Turbinate Reduction Surgery

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Within the nose are three pairs of built-in air filters called turbinates. Turbinates are fleshy structures that help filter, heat and add moisture to the air you inhale. However, sometimes they can become inflamed and cause a nasal blockage, impeding your ability to breathe naturally through your nose. Why Is Turbinate Surgery Performed? The goal
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Understanding Nasal Polyps

Understanding Nasal Polyps

Nasal polyps are non-cancerous growths that occur in the lining of the nasal passages and sinuses. Polyps develop when mucus membranes become inflamed for a long period of time and form fluid-filled growths, which later expand and become polyps. Left untreated, they can grow large enough to cause sinus infections and breathing problems. Who Is
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What Causes Bad Smell in the Nose?

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Encountering unpleasant smells is a part of life. But some medical issues can cause lingering smell in the nose with no apparent source. While most are not serious, the sensation can be unpleasant and affect quality of life. Treatment in most cases can provide relief. Below are some of the most common causes of bad
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Symptoms of a Sinus Infection

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During the overlap of cold and allergy season, it can be difficult to know whether you’re experiencing a virus, allergies or a sinus infection. Sinus infections, also called sinusitis, typically take hold as you’re getting over a virus or allergy attack and persist after respiratory symptoms have passed. They’re caused when the nasal cavities become
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What Is Nonallergic Rhinitis?

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Rhinitis refers to inflammation inside the nose that causes swelling, itchiness, blockage, running, sneezing and other cold-like symptoms. When not caused by an allergen, this condition is known as nonallergic rhinitis. While the symptoms of allergic and nonallergic rhinitis are similar, the causes are very different. Types of Nonallergic Rhinitis There are several types of
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Is It a Cold or Allergies?

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During this time of year, on the border between winter and spring, every allergy sufferer is wondering whether their sneezing and sniffles are due to cough or allergies. This is an important distinction to make, as the treatments for each are vastly different. Below is a guide to help you determine whether your symptoms are
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Nonsurgical Solutions for Sinus Problems

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Sinus infections are a common problem in Topeka and across the U.S. About 37 million Americans experience sinusitis, a chronic sinus infection that lasts eight weeks or longer. Many of these patients undergo surgery to help relieve symptoms, but there are other solutions for people with sinus problems in Kansas. Surgery or Not Surgery, that
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The Truth About Sneezing

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Everybody sneezes: true or false? OK, that one’s a given. But there are plenty of other facts about sneezing that you might not nose about. (We apologize for that one. Sincerely.) Your Topeka ear, nose and throat doctor has compiled some interesting information about sneezing. Why Do We Sneeze? Let’s start with the most obvious question: what
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