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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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Nasal Valve Collapse: A Common Cause of Nasal Problems

There are multiple ways nasal valve collapse can develop, but its main symptoms are nasal obstruction, congestion and difficulty breathing through the nose. It can be treated with nose plastic surgery, but in many cases, non-surgical help is all that is needed.  You can learn more about our treatments for this condition at our Sinus Center.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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A Hole in Your Nose? We Answer Questions About Septal Perforation

If you’ve experienced consistent whistling every time you breathe through your nose, you may have a perforated septum. This occurs when a trauma, accident or injury creates a hole in the bone separating your nose into two sides.

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