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The Hangover that Never Ends

Do you ever look up and find the room constantly spinning? If so, you might be suffering from vertigo. Vertigo refers to a sense of spinning dizziness and usually occurs when there is an imbalance in the inner ear. Although it is more common in seniors, vertigo attacks can affect people of all ages.

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What is Rhinosinusitis and how do you know if you have it?

Rhinosinusitis is the medical term for a sinus infection, or the inflammation of the air cavities that line your nose and skull—AKA: your sinuses. As the cavities and passages become swollen, germs, and bacteria become trapped. This is how infection occurs. Sinus infections, most typically caused by a virus, may lead to other health issues. Here are a few ways to tell if you might be suffering from a sinus infection:

 

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Common Colds and Cold Weather

Have you ever heard of nasopharyngitis, rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza? Probably not, but odds are you’re familiar with the symptoms associated with them; a sore throat, runny nose, and sneezing? Or better known as—the common cold. As the weather changes and the temperature drops, colds seem to follow.

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Keeping Your Ears Safe from the Cold

Winter is coming, which means it is time to take a few extra precautions to protect your health. Ears in particular are very sensitive to cold weather and winter winds due to them having less fatty tissue for protection. Long exposer to cold weather may cause various issues. Continue reading

Healthy Traveling for the Holidays

The holidays are drawing near, which means millions of people will be traveling across the United States at the same time. And what’s worse than traveling on a crowded airplane?Traveling with a sinus infection, which over 30 million people suffer from each year. 

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Protect Your Ears this Hunting Season

Hunting season is here and Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates cares about your health and safety! While it’s habit to wear earmuffs at the gun range, being out in the woods is a bit of a different story. Many hunters fail to wear hearing protection, assuming one gunshot won’t cause much damage. But that turns out to be a big mistake.

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Treating Nasal Polyps

Are you experiencing nasal blockage and difficulty breathing? You could be suffering from nasal polyps! While most are familiar with polyps that occur in the colon, polyps can appear in the stomach, uterus, and nasal cavities. Although they are concerning, nasal polyps are almost always benign. Despite this, individuals with nasal polyps should seek treatment from an otolaryngologist immediately, as they affect one’s lifestyle and can bring about infection. Typical symptoms of nasal polyps include stuffy nose, postnasal drainage, nasal obstruction, and decrease or complete loss of smell. Continue reading

Sink or Swim: Learning to Spot Swimmer’s Ear

Are your kids in and out of the pool all summer? If you find that your child is complaining about a sore or itchy ear, they might have otitis externa—better known as swimmer’s ear. Otitis can occur when water stays in the ear after swimming, creating an environment for bacteria and fungi to grow causing infection.
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Understanding Smell and Taste Loss

According to otolaryngologists, a person’s sense of smell is at its best between the ages of 30-60. After the age of 60, sense of smell generally decreases. As a result, many elderly people lose their sense of smell entirely. Women of all ages are more likely to have an acute sense of smell than their male counterparts. However, some people are born with a poor sense of smell and taste. Although premature smell and taste loss are common, they can be caused by a number of things.

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