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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 […]




What is a “Winter Nose”?

Our nasal passages are the first point in our respiratory system. All the oxygen that we need for daily consumption goes through the nasal passages, and in return the carbon dioxide is exhaled back. If you do the math, that means a lot of airflow on a constant basis. In addition to just being a […]


What are salivary stones?

In our body, we have three pairs of salivary glands in the head and neck area. They typically do the job of creating saliva, and then releasing it into our mouth to maintain moisture. Some of this is released on a steady pace to keep regular moisture. The saliva is also produced in spurts during […]


What is a lipoma?

A lipoma is generally a benign growth of fatty material within the body. In general, the body’s storage of fat is related to the amount of energy intake versus output of energy with activity. However, occasionally, a piece of fatty tissue can lose its regulation to what is going on with the rest of the […]


What is Presbycusis?

Our ears have a very delicate anatomy. Generally, the ear is divided into three segments. The outer ear is made from the ear lobe and the ear canal all the way down to the eardrum. The function of the eardrum is to collect the sound and change it into vibrations that later transmit into the […]


What is a Branchial Cleft Cyst?

The human neck includes multiple blood vessels, muscles, bones, as well as our breathing and swallowing components. During the first few weeks of development of an embryo, the precursor of our neck is actually more similar to the gills on the fish. In fish embryos, these same structures eventually do develop into mature gills. However, […]


Why is my nose stuffy even though I am using decongestants?

Your nose is congested because you are using decongestants. The nasal membranes have various different mechanisms for regulating the degree of congestion. Typically, one side of the nose becomes decongested and open in order to allow for maximum breathing, as the other side becomes congested in order to allow for normal maintenance functions of the […]


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