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How to Explain a Tonsillectomy to Your Child

It’s often difficult for children to understand what tonsils are and why they may have to be removed. If your child is facing a tonsillectomy, you want to be sure he or she understands what is happening. Learning about the process will take a lot of the mystery—and fright---out of the procedure. Following are some guidelines for explaining a tonsillectomy to your child. 

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Four Common Causes of a Stuffy Nose

No one is immune to one of the most common medical aliments in the world: a stuffy nose. Many things can cause it, from structural abnormalities to irritation from dust or dander. Only your ear nose and throat doctor can determine the precise cause of a stuffy nose, but following are some of the most common causes and some tips to keep you healthy.

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Can Smoking Affect Your Sense of Smell?

There’s nothing like the smell of fresh cut grass or the sweet scent of flowers at the Raulston Arboretum. Perhaps the fragrance of fresh cut grass reminds you of playing baseball. Have you ever been tempted by the aroma of fresh funnel cakes at the NC State Fair? If you smoke, you can say good-bye to these because smoking can damage your sense of smell. Learn more about how smoking affects your sense of smell and what you can do to fix it.

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How Do Hearing Aids Work?

If you lived 100 years ago, a "portable" hearing aid was the size of a filing cabinet that weighed 220 pounds. Not exactly ideal if you're trying to catch the latest show at Raleigh Little Theatre. Hearing aid technology has revolutionized assistance for those who are hard-of-hearing, and it has come a long way since its humble beginnings. Learn more about the history of hearing aids and how they work.

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Four Causes of Chronic Sinus Problems

Triangle residents are all too familiar with Raleigh’s beltline traffic. When everything runs smoothly, cars zip easily to their destinations. Now imagine that a lane is closed. Traffic slows, transforming your drive into a frustrating delay. Something similar happens with a chronic sinus infection. When your sinuses are irritated or swollen, nasal passageways swell, preventing drainage. This causes a “traffic jam” in your nose, which causes irritation or infection. See four common causes of sinus problems and how to resolve or manage them.

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How Loud is Too Loud? Seven Ways to Protect Your Hearing

Listening to your favorite band during a gym workout can inspire you through those last five minutes, but it may be doing irreversible damage to your hearing. One in 5 Americans experience hearing loss, but a staggering 80 percent do nothing about it. Hearing loss can lead to other problems such as tinnitus, social isolation, and sleep disturbances. It can also triple your risk of falling. How loud is too loud? We’ve compiled some useful information to take the mystery out of sound measurement.

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Is Your Home Hiding These Four Common Allergens?

Some of the most common—and annoying—allergens aren’t in your back yard---they’re lurking in your living room! And staying indoors doesn’t automatically reduce your chances of hay fever symptoms. Don’t worry. While it may be impossible to completely “allergy proof” your home, we’ve got some suggestions that will help you breathe easier---literally.

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Don’t Like Needles? Why Sublingual Immunotherapy Is an Alternative to Allergy Shots

Imagine allergy relief with no needles required. For millions of Americans, immunotherapy eliminates problems with year-round allergies. It’s sometimes referred to as “allergy shots.” But did you know that there is an allergy treatment that doesn't require shots? Whether you dislike needles yourself or are the parent of a child who is uncomfortable with needles, this treatment may be right for you! Read on to discover more about SLIT.

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Four Solutions for Sleep Apnea

Inadequate sleep is often due to sleep apnea, a condition where the sleeper stops breathing in short intervals hundreds of times during the night.  This disorder affects more than 18 million American adults; it can even affect children. While snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea, not everyone who snores has the disorder, which is why it is important to be evaluated by your ENT for an accurate diagnosis. Read about the symptoms and solutions here.

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What is Allergy Skin Testing and How Can It Help You?

Did a runny nose keep you from going on that weekend hike? Perhaps a scratchy throat or watery eyes put a damper on your vacation. Seasonal allergies are not only an inconvenience, but they also keep you from enjoying the activities you love. If this sounds familiar, the good news is there’s hope. Through allergy testing, your ear, nose and throat physician learns more about your specific allergy and is able to develop a customized plan for you.

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