Category Archives: Sinus

Nasal Valve Stenosis

nasal valve stenosis There are many causes of nasal congestion or blockage. Nasal valve collapse or stenosis is often an over looked and under diagnosed cause. Stenosis means abnormal narrowing of a passage in the body.  The nasal valve refers to the area inside the lower part of the nose between the nasal septum and […]


What are causes of snoring?

Not only can snoring be an issue for a sleep partner, it can also represent a health problem for a patient if it is associated with sleep disordered breathing including sleep apnea.  In the case of sleep disordered breathing, snoring may be a sign of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.  This can result in: […]


Loss of Smell

What causes loss of smell? 1. The most common cause of loss of smell (also called anosmia) is secondary to a viral infection such as cold or flu. This is usually temporary. Occasionally, it can result in long-term decrease in smell. 2. Chronic illnesses such as diabetes can result in loss of smell. Approximately 50% […]


Managing Allergies In The Spring

Spring is here and with the warm weather comes increased pollen counts that result in seasonal allergies.  Seasonal allergies are very common with almost a third of the population affected by environmental allergies. Symptoms usually consist of itchy or watery eyes, runny nose with congestion, itchy sore throat, and sneezing.  Sometimes postnasal drainage and cough are also […]


Sinus Infections Versus Tooth Ache

Sinus infections and tooth ache: is there a relationship?   It turns out, the upper molar teeth are inserted into the floor of the maxillary or cheek sinuses. Because these areas are so close, a sinus infection or other form of sinus disease may irritate the nerves that supply the upper back teeth. This may […]


Sinus Infections: Do over the counter medications help?

Sinus infections may occur: after a virus causes a cold or upper respiratory tract infection with a severe episode of allergies when bacteria enters into the sinus areas All of these events result in swelling of the normal mucous membrane that surrounds sinus openings. This causes a blockage or obstruction of sinus drainage that can […]


How Many Sinus Infections Are Too Many?

While it is quite common to have 1-2 “colds” per year, sinus symptoms that last 2 or more weeks at a time and occur 3 to 5 times a year are considered significant.  This should be further investigated to determine the cause.   Some people are prone to frequent sinus infections.  Sometimes structural problems that […]


Nasal breathing vs. mouth breathing-does one help better with memory?

A new article reported in the Journal of Neuroscience concluded that breathing through the nose results in improved memorization abilities versus breathing through the mouth.  The study was conducted at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden which is world-renowned in the area of neuroscience and neurology. Breathing through the nose is also healthier because it […]


What To Do About Frequent Sinus Infections

Recurring sinus infections can be quite frustrating and usually require frequent medication and possibly time off work or school.  These infections normally result in symptoms of facial pressure and headache, as well as nasal congestion.  Infections that occur 4 or more times a year are classified as recurrent acute sinusitis.   Previously, treatment for recurrent […]


A Runny Nose Solution

Chronic rhinitis is inflammation of the nose lining that results in excessive mucous production causing a runny nose. Patients who suffer from allergies or other types of chronic rhinitis who do not have a good response with medications may be candidates.  A new FDA approved technology called the Clarifix device  aims to help reduce rhinorrhea.  […]