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

Articles about Raleigh ENT doctors, ailments and treatments.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Top 10 Tips for Staying Healthy During the Winter

It can be started by the simplest action: Your sister sneezes on her way to the supper table, where she touches the serving spoon to get a second helping of mashed potatoes. Often, this is the first step to a miserable winter full of sniffles, sore throats and earaches.

While we are always here to serve you if you get sick, we believe the best defense is a good offense—in other words, it’s best to not get sick at all. Therefore, we’ve created a list of the top 10 tips for staying healthy during the winter.

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Five Procedures We Perform In Our Office

If your child has painful ear infections and needs to have ear tubes, this doesn’t necessarily mean a trip to the hospital, or even to the outpatient surgery unit. This is one of several services we are able to perform on site. In-office procedures are not only more convenient, but they are also less expensive than those performed in a hospital. 

Because Raleigh Capitol Ear, Nose and Throat is independently owned and operated, we’re not required to perform a procedure in a hospital if it can be safely done in our office.   

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How One Procedure Can Save Your Son or Daughter from Childhood Ear Infections

Did you know that otitis media, also known as a middle ear infection, is the most common pediatric illness treated by ENTs? In fact, 3 out of 4 children will have an ear infection by the time they are 3 years old. While many children recover with no complications, otitis media can cause permanent hearing loss if it is left untreated. Learn about the procedure that can help.

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The Four Best Hearing Aid Advancements

To say hearing aids have come a long way is an understatement. Digital technology has revolutionized their design, making them both smaller and easier to adjust. Some are even rechargeable, meaning there's no need to stock up on small batteries. See the four best hearing aid advancements.

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Five Things to Remember About Your Health Insurance

Health insurance can be confusing, and no one wants to be stuck with an unexpected bill or unplanned expenses. At Raleigh Capitol ENT, we’re also aware of these uncontrollable changes in health care, and we understand the increased pressure many patients are facing. We’re dedicated to providing any information we can to help patients better understand the multitude of changes that are taking place.

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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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Sublingual Immunotherapy

As spring has arrived in the Triangle, we thought that sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) would be a timely topic for our second blog post. As opposed to allergy shots, SLIT consists of allergy drops placed under the tongue. SLIT has been popular in Europe for years and is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. SLIT has an excellent safety profile so patients can do the treatment at home. The advantage for needle phobic patients is obvious. While SLIT is an attractive option for some patients, there are also some disadvantages. SLIT is not yet FDA approved in the United States and most insurance companies consider SLIT an alternative treatment for allergies and asthma. Patients are responsible for the cost of the serum. Optimal dosing in SLIT is an area of controversy. At Raleigh ENT, we follow dosing protocols advocated by the American Academy of Otolargngic Allergy. Finally, while many studies show that SLIT is an effective treatment, there is still some question whether SLIT is equall ...

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