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FAQ on Sinus Pain and Endoscopic Surgery

by admin on January 25, 2018

What are some common causes of sinus pain?

Sinusitis is one of the chief causes of sinus pain and is symptomatic of an infection in the four cavities, or sinuses, located around the eyes and nose. Acute and chronic infections can result in facial pressure, headaches, persisting coughing, breathing difficulties, and nasal congestion.

What are some technical advances that have helped relieve sinus pain?

The nasal endoscope has arguably been one of the most important advances in relieving sinus pain through examination and surgery. Endoscopes are used not only to remove blocked and infected tissue, they are also used to improve breathing and clear ventilation. Endoscopic sinus surgery can help relieve symptoms for a variety of sinus issues, such as persistent allergies, chronic bronchitis and sinus infections, frequent headaches and sinus pain, and chronic nasal discharge.


Tonsils and Adenoids

by admin on January 18, 2018

While many are familiar with the terms tonsilÌ or tonsillitis, fewer are familiar with adenoids, or what the tonsils and adenoids even are. Both are part of the glandular tissue of the throat. While the tonsils are at the back of the throat on either side, the adenoids are higher up in the throat and behind the soft palate, making them much more difficult to see.

While research indicates that both tonsils and adenoids help form antibodies to fight infection, this may only apply during infancy. When they become infected, however, the symptoms are the same: sore throat, fever, bad breath, congestion, and abdominal pain. The adenoids, based on their location, can additionally cause snoring and noisy breathing. While the first step of treatment is to heal the infection, recurrent infections require doctors to consider surgical removal. Due to the likelihood of both the adenoids and tonsils becoming infected, the decision to remove one will usually be accompanied by the removal of the other.


FAQ on Sleep Apnea

January 11, 2018

What is sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a condition in which an individual experiences an interruption in breathing that can last for more than 10 seconds, followed by snoring and silence, after which the process repeats. What are some common symptoms? There are a range of symptoms that might help a physician conclude whether or [...]

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Proper Diagnosis of Sinusitis

January 4, 2018

Although sinusitis is frequently overdiagnosed in children, it can be the sign of a serious condition developing. A condition with similar symptoms, upper respiratory tract infection, is characterized by green or yellow mucus and a runny nose along with other indicators such as headache, fever, and cough. Symptoms of sinusitis in children include a stuffy [...]

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The American Academy of Otolaryngology

December 21, 2017

The American Academy of Otolaryngology is the largest organization that represents specialists in otolaryngology, that is, the science of treating the ear, nose, and throat. Currently, the academy serves a membership of approximately 12,000 physicians that handle many of the most common ear, nose, and throat illnesses and afflictions, including sleep apnea, hearing loss, chronic [...]

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Understanding Chronic Sinusitis

December 11, 2017

Most people are familiar with the symptoms of sinusitis: pressure in the face, headaches, and stuffiness in the nose. Those who are most familiar with these unpleasant symptoms may be suffering from chronic sinusitis, or repeated episodes of inflammation in the sinus cavities. Today, endoscopic surgery helps relieve chronic sinusitis more effectively than earlier surgeries [...]

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The Evolution of the Tonsillectomy

December 4, 2017

During the first half of the 20th century, tonsillectomies were the most commonly performed surgery in the United StatesÌ¢‰â‰۝nearly every child had his or her tonsils removed as a matter of course. The procedure’s popularity largely came from its ability to prevent infections such as strep throat and scarlet fever in an era before antibiotics [...]

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Subglottic Stenosis

November 30, 2017

Subglottic Stenosis is the narrowing of the subglottic airway, which is located below the vocal cords. The subglottic airway is the narrowest part of the air passage and, housed in the cricoid cartilage, it has no room for expansion and pliability. This narrowing condition can either be congenital, a birth defect, or acquired due to [...]

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November 27, 2017

Ear, nose, and throat specialist Dr. Rande Lazar sometimes works with patients who have a tracheotomy. A tracheotomy is a surgical procedure in which a doctor places a breathing hole through the front of the throat and into the trachea and inserts a tube. The hole and tube then serve as a source of air [...]

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Removing Tonsils and Adenoids

November 23, 2017

As a pediatric otolaryngologist at Memphis ENT, Dr. Rande Lazar sometimes performs tonsillectomies and/or adenoidectomies on his patients. Both tonsils and adenoids serve similar functionsÌ¢‰â‰۝trapping inhaled or consumed bacteria to prevent infection. Made of lymphatic tissue, the tonsils sit at the back of the throat, while the adenoids sit at the back of the nasal [...]

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