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Rhinoplasty: More Than Mere Cosmetic Benefits

Supermarket tabloids are filled with before and after pictures of celebrities who have had “nose jobs” or some other type of cosmetic surgery.  It may surprise you to know that “nose jobs” (rhinoplasty) are not only done to improve appearance. Often, improving the shape of the nose can help support drooping cartilage and open nasal passages, allowing patients to breathe better and help avoid chronic sinus infections.

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What You Need To Know About Throat Cancer

Do you smoke or use tobacco products? Do you drink excessive amounts of alcohol? Do you drink alcohol AND smoke? These habits place you at risk for developing throat cancer. While throat cancer is not one of the most common cancers, it can still have a devastating effect on someone’s life, particularly if the cancer damages the larynx, or voice box. Read more about the symptoms you should be watching for!


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Common Communication Disorders

Children are not the only ones who have communication disorders. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) estimates that as many as 6 to 8 million Americans have some form of language impairment. This includes stuttering, autism, and aphasia. Read on to find some of the most common conditions that contribute to language disorders.

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Five Common Causes Of Hearing Loss

It's one of the most common health challenges in America: An estimated 48 million Americans have difficulty hearing! Among those 65 years old and older, 1 in 3 has some type of hearing loss. And while age is a common cause, hearing loss may be experienced by anyone of any age. At a glance, the five most common causes of hearing loss are listed within. Read on to discover more in depth information about each one.

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Is It A Migraine Or A Sinus Headache?

It’s one of the most common medical problems we see in our office: Patients describe their headache symptoms, believing that spring and fall allergies are the forces behind their throbbing and aching. What these patients don’t realize is that their sinus headache may not be not a sinus headache, but a migraine, and therefore best managed through the services of a neurologist. But what is the difference between a migraine and a sinus headache? Find out more here.

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Should Your Child Have a Tonsillectomy?

When children have difficulty with chronic stuffy noses, continual snoring, and frequent bouts of strep throat, it may be time to “round up the usual suspects.” In this case, the “usual suspects” are frequently the tonsils. While tonsil removal (or tonsillectomy) was once considered a rite of passage, the American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO) has developed specific guidelines to help ear, nose and throat doctors determine who are the most suitable candidates for a tonsillectomy. Read on to find out if this procedure may be appropriate for your child.

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Oral Cancer: The Importance of Early Detection

Pink ribbons declare the importance of breast cancer awareness month, and men are encouraged to be screened for prostate cancer, but when was the last time you were checked for oral cancer? Early detection is equally important for treating oral cancer, and your ear, nose, and throat physician can help. Read on to learn more about the symptoms of oral cancer as well as those that are commonly at risk.

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How to Select the Hearing Aid that is Right for You

More than 48 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. Among 65-year-old Americans, one out of three has some type of hearing loss. Even so, hearing loss is not a problem that is limited to older Americans: It is estimated that 30 out of 1,000 school-age children have hearing loss. For the majority of those who are hard of hearing, a hearing aid can go a long way toward helping them communicate effectively with others. Read on to discover the best ways to make the choice when shopping one.

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Minimally Invasive Options for In-Office Sinus Surgery

At Raleigh Capitol ENT, our 14 Board-certified sinus surgeons constantly strive to provide comprehensive services for our patients with sinonasal disorders, and are now pleased to offer several new procedures that can be performed in the office under local anesthesia. These include balloon sinuplasty for chronic sinusitis, turbinate reduction for nasal congestion, and nasal polypectomy. Read on to understand how all of these procedures are performed.

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Nosebleeds (Epistaxis)

Nosebleeds are a fairly common occurrence and the vast majority represent just a minor nuisance. They tend to be frightening because they can be profuse and dramatic but only rarely are they life-threatening. They can occur at any age but are most common under age 10 and over age 50. Nosebleeds can be divided into two types: anterior and posterior. Anterior epistaxis represents about 90% of nosebleeds and tend to be easier to manage. With an anterior nosebleed the blood will tend to come out the front of the nose. Bleeding that is more profuse and going down the back of the throat is more likely to be posterior. The nasal mucous membranes warm and humidify air as it passes through the nose. To accomplish this, the nose has a very rich vascular supply. There is a collection of blood vessels on the anterior septum called Kiesselbach’s plexus where the vast majority of nosebleeds occur. Often, there is no obvious cause for the bleeding and it may seem very random. Some factors that may cause bleeding inc ...

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