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May 2020

Nasal Breathing

The health science behind nose or nasal breathing is highlighted in a new book entitled Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art. Ongoing research from Stanford as well as other sources tells us that breathing through the nose has significant health advantages over mouth breathing. Nasal breathing decreases snoring, improves treatment of sleep apnea,

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Why Can’t I Smell?

This is a very timely subject because of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. A recently published article in the prestigious IFAR (International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology) journal concluded that smell and taste loss was reported in 68% of Covid-19 positive patients. Fortunately, about 74% of these patients recovered their sense of smell after resolution of

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Sudafed-a good treatment for my blocked nose?

Is Sudafed a good treatment for my blocked nose?  Sudafed is a brand name for an oral decongestant that can contain pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine (Sudafed PE). Generally, pseudoephederine is a more potent decongestant and is available over-the-counter behind the pharmacy counter. These decongestants are taken by mouth, as opposed to topical decongestant nasal sprays such

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What Is Local Allergic Rhinitis?

Local allergic rhinitis describes a phenoytpe in which the patient has symptoms characteristic of allergies. Symptoms usually include  nasal congestion, postnasal drainage, and excessive mucous production.  However, the patient’s allergy testing was negative. This means that the “allergen” could still be causing symptoms.  This in turn can irritate the mucous membranes of the nose and

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