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Teeth & gums
June 19, 2018

Why is the roof of my mouth sore?

A swollen palate can be caused by an allergic reaction, irritants, an injury and infections that can lead to a burning sensation. This makes it difficult to eat and drink. Here are some common causes why the roof of your mouth could be sore: Bumps Hot tea or coffee and spicy foods are the main culprits that cause bumps on your palate. The skin on the hard palate is much more delicate than your tongue. A minor burn on the palate can cause bumps. The burns can damage the roof of your mouth, make blisters, and cause swelling. Usually a…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
June 18, 2018

What your tongue tells you about your health

Your tongue is one of the most powerful organs that you have. It’s made up of a mobile group of muscles that are attached to the floor of the mouth. We use this fleshy pink organ to taste, lick, swallow and speak. The top of the tongue is covered with small bumps called papillae. The majority of our tastebuds are found in these papillae. Your tongue does more than help you gobble down your food; it assists with digestion and mouth cleaning during the chewing and swallowing process. This muscular organ also holds secrets about your health! Stick out your…
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General knowledge
August 28, 2017

What happens when you sneeze?

Everyone sneezes. In fact, the average healthy person does so up to four times a day. But why, exactly, do we sneeze? The mechanics of sneezing Part of your nose’s job is to make sure the air you breathe is clean, and free of dirt and bacteria. Your nose traps dirt and bacteria in mucus, but sometimes debris can enter your nose and irritate the sensitive mucus membranes inside your nose and throat. When these membranes become irritated, a message is sent to your brain to sneeze. Sneezing is your body's way of removing an irritation from your nose. Your…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
May 23, 2017

Why do I get motion sickness?

Have you ever been in a bus and felt dizzy for no reason? Say “hello” to the common traveller’s companion: motion sickness. Motion sickness simply means: a disturbance in your body’s sense of balance and equilibrium. Any mode of transport can cause motion sickness. What happens is your brain and body become confused and go into malfunction mode. What’s with the motion? You can feel motion sickness in a car, train, boat, an aeroplane, or even on a rollercoaster. The sickness usually goes away when the motion stops. Children between the ages of five and 12 who would usually be…
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Allergies
April 20, 2017

Battling with chronic sinusitis?

What is it? Sinusitis is triggered by allergies, a cold, or an infection. Chronic sinuses last up to several weeks; even for years. The inflammation of the nasal tissues causes a blockage in the holes that would normally drain sinuses. In some cases, this is caused by the structure of your nasal passages. What is a deviated septum? A deviated septum is a nose injury that you could be born with, or developed before birth. In many instances, it could be from an accident later in life, which re-positioned the wall dividing your nostrils. A clear indication of a deviated…
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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
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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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
February 28, 2017

Five reasons you’re feeling dizzy

Dizziness is a common symptom, which may mean different things to different people. Some use it to describe light-headedness, loss of balance, feeling faint or unsteady, or the sensation that the surroundings are spinning. Because dizziness can be used to describe more than a few feelings, it’s not always easy to identify the underlying cause. Possible causes: Postural hypotension is a sudden drop in blood pressure when you stand up too fast. When you stand, the blood vessels in your legs constrict which prevents blood from pooling in the veins in your legs. Blood remains in your legs, and the…
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HeadachesSymptoms, Aches & Pains
February 28, 2017

Is this a migraine or a sinus headache?

You feel the familiar throb of a headache beginning and just like that your day is ruined. Everyone gets a headache from time to time, and they can vary tremendously in severity to disrupt your life. It’s important to know the type of headache you have so that you can treat it properly. It’s easy to confuse a migraine and sinus headache, but there are differences. Your sinuses are air-filled spaces inside your forehead, cheekbones, and behind the bridge of your nose. When they’re inflamed, it’s usually from an allergic reaction or infection. These conditions make your sinuses swell, creating…
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