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Prevent Swimmer’s Ear This Summer

Swimmer’s ear, also referred to as otitis externa, is an irritating condition that affects the outer ear canal. Swimmer’s ear usually stems from water getting stuck in the ear, creating a moist environment leading to bacterial growth. Swimming is the most common activity that brings upon this condition, but it isn’t the only way. Putting […]

Can You Become Addicted to Nasal Spray?

When the weather turns, people turn to nasal sprays for relief from their allergies and runny noses. Within the range of available options to reduce inflammation and swelling, nasal sprays can be organized into four different categories: antihistamine, steroid, saline and decongestant. Decongestants may provide immediate relief to nasal passages but have several potential side […]

5 Reasons Why Your Nose is Always Stuffy

Common causes of chronic nasal congestion can include allergies, pollution, hormonal changes, a deviated septum, enlarged nasal turbinates, or certain medications. In rare cases, chronic nasal congestion can be a sign of more serious issues like a tumor or polyps, therefore if feeling the symptoms for a few weeks, it is important to contact a […]

Tips for Surviving Allergy Season

Seasonal allergies, known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, can keep you down for months with cold and flu-like symptoms that just won’t let up. As spring approaches, bringing warmer temperatures, your body’s immune system reacts to the presence of new triggers like pollen and mold in the air. Chicago’s windy days spread these pollen […]

Tips for Treating Chronic Sinus Infections

Acute sinusitis is short-term inflammation that is typically felt in the nose and face. It prohibits your membranes from properly draining mucus in your nose and sinuses. The infection is usually caused by the same viruses that cause the common cold. The infections typically last less than two weeks and affect around 35 million Americans […]

What are Nasal Polyps?

Do you feel constant nasal congestion that you are nervous about? Don’t worry, many people have the same worries but it can be easily treated! Nasal polyps are a common cause of persistent congestion, facial pressure and recurrent sinus infections. Although these nagging growths are benign, they can cause bothersome symptoms that can persist until […]

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