Sinusitis: Why Surgery Isn’t Always the Answer

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Sinusitis—the inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses—is one of the most common chronic medical conditions in the United States.

It may not sound like a serious condition; however, those who have sinusitis tend to miss more work or school, experience facial pain and pressure, feel tired and even suffer from pain in their teeth.

There are four sets of sinuses:


Cancer and COVID-19: Your Questions Answered

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COVID-19 is a new disease, and information about it and the impact it can have on different populations is limited. Those questions weigh especially heavily on the minds of cancer patients, many of whom are immune suppressed or have ongoing treatments or procedures during the pandemic. 

We shared questions from cancer patients with William Fintel, M.D., Medical Director of Hematology-Oncology Clinical Services. Read on for his responses. 


Isolation Units Balance Care and Safety

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The novel coronavirus made its appearance in Virginia several weeks before the first patient in our region was diagnosed with COVID-19.
During that period, Carilion Clinic’s leaders and medical teams have been dedicated to every aspect of preparations to care for COVID-19 patients while protecting their care team and other patients and staff.


COVID-19: Anxiety and Your Child

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Children get their cues on how to react to a situation from the adults around them—especially the adults they rely on.

And since the COVID-19 situation is an unfamiliar and unexpected one for all of us, now is an especially important time to be mindful of the kind of cues we’re giving.

Your child may be worried about their own health or that of older people they love, upset by the sudden separation from school friends and confused by the uncertainty of what will happen next.


COVID-19 Definitions and Resources

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The anxiety people have about the spread of what’s been commonly called “coronavirus” is understandable. It’s new (that’s why it’s called a “novel” coronavirus), so information about its origin, the way it spreads, the way it’s treated and—most importantly—how to stop it from spreading are all still being developed and understood, even by scientists.

Adding to the anxiety is a growing list of words and phrases that non-medical professionals haven’t heard and don’t understand.


Viruses: How They Spread, How They're Treated

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Viruses are different than just about anything else we encounter in our lives. A virus is a microscopically tiny “parasite” that first attaches itself to our cells, and then gets inside so that it can use our cells’ genetic machinery to "grow" through replication. While they are organic microbes, they are not considered “living” since they cannot exist outside a host—in our case, our body’s cells.



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