Tonsillitis, a common condition among children, occurs when the tonsils — two masses of tissue at the back of the throat — become inflamed. The main symptoms include:
• Throat pain
• Loss of voice
• Difficulty swallowing or
breathing through the mouth
• Swollen glands
When tonsillitis is caused by... Read more
Pediatric ear infections are one of the most common childhood illnesses. However, when your child experiences four or more infections in a year, it is time to see an otolaryngologist.
“In most cases, ear infections are relatively benign,” says Marc A. Sachs, MD, otolaryngologist, Saint Francis Medical... Read more
Ear infections are common among young children, usually affecting those between 6 months and 2 years old. When a child frequently suffers from ear infections, or when the infections continue to occur as the child ages, it may be time to seek further treatment.
“An ear infection... Read more
Sinusitis is a condition in which you experience inflammation in your nasal passage that interferes with mucus drainage. When you have had this condition for more than eight weeks despite treatment attempts, you are considered to have chronic sinusitis.
“First, you should see your primary care physician... Read more
If you frequently listen to loud music while using earbuds or headphones, you could be damaging your hearing. An MP3 player played at 70 percent of its top volume is nearly as loud as a chainsaw.
“Over time, earbuds and headphones can cause noise-induced hearing loss when... Read more
According to the National Institutes of Health, 15 percent of Americans aged 20 to 69 have some amount of hearing loss related to noise at work or recreational activities. The best way to prevent this, of course, is to avoid exposure to high decibel (dB) noise.... Read more
When you have a sore throat, sometimes it is difficult to determine whether it is a symptom of a more serious illness, such as strep throat. "Usually, if the sore throat is the result of just sinus drainage, it only hurts during certain times of the... Read more
For a person with chronic sinusitis, surgery may be the best option if all other treatments – including antibiotics, medicated nasal sprays and saltwater nasal washes – have failed. The most commonly used treatment is endoscopic surgery, during which the surgeon inserts a lighted tool called an... Read more
While most sore throats are caused by viral infections, some are caused by bacterial infections and require treatment. A common type of bacteria is called group A streptococcal bacteria, and the contagious infection is called strep throat.
“We typically wait to treat a sore throat with antibiotics... Read more
Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses that often occurs as a result of a cold or allergy. While symptoms of cold-related – or acute – sinusitis usually go away within a week, chronic sinusitis lasts for more than 12 weeks. Chronic sinusitis is often the result... Read more