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Tonsillitis: Why That Doesn't Mean a Tonsillectomy is Needed

Tonsillitis: Why That Doesn't Mean a Tonsillectomy is Needed

by Yenny (SU)
Tonsils are an important part of your body’s immune system. Their job is to protect your airway from bacteria and viruses that get into your body through your mouth and nose. An infection of the tonsils is called tonsillitis, and it can be caused by bacteria or a virus. Though it was once common practice to remove tonsils surgically as the treatment for tonsillitis, a tonsillectomy is rarely necessary and may leave your body with less protection from future infection.

Sinus Infection Triggers

Sinus Infection Triggers

by Yenny (SU)
Sinus Infection Triggers  Viral Infections like a Cold or Flu  Allergies  Bacterial Infections (If cold does not resolve in 10-15 days, bacteria may have accumulated)  Nasal Polyps  Allergens and pollutants in the air  Swimming and diving  Flying (Air pressure reduced in-flight, can cause pressure to build up in the head, and in turn block your sinuses and air passages)  Fungal Sinus Infections  Overuse of Nasal Products  Smoking  Lack of Moisture or Dry Air  Chronic Medical Conditions (Such as cystic fibrosis)

The Benefits of Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

The Benefits of Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

by Shearly (SU)
The pain and discomfort of chronic sinusitis are a daily reality for many people. If you have a sinus infection that lasts for 3 months or more, you should see an ear, nose, and throat specialist to find the solution for your sinus issues. You may be a candidate for endoscopic sinus surgery.

Do I Need a Balloon Sinuplasty?

Do I Need a Balloon Sinuplasty?

by Shearly (SU)
Do you feel like you can’t breathe through your nose because it has been stuffy for weeks? Maybe you have taken over-the-counter cold remedies, have even seen your doctor once or twice, and you still aren’t getting any better. If this seems to be a pattern that has occurred repeatedly, you may have a condition called chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). The classic symptoms of CRS usually last longer than 12 weeks and include thick, green or yellow nasal drainage, facial pain or pressure, the inability to move air freely through your nose, and a decreased sense of smell. If conservative treatment and medications have not improved your symptoms, you may be a candidate for balloon sinuplasty.

Common Treatment for Sinusitis

Common Treatment for Sinusitis

by Stephanie Meadows
Our noses are part of the respiratory system, which helps us breathe and smell, but is responsible for much more than that. Besides giving us oxygen, our nose contributes to other important functions of our body, such as hearing and tasting. Therefore, if our noses don’t function properly, our voice, hearing, smell, along with other parts, can become compromised, as the body is connected in ways we don’t always realize.

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