How Good Bacteria in Your Nose Fights Infections

The “good bacteria” in our gastrointestinal tracts has gotten a lot of attention lately, but our guts aren’t the only places that host good bacteria. Our noses, sinuses and nasal passages contain similar colonies of beneficial bacteria. The bacteria in these areas are starting to move into the spotlight as more research is done on … Read More

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Safe Neti Pot Use: 3 Tips

For relief from nasal congestion, some people swear by their neti pot. If you haven’t seen one, it looks like a small teapot. You fill it with fluid, then put the spout into each nostril to clean out your nasal passages. They’re often used to relieve sinus pressure and congestion from allergies and colds. Also, … Read More

New Guidelines to Treat Sinus Infections in Kids

The runny nose, cough, headache, fever and discomfort of acute sinusitis can be tough on your child —  and on you as parents. The first thing many parents think of? Get the kid some antibiotics. But sometimes antibiotics aren’t appropriate. Diagnosing bacterial sinusitis in children can be difficult. The symptoms may not be from bacterial … Read More

Is It Sinusitis? 6 Steps to Stop Suffering

A head full of congestion, post-nasal drip and a dull sense of smell and taste — these symptoms are common enough to be confused with allergies and colds. But these symptoms also could mean you have sinusitis, says Michael S. Benninger, MD, Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Head and Neck Institute. He offers the following tips … Read More

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Sex and Your Sinuses: ‘Not Tonight, Honey’

“I’ve got a headache.” “I’m too tired.” You can add “My head is too stuffy” to the list of reasons not to be intimate with your partner. Two previous studies by Cleveland Clinic ear, nose and throat specialists found that allergic rhinitis and chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) significantly affect the desire for sex. Considering that up … Read More

Chat With a Doctor: Sinus Disorders

Register for Online Chat Do you have a question about sinus disorders? Raj Sindwani, MD, Section Head of Rhinology for Cleveland Clinic’s Head & Neck Institute, will answer your questions about this medical condition. Get answers to your health questions and concerns. It’s easy to be part of our live chat events, led by Cleveland … Read More