female trying to clear ear wax buildup

Do You Have Earwax Buildup?

Your ear canal produces a substance called cerumen, a waxy oil that protects the ear from dust, foreign particles, microorganisms and irritation due to water. We call this substance earwax and it usually washes away naturally when it makes its way from the canal into the ear opening. When glands produce more earwax than is…

man holding decongestant and antihistamine boxes

Decongestant vs. Antihistamine: Which Should You Take?

When cold and flu season hits people flock to the pharmacy,  searching for the best over-the-counter medication to help relieve their symptoms. When it comes sneezing and a stuffy, runny or congested nose there are many options, which usually settle into one of two camps: Decongestants or antihistamines. Which medicine is going to relieve your symptoms? Understanding…

Sinus Surgery

Sinus Surgery

Sinus Surgery Facts: Traditional sinus surgery removes diseased or obstructive sinus tissue resulting in improved natural sinus drainage. Post-operative care is as important as the sinus surgery. Balloon sinuplasty or sinus ostial dilation surgery is a newer method to address sinus disease. It involves expanding the natural drainage openings of the sinus passages. It is…

Saline Nasal Washes

Dry, dusty conditions and changing seasons can lead to sinus irritations and activate allergies. It’s easy to reach for an over-the-counter option to block histamines, but a simple, saline wash made with ingredients found in your own kitchen could help as well. Read this informative article from the National Institutes of Health about using saline nasal…