A do-it-yourself $25 HEPA filter for allergies: Video

In my prior blog post I told you how to make a do-it-yourself $25 HEPA filter for allergies, but I did not have the data about how effective this could be for removing particles from the air.

Here is a video that  demonstrates how effective this $25 dollar HEPA filter really is.  It removes 90% of particles . . . → Read More: A do-it-yourself $25 HEPA filter for allergies: Video

The Cadillac of HEPA filters: The IQair Health Pro plus system

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Well, I stopped by my local vacuum store yesterday to return a small item at Ann Arbor Vacuum.    I spoke to the owner, Adel, who has got to be the most knowledgable guy I ever met when it comes to vacuums and air filtration systems.   He sells only products he considers top of the . . . → Read More: The Cadillac of HEPA filters: The IQair Health Pro plus system

How to make a HEPA filter system for less than $25

Many of my patients with sinus problems have underlying allergies to dust, mold, animal danders and other indoor allergens.

Since the first principle of treating allergies is to avoid the allergens as much as possible, or remove them, many doctors recommend a good high effiiciency particulate air filter.    Unfortunately, these are very expensive, running upwards of . . . → Read More: How to make a HEPA filter system for less than $25

Sinus surgery: mucoceles versus mucous retention cysts–whats the difference?

Mucoceles of the sinuses

There is quite a bit of confusion about mucous retention cysts (found on CT scan) and mucoceles, which are much less common and treated very differently.

 

In my practice, this causes a fair amount of un-necessary confusion, and, frankly unnecessary angst, since most are mucous cysts and require no intervention in the vast . . . → Read More: Sinus surgery: mucoceles versus mucous retention cysts–whats the difference?

If I have nasal polyps, what are the chances that the polyps will return after surgery?

If I have nasal polyps, what are the chances that the polyps will return after surgery?

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Again, it is difficult to predict for any one patient if or when polyps will return.  However, most surgeons will recognize that patients with polyps scattered throughout the majority of . . . → Read More: If I have nasal polyps, what are the chances that the polyps will return after surgery?

Top 10 reasons to have sinus surgery

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Recently, I posted a list of Top Ten Reasons to NOT have sinus surgery (or at least consider a second opinion).   As strongly as I feel that, in some cases, sinus surgery is not necessary, there are many, many patients who benefit from sinus . . . → Read More: Top 10 reasons to have sinus surgery

Top 10 reasons NOT to have sinus surgery (or at least get a second opinion)

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In the course of a month, I see many patients that are considering sinus surgery.  Many have had a CT scan and have been referred to an ENT doctor by a friend or primary care doctor.     When I see them, I evaluate them . . . → Read More: Top 10 reasons NOT to have sinus surgery (or at least get a second opinion)

Neuralgia-related pains that mimic sinusitis

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One of the most common reasons that patients see me in clinic is for facial pain.  Some of these patients have sinusitis, but the vast majority of some other facial pain syndrome.   Of these “non sinusitis patients” with facial pain, migraines are the most common.

However, we . . . → Read More: Neuralgia-related pains that mimic sinusitis

If I have true bacterial infections, what are the chances that the infections will return after sinus surgery?

If I have true bacterial infections, what are the chances that the infections will return after sinus surgery?

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This is a very fair question, but one that is typically difficult to answer.   Every patient is different, so it’s very difficult to make predictions for any individual patient, much less a prediction that we can publish . . . → Read More: If I have true bacterial infections, what are the chances that the infections will return after sinus surgery?

How do antihistamines work for allergic rhinitis and other allergy symptoms?

How Do antihistamines work for allergic rhinitis and other allergy symptoms?

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Before we talk about ANTI-histmamines, we should talk about how histamines are involved in allergic reactions.  Then we can talk about how ANTI-histamines work.

The typical symptoms that are listed as acute allergy symptoms include sneezing, nasal irritation, . . . → Read More: How do antihistamines work for allergic rhinitis and other allergy symptoms?