St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat is so proud to announce that our own Dr. Kalpana DePasquale, DO will be in attendance at this year’s Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition (OMED) to deliver two lectures to attendees!
The OMED is an annual conference held in a different major city each year, organized to bring together ostheopathic physicians, medical staff, researchers and academics for five days of presentations, speaker panels, and commercial exhibition by medical industry providers.
OMED is organized by the American Osteopathic Association.
This year, OMED will be held in San Diego, California from Sunday, October 7th through Thursday, October 11th, 2012. You can check out a digital version of the conference brochure here!
Dr. DePasquale as a speaker
Our very own Dr. DePasquale will be delivering two separate lectures to conference attendees. The first is titled Allergic Rhinitis: The Otolaryngologist’s Perspective; the other is titled Chronic Sinusitis: The Evolution of Sinus Surgery.
Allergic rhinitis is the physical reaction from external influences, like the act of breathing dust, pollen, and other allergens, that aggravate your sinus activities. It’s more commonly known as hay fever, and is mostly active around this type of year (fall).
It’s a common and easily treatable problem that affects people of all backgrounds and ages. Allergic rhinitis is also easily treatable, so if you’re experiencing some of the symptoms like problems with smelling, chronic sneezing and tearing of the eyes, or itchy, stuffy, or a runny nose, you’re encouraged to contact us to set up an appointment in St. Augustine to get checked out.
You can check out an article we wrote on hay fever last year here.
Chronic sinusitis, on the other hand, is similar to allergic rhinitis but it’s a little more serious. The symptoms can also create more discomfort, and persist for longer periods of time.
This condition is characterized by an interference with the nasal cavities “drainage” system – in other words, chronic obstruction of the naval and sinus cavities – whether it be by infection, pre-existing growth traits like a deviated septum, or by swollen or inflames nasal cavities.
Symptoms that are commonly reported by those suffering from chronic sinusitis include persistent, unpleasant discharge from the nose or throat; pain and inflammation around the patient’s face; aching, coughing, or loss of smell and taste.
OMED offers a platform for leading physicians from around America to gather and lend their expertise with colleagues, medical students, and representatives from the public and private business and medical community.
The expo is also renowned hosting philanthropic and cause-driven activities during the week to benefit the host city in which it’s held. Activities this year include a 5k walk and run and a gold tournament, sponsoring the Collegiate Challenge, during which medical school students compete bragging rights and a trophy to commemorate the game.
We’re so excited that Dr. DePasquale will be speaking at the conference! We wish her safe travels and a wonderful week!
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