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

Soothing salt waters of nasal irrigation can make a big difference. Not only can sinus rinses remove irritants, but they also reduce inflammation and swelling, enabling the sinuses to drain naturally. Here's how it works.

Is Vaping Bad for Your Health?

The use of e-cigarettes (vaping) has dramatically increased in the last five years, making it a $3.5 billion business. While it’s often marketed as a “healthier” alternative to cigarettes, in actuality, vaping can lead to extensive health problems. E-cigarettes include harmful ingredients such as nicotine, diacetyl (which is linked to lung disease), benzene (which is found in car exhaust), nickel, tin and lead. Vaping can also irritate your lungs, making current allergies worse, and agitating asthma.

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Is Nasal Irrigation Safe? Important Updates You Need to Know

Are you sure that the water you’re using for your nasal irrigations is clean enough? A mere tap water filter doesn’t work.  The recommendations from the CDC are to boil water for at least one minute and then let it cool. Other recommendations are using microfiltered water, distilled water or sterile water. 

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If You Have Allergies, You Should Know These Four Facts

More than 50 million Americans have seasonal allergies, making them the sixth leading cause of chronic illnesses in the United States, costing more than $18 billion. That certainly brings a different perspective to the runny noses and watery eyes that plague Raleigh’s spring and fall. However, are you aware that allergies can put you at risk for other health problems? Or that the source of your allergy woes may be lurking in your living room?

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Nasal Irrigation 101

Under normal circumstances, your nasal and sinus passages work together with streamline efficiency. The sinuses are lined with small, hair-like structures called cilia. When the cilia sway back and forth, they gently escort dirt, mucus and other irritants out of your nose. However, when the sinus passages are swollen due to allergies or sinusitis, the cilia can’t do their job properly, and the resulting mucus buildup could easily result in an infection. In other words, your sinuses become like a slow-draining bathtub. Thankfully, a little salt water can make a huge difference. See how.

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