From the category archives: Raleigh Capitol Ear, Nose & Throat

Jeevan Ramakrishnan, MD, one of the top rated ENT doctors at Raleigh Capitol, shares his knowledge on everything from children's ear aches to sinus infections.

Update on Treatment of Acute Sinusitis

Acute sinusitis is one of the most common things people go the doctor for, and 95% of acute sinusitis infections are caused by viruses (common cold). Antibiotics do not work for viruses. A recent study showed that about 70% of people that go to the doctor for acute sinusitis are treated with an antibiotic.

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Opioids and Pain Management After Sinus Surgery

It is well-known that there is a crippling problem with opioid use and addiction that is currently rampant in America. As a result, many types of surgeons are studying how to manage post-operative pain better and with fewer opioids, including ENT’s.


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What Is the Microbiome? These Facts Will Blow Your Mind

If you have never heard this term, pay attention! This refers to the bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc. that live on and in our body, including our sinuses. They are essential for a normal, healthy body. These “germs” are the good guys!

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Help For Chronic Ear Infections

Ear infections are the second most common childhood illness in the United States. These infections (“otitis media”) are caused when fluid behind the eardrum is unable to drain, trapping bacteria and viruses. Most children will have at least one ear infection before they reach three years of age. But chronic ear infections can lead to hearing loss, and in severe cases, damage the tiny bones within the ear, affect balance or even cause swelling near the brain. Discover the causes of symptoms, and find out how you can get relief!

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How Does an ENT Doctor Help You?

Otolaryngologist. The word is a mouthful and not one you want to run into during a spelling bee: An otolaryngologist (pronounced: Oh-toe -lair-in -gol-o-gist) is more commonly called an ENT, or ear, nose and throat doctor. So, what’s an ENT and how can one help you? See our list of common services we offer to bring you innovative treatments with compassionate care.

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Is It A Migraine Or A Sinus Headache?

It’s one of the most common medical problems we see in our office: Patients describe their headache symptoms, believing that spring and fall allergies are the forces behind their throbbing and aching. What these patients don’t realize is that their sinus headache may not be not a sinus headache, but a migraine, and therefore best managed through the services of a neurologist. But what is the difference between a migraine and a sinus headache? Find out more here.

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Minimally Invasive Options for Sinus Surgery in the Office

As a fellowship-trained rhinologist, Dr. Jeevan Ramakrishnan specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of patients with disorders of the nose and sinuses. After completing his Otolaryngology residency at the University of Arkansas, he completed additional fellowship training in the subspecialty of rhinology at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received specialized training in nasal and sinus surgery. He is pleased to bring his expertise to Raleigh and writes today about minimally invasive options for sinus surgery in the office. At Capitol ENT, we constantly strive to provide comprehensive services for our patients with sinonasal disorders, and are now pleased to offer several new procedures that can be performed in the office under local anesthesia. These include balloon sinuplasty for chronic sinusitis, turbinate reduction for nasal congestion, and nasal polypectomy. Performing these procedures in the office provides many benefits including minimally invasive techniques, reduced bleeding, ver ...

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Sublingual Immunotherapy (Allergy Drops)

Do you suffer from allergies or hay fever? You are not alone. Allergies, or allergic rhinitis, is an extremely common condition, affecting between 10% and 30% of adults and up to 40% of children. In total, allergic rhinitis is estimated to affect approximately 60 million people in theUnited States, resulting in more than 12 million visits to the doctor per year! In addition, the prevalence of allergic rhinitis has been increasing over the past decade! Allergic rhinitis can cause symptoms such as sneezing, nasal drainage and congestion, itchy watery eyes, headache, fatigue, and many other symptoms that can significantly affect your quality of life. Fortunately, there are many good, safe medications that can be used to help alleviate symptoms, such as antihistamines, nasal steroids sprays, and leukotriene blockers. For most patients, these medications will control allergy symptoms and improve the quality of your life. But for some patients with severe allergies, these medications are not enough and symptoms pe ...

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