With over 80 million total cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. alone, you’ll likely know someone who has experienced the symptoms: fever, muscle aches, headaches, cough, and most tellingly, a loss of sense of taste and smell. Known as anosmia, loss of sense of smell isn’t new to doctors or patients with chronic nasal and… Read More »
Obstructive Sleep Apnea: What Are the Signs?
Affecting between 24% of men and 9% of women, obstructive sleep apnea can be a potentially life-threatening condition. One of the most alarming statistics is that over 80% of people living with the condition are undiagnosed, posing a genuine health risk to many. In this article, Dr. Paul Schalch Lepe first discusses the most common… Read More »
How to Prep Yourself for Allergy Season
For the ~50 million Americans who experience some form of allergy, allergy season, or mid-late spring, is a daunting time of year. With pollen, dust, and irritant concentrations at their annual peaks during this time, people with conditions such as chronic sinusitis and chronic rhinitis know all too well what this time of year means:… Read More »
Why Are Sinus Problems So Prevalent in Winter?
Sinus and chronic sinusitis problems affect approximately 29 million U.S. adults, or 14% of the population each year. For many, these sinus issues occur far more frequently and with more severity during the autumn and, in particular, the winter months. In this article, Dr. Schalch Lepe first discusses common symptoms that accompany sinus problems and… Read More »
Is a Deviated Septum Causing Your Snoring or Breathing Issues?
When you take a deep breath with your mouth closed, does the air flow easily through both sides of your nose? Or does it feel as if your nose is making it harder for you to breathe freely? A surprising number of people — approximately 80% of the population — are living with a deviated… Read More »
What Is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Do you experience persistent symptoms of sinus congestion, facial pain and pressure, headache and fever, often referred to as chronic sinusitis? If so, you may be a candidate for balloon sinuplasty. As an innovative in-office procedure, balloon sinuplasty was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2005. What Is Balloon Sinuplasty? Balloon… Read More »
Why Antibiotics Are Not Always Indicated for Sinus Infections
Discovered in 1928 by Alexander Fleming, penicillin has given humanity an array of antibiotic medicine to treat bacterial infections. When people experience a sinus infection, often, the symptoms arise as a result of a bacterial infection. However, the bacterial infection might not be the root cause of the problem. Other medical issues, such as a… Read More »
Is Your Snoring Really Sleep Apnea?
You’ve probably experienced lying in bed countless times listening to your partner snore. And while you may joke about it among friends, the reality is that it’s not a joke. What you’re hearing could be your loved one experiencing genuinely challenging breathing issues. As reported by Johns Hopkins Medicine, snoring is a common ailment amongst… Read More »
Here Are Some Tips on Treating Chronic Sinusitis
While acute sinusitis may initially feel like a bad cold taking place over a short period of time (usually less than two weeks), chronic sinusitis is typically more persistent. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chronic sinusitis is one of the most commonly experienced chronic health issues in the U.S., affecting… Read More »
What Causes Nasal Obstruction and How Do You Treat It?
As humans, we are meant to be nasal breathers. The nose is designed to humidify and warm the air, making it more comfortable to breathe through the nose. This also prepares the air so that it doesn’t irritate the lower nasal airway and the lungs. When you can’t breathe through your nose, not only is… Read More »