cut back on cigarette use and 59% less likely to quit.  While the study's author says more studies are needed, one possible reason for the findings is that smokers using e-cigarettes may be receiving an increase in nicotine over those not using e-cigarettes.

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 19:45:11 -0700
Allergy Prevention Tips Prevention Tips


Sign up for allergy alerts so you can easily monitor the allergy counts in your area.  Forewarned is forearmed.

Keep your windows closed in your home and car to avoid letting in pollen, especially when the local pollen count is high.  Set your air conditioners to recirculate in your home and vehicle, to avoid drawing in outside pollen-rich air.

The pollen counts are the highest between 5 am and 10 am, so limiting your outside exposure during those times can be extremely helpful for diminishing your allergies.

Limit exposure on mornings that are especially warm and dry; these will usually be the high pollen count days.  Days that are dry and windy also have high pollen counts.  The best time for outdoor activities is immediately following a heavy rainfall.

Avoid line drying your clothes and bedding outdoors when your local pollen count is high.

Wash your face and hands after you've been outside to remove pollen.  Also, change and wash clothes if they've been exposed to pollen.

Bathe and shampoo hair daily before going to bed to remove pollen from hair and skin in order to keep it off your bedding.  Wash bedding in hot, soapy water once a week.

Minimize contact with items that have come in contact with pollen, such as pets and people that have spent a large amount of time outdoors.

Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from pollen, and in severe allergy cases, wear a facemask when daily pollen counts are extremely high.

Visit your allergist or doctor to see if the allergy shot is for you.  Be consistent with your allergy medications for best results.


Thu, 10 Mar 2016 12:10:18 -0800
We provide hearing aids

We provide hearing aids and hearing aid repairs.

The cost of our high quality hearing aids are almost always less than other providers. 

At Southern Head and Neck Surgery you are treated by a board certified Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctor and a board certified Audiologist.

Ask us about our hearing aid services for you or a family member or friend.

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 18:55:30 -0800
Jenn's Healthy Chicken Soup dish is quite as soothing as a hearty bowl of chicken noodle soup.  Slow cookers have made this receipe much easier.  To keep the wide egg noodles from being mushy or overcooked, do not leave therm in any longer than 10 minutes.

2 lbs. bone-in chicken thighs, skinned and trimmed
3 medium carrots, cut into 1/2 inch pieces (1 1/4cups)
2 cups of celery  cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 medium leek, white and light green parts only, cleaned, chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1 fresh rosemary sprig
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp black pepper
8 cups chicken broth
2 cups wide egg noodles
3 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

1. Place chicken and next 9 ingredients in a 6 qt. slow cooker.  Cover and cook on LOW 6 hours or until chicken and vegetables are tender and chicken separates from bone.

2. Remove chicken from slow cooker.  Dice meat, discarding bones.  Return meat to slow cooker.  Stir in noodles and parsley. Cover and cook on High for 15 to 20 minutes or until noodles are tender.  Stir in lemon juice.  Serve immediately, and garnish with any leftover chopped fresh parsley.

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:36:55 -0800
Having Trouble Sleeping trouble sleeping?  Here are some Edible Sleep Aids.

Sleep impacts how you feel throughout the day and nutrition plays a big role in how well you sleep.  Try these foods to help you naturally produce serotonin and a good-night's sleep.

  • Complex carbs like cereals, brown rice and whole grains aid in sleep. Avoid simple carbs like cookies and cake, as sugar will reduce serotonin levels
  • Lean proteins like low-fat cheese, chicken, turkey, and fish
  • Warm milk, tea with chamomile or peppermint
  • Fresh herbs like sage and basil contain chemicals that reduce tension
Mon, 21 Dec 2015 22:23:56 -0800
Eating Right this holiday season, people are busy shopping, traveling, and visiting with loved ones.  Sometimes, instead of picking something good to snack on we pick up what is quick or easy.  Here are some examples of energy-rich snacks to help you get through the day.


  •  Apples give you a powerful jolt.  Packed with fiber, apples take longer to digest giving you a prolonged lift.  Pair with cheese for an even stronger boost.
  • Almonds are packed with protein, manganese, copper and riboflavin and are a super handy snack you can keep at your desk or in your car.
  • Yogurt contains magnesium, which helps release energy in your body.  It also gives you a dose of calcium and replenishes your glycogen.
  • Eggs provide a huge boost of complete protein along with some essential amino acids.  Having a boiled egg after a workout is a great way to recharge your body.

For more helpful tips on healthy eating come visit us at Southern Head and Neck Surgery.  Wesley Pinto, PA will be glad to go over a diet plan with you.

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 19:55:13 -0800
Halloween and Food Allergies night offers an opporturnity for children to have a fun time trick-or-treating or attending Halloween parties.  Many of these young children suffer from various food allergies that could present a serious problem if the wrong type of food is eaten accidentally.  Since Halloween treats (especially chocolate and baked goods) may contain common food allergens such as peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, wheat, and soy, children with food allergies need to take extra precautions on Halloween night.

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 12:36:53 -0700
Welcome Back Ally want to welcome back Ally Morris from Michigan, where she completed training by the American Academy of Otolaryngology as an audiology technician.  Kathy Brooks completedthis training 5 years ago and is a certified audiology technician.  Our staff audiologist, Lori McCollum, CCC-A, is nationally certified by the American Speech - Language Hearing Association and licensed by the State of Alabama.  She has been a clinical audiologist for 18 years.  Come see us for all your hearing needs!

Tue, 20 Oct 2015 21:28:49 -0700
Best of Sylacauga 2015 Award winner McLeod and the rest of the staff at Southern Head and Neck Surgery would like to thank each one for the honor of being selected as the 2015 Best of Sylacauga Award for Physicians' Office.

Press Release


Southern Head & Neck Surgery Receives 2015 Best of Sylacauga Award

Sylacauga Award Program Honors the Achievement

SYLACAUGA September 30, 2015 -- Southern Head & Neck Surgery has been selected for the 2015 Best of Sylacauga Award in the Physicians' Office category by the Sylacauga Award Program.

Each year, the Sylacauga Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Sylacauga area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Sylacauga Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Sylacauga Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Sylacauga Award Program

The Sylacauga Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Sylacauga area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Sylacauga Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Sylacauga Award Program
Sylacauga Award Program

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 10:47:42 -0700
2015 Readers' choice Winner McLeod and Lori McCollum, CCC-A, Certified Audiologist and the rest of the staff would like to thank each one of you that voted to make this possible.  Thank you for your continued support.  Call us for all of your hearing needs.

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:53:52 -0700