Nasal rinsing

Question: Is nasal rinse recommended on a regular basis? Answer: Apparently the ancient Indians have been rinsing their noses for centuries. It is also taught in Yoga and Ayurvedic medicine. Western trained doctors have used this as an adjunct treatment for sinusitis. It is certainly a logical and time honoured method of treating infection – irrigating pus and a natural method of...

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What are adenoids?

Question: Could you kindly provide information about adenoid? Answer: This is a rather general question, so I will answer generally, covering to whole gamut from what adenoids are, the problems they can cause, indications for surgery as well as surgery and complications. Feel free to use the relevant sections or the whole reply. You can also use the relevant sections for future Q&A or post...

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New developments to minimise snoring?

Question: Hi Doc, good day to you. I’m Chinese, Male, 53 years and have Sleep Apnea problem. Is there any new developments to minimise snoring ? Surgery is out. Answer: New developments are unfortunately mostly in the area of surgery which can be minimally invasive and done under local anaesthesia in the clinic. Somnoplasty and pillar implants have been around for some time and treat...

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Weird odour in the nose

Question: Hi there Doc, of late I have been getting a weird odour in my nostril. The smell of medicated oil…its been for about 2 months. Can teeth problems or extra teeth be the cause? Thank you. Answer: A bad smell in the nose is known medically as cachosmia and is usually due to a sinus infection while a weird smell is dysosmia and is usually due to a nerve problem. Smell is of course...

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Best medicine for nasal allergy

Question: What is the best medicine for nasal allergy? How to take the medicine? Answer: The best medicine depends on the symptoms, the severity and the response to treatment. I always tell my patients that I don’t want the treatment to be worse than the problem. If someone only has mild runny nose once in a while, regular nasal sprays, although potent, may be an overkill. Generally, I...

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Persistent phlegm

Question: Hi, I have had this phlegm for the past one year. It is clear, sometimes pale yellow and thick and it is always at the back of my throat. It does not seem to be coming from my nose. I have to clear my throat several times a day and it hurts my throat. Please advice Answer: Phlegm at the back of the throat can come from the nose even if it does not feel that way. Some of our sinuses...

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