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What Are Adenoids, and What Do They Do?

What Are Adenoids, and What Do They Do?

The adenoids are two fleshy bumps of tissue at the back of the throat, just above the tonsils. In fact, they are often referred to as nasopharyngeal tonsils. Buried deep within the soft palate (roof of the mouth), our adenoids—unlike our tonsils—are not directly visible.

Along with the tonsils, adenoids are

Ice Pick Headache Signs and Symptoms

Ice Pick Headache Signs and Symptoms

An ice pick headache—the type that causes a stabbing pain and usually centers in the temple area or around the eyes—is very rare. For most people, thankfully, it’s brief. In 80 percent of ice pick headache sufferers, symptoms last from one to 10 seconds. For those prone to ice pick

Congestion: Nasal Pain and How to Clear It Up

Congestion: Nasal Pain and How to Clear It Up

While many people welcome the changing seasons, those with allergies see the beginning of spring and fall as the time when they have to load up on extra tissues, thanks to congestion. Nasal conditions, often caused by allergies, can be irritating, painful, annoying, and disruptive. However, by recognizing the source

Pushing Back on Antibiotics Overkill

Pushing Back on Antibiotics Overkill

“Can I have antibiotics just to clean up this cough?” That’s a question I am asked on an almost daily basis in the Emergency Room at White Plains Hospital in New York. I see 15 to 20 patients each day, and sometimes 30 or more if I’m working the “Fast

How to Stop Sleep Apnea – 4 Non-CPAP Remedies

How to Stop Sleep Apnea – 4 Non-CPAP Remedies

Untreated or poorly treated sleep apnea leaves you tired all the time and suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness and other sleep apnea symptoms.  Use of the continuous positive airway pressure device or CPAP mask has been the gold standard therapy for treating sleep apnea for the past 25 years. But

Deviated Septum: Symptoms and Treatments

Deviated Septum: Symptoms and Treatments

The nasal septum is the bone and cartilage that divide the nasal cavity of the nose in half. Sometimes it can deviate to one side, which narrows or blocks the nostril and can make breathing difficult.

In most cases, deviated septum symptoms and the condition itself pose no serious medical problems.

Side Effects of Blood Pressure Meds

Life-saving antihypertensive drugs are widely used to lower blood pressure linked with damage to the brain, eyes, heart, arteries and bodily organs. They also prevent injury or death from stroke or heart attack. However, antihypertensive medications can cause mental and physical side effects, some of which may seriously affect vulnerable

What Common Drugs May Interfere With Your Heart Medications?

You might think that taking a simple cold medicine is pretty harmless, even if you take other medications for high blood pressure or other cardiovascular conditions.

But over-the-counter (OTC) medications designed to treat cold and flu symptoms may wind up causing you much greater health problems than a seasonal virus.

“There is

Ask The Experts: Nasal Decongestants; Donating Blood; Lip Screen

Ask the Experts: Nasal Decongestants
Q. My nose is constantly stuffy, and I use a decongestant spray to ease the problem. However, a friend tells me it could worsen my high blood pressure. Is this true?

A. Unlike oral decongestants—which can exacerbate high blood pressure by narrowing blood vessels throughout the body—nasal

Sinus Surgery Can Improve Quality of Life and Sleep

Chronic rhinosinusitis, with its symptoms of nasal congestion, facial pressure, decreased sense of smell, and mucus and pus drainage, impacts quality of life as well as sleep quality in over 75 percent of patients. In a 405-patient study, 70 percent of patients reported improvements in both quality of life and

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