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How Can You Tell If You’re Having an Allergic Reaction?

As outdoor allergens continue to ramp up, seasonal allergy sufferers are bracing themselves for a return of their symptoms. But many other people deal with the discomfort of allergies seasonally or year-round — without even knowing it Allergy symptoms can vary widely, so they are often mistaken for other illnesses. And mild allergies can be ... Read More »

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When Do You Need Sinus Surgery?

For some people, medications aren’t enough to clear up sinus infections. Here are some steps you can take if you’ve had enough. Sinus infections are no fun. They cause pressure, swelling and congestion that can be painful and even debilitating. And if one acute infection isn’t bad enough, some people get them over and over ... Read More »

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Can Q-Tips Cause Permanent Ear Damage?

Whenever your ears feel stuffed or clogged, it feels like second nature to reach for a cotton swab. Like an errant hangnail or a song that’s stuck in your head, clogged ears are one of those little — and universal — annoyances in life. While your first instinct may be to use a cotton swab ... Read More »

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What Do You Do When Your Spouse Has Trouble Hearing You?

“Tuning out” is a frustrating habit that long-time couples develop over time. But what if your “selective hearing” actually signals a serious health condition? Are you constantly asking for others to repeat what they say? Hearing loss happens incrementally and can go unnoticed for some time. In fact, as we age, we expect to lose ... Read More »

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Can Snoring Lead to More Serious Problems?

Snoring can leave you with a dry mouth or sore throat — not to mention a cranky sleep partner. But is it a signal of a larger problem? That depends. Almost everyone — from a newborn baby to a 70-year-old man — will snore at some point in his or her life; in fact, according ... Read More »

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