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Nasonex for Allergy Treatment Will Soon be Available Without a Prescription

Merck, the company that manufactures Nasonex, has entered into an agreement with Perrigo Company to make the nasal spray available over-the-counter. See this article to read the facts before speaking with your doctor to discover if Nasonex OTC may be the right allergy treatment for you.

What Causes Goiters?

A goiter occurs when your thyroid gland—a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck—is abnormally enlarged, resulting in excessive swelling. Goiters are typically painless and can vary in size depending upon the underlying cause. Goiters can cause a wide range of problems, ranging from a tight feeling in your throat to severe hoarseness. There are many causes that you can identify, explained in this article.

What Happens During Orbital Decompression?

An orbital decompression is a delicate ENT surgery done to relieve pressure on the eyes. When too much pressure is placed on the eyes, it causes them to bulge and an orbital decompression is necessary to relieve the pressure in order for the eyes to fit back into their sockets. Discover what happens during this outpatient surgery and how long it takes to recover, so you can get back to living your life.

Winter Allergies: Why Year-Round Treatment Is Crucial

Many people mistake year-round allergies for the common cold. Are you one of them? First, only colds give you an achy body. Read 2 more revealing symptoms.

6 Solutions for Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

The Eustachian tube isn’t very large, but it can cause huge problems when it is not functioning properly, such as dizziness, pain and other issues. While these symptoms can be treated, often, we’ll need to help you address the underlying cause to gain long-term relief. Read this article to identify the symptoms and learn more about the treatments available for ear tube dysfunction.

What Are Keloids and Do They Have to Be Removed?

Suppose you decided to get your nose pierced. You go to a reputable place, get the piercing, and follow all of the self-care instructions. One month later, you notice a large bump in the piercing area. This can be an indication of a keloid, which is one of the most common complications associated with body piercings. There are a number of factors to consider when choosing types of keloid treatment. Learn how to treat keloids in this article.

Can The Flu Permanently Damage Your Sense of Smell?

The flu can damage your sense of smell. Fortunately, this is usually not permanent, though it may take it a while to return. The medical term for a complete loss of smell is anosmia, while a partial loss of smell is called hyposmia. Continue reading to learn the causes of a lost sense of smell and solutions for regaining it.

Frequently Asked Questions About Skull Base Tumors

While these tumors are not common, they can provide several symptoms such as nasal congestion, nosebleeds and dizziness. However, because these are symptoms that can apply to a variety of conditions, skull base tumors are very difficult to diagnose.

Following are frequently asked questions about skull base tumors.

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.

How to Prepare for Plastic Surgery - A Checklist  

Facial plastic surgery involves much more than cosmetic procedures—it often is used to help patients who have difficulty breathing, who have had an injury, or who have had a skin cancer removed from their face as a part of Mohs treatment. Facial plastic surgery is also helpful for those who have structural problems with their nose or have septal perforations. No matter what type of plastic surgery you are having, we will give you a specific set of instructions to follow that will address your specific case. 

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