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Rhinoplasty Photos: Before and After

Commonly referred to as a “nose job,” rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure for correcting and reconstructing the nose, either to restore function or enhance appearance. In the surgery, an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist), a maxillofacial surgeon (jaw, face, and neck specialist), or a plastic surgeon, creates a functional, aesthetic, and facially proportionate nose by altering and manipulating the cartilage.

Patient #1

This patient had three prior sinus and septal surgeries elsewhere that resulted in a collapsed saddle nose. She was also bothered by her bifid (double) tip and hanging columella (inferior edge of midline septum) showing too much nasal mucosa. Cartilage was taken from her ear to create grafts on top of her nose to correct the saddle deformity. The fullness of the cartilage of her nasal tip was also trimmed and narrowed to get rid of the double and creased tip and the columella was raised to decrease nostril show. Normally cartilage from her nasal septum would have been used to recreate the dorsum of the nose, but there was none left due to the prior surgeries, so ear cartilage was used. Her sinus surgery was also revised, as there was some scarring partially blocking her sinuses again. Her sinuses are now doing great, and she is delighted with the appearance of her nose.


Patient #2

This patient had her nose broken by her child’s head 14 years previously.  This resulted in a crooked nose off to the left with an irregular hump, and a dramatically crooked septum to the right blocking her airway. The nose was also overprojected (too far out from the face), hung down too low, the tip was bulbous, and she had irregular bone on both sides of the nose from the fracture. During her procedure the hump was removed, the bones were broken and straightened and the tip was set back to decrease the projection of the nose. The tip was then narrowed, the columella raised and the septum straightened. A piece of cartilage was then placed between the right sidewall of the nose and the dorsum of the nose giving better symmetry and increasing airflow, cartilage grafts were placed over the left bony depressions, and the tip support was strengthened.  She is now breathing great and is very pleased with the appearance of here nose.

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woman after rhinoplasty front view
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woman after rhinoplasty side view

Patient #3

This patient broke her nose as a teenager and had a surgery elsewhere in an attempt to correct it, but her breathing got worse and a saddle deformity appeared on the top of the nose. A second surgery was performed soon after by the same surgeon but it did not improve her breathing or her appearance. More recently her young child threw his head back and broke her nose again. During her procedure her septum was straightened to improve airflow. An irregular piece of bone was discovered, which had been used in an attempt to correct the bump and dip on her dorsum. This bone graft was removed, and a graft from her septal cartilage was made and placed in the dip of the nose. Nasal bone irregularities were then removed, the bones were broken and straightened, and the base of the nose was raised. She now breathes great and has a natural and undamaged appearing nose.


Patient #4

This patient had rhinophyma, an overgrowth of sebaceous glands often seen in long standing acne rosacea.  The excess weight of tissue in rhinophyma causes collapse of the nostrils and decreased airway.  He also had a crooked septum which made it hard to breathe through his nose.  During his procedure the excess tissue from the tip, top and sidewalls of his nose was removed and these areas were allowed to naturally heal back over. The septum was then straightened.  He can now breathe great and has a much more normal appearing nose.


Patient #5

This patient is a kick boxer who has had his nose broken many times. During his procedure the hump on his nose was removed, the nose was broken and the bones straightened. The uneven nostrils were then straightened, along with the septum. He now breathes great, the nose looks natural, and he will try very hard not to break it again!


Rhinoplasty in Utah

There are many reasons our patients choose rhinoplasty (or nose jobs if we use the casual term).

The Ear, Nose and Throat Center is committed to helping you look and feel your best. Our patients rely on our staff of ENT doctors because they know they will receive exceptional care and attention—whether we repair a deviated septum, reset a broken nose or conduct a comprehensive rhinoplasty.

Contact us at 801-328-2522 to learn more about rhinoplasty in Utah.

Read: What is Rhinoplasty and Reconstructive Nasal Surgery

Read: 3 Reasons to Choose Rhinoplasty

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Broken Nose: Before and After Photos

A man appeared in our office with a dramatically broken nose. Dr. John Bennett, one of our ENT doctors in our Salt Lake City office, determined we needed to break the patient’s nose again in order to reset and improve the look.

Dr. Bennett performed a rhinoplasty and the results are dramatic. Where the patient’s nose was once crooked, it now sits straight and natural. The patient was pleased and recovery time was rapid. The before and after photos are separated by two months only.

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BEFORE – Broken nose curves toward right
man after broken nose
AFTER – Nose appears straight
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BEFORE – curvature of nose visible in nostrils
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AFTER – Nose is straight and aligned

Rhinoplasty Procedures in Salt Lake City and Draper, Utah

Broken noses and nasal fractures are common. We’re expert at setting and treating broken noses. Surprisingly, setting a broken nose is less painful than you might expect. It’s best to set the broken nose within two weeks of injury. This helps ensure the nose does not set in an unnatural position. However, if it has been longer than two weeks after the injury, we can break the nose and reset it as we did in this example.  Typically, a broken nose and/or rhinoplasty requires a week of healing.

Read: Repairing a Broken Nose

If you’re suffering from a broken nose, please call 801-328-2522 and set an appointment in our Salt Lake City or Draper, Utah offices. We’ll assess options and develop a treatment plan that repairs your broken nose and improves your appearance.

Read: What is Rhinoplasty and Reconstructive Nasal Surgery

Read: 10 Tips for Quick Recovery from Nose Surgery

woman after rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty: Before and After

Some of our patients seek rhinoplasty for purely cosmetic reasons. This female patient arrived in our offices and was troubled by her crooked nose, a hump near the top of the nose, a “split tip” where there was a minor cleft at the tip of the nose. Overall, she felt that her nose extended too far from her face.

Dr. John Bennett diagnosed her situation, developed a surgical plan and performed a successful rhinoplasty. The result is that her nose is more correctly aligned and the patient was thrilled by the result.

woman before rhinoplasty
BEFORE – Nose is curved to the right
woman after rhinoplasty to repair crooked nose
AFTER – Nose appears straight and aligned
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BEFORE – Notice small hump near top of the patient’s nose
side view of woman after rhinoplasty to repair crooked nose
AFTER – Hump removed and nose upturned to enhance appearance

Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center for Rhinoplasty

There are many reasons to choose rhinoplasty.

  • Your nose may be injured or broken in an accident
  • You have a deviated septum that makes it difficult to breathe or causes you to snore
  • You simply want to improve your appearance by enhancing your nose

We see patients daily in our Salt Lake City and Draper ENT offices who seek our rhinoplasty services. The reasons are less important than the outcome. Our goal is to help you look and feel better. Contact us at 801-328-2522 to learn more about rhinoplasty in Utah.

Read: What is Rhinoplasty and Reconstructive Nasal Surgery

Read: 3 Reasons to Choose Rhinoplasty

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5 Advantages of Minimally Invasive Sinus Surgery

Sinusitis and sinus infections impact nearly 30 million Americans each year. Our Salt Lake City and Draper ENT doctors see sinus patients each day and we’re constantly seeking new procedures that can help patients avoid chronic bouts of swollen or inflamed sinuses.

Read: 5 Signs You May have Sinusitis

One of the most significant developments in sinus treatment is endoscopic sinus surgery. This minimally invasive outpatient procedure is particularly effective in treating sinus problems while offering real advantages to the ENT doctor and patient.

Today we’re exploring five benefits of minimally invasive sinus surgery.

Benefit #1: Eliminates Incisions on the Face

In the past, ENT doctors performed sinus surgery through an “open procedure” that required a long incision. That longer incision could lead to scarring and a less attractive surgical outcome.

Minimally invasive sinus surgery is performed within the nose and eliminates facial incisions and scarring.

Benefit #2: Provides More Visibility and Accuracy

Minimally invasive sinus surgery is performed within the nose using endoscopes, cameras and miniature instruments. Images from within the nose are projected on a computer monitor and the doctor is able to precisely remove problem areas while protecting healthy tissue.

The image-guided system ultimately helps ENT doctors navigate the maze of small passages and cavities within the sinuses with exceptional accuracy.

Benefit #3: Shortens Operating Times

An endoscopic sinus surgery is usually mapped in advance, which speeds surgery times and decreases the length of time our patients spend in the operating room and under anesthesia.

This reduced procedural time lets our patients return home within a few hours following surgery and speeds recovery.

Benefit #4: Outpatient Surgery vs. Hospital Stay

We perform minimally invasive sinus surgery in Utah’s first in-house Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery Center. Located in downtown Salt Lake City, our surgery center is staffed by nursing professionals and board-certified anesthesiologists who get to know you as a person instead of a number on a long list of surgery patients.

Our surgical outcomes are exceptional and our patients regularly tell us how much they appreciate the attention, care and quick recovery from our outpatient surgeries.

Benefit #5: Faster Recovery Times

Any type of surgery requires time to renew and recover. With minimally invasive sinus surgery, recovery times accelerate and our Utah nose surgery patients can typically return to work within a few days.

Minimally invasive nose surgery typically doesn’t result in black eyes. That’s a big improvement over prior methods that often left patients with a bruised and blackened appearance following surgery.

Learn More about Minimally Invasive Sinus Surgery

Regular sinus infections can be diagnosed and treated by a trained ear, nose and throat doctor. Our board-certified ENT doctors in Salt Lake City and Draper, Utah are happy to answer questions about minimally invasive sinus surgery and determine if that treatment approach makes sense for your conditions.

Our surgical outcomes are excellent and we welcome your call at 801-328-2522 to schedule an appointment.

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5 Signs You May Have Sinusitis

Sinusitis in Utah (and the rest of the United States) is a common problem. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 29 million Americans suffer from chronic sinusitis. Remarkably, that’s nearly 13 percent of the entire population.

We hear you asking, What is sinusitis? Quite simply, sinusitis is another name for a sinus infection.

Sinus infections are episodes when the nasal passages become swollen and inflamed. Some episodes of sinusitis are brief while chronic sinusitis lasts from 4 to 12 weeks or longer and often occurs more than 4 times in a single year.

There are a variety of causes of sinusitis, including viruses, bacterial infections, nasal polyps, respiratory tract infections and allergies. Fortunately, there are common signs and symptoms of sinusitis that may indicate you have the condition and should seek treatment.

Sinusitis Symptoms

It’s easy to confuse a common cold with sinusitis. Both can cause a runny and congested nose. However, with a sinus infection or sinusitis, it’s likely that two of the following symptoms are present.

1. Thick Yellow or Green Discharge

You’re familiar with the normal consistency and color of mucus. It’s generally light colored and fairly thin, slippery and viscous. When you have a sinus infection, the discharge from your nose becomes thicker and a darker yellow or green color is common.

2. Headache

A deep, dull, ongoing headache is one of the common signs of a sinusitis. You’ll feel the ache in your cheekbones, forehead and the bridge of your nose. One of the fastest ways to make a sinus headache worse is to move your head quickly from side to side. Ouch!

Read: 6 Easy Ways to Relieve a Sinus Headache

3. Difficulty Breathing Through Your Nose

Sinusitis can block the ability to breathe through your nose. If you’ve suddenly become a mouth breather and you can’t clear your nose well enough to breathe normally, you may have a sinus infection.

4. Tenderness and Swelling around Your Eyes, Nose, Cheeks and Forehead

A sinus infection often leaves your head feeling like a giant soccer ball that has been kicked around. It feels tender. It feels heavy. Lightly touching your cheeks, nose and forehead causes pain. You need relief and you need it soon.

5. Reduced Sense of Taste and Smell

When your nose is stuffed, it’s difficult to taste and smell the foods you normally love. If you’re wondering if you’re having difficulty tasting and smelling food, order your favorite pizza or cook a favorite dish, preferably one with some spice and aroma. If you can barely smell and taste the food, you may have a sinus infection.

Other less common symptoms include ear pain, nausea, bad breath, cough and sore throat.

Call the Ear, Nose and Throat Sinus Center for Diagnosis and Treatment

If you recognize these sinusitis symptoms—and symptoms consistently last longer than 7 days and occur on a fairly regular basis—it’s time to contact an ear, nose and throat doctor in Draper, Salt Lake City or Park City, Utah.

The ENT doctors at the Ear, Nose and Throat Sinus Center regularly and successfully treat patients with sinusitis. Our outcomes are excellent. Call 801-328-2522 today to schedule an appointment. We’ll work with you to eliminate the pain and hassle of sinusitis.

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6 Easy Ways to Relieve a Sinus Headache

Colds and sinus infections (sinusitis) often lead to sinus pain. You have a headache. Your cheeks and nose can all become sensitive to the touch. Your sinuses are blocked and you feel fairly awful.

The good news is that most sinus pain is only temporary. However, while most colds get better on their own after a week, a sinus infection can linger longer.

Read: 5 Signs You May Have a Sinus Infection

Today we’re highlighting 6 tips to help you relieve sinus pain. Best of all, none of these remedies require a trip to the doctor’s office.

However, if these tips don’t help relieve your sinus headache, we suggest you call the Ear, Nose and Throat Sinus Center at 801-328-2522. We have the best ENT doctors in Salt Lake City, Draper and Park City and we’re ready to help diagnose and treat sinus pain and infections.

1. Use a Humidifier in Your Home

Utah is one of the driest states in the country. In fact, people from humid climates sometimes get nosebleeds when they arrive in Utah during the winter months simply because the air is so dry. But your nose and sinuses can get stuffy in Utah, too, and a humidifier can fix that problem by introducing moist air into your environment. We recommend you use a humidifier when you sleep at night. Alternatively, if you don’t have a humidifier, a steamy shower before you go to sleep can work wonders in reducing congestion and sinus pain and helping you sleep better. Inhaling the steam from a boiling pan of water also works well.

2. Use a Neti Pot

You may have heard, seen or even used a Neti pot. This simple, natural remedy works well and many ear, nose and throat doctors recommend Neti pots to help drain clogged sinuses. Neti pots can be used daily, but only for the short term. That’s because long-term sinus pain and congestion may indicate a chronic sinus infection.

Read: 5 Facts about Neti Pots and Nasal Irrigation

3. Use a Saline Nose Spray

A nose spray works well to temporarily reduce sinus swelling and pain. But you want to use a saline spray since the saline mist can help break up the mucus. You can use the spray up to six times daily without risk of side effects.

4. Use a Decongestant Nose Spray (for 3 Days Only)

Decongestant nose sprays are available over the counter and provide quick relief. But you don’t want to use these sprays longer than a few days because they can actually make your congestion worse if used too long. Ask your ENT doctor for recommendations.

5. Apply a Warm Compress

This is an old-school mode of sinus relief that is still used because it works. Place a moist and warm washcloth across your forehead, eyes and cheeks and relax. When the washcloth cools, bathe it again in warm water and repeat. It’s sinus relief just like grandma used to do it.

6. Take Pain Relievers

Acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve) can all help relieve sinus pain and are over-the-counter pain relievers. We generally suggest you try these other remedies first. But if your sinus headache persists, take the recommended dose of any of these pain relievers. Consult with your doctor and read the directions on the back of the pain reliever package to ensure you’re always staying within the appropriate dosage.

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5 Reasons to Get a Flu Shot Every Year

Nearly all of us have experienced flu symptoms—a cough and sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, chills, fatigue, fever, body aches and more.

Frankly, the flu feels awful.

A flu shot can help prevent you from experiencing the flu this winter. But surprisingly low numbers of Americans line up for their flu shots each year. In fact, according the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), only 42 percent of Americans received a flu shot during the 2011-2012 flu season.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older receive an annual flu shot.

We see hundreds of people suffering from the flu in our Salt Lake City and Draper offices each month during flu season—typically fall through early spring each year. So we’re offering 5 reasons why we recommend our patients get a flu shot each year.

Reason #1: You Can’t Get the Flu from a Flu Shot

People ask us this question all the time: “Can I get the flu from the flu vaccine?” The short answer is “No.”

A flu vaccine injection contains only viral proteins but no live flu virus. While some people experience pain in the arm where they received the flu shot, and may develop a low-grade fever, the shot has not given them a case of the flu. They are simply experiencing a short-term reaction to the flu vaccine.

A flu shot does not make you contagious, either. So someone who receives the vaccine will not transmit the flu to family members or co-workers.

Reason #2: The Flu Vaccine is Safe for Pregnant Women and Young Children

Many people wrongly believe that the flu vaccine is not safe for pregnant women or small children over 6 months of age. That’s a myth.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that pregnant women should be vaccinated against the flu. The organization states, “No study to date has shown an adverse consequence of inactivated influenza vaccine in pregnant women or their offspring.” (click for source)

Reason #3: The Flu Strain Changes Each Year

A flu shot isn’t a one-time vaccination; you need to renew your shot each year to improve your immunity. For instance, a flu shot in the fall won’t protect you from the flu the following fall. That’s because your immunity decreases throughout the year.

What’s more, the flu virus strains that circulate mutate and evolve each year. That means that while your flu shot may have protected you from specific flu strains last year, new strains are in the mix this year. An annual flu shot is the best way to protect you from constantly changing strains of the flu virus.

Reason #4: The Flu Kills

Many people wrongly assume that the flu is inconvenient but rarely serious or deadly.

The CDC reports that between 3,000 and 50,000 people in the United States die of the flu each year. That’s a sobering statistic and you don’t want to count yourself in that group.

Perhaps more surprising, more than 200,000 people are admitted to hospitals each flu season and between 15 million and 60 million cases of the flu are reported annually.

A flu shot is a smart way to protect yourself and improve your odds that you won’t get a case of the flu.

Reason #5: Flu Shots are Inexpensive and Reduce Health Care Costs

Flu shots are widely available at health care clinics, grocery stores, pharmacies and even many offices. Flu shots are relatively inexpensive—often $25 or less. That’s a small price to pay in comparison to missing multiple days of work with a case of the flu.

Getting a flu shot also helps you do your part to reduce health care costs. For instance, most people will pay more than $25 to visit a health care clinic and much more if you are admitted to an emergency room with flu symptoms.

A flu shot (or flu spray if you’re afraid of needles) is an affordable and convenient way to protect your health and the health of others.

See: Salt Lake City Flu Shot Locations

Get Your Flu Shot Each Year

Our Salt Lake City ENT doctors are committed to promoting the health and well being of your patients and we strongly recommend you get a flu shot each year. Use the Utah Flu Vaccination Locator tool to find a flu shot location near you. And call the Ear, Nose and Throat Center at 801-328-2522 for an appointment if you have flu symptoms.

See: Utah Flu Vaccination Locator

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5 Signs You May Have a Deviated Septum

No nose is perfect. In fact, most of us have noses that are slightly crooked and could benefit from deviated septum surgery (septoplasty)—a procedure where the center of the nose, or septum, is straightened and aligned.

You’ve surely seen people with severely curved noses. They’re obvious candidates for deviated septum surgery. Yet many of us have deviated septums and that condition can lead to trouble breathing and sleeping and is often related to the potentially life-threatening condition of sleep apnea.

Read: What is Sleep Apnea?

Here are 5 symptoms of a deviated septum. Not all people with a deviated septum will experience these symptoms. However, if you recognize these symptoms, our ear, nose and throat doctors in Salt Lake City can diagnose and treat your deviated septum.

Deviated Septum Symptom #1: Difficulty Breathing

A misaligned septum makes it more difficult for air to pass through the nostrils and into your lungs. As a result, you may encounter trouble breathing—especially when you have a cold or allergies. Those conditions make your nasal passages swell and narrow, which further constrains your ability to breathe.

Deviated Septum Symptom #2: Regular Nose Bleeds

In some patients, a deviated septum leads to regular nosebleeds. That’s because the curvature of the septum creates turbulence as air passes through the nostril. Think about your septum like the hood of a car or an airline wing. The more aerodynamic the surface area, the more easily air passes past the septum (or the wing of an airplane). In noses, the more turbulence on the septum, the drier it becomes and that can lead to a bloody nose.

Deviated Septum Symptom #3: Frequent Sinus Infections or Cold Symptoms

A clogged airway or impaired breathing through your nose often leads to sinus infections, post-nasal drip or what many people simply term “common cold” symptoms. If medicines do not help cure your sinus infections or nasal drip, you should seek help from an otolaryngologist.

Deviated Septum Symptom #4: Facial Pain and Headaches

People with a deviated septum feel “clogged up.” That can lead to headaches and facial pain. In some cases, facial and nose pain is caused by the nasal septum actually contacting the outside wall of your nose. Obviously, that’s a severely deviated septum and one that merits an exam by a trained ENT doctor.

Deviated Septum Symptom #5: Difficulty Sleeping

One or all of these deviated septum symptoms can contribute to great difficulty sleeping. You know the frustration of trying to sleep when you’re heavily congested. Now imagine that condition nearly every time you lay your head on a pillow. A deviated septum can cause you to lose sleep and that can make you irritable. More critically, a deviated symptom can contribute to sleep apnea, which is a serious sleep disorder and can prove fatal.

Get Relief from a Deviated Septum

The good news with a deviated septum is that it can be surgically repaired. Our Utah ENT doctors perform rhinoplasties (nose jobs) on a regular basis and can help diagnose, treat and repair your deviated septum. Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center at 801-328-2522 to learn more.

Read: 3 Reasons to Get a Nose Job

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8 Essential Tips to Manage Grass Allergies

It happens every late spring and early summer. Our Salt Lake City ENT doctors see many patients in our offices complaining about seasonal allergy symptoms.

Their noses are stuffed up.

Their throats feel scratchy.

They’re sneezing a lot.

They’re suffering from hay fever or what we know as seasonal allergies.

Spring and summer is peak allergy season in Utah as trees, flowers and grasses all pollinate. At the same time, mild day and night temperatures persuade people to open their windows to let in the “fresh air.”

Opening windows sounds like a great idea. But it’s the absolute wrong idea if you suffer from seasonal allergies.

Fortunately, allergy relief is available for grass allergy sufferers and the Ear, Nose and Throat Center can treat seasonal allergies in our Draper and Salt Lake City offices.

But if you follow these 8 tips to prevent grass allergies below, you may not need to visit a Utah allergist to control your allergies.

1. Don’t open windows of your home during peak pollen season

It’s tempting to open your window at night. But an open window near your bed is a direct path to invite pollen into your home. Take our advice and run the air conditioner instead of opening windows during peak allergy season and you’ll dramatically cut down your sneezing. Plus, you’ll sleep a whole lot better.

2. Don’t drive with your car windows open

Pollen doesn’t discriminate; it goes wherever the wind blows. Keep your windows closed while driving and you and your nose will be much happier.

3. Don’t line-dry your clothing

Clothes dryers aren’t just fast and convenient; clothes dryers also help reduce exposure to grass pollen. Line-dried clothes have that “fresh” smell but they may also be covered with pollen.

4. Don’t mow your lawn without a mask

Cutting the lawn can be very satisfying because you see instant results. But mow your lawn during peak grass allergy season and you may instantly aggravate and activate your allergies. A simple mask you can purchase at Home Depot will help minimize grass pollen exposure. You can also consider paying someone to mow your grass during allergy season. Sure, it will cost a bit more, but you’ll save yourself the aggravation of grass allergies.

5. Cut your grass short

You’ve probably noticed that when grass gets longer, you see seeds at the tips of the blades. Those seeds release pollen and the fewer the seeds, the less likely you are to suffer a grass allergy outbreak.

6. Stay indoors between 5:00 am and 10:00 am

While a morning walk or run can prove refreshing, winds are often blowing in the early-morning hours and pollen levels can be at their highest. Pollen levels drop in the late afternoon or early evening and that’s the better time to get outside to work or play during grass allergy season.

7. Bathe your pets often during allergy season

Grass pollen easily attaches to the coats or hair of pets. If your dog has been rolling around on the grass, it’s going to bring pollen into your home. A quick bath can help prevent grass allergies later.

8. Shower immediately after working or exercising outdoors

Like your pet, if you’re working in the yard or exercising outside, grass pollen will find its way into your hair and clothing. A quick shower and change of clothes is a good way to prevent pollen from spreading through your house.

Contact an ENT Doctor or Allergist with Questions

Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center of Utah or a local allergist or ENT doctor to learn about your options to test for allergies and treat and prevent grass allergies. Our Utah allergy doctors are available at 801-328-2522.