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WHEN TO DECIDE BALLOON SINUPLASTY VS SINUS SURGERY ?

What is sinus surgery anyway? Sinus surgery is surgical treatment to ventilate the obstructed air pockets within the facial bones. This includes the cheek sinuses, the forehead sinuses, the sinuses between the eyes and a sinus behind the eyes. Sinus surgery has gone through many evolutions over the past 50 years. Before nasal endoscopes and […]

Cognitive Testing to Supplement Hearing Test in the Elderly. Get Checked Now.

Much data much research in the past 10-20 years in the hearing loss world has focused around how hearing loss can actually worsen early cognitive decline. We all see patients who are elderly have significant disabling dementia. At this point it simply too late for hearing aids to do much good. However often acting earlier, […]

How Do You Get Rid of a Recurring Sleep Apnea Headache?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep condition when a person intermittently stops breathing during sleep. Symptoms of sleep apnea include snoring and morning headaches. At Advanced Ear, Nose & Throat Associates in Atlanta, GA, we’ll help you get rid of your recurring sleep apnea headache along with the symptoms that come with it. What […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Can You Remove Too Much Turbinate?

Nasal Breathing Clarity

Some patients who undergo aggressive nasal surgery have the persisting complaint of nasal blockage.  I see these people in consultation every week.  It will feel like they are still stuffy or blocked up.  However when the sniffing in, there is actually a hollow sound heard, and is quite clear that the patient is actually moving […]

Post COVID Sinus Infections: Omicron Update

Now amidst the Omicron-wave of infections hitting vaccinated and unvaccinated alike, it is clear in our practice we are seeing a lot of exacerbations of sinus infections. COVID-19 often causes sinus and upper respiratory symptoms such as loss of smell, congestion, and a severe headache. However this leaves the susceptible person open to sinus infections […]