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Posts From November, 2015

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Ear Infections Aren’t Just For Kids

Mention an ear infection and some people may cringe as they recall a childhood episode involving a painful earache. Because ear infections are most commonly seen in children, we might think that as adults, we have ‘outgrown’ them. However, ear infections are a concern for adults as well– especially as one of the main culprits […]

woman with allergies

Respiratory Complications Associated with the Flu

As a respiratory viral infection, the flu can lead to an increased risk of complications associated with the lungs and breathing passages. If you have emphysema, asthma, or chronic bronchitis, contracting the flu can potentially increase your chances of a more serious illness, such as pneumonia.

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The Flu May Lead To Sinusitis

Did you know that viral infections are a leading cause of the onset of a sinus infection? If your immune system is weakened by the flu, you may be at risk of developing sinusitis. This is because the flu can cause the inflammation and obstruction of the nasal passages. Sinusitis occurs when the nasal passages […]

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How To Keep Your Voice Clear And Vibrant

The cold winter months are a bad time for the human voice. Its delicate tissues are easily damaged due to exposure to the elements as the moist covering of mucus dissolves the critical thin covering of mucus over the vocal cords and throat.

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Is There A Right Way To Blow Your Nose?

The lining tissue of the nose must always be coasted with mucus so that the delicate lining tissue of the nose can perform its important function of warming, humidifying and cleansing the mucous membranes. If the nose dries out, the result is nasal bleeding, crusting and reduction of the sense of smell. Keeping the nasal […]

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New Treatment for Inner Ear Conditions

The inner ear is the part of the hearing and balance mechanism that transforms pressure waves in air into electrical energy to the brain, allowing us to have both hearing and balance. These pressure waves vary from very slow movements (less than one cycle per second) to very fast movements (ranging from a hundred to […]

man with chronic sinusitis

Topical Medications for Patients with Chronic Sinusitis

Frequent sinus infections can be caused by bacteria and viruses. Ear, nose and throat doctors frequently use nasal irrigations and topical antibiotics to lessen episodes of infection, especially after sinus surgery. However, there is controversy as to whether or not topical nasal sprays with antibiotics are an effective form of treatment.

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Can Sinus Surgery Change your Voice?

The sound of your voice is created by air flowing across the vocal cords. In order to make the sound of our voice, the vocal cords are brought together as we exhale, this causes very fast vibrations, giving rise to sound waves. In order to create the many different intonations and pitches of our voice, […]