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Mouth, Nose and Sinus

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Over 30 million Americans have been diagnosed with sinusitis. Another 2 million suffer from a deviated septum, and millions more will experience persistent nosebleeds, post-nasal drip, or have trouble swallowing or smelling.

The sensory functions of the nose and mouth provide the basis of so many of life's pleasures. When these functions are disrupted, so are many of routine, but important, aspects of daily life. At Paparella Ear, Head & Neck Institute, our board certified physicians are highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of the wide array of conditions and problems related to the nose and mouth.

Most nosebleeds occur in the lower part of the septum, the wall that separates the two nostrils. This area contains blood vessels that can be broken by a blow to the nose or even the edge of a sharp fingernail. These types of nosebleeds are also common in dry climates or during the winter months when indoor dry, heated air can dry out nasal membranes.

More rarely, nosebleeds can occur high and deep within the nasal cavity and blood can even flow into the mouth and throat. These types of nosebleeds need a physicians care and are more likely in people with high blood pressure and serious injuries to the face or nose. Learn more about how to treat and prevent nosebleeds.

More than 1 in 10 Americans annually suffer at least one episode of sinusitis, or an inflammation of the membrane lining of any sinus, particularly the paranasal sinuses. The prevalence has increased dramatically in the last decade. Some of the suspected reasons are increased pollution, urban sprawl, and resistance to antibiotics.

While most people suffer only one case a year, others have several. At least four recurrences is considered acute sinusitis, which may require medication or surgery.

Learn more about the symptoms and signs of sinusitis, diagnosis and treatment options, including balloon sinuplasty.

Sore Throats
Sore throats can be a symptom of a variety of medical disorders, including infections caused by viruses, colds, bacteria or haemophilus. While bacteria respond to anti-biotic treatments, viruses do not.

Whenever a sore throat is deemed severe or lasts longer than the typical 5 to 7 day period and is not associated with an allergic reaction, medical attention should be sought. If a sore throat is mild, there are simple home remedies that can help ease discomfort. Learn more about sore throat symptoms, signs and treatments.

Mouth Sores And Fever Blister
Canker sores on the tongue, soft palate, or inside the lips or cheeks are extremely common in teens and young adults, particularly women. They are small, red or white, shallow ulcers that are quite painful and last for five to 10 days. They are not contagious.

Fever blisters commonly occur on the lips, but can also appear on the gums and roof of the mouth, although that is rare. Fever blisters result from herpes simplex virus becoming active. The virus is typically dormant, but stress, fever, trauma, hormonal changes, and sunlight can make the virus active. The blisters are contagious, particularly after they rupture. Learn more about how to diagnose and treat canker sores and fever blisters.

Clinical Services
  • Adenoiditis
  • Post-Nasal Drip
  • Deviated Septum
  • Sinus Headaches
  • Endoscopy
  • Sinus Infections
  • Mouth Sores
  • Sinus Pain and Pressure
  • Nasal Airway Obstruction
  • Sore Throats
  • Nasal Stuffiness
  • Stuffy Nose
  • Nosebleeds
  • Swallowing Problems
  • Oral Problems
  • Turbinate Enlargement
  • Poor Sense of Smell

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