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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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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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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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Why do children get earaches?

Earaches are one of the most common ailments that children face. Those who frequently get earaches as a child typically outgrow them as the mature into adulthood. Why is it that earaches generally don’t manifest in adults? To understand how earaches correspond with the development of your child’s ears, nose and throat, it is important to understand how a healthy and fully developed ear functions before you understand how ear infections affect your child’s ears.

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Cotton Swabs: Good or Bad?

You’ve heard the back and forth on the subject for years. Cotton swabs: good or bad? The improper use of cotton swabs can lead to severe damage and even hearing loss! So how do we stay hygienic while keeping ears healthy? Read below to find out more about cotton swabs and your ears. Continue reading

Beat the Summer Heat

Summer’s here! The time to hang by the pool, plan weekend getaways and enjoy the occasional sno-ball. We here at Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates want you to have a good time this summer, but we also want you to stay safe and healthy.  Continue reading

The Truth about Cotton Swabs

Many people clean their ears with Q-Tips daily, not thinking anything of it. However, cotton swabs are the cause of numerous ear injuries each year. When used inside the ear in this manner, cotton swabs can push earwax back into the far reaches of the inner ear, causing damage to the eardrum. The eardrum is very delicate and can be easily ruptured by even the slightest pressure of a cotton swab. The eardrum will heal over time, but this damage can lead to conductive hearing loss. Continue reading