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Nasal and Sinus Rinses

Why do Ear, Nose and Throat surgeons as well as Allergists recommend using sinus rinses for their patients with sinus and allergy problems?   The history of using a nasal rinse to help treat allergies and sinus problems such as congestion, excessive mucus and post-nasal drainage is rooted in Ayurvedic medicine thousands of years ago. …

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Covid-19 and Sinus Disease

      Covid-19 and Sinus Disease Does having chronic sinusitis put you at increased risk for Covid-19? The short answer to this question is no. The novel corona-virus results in increased risk for developing a more serious form of the infection in patients with certain health conditions. These include lung problems, hypertension or high …

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Sinusitis Facts

Sinus problems are very common. In fact, according to the CDC, 28.9 million people (11.6% of the US population) have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis. In addition, 14.7% of people had at least one episode of sinusitis in the past year. This results in 22 million visits to physicians each year. Sinusitis is basically an …

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Recurrent Sinusitis

Do you suffer from multiple sinus infections every year? If you require treatment for a sinus infection four or more times a year, your episodes may fall into a category known as recurrent acute sinusitis. There may be different reasons for recurring infections including immune problems or allergies. However, many people with recurrent acute sinusitis …

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Use of Intranasal steroids for rhinitis and sinusitis

Use of intranasal steroids for rhinitis and sinusitis have been a mainstay of treatment for allergic rhinitis and chronic rhinitis for decades.  Nasal spray delivery systems have been used for over 30 years. Basically, steroids are potent anti-inflammatory medications.  They can decrease a number of symptoms associated with nose allergies and irritation of the nasal …

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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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