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Ears, Nose & Throat

Ears, Nose & Throat
January 5, 2018

How to take care of inflamed tonsils

Has someone told you that you are snoring? Do you stop breathing repeatedly while sleeping? Are you struggling with a sore throat often? Sleep apnoea is real. It means that your brain and the rest of your body may not be getting enough oxygen. If you experience recurring tonsillitis (inflammation of the tonsils, it may be time to consider getting your tonsils removed. Swollen tonsils can cause apnoea by directly blocking the airway while you’re lying down. According to research, the lack of oxygen to the brain and heart can result in heart disease, feelings of aggression, and sleepiness during…
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Ears, Nose & Throat
October 24, 2017

What to do when the world is spinning

If you also used to play on the merry-go-round, or spin yourself around when you were young, you would have felt that the world kept on spinning. This sensation is called vertigo, and it's all fun and games when you're 9 years old, but if the symptom doesn't go away, it can be awful. What is vertigo exactly? Vertigo is a symptom, rather than a condition. It's the sensation that you, or the environment around you, is moving or spinning even though you are standing still. In some cases, this feeling may be barely noticeable, but in others in can…
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Ears, Nose & Throat
May 16, 2017

What colour is your snot? This is what it could mean

Mucus is important. This slimy substance lines your throat, lungs, nose, sinuses and mouth for protection and support. The moist film in your nose helps it to stay lubricated. Your mucous helps keep you healthy by protecting your lungs when you breathe as it helps get rid of dirty particles in the air. In fact, you produce up to one and a half litres (four to six cups) of mucus in a day! What your nose debris says about you Clear. This is normal. Your nasal tissues produce mucus that consists of water, protein, dissolved salts and anti-bodies. White. You’re…
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Ears, Nose & Throat
April 15, 2017

How to get rid of the ringing in your ears

Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing sound when no actual external sound is present. It's commonly described as a ringing in the ears, but can also be heard as buzzing, humming, clicking, hissing, and whistling. The sound may come and go, or it may be present all the time. It may vary in pitch from a low roar to a high squeal, and you may hear it in one or both ears. It is often worse when background noise is low, so you may be most aware of it at night when you're trying to fall asleep. You may also…
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Ears, Nose & Throat
April 13, 2017

What you didn’t know about earwax

Ew… wax! Earwax is perfectly normal. Also called cerumen, it’s a normal by-product of a health ear. Earwax is created by modified sweat glands deep inside the outer ear canal. Everyone produces earwax, although some people produce more than others – just like some people perspire more than others. Earwax actually serves a purpose; in fact it’s essential for the health of ear as it keeps the tissues of the ear canal lubricated and provides a sort of safety net that protects the ear drum from foreign objects. It is known that the amount of wax you produce is genetically…
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Ears, Nose & Throat
March 16, 2017

Sore throat soothers

A sore throat can be very painful and irritating, and may make it difficult for you to eat and drink. Common causes of a sore throat include viral, bacterial and fungal infections, allergies, and dry air, irritants like pollution and smoking, and excessive shouting. Fortunately, you can treat the pain, and perhaps resolve the sore throat without visiting your doctor. One of these simple, all-natural sore throat solutions may do the trick. Garlic Garlic has antibacterial and antiseptic properties that can treat and prevent a painful, irritated throat. It's also antimicrobial, which means it can help fight the infection and…
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Ears, Nose & Throat
March 6, 2017

Three home remedies for a runny nose

Reaching for the tissues every few minutes? Is your red nose giving Rudolph a run for his money? A runny nose is no fun, but there are simple home remedies to keep that nose from running away with you. Salt water Salt water is a fantastic remedy to help clear up a runny nose. It has antibacterial properties, is 100% natural, and you can even use it to help prevent a runny nose during allergy season. Mix one-half teaspoon of table salt in two cups of warm water. Using a dropper, place a few drops of the solution into each…
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Ears, Nose & Throat
February 8, 2017

The ins and outs of earache

A ringing sound in your ear? A dull ache? It may be an on-and-off pain or a persistent throbbing. Either way, an earache shouldn’t be ignored. There are two categories of earaches to know about. A primary earache is due to some form of inner or outer ear disease. Secondary earache is due to or associated with problems elsewhere in the body, in which the pain is felt in the ear (this is known as referred pain). Earache is very common in children, as the anatomy of their Eustachian tube makes them more susceptible to more infections. Earache is also…
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Ears, Nose & Throat
December 8, 2016

Heal your hearing

It’s easy to take your hearing for granted, but pause for a moment and imagine a world where you struggle to hear ambient noise or follow conversations? As you age, you’ll experience a number of bodily changes. Hearing loss may be one of them. (more…)
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Ears, Nose & Throat
May 4, 2016

5 sore throat relief hacks

Ugh! That scratchy feeling - like swallowing barbed wire - is often the first sign of a cold or flu infection. While only rest, time and plenty of fluids can get rid of a cold virus, here are 5 things you can do to soothe that awful sore throat: (more…)
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