Author Archives: Aaron Rogers

Recurrent Acute Sinusitis (RARS)

“I usually feel ok, but I still keep getting sick too often” Minor, early sinus infections are often called “acute sinusitis“.  Usually these infections last 10 days or less and are usually thought of as being caused by viruses rather than bacteria.  Sinus infections lasting longer than 10 days or infections that tend to worsen […]

Treatment of the Collapsed Nasal Valve

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What is nasal valve collapse? The nasal valve is a complex structure on the anterior part of the nose. It offers some resistance to airflow intake. This measured resistance is needed for the normal functioning of the pulmonary system. However, when there is too much resistance, nasal obstruction occurs and this compromises breathing. It is […]

Hold the Steroids for Acute Sinusitis

Acute sinusitis on CT

Acute sinusitis is on the rise again this time of year.  The common prescription for an antibiotic and ‘steroid pack’ is probably WAY overdone.  Most sinus infections start as a virus, usually a common respiratory virus causing symptoms for around a week before resolving.  The unlucky of us will then get a secondary bacterial infection […]

Cryoablation Treatment for Non-Allergic Nasal Drip

Beginning in 2021, centers for Medicare and Medicaid services have approved a treatment for nonallergic rhinitis. Nonallergic rhinitis can cause chronic runny nose or chronic postnasal drip in the absence of allergies. Many patients with nasal allergies might also have a component of nonallergic rhinitis. For decades ENT doctors have been postulating that blockage of […]

Living the Itching Ear Nightmare!

Itchy flaky ear!

Few things can be as annoying as ITCHING EARS!.  The ear canal skin subject to various skin inflammatory conditions such as psoriasis or seborrheic keratitis.  This can lead the skin to be dry and flaky.  Dry flaky skin in the ear canal can make noises when he chew, can crunch, can block the eardrum, can […]

Keeping Nasal Irrigation Clean

Millions of Americans use Neti Pots, or sinus rinse bottles, or other reusable vessels to irrigate their noses and sinuses.  Medical journal reports over the years have surfaced showing these rinses may be harmful, carry bacteria (or worse!) and have even been linked to death.  One of the earlier studies from Laryngoscope showed after six […]

Sinus Infections & SuperAntigens

The problem with chronic sinus infections is that we don’t seem to have an answer as to “why”.  To be totally accurate we seem to have all kinds of answers, too many answers even.  Readers: be skeptical when doctors have a lot of answers for something, it probably means they really don’t know.  Those who […]

Time For a Third Dose?

On Friday Sep 17th 2021 The FDA Advisory Panel made new recommendations about a third Pfizer COVID shot.  There was UNANIMOUS recommendation that those aged 65 and older be offered a third dose at 6 months following their second dose.  There was also UNANIMOUS recommendation that those at high risk of severe COVID-19, and those […]

Pulsatile Tinnitus – The heartbeat in your ear

An ENT's Operating Otoscope

A whooshing, pulsating, or swooshing sound in the ear is called pulsatile tinnitus and usually just affects one side.  Often this may sound like a heartbeat in your ear – and often you are in fact hearing your heartbeat or turbulent blood flow through the vessels that passed through your skull near your ear.  These […]

Salivary Swelling & Duct Blockage

Location of Parotid Gland

We have 3 sets of major salivary glands, the parotid gland, the submandibular or submaxillary glands, and the sublingual glands.  In addition to these glands there are thousands of other small microscopic glands that line the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat.  The major salivary glands each have a sizable duct or channel that […]