Saline Sinus Rinses: What Good Are They? 1/4

saline nasal rinses for treating sinusitis and rhinitis

Saline Nasal Rinses The concept is simple: Rinsing your nose and sinuses out every day is a bit like rinsing the dirt off your car with a garden hose – particles are rinsed away by hydro-mechanical action.  The advantage: things that you are … [Continue reading]

8 Dangerous Complications of Sinusitis, But 3 That Can Kill

Pediatric ENT, pediatric sinusitis, allergies, rhinitis, asthma, otitis, reflux, integrative holistic

For anatomy of the sinuses, please refer to previous post, “Nasal and Sinus Anatomy”: http://wp.me/pR4iB-1g For Complications of Sinusitis, keep reading: How to "Read" a CT Scan: Some brief instructions on reading sinus CT scans: black is air; … [Continue reading]

Sinus Anatomy: The Cliff Notes

Pediatric ENT, pediatric sinusitis, allergies, rhinitis, asthma, otitis, reflux, integrative holistic

You may have fallen asleep while reading my post on Nasal and Sinus Anatomy yesterday.  Or more likely, you just clicked away somewhere else.  That’s understandable – that was a little too wordy (nearly 1,000 words), and a little too technical.  … [Continue reading]

Nasal and Sinus Anatomy (and Histology)

Pediatric ENT, pediatric sinusitis, allergies, rhinitis, asthma, otitis, reflux, integrative holistic

ANATOMY: External Nose: the external nose – the part of the nose that you see – is there for more than just to make your child beautiful.  Those cartilage and bone structures are there to keep the nasal airway open.  Think of the boxer with the … [Continue reading]

3 Year Old Boy Hospitalized For Severe Sinusitis: Simple Cure

In a Panic: A few years ago, an otolaryngologist from a children’s hospital in another state called in a panic to ask me if they could send a 3-year-old boy to me by helicopter (they had heard that I was a “sinus guy”). They described a very ill … [Continue reading]

Can Your Child’s Allergies be Cured with Drops Under the Tongue?

Allergic Rhinitis Allergic rhinitis affects 15-20% of adults.  It affects 40% of children.  As many as 50 Million of us have allergic rhinitis in the US.  Allergic rhinitis accounts for 12 Million doctor-visits per year.  Allergic rhinitis causes 2 … [Continue reading]

What to Look for in a Humidifier: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Pediatric ENT, pediatric sinusitis, allergies, rhinitis, asthma, otitis, reflux, integrative holistic

Why is it that the most efficient, least expensive humidifiers are not the ones people seem compelled to buy?  Parents bring their children to see me, and they are so proud to be using some fancy, expensive humidifier.  One of those with the … [Continue reading]

6 Impressive Facts About Allergic Rhinitis

40 – 50 Million in USA have allergic rhinitis 10-30%  of adults have allergic rhinitis (49% under age 35: http://bit.ly/d8jFtc) Almost 40% of children miss some school each year due to allergies Allergic rhinitis accounts for 12 Million … [Continue reading]

STOP BREATHING: Your Air Is Killing You (and what to do about it)

Pediatric ENT, pediatric sinusitis, allergies, rhinitis, asthma, otitis, reflux, integrative holistic

1.  Stop Smoking. If you have sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, or asthma (or your children do), and you smoke …. seriously?!  Really?  Stop, duh.  It's not cool any more. Stay away from tobacco and other smoke.  Even the smell of smoke that you can … [Continue reading]

8 Reasons To See a Physician For Your Child’s Nose Bleeds

If bleeding does not stop within 20 minutes despite squeezing/pinching the nose, go to urgent care or emergency department If you or your relatives have severe nose bleeds and your child seems to be having a similar problem – it may be an … [Continue reading]

8 Things You Can Do To Reduce Your Child’s Nose Bleeds

Sufficient vitamin C in their diet, and a multivitamin (you ARE giving your kids daily multivitamins, aren’t you?!). Vitamin C helps the body make strong collagen, a major component of the nasal epithelium and of blood vessel walls Sufficient … [Continue reading]

What is Sinusitis ?

Sinusitis in Children Sinusitis in children is almost always associated with rhinitis - it is rare to see sinusitis without inflammation of the nose also.  Most clinicians who treat children with sinusitis therefore refer to “rhinosinusitis,” and … [Continue reading]