The Causes and Symptoms of Pollen-Related Allergies

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Pollen-Related Allergies

A well-established Marianna, Florida, ear, nose, and throat physician, Dr. Angelo Consiglio also serves as an assistant professor of otolaryngology at Florida International University. Angelo Consiglio, MD, has extensive experience in assisting patients with allergy issues, many of which are triggered by inhaling pollen.

Also known as allergic rhinitis, hay fever is prevalent during pollen season, which can extend months. Whereas the wind typically spreads pollen for weeds and wild grasses, birds and bees usually distribute it for flowering plants. For the susceptible, airborne pollen activates an unwanted immune response that causes chronic inflammation extending throughout the nasal passages and causing itchiness and congestion. Additionally, the eyes may become watery, red, itchy, and irritated and headaches occur.

Pollen contains small particulate irritants that may also lodge deep in the windpipe and trigger asthma, which involves wheezing and tightness of breath. Avoiding such allergies begins with staying indoors on peak pollen days, including those that are windy. Medical treatments range from intranasal corticosteroid sprays and antihistamines to long-term physician-directed immunotherapy regimens.

How Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Promotes Weight Loss

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human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG)


The owner of a solo ear, nose, and throat practice in Marianna, Florida, Angelo Consiglio, MD, provides dedicated care to his patients. Dr. Angelo Consiglio has also received training in weight loss management, including via human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) for rapid weight loss.

Through the HCG diet, individuals can lose up to a pound a day, yet much debate has existed about whether this loss is facilitated by HCG or by the dramatic reduction in calories called for by the diet. However, it has become clear that HCG plays a critical role in reducing feelings of hunger. Also, as a pro-hormone, HCG promotes additional hormone synthesis in the body, which can address the hormone deficiencies or imbalances that often underlie weight gain.

The fact that HCG elevates hormone levels is key to successful weight loss because it creates an anabolic state in the body, which encourages muscle building. With normal fasting, muscle rather than fat accounts for much of the weight lost because the body is in a catabolic state. Since HCG prevents muscle loss, more fat is lost due to the restricted calorie intake.

Airborne Allergens at Home That Cause Chronic Sinus Issues


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Angelo Consiglio

Based in Marianna, Florida, Angelo Consiglio, MD, treats patients for diverse ear, nose, and throat conditions. Dr. Angelo Consiglio has extensive experience in the management of allergies, which are often related to minute particles in the air and may cause persistent sinus issues.

Prevalent triggers include airborne allergens such as dust and dust mites, which can cause wheezing and constant sneezing and affect approximately one-half of homes nationwide. The indoor area should be regularly cleaned as a way of avoiding dust buildup.

Another major home issue is the dander from cats’ and dogs’ coats, as well as their mucus and saliva. Pet-related allergic reactions often develop over a period of months or years and can linger for an extended period after the animal is gone. Vacuum and steam cleaners, air purifiers, and bedding specifically designed to combat allergens are among the products available to alleviate pet-related allergic reactions.

Another common home issue is mold, which flourishes in dark, damp, confined areas such as basements and closets. The reactions triggered by mold can be particularly severe, and dehumidifiers should be set in place wherever such conditions exist.

Identifying Occurrences of Elder Neglect

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Golden Heart Senior Care

Angelo Consiglio, MD, is a Florida-based ear, nose, and throat physician with more than 30 years of experience helping patients achieve wellness. Dr. Angelo Consiglio’s professional activities extend to a position with Golden Heart Senior Care, through which he undertakes advocacy against elder abuse.

More common than many people imagine, elder abuse is a growing concern among authorities, with half a million cases reported each year. Forms of elder abuse include physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, as well as neglect. The latter is particularly prevalent and constitutes the majority of reported cases of elder abuse. Elder neglect typically involves failure on the part of the caretaker to fulfill obligations and provide the necessary care, given the patient’s deteriorating ability to care for him or herself.

The signs of self-neglect or caregiver neglect include malnutrition and unexplained weight loss, as well as skin issues such as bed sores. In addition, general living conditions may be unsanitary, with bedding and clothing soiled, and bugs present. Other aspects of neglect include insufficient heating, the presence of fire hazards, and lack of essentials such as running water. In cases of suspected elder neglect, it makes sense to notify the appropriate local authorities, who can investigate further.

Research on Middle Ear Infections Shows Genetic Link

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Middle Ear Infections

A respected Marianna, Florida, ear, nose, and throat physician, Dr. Angelo Consiglio practices at Jackson Hospital. Emphasizing a personalized approach to medicine, Angelo Consiglio, MD, offers experienced care for issues such as hoarseness, chronic cough, facial pain, and ear infection.

Particularly common among infants and children, acute otitis media (middle ear infections) are the leading reason for prescribing antibiotics to young people. Typically caused by viral or bacterial infections, the condition affects the space behind the eardrum filled with air and featuring delicate vibrating bones. Often painful, it can involve a damaging fluid buildup that places pressure on the eardrum.

Recent research on acute otitis media involved the analysis of 13,000 children’s DNA samples and revealed a genetic link with middle ear infections. This link through the gene FNDC1 has been confirmed through follow-up studies and seems to indicate that risk susceptibility may need to be reexamined. It could result in a more active diagnosis of the condition and more focus in finding effective prevention routes.

Parathyroid Disease – Symptoms and Diagnosis

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Parathyroid Disease

Dr. Angelo Consiglio belongs to several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. As physician and owner of a solo practice in Marianna, Florida, Angelo Consiglio, MD, assists patients who present medical problems relating to the head and neck.

Parathyroid glands, located in the neck and approximately the size and shape of rice, are part of the endocrine system. Although parathyroid glands are situated behind the thyroid gland, they don’t have anything to do with the thyroid.

Calcium levels are regulated by the parathyroid glands, and when parathyroid disease occurs, calcium levels can become out of range, leaving high calcium levels to circulate in the urine and blood. Irregular calcium levels can cause issues in the body, such as fragile bones, joint pain, abdominal pain, depression, weakness, and fatigue.

Symptoms of parathyroid disease can be mistaken for other conditions, which is why specific tests are used to rule this disease out. The checks may include a 24-hour urine collection test, bone mineral density test, sestamibi parathyroid scan, and kidney imaging.

American Rhinologic Society Hosts 2016 Summer Meeting

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American Rhinologic Society

An experienced otolaryngologist, Dr. Angelo Consiglio sees patients as a staff member at Jackson Hospital in Marianna, Florida. Complementing his professional work, Angelo Consiglio, MD, maintains memberships with a number of medical associations, including the American Rhinologic Society (ARS).

Dedicated to supporting the professional growth of its members, ARS hosts an annual Summer Meeting which brings together the nation’s leading otolaryngologists for several days of engaging educational opportunities. This year, the association hosted its 5th annual meeting on July 15 and 16 at Westin Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Through the support of such sponsors as Cook Medical and Olympus America Inc., the event featured numerous specialized panels on important industry topics.

During the Summer Meeting, attendees had the opportunity to attend short practice-related sessions on everything from handling surgical complications to necessary preoperative procedures. The meeting also provided updates on several emerging subjects such as the treatment of asthma and similar allergic conditions. Those who wished to earn continuing medical education credits for attending the meeting could also participate in the rhinology course. In addition to current topics, this session allowed otolaryngologists to gain a first-hand look at the human sinus cavity during a live cadaver dissection. Those who completed the requirements of the course were eligible to earn over 15 credits through the American Medical Association.