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December 5, 2017

All too often, I see patients suffering from a chronically blocked and stuffy nose, whose problem is being caused in large part by the very medication they are using to treat their symptoms. Nasal decongestant sprays come in many different disguises. While many people...

November 29, 2017

Most people understand that smoking is bad for your health. The links between tobacco smoking and diseases like lung cancer, COPD/emphysema, heart disease, and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) are undeniable and well established. All of these conditions can...

November 20, 2017

A blocked nose is undeniably uncomfortable. Anyone who has ever had a cold can tell you that. But did you know that chronic nasal obstruction can have many negative effects on health? Here, we'll touch on several of the most significant health benefits of nasal breathi...

November 14, 2017

Until 4 days ago, patients with Anthem-Blue Cross Blue Shield plans were denied coverage for balloon sinus dilation on the grounds that this procedure was "investigational" and therefore "not medically necessary." They held this position for quite some time, despite ne...

November 8, 2017

The inside of the nose is home to a rich blood supply. Certain areas, such as the front portion of your nasal septum (the wall that divides the inside of your nose in half) are especially rich in blood vessels. Sometimes these blood vessels can become dilated and very...

November 8, 2017

Nasal endoscopy is a simple procedure typically performed in a medical office by an Otolaryngologist, or Ear, Nose and Throat doctor. During the procedure, a spray containing a mixture of a nasal decongestant and topical anesthetic (numbing medication) is first applied...

November 8, 2017

What is Cone Beam CT? 

CT stands for computed tomography. This describes a technology that uses x-rays to map out anatomic structures. A source of x-rays is rotated around a patient, and a detector is positioned on the opposite side of the patient. A complicated algorit...

November 8, 2017

Allergy symptoms result from the immune system reacting abnormally to a harmless

substance as though it were a dangerous invader. Allergies are not only a nuisance in and of themselves, but they can also contribute to many other chronic conditions, including sinusitis,...

November 8, 2017

Allergy symptoms result from the immune system reacting abnormally to a harmless substance as though it were a dangerous invader. 

The mainstay of allergy treatment has been to treat the symptoms directly. That is, we use medications such as topical nasal steroid sprays...

November 8, 2017

For patients suffering from recurrent or chronic sinusitis that fails to respond adequately to medical management, sinus surgery can offer substantial relief. While an important part of the management of chronic sinus disease, surgery should not be seen as a stand-alon...

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