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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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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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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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The Definitive Guide to Relieving Sinus Problems

Sinus problems aren’t just annoying; they can significantly reduce the quality of your life.  Studies reveal that those with chronic sinus problems actually feel worse than patients with COPD and heart disease. The research also discovered that they feel as bad as someone on kidney dialysis.

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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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