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What are nasal polyps?

Polyp generally refers to an extra outgrowth of fleshy material from one of the membranes of our body. They occur sometimes in the nasal passages as well as the colon and other internal organs. The polyps in the nasal passages are quite different in the nature than in other locations. Most cases of nasal polyps […]


Moisturize!

As we head into the winter months, the change in temperature and humidity has a significant effect on our overall well-being. Specifically, in the areas of ear, nose, and throat, there are some major consequences that one should be aware of. Colder weather cannot only have effects such as frostbites and chapped lips, as we […]



What is a Concha Bullosa?

There are many reasons people suffer from nasal obstruction.  Some are due to membrane issues, such as allergies or any other process that makes the lining of the nose more swollen.  Other reasons are more anatomical in nature.  Perhaps the most common cause in this category is a deviated septum.  The inferior turbinates are the […]



“I hear just fine!”

“I hear just fine!”  That is what a lot of times we hear from patients who were politely asked (i.e. forced) by family members to come and get their hearing checked.  Most of us might not necessarily be aware of decreased hearing acuity ourselves, but our loved ones can often point out difficulties in communication […]


Do NOT Whisper!

Sore throats and laryngitis are some of the more common reasons for patients to experience raspy quality of the voice or breathy sounds as they try to speak.  Occasionally, postnasal dripping from sinus infections or allergies can also affect the quality of the voice.  Alternatively, secretions from acid reflux can also affect the vocal cords […]



What is “silent” reflux?

Reflux in general refers to acid content in our stomach that is then pushed back in reverse into the upper digestive tract.  Depends what the reflux is doing, and in which ways you are being affected, there are various names for reflux issues. Let’s review some basic physiology first.  As we swallow food, that food […]


What are vocal cord cysts?

Our vocal cords are V-shaped structures that constantly open and close in order to allow for breathing versus vibrating and generating voice for speech. Occasionally, overuse or misuse of the vocal cords through shouting, loud singing, or other habits can cause damage to the vocal cords. One condition that can develop is called vocal cord […]


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