• Post-Nasal Drip

    Insight into treating a runny nose What is post-nasal drip? How is swallowing affected? How is it treated? and more… Glands in your nose and throat continually produce mucus (one to two quarts a day). Mucus moistens and cleans the nasal membranes, humidifies air, traps and clears inhaled foreign

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  • Facial Sports Injuries

    Playing catch, shooting hoops, bicycling on a scenic path or just kicking around a soccer ball have more in common than you may think. On the up side, these activities are good exercise and are enjoyed by thousands of Americans. On the down side, they can result in a variety of injuries to the face. Many

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  • Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

    What is cleft lip and cleft palate? We all start out life with a cleft lip and palate. During normal fetal development between the 6th and 11th week of pregnancy, the clefts in the lip and palate fuse together. In babies born with cleft lip or cleft palate, one or both of these splits failed to fuse. A

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  • Are We Through With Chew Yet?

    As many as 20 percent of high school boys and two percent of high school girls continue to use smokeless tobacco, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite public education campaigns sponsored by medical societies, organized baseball, and individuals, 12 to 14 million American

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  • Do I Have Sinusitis?

    Sinusitis is inflammation of the lining membrane of any sinus. Take the following quiz to see if you have sinusitis. Choose "yes" if you have any of the following symptoms for ten days or longer; otherwise, choose "no." 1. Facial pressure/pain? yes no 2. Headache pain? yes no 3. Congestion or stuffy

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  • Could My Child Have Sleep Apnea?

    Sleep apnea is known to affect 1 to 3 percent of children, but because there may be many unreported cases, could actually affect more. Sleep apnea can affect your child's sleep and behavior and if left untreated can lead to more serious problems. Because sleep apnea can be difficult to diagnose, it is

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  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

    What Is CPAP? The most common and effective nonsurgical treatment for sleep apnea is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP which is applied through a nasal or facial mask while you sleep.  The CPAP device does not breathe for you.  Instead, it creates a flow of air pressure when you inhale

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  • Antibiotics and Sinusitis

    An antibiotic is a soluble substance derived from a mold or bacterium that inhibits the growth of other microorganisms. The first antibiotic was Penicillin, discovered by Alexander Fleming in 1929, but it was not until World War II that the effectiveness of antibiotics was acknowledged, and large-scale

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  • Antihistamines, Decongestants, and "Cold" Remedies

    Insight into recommended use and side effects What are the side effects of antihistamines? Who should not use decongestants? What are combination remedies? and more… Drugs for stuffy nose, sinus trouble, congestion and drainage, and the common cold constitute a large segment of

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  • How Allergies Affect your Child's Ears, Nose, and Throat

    Your child has been diagnosed with allergic rhinitis, a physiological response to specific allergens such as pet dander or ragweed. The symptoms are fairly simple -- a runny nose (rhinitis), watery eyes, and some periodic sneezing. The best solution is to administer over-the-counter antihistamine, and

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  • Nasal Fractures

    Insight into diagnosis and treatment What is a nasal fracture? What are my treatment options? and more... Projecting prominently from the central part of the face, it is no surprise that the nose is the most commonly broken bone on the head. A broken nose (nasal fracture) can significantly alter your

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  • Pediatric Obesity and Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

    Today in the United States, studies estimate that 34 percent of U.S. adults are overweight and an additional 31 percent (approximately 60 million) are obese. Combined, approximately 127 million Americans are overweight or obese. Some 42 years ago, 13 percent of Americans were obese, and in 1980 15 percent

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  • Allergies and Hay Fever

    Insight into causes, treatment, and prevention Why does the body develop allergies? What are common allergens? When should a doctor be consulted? and more… Millions of Americans suffer from nasal allergies, commonly known as hay fever. Often fragrant flowers are blamed for the uncomfortable

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  • Nosebleeds

    Insight into care and prevention of nosebleeds What is an anterior and posterior nosebleed? How do I stop a nosebleed? Tips to prevent a nosebleed and more... The nose is an area of the body that contains many tiny blood vessels (or arterioles) that can break easily. In the United

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  • Deviated Septum

    The shape of your nasal cavity could be the cause of chronic sinusitis. The nasal septum is the wall dividing the nasal cavity into halves; it is composed of a central supporting skeleton covered on each side by mucous membrane. The front portion of this natural partition is a firm but bendable structure

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  • Mouth Sores

    Insight into causes, treatment, and prevention What are fever blisters and cold sores? What are canker sores? When should a physician be consulted? and more... Oral lesions (mouth sores) make it painful to eat and talk. Two of the most common recurrent oral lesions are fever blisters

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