An Overview of Tonsillitis

 

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Angelo Consiglio, MD, earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Specializing in ear, nose, and throat care, Dr. Angelo Consiglio provides services through a private practice in Marianna, Florida, where he focuses on conditions of the head and neck. A common head and neck condition is tonsillitis, which can have several different causes.

Individuals have two tonsils, which are lumps of tissue located in the throat. These lumps play an important role in the lymphatic system, which helps clear infections. The tonsils are meant to trap germs that enter the mouth and the nose. Tonsillitis occurs when the tonsils become inflamed, usually because of viral infections, although sometimes due to bacterial infections.

The overwhelming majority of children in the United States will have tonsillitis at least once. Viral tonsillitis is common among young children, while bacterial tonsillitis usually occurs between the ages of 5 and 15. Adults rarely experience inflamed tonsils.

Repeated cases of tonsillitis may result in the need for a tonsillectomy. Sometimes, tonsils can become so swollen that breathing and swallowing becomes difficult, which can also require surgical intervention.

JDRF Studies Biomedical Implant Immune Responses

 

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An accomplished otolaryngologist based in Marianna, Florida, Dr. Angelo Consiglio maintains a private practice where he treats major sinus issues and other ear, nose, and throat problems. Engaged with his community, Angelo Consiglio, MD, supports a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

A recent study sponsored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has discovered new information about how the body deals with foreign materials introduced through medical implants, such as insulin pumps. The research for this study was conducted by professionals at the Boston Children’s Hospital as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In studying rodents and animal primates, researchers found that colony stimulating factor-1 receptors increased their immunological activity when implanted devices made of materials such as polymer, hydrogel, and ceramic were introduced into the body. They also found that measures that singled out these receptors were able to help these implants become more compatible with the body’s immune system, and also promoted a more complete healing of wounds due to the lessening of fibrosis.

Common Caregiver Arrangements for Senior Citizens and Their Families

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Angelo Consiglio, MD, is the owner of an ear, nose, and throat clinic in Marianna, Florida. Alongside his work in otolaryngology, Dr. Angelo Consiglio works with Golden Heart Senior Care to provide quality caregivers throughout southwestern Florida.

The professionals at Golden Heart Senior Care know that making choices regarding a loved one’s care can be difficult. To help families make the right choices, Golden Heart provides information on three common caregiver arrangements.

In some situations, a family member provides care. This often means that an aging relative lives with his or her family and receives care at home. Some family caregivers may qualify for compensation for their work.

Other families may prefer to hire a private caregiver. While this secures professional-level care, families become employers and must tend to tax and liability issues for the caregiver.

Some families hire a nonmedical home-care business. This means that the business takes care of legal and tax concerns as well as vetting caregivers. These services send qualified caregivers where they are needed and retain liability and responsibility for those individuals and their actions.

Balloon Sinuplasty – New Treatment for Sinus Problems

Balloon sinuplasty

Dr. Angelo Consiglio practices otolaryngic medicine at his practice in Marianna, Florida. As an ear, nose, and throat doctor, Angelo Consiglio, MD, focuses on allergies and ailments of the head and neck, including sinus problems.

Balloon sinuplasty, also called balloon sinus dilation, is a relatively new procedure used to treat ailments of the sinuses. The process can relieve sinus headaches, congestion, and issues with smelling or tasting.

The minimally invasive procedure can be conducted in a doctor’s office. The patient receives local anesthesia, and a balloon catheter is then threaded into the affected sinus. The balloon is inflated, which expands the sinus cavity. A saline solution is sprayed into the region, flushing out mucus.

When the balloon is removed, the sinus is open and clear. The full process can be completed in one session, eliminating the need for sinus surgery or medication.

Three Tips for Your First Long-Distance Bike Ride

Long-Distance Bike Ride

 

Angelo Consiglio, MD, has provided care to many patients over the course of more than a decade as an ear, nose, and throat physician. Outside of his clinical practice, Dr. Angelo Consiglio enjoys maintaining his physical fitness by riding his bike. Long bike rides give you the chance to get out and see more of the world, but there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure you’re prepared for the ride.

1. Pedal smart and maintain a regular cadence that stays in the 90rpm (revolutions per minute) range. Pacing yourself will play a large role in your success.

2. Make sure you eat and drink when you need to, but also take care not to consume too much, which can leave you feeling bloated. Furthermore, drinking too much water can cause you to cramp up quicker.

3. Be wary of the wind, especially when riding on the road. If you feel shaky on the bike, it may be best to stop for a while until things calm down.

Common Conditions of the Vocal Folds

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With more than 30 years of experience as an otolaryngologist, Dr. Angelo Consiglio serves the ear, nose, and throat needs of patients throughout Jackson County, Florida. Angelo Consiglio, MD, maintains a strong presence in his professional community and has presented on disorders of the vocal folds as they relate to larynx anatomy and physiology.

Also known as the vocal cords, the vocal folds constitute two distinct smooth muscle tissue bands contained within the voice box, or larynx. Situated within the neck at the top of the windpipe (trachea) the cords vibrate air that is passed upward from the lungs and provide resonance. This resonance is determined by the specific configurations of the throat, nose, and mouth.

Common causes of vocal cord disorder include laryngitis, an inflammation due to heartburn, infection, or excessive use of the voice. Another issue that particularly affects professional singers involves vocal nodules, which develop as a pair on the vocal cord areas that can be strained as they come together and vibrate. The end result is a voice that is low, hoarse, and breathy.

Another relatively common issue is vocal cord paralysis, in which one or both of the cords is unable to open or close as required. Related to a variety of underlying conditions, from stroke to chest or neck injury, this condition may make it difficult to cough and swallow, and allow unwanted foods and liquids into the windpipe and lungs.

The Qualities of a Good Youth Sports Coach

 

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In addition to caring for patients in his work as an ear, nose, and throat physician, Angelo Consiglio, MD, has coached youth sports. Dr. Angelo Consiglio has worked with a number of youth baseball teams, including St. Francis High School’s summer league baseball team. To succeed in youth sports coaching, it is important to exhibit the following qualities.

1. Patience is crucial as youth players may not always follow instructions as quickly as or consistently you would like. You may also need to deal with children’s big emotions and offer more in-depth explanations to players so they understand their roles in the team.

2. A strong thirst for knowledge about the game you coach is also important. After all, it is difficult to relay instructions and information to youngsters if you don’t really understand the game yourself.

3. A good youth sports coach will also be on the lookout for team building opportunities outside of regular practices and games. Examples of team building range from going out to eat as a team after a game or attending outside events together as a group to simpler gestures, like encouraging team members to give each other high fives. This shows the youngsters the importance of coming together so they can work on common goals.