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May 10, 2018

Hot Pepper Nasal Spray Treatment for Migraines and Sinus Headaches

Capsaicin is the ingredient in hot chili peppers that gives it the heat and burn. It is also known to be effective for a variety of pain relief uses. The capsaicin nasal spray version (see below) available over-the-counter, is thought to work for sinus headaches, migraines, cluster headaches, and even severe nasal congestion by desensitizing the trigeminal nerve (which is accessible through the nose) and reduces CGRP (calcitonin gene-related peptide), thus reducing swelling and inflammation. C…

May 09, 2018

Burning Tongue or Mouth Syndrome Treatment

Patients with burning mouth or burning tongue syndrome have essentially two major findings: one, a burning sensation in their mouth and two, a normal appearance of the tongue and mouth. Glossopyrosis is burning limited to the tongue whereas oropyrosis is burning in the entire mouth, including tongue, lips, palette, gums and pharynx.

There unfortunately is no universal understanding nor treatment to address this uncomfortable sensation which suggests a multifactorial etiology. As such, treatment…

May 04, 2018

Why is Medical Animation So Expensive to Create?

I've had a number of inquiries over the years regarding the process of creating medical animations for educational purposes, especially given the decent number of animations I have produced over the years. Beyond the active role of "directing" the animation, I actually hire professional medical animators to do the actual creation, bringing to life what I imagine in my mind.

In other blog articles, I have already discussed how to go about informing the animator what I want and wil…

May 03, 2018

YouTube Enforces Graphic Content Restrictions Against Surgical Videos

Over the last few months, quite a few of the surgical videos uploaded by Fauquier ENT has been slapped with "graphic content restrictions" which is prohibited by YouTube policies. Although these surgical videos are still "allowed" due to its educational nature, any videos showing enough blood and guts are now placed behind an age restriction.

It's not just ENT surgical videos... its ANY videos by any surgeon showing actual surgical footage. You can read more about this …

April 30, 2018

Video of Nasal Packing for Severe Nosebleed Control

Although the vast majority of nosebleeds are more annoying than life-threatening, some are so severe that an ER visit is required. The video above demonstrates how such severe nosebleeds are typically controlled with nasal packing. This procedure is most commonly performed in the ER or ENT office. 

Special shout-out to Nick Gallo of Physical Therapy 101 who made this video possible by volunteering to be the patient and get his nose packed.

Less severe, but still significant nosebleeds may be c…

April 26, 2018

Tongue Tie Classification and Impact on Breastfeeding

Parents with tongue-tied infants often wonder how tongue tie classification influences decision to perform release as well as impact on breastfeeding. There is often confusion that one Class is worse than another... "My baby has a Class 4" is often uttered with ominous undertones.

However, as with much of medicine, a simplistic 4 level classification scheme over-simplifies what is actually a much more complex situation. At least in my mind, when it comes to infant mouth anatomy, ther…

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