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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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Sinus and Nasal Rinsing

sinus and nasal rinsing- how helpful is it?   Sinus and nasal rinsing or lavage has actually been used since ancient times to treat sinus and nasal disease. However, only recently has research been presented to evaluate the benefits of using saline solution to clear nasal and sinus passages. First, saline acts as a mechanical …

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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 …

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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% …

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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 part …

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