• Tongue-tie (Ankyloglossia)

    Most of us think of tongue-tie as a situation we find ourselves in when we are too excited to speak. Actually, tongue-tie is the non-medical term for a relatively common physical condition that limits the use of the tongue, ankyloglossia. Before we are born, a strong cord of tissue that guides development

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  • Sinusitis: Special Considerations for Aging Patients

    More than 20 percent of U.S. residents will be 65 or older in 2030. Of all Americans 65 and older, 14.1 percent report that they suffer from chronic sinusitis; for those 75 years and older, the rate declines to 13.5 percent. Geriatric Rhinitis Complaints Are: Constant need to clear the throat A

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  • Stuffy Noses

    Insight into the many causes of nasal congestion What are the causes of nasal congestion? Are there any risks when treating congestion? Where can I find out more? Nasal congestion, stuffiness, or obstruction to nasal breathing is one of the oldest and most common human complaints. For some, it may

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  • TMJ Pain

    Insight into causes and treatments How does the Temporo-Mandibular Joint work? What causes TMJ pain? How is TMJ pain treated? and more… Open your jaw all the way and shut it. This simple movement would not be possible without the Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ). It connects the temporal

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  • Tips for Sinus Sufferers

    Symptoms Of Sinusitis: Symptoms of upper respiratory infection lasting ten days or more Facial pressure or pain Nasal discharge that is yellow or green Post-nasal drip Cough At-Home Treatments For Sinusitis: Saline nasal sprays that moisturize the nasal cavity, reduce dryness,

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  • Sinus Surgery

    The ear, nose, and throat specialist will prescribe many medications (antibiotics, decongestants, nasal steroid sprays, antihistamines) and procedures (flushing) for treating acute sinusitis. There are occasions when physician and patient find that the infections are recurrent and/or non-responsive to

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  • Secondhand Smoke

    Access to quality healthcare for children is forwarded by the availability of good healthcare information. With this year's release of a new surgeon general's report on secondhand smoke, the following information should beshared with patients. New Warning on Secondhand Smoke The Surgeon General

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  • Snoring

    Insight into sleeping disorders and sleep apnea Forty-five percent of normal adults snore at least occasionally and 25 percent are habitual snorers. Problem snoring is more frequent in males and overweight people and usually worsens with age. Snoring may be an indication of obstructed breathing and

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  • Salivary Glands

    Where Are Your Salivary Glands? The glands are found in and around your mouth and throat. We call the major salivary glands the parotid, submandibular, and sublingual glands. They all secrete saliva into your mouth, the parotid through tubes that drain saliva, called salivary ducts, near your upper teeth,

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  • Your Nose: The Guardian Of Your Lungs

    You might not think your nose is a "vital organ," but indeed it is! To understand its importance, all that most people need to experience is a bad cold. Nasal congestion and a runny nose have a noticeable effect on quality of life, energy level, ability to breathe, ability to sleep, and ability to function

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  • Sinusitis

    Insight into sinus problems in adults and children How are sinusitis symptoms different than a cold or allergy? When does acute sinusitis become chronic? What treatments are available? Have you ever had a cold or allergy attack that wouldn't go away? If so, there's a good chance you actually had sinusitis.

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  • Sinus Pain

    Can Over-the-Counter Medications Help? Why Do We Suffer From Nasal And Sinus Discomfort? The body's nasal and sinus membranes have similar responses to viruses, allergic insults, and common bacterial infections. Membranes become swollen and congested. This congestion causes pain and pressure; mucus

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  • Tonsils and Adenoids

    Insight into tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy What affects tonsils and adenoids? When should I see a doctor? Common symptoms of tonsillitis and enlarged adenoids and more... Tonsils and adenoids are on the body's first line of defense-our immune system. They "sample" bacteria and viruses that enter

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  • Nose Surgery

    Improving Form And Function Of The Nose Each year thousands of people undergo surgery of the nose. Nasal surgery may be performed for cosmetic purposes, or a combination procedure to improve both form and function. It also may alleviate or cure nasal breathing problems, correct deformities from birth

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  • Smokeless Tobacco

    Insight into its effects on the body What chemicals are in smokeless tobacco? Who uses smokeless tobacco? Tips for quitting and more... Three percent of American adults are smokeless tobacco users. They run the same risks of gum disease, heart disease, and addiction as cigarette users,

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  • Sinus Headaches

    Not every headache is the consequence of sinus and nasal passage problems. For example, many patients visit an ear, nose, and throat specialist to seek treatment for a sinus headache and learn they actually have a migraine or tension headache. The confusion is common, a migraine can cause irritation

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  • 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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  • Smell and Taste

    Insight into important senses How do smell and taste work? What causes loss of smell and taste? How are smell and taste loss diagnosed? and more... Problems with these senses have a big impact on our lives. Smell and taste contribute to our enjoyment of life by stimulating a desire to eat - which

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Allergic Rhinitis, Sinusitis, and Rhinosinusitis

    Inflammation of the nasal mucous membrane is called rhinitis. The symptoms include sneezing and runny and/or itchy nose, caused by irritation and congestion in the nose. There are two types: allergic rhinitis and non-allergic rhinitis. Allergic Rhinitis: This condition occurs when the body's immune

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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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  • Fungal Sinusitis

    What Is A Fungus? Fungi are plant-like organisms that lack chlorophyll. Since they do not have chlorophyll, fungi must absorb food from dead organic matter. Fungi share with bacteria the important ability to break down complex organic substances of almost every type (cellulose) and are essential to the

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