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COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

As of April 15, 2021, everyone in Washington age 16 and over is eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Please visit our vaccine page for information on how to schedule an appointment.

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Seasonal allergies: Tips, treatments and solutions from an ENT

Posted on Apr. 14, 2021 ( comments)
Tips for minimizing exposure to pollen and some treatment options if you experience symptoms of seasonal allergies.

COVID-19 and your sense of smell: what you need to know

Posted on Nov. 10, 2020 ( comments)
Is COVID-19 keeping you from smelling the roses? If so, you are not alone. Loss of sense of smell, called anosmia, is one of the most common symptoms of acute COVID-19 infection. What exactly causes this loss of smell? Is it permanent? Should I get tested for COVID-19? MultiCare Ear, Nose and Throat doctor Sepehr Oliaei, MD, answers these questions and more.

Breathing in smoky air? Saline irrigations can help.

Posted on Sep. 14, 2020 ( comments)
According to news reports, the smoke from our state’s wildfires may be here to stay for a few more days.There is a lot of talk in the media about the benefits of filters such as particulate-filtering respirator masks, air purifiers and HEPA filters to protect us from the pollution. But don’t forget about the one filter that we all have access to and use every day: our nose.

How to reduce the risk of ear infections in kids

Posted on Feb. 14, 2019 ( comments)
If you find yourself thinking “Another ear infection?” about your child, this article might be for you.

Q&A with a doctor: What to do if you find a lump on your child’s neck

Posted on Aug. 29, 2018 ( comments)
Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about lumps found in the neck.

When your tonsils are a pain in the neck: Should you consider tonsillectomy?

Posted on Mar. 19, 2018 ( comments)
Answers to commonly asked questions about tonsils and tonsil surgery.

New procedure to help patients suffering chronic ear plugging

Posted on Dec. 7, 2017 ( comments)
There may be hope on the horizon for patients suffering from chronic ear plugging.
Cotton swabs Q-tips

Cotton swabs in the ears: Are they safe?

Posted on Mar. 1, 2017 ( comments)

Despite widespread warnings against use of cotton swabs in the ear canal, this use continues unabated.

Winter cold brings dry air ... and dry, bloody noses

Posted on Jan. 26, 2017 ( comments)
Dry winter scene
Man with painful sinuses

New treatment gives patients a reason to breathe easier about endoscopic sinus surgery

Posted on Nov. 27, 2015 ( comments)

A new, lightweight, spring-like device inserted during endoscopic surgery at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital is helping many sinus patients breathe easier about sinus surgery.