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Health News - Ear, Nose and Throat

What causes a pimple in the nose?
Pimples in the nose can cause pain and discomfort. They can often result from an ingrown hair and usually go away without treatment. However, a pimple in the nose can sometimes be the sign of a more serious condition, such as an infection. Learn more about causes and how to treat a pimple in the nose here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about esophageal thrush
Esophageal thrush is a fungal infection of the food pipe. It occurs when a naturally occurring fungus called Candida grows out of control. Esophageal thrush is a serious condition, causing pain and difficulty swallowing. It may also spread to other parts of the body. Learn more about esophageal thrush here. (Medical News Today)

Crohn's mouth ulcers: What to know
People with Crohn’s disease may be more prone to mouth ulcers. Learn about the reasons why in this article. We also cover possible treatments. (Medical News Today)

What is chronic laryngitis?
Chronic laryngitis is an inflammation of the voice box that lasts for more than 3 weeks. It can cause hoarseness and other symptoms. Causes include other illnesses and certain lifestyle factors. Treatment involves resting the voice, avoiding throat irritants, and treating underlying conditions. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

How can psoriasis affect the mouth and tongue?
Psoriasis can affect any part of the body, including the mouth and tongue. The tongue may develop cracks and fissures, or smooth, red patches, in a complication called geographic tongue. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for psoriasis on the tongue here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about ear eczema
Eczema can affect the ear externally or internally. People can usually manage their symptoms by using ear drops or creams and avoiding potential triggers. (Medical News Today)

Which essential oils can help with ear infections?
Some essential oils have antimicrobial or antiviral properties, which makes them possible candidates for treating ear infections. Some people find that placing a small amount of diluted essential oil into or around the ear can help reduce the symptoms of ear infections, such as swelling and discharge. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Home remedies for relieving a dry nose
If the insides of the nasal passages are too dry, it can cause pain, itching, scabbing, nosebleeds, and congestion. However, a dry nose is rarely a cause for concern, and a person can usually treat it themselves, by inhaling steam or by using a humidifier, nasal sprays, or nasal rinses. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What causes a bump on the roof of the mouth?
A bump can form on the roof of the mouth due to many conditions, including canker sores, mucoceles, torus palatinus, and oral candidiasis. The bump can even be an extra tooth. Most underlying causes are benign, but some require medical treatment. Learn more about the causes and their other symptoms in this article. (Medical News Today)

Why is the roof of my mouth swollen?
Many conditions may cause a swollen roof of the mouth, including sores, dehydration, and mucus buildups. In this article, learn about six causes of a swollen roof of the mouth, and possible treatment or home remedies. We also cover more serious conditions affecting the roof of the mouth and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Home remedies to clean your ears
Earwax naturally keeps the ear clean, free of debris, and protected from infections. Most of the time, washing around the ears is enough to keep them clean. However, in some cases, a person may wish to clean their ears. In this article, we give examples of at-home methods to clean the ears safely plus what not to do. (Medical News Today)

Risks and effects of adenoid removal
Adenoids are glands at the back of the throat that can become swollen and sometimes infected in children. If enlarged adenoids are causing problems, such as breathing or sleeping difficulties, removal may be necessary. The surgery is generally safe and effective, and recovery takes 1 to 2 weeks. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What can cause a bump on the lip?
Lip bumps can come in many shapes and sizes with various associated symptoms. They have numerous possible causes, including infections, allergic reactions, and lip injuries. Many lip bumps are harmless, and a person can often treat them with home remedies. Some may be more severe and require medical treatment. (Medical News Today)

What is frontal sinusitis and what causes it?
The sinuses are cavities that produce mucus. If a person has frontal sinusitis, the cavities just behind the eyes become inflamed, and the mucus cannot drain correctly. Infections, allergies, or long-term health issues may be responsible. Here, we examine the causes of frontal sinusitis and how treatments vary. (Medical News Today)

What to know about chronic ear infections
Chronic, or recurring ear infections require medical attention. They are caused by a build-up of fluid behind the eardrum that persists or keeps coming back. Chronic ear infections are more common in children. In this article, we look at the types, causes, and treatments for chronic ear infections. (Medical News Today)

What can cause spots on the tongue?
There are many tiny spots or bumps on the tongue that people need for taste and sensation. But spots on the tongue that are unusual in size or appearance could be the sign of a health issue. Causes of unusual spots include lie bumps, burns, canker sores, infections, and oral cancer. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Can you take Aleve and Tylenol together?
Aleve and Tylenol are over-the-counter brands of different pain medications. People frequently use them to treat mild complaints, such as headaches and sore throats. Aleve and Tylenol are safe to take together. However, alternating between the two is more likely to provide extended relief. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Do you perceive smells that aren't there?
Some people hallucinate smells. In the first study of its kind, researchers show that phantom odor perception is more common than once thought. (Medical News Today)

How does hydrogen peroxide remove ear wax?
Hydrogen peroxide is a common ingredient in ear drops, and it can help to soften and dissolve buildups of earwax. However, if a person has an ear infection, or the ear has been damaged, they should refrain from using drops that contain hydrogen peroxide. Learn more about removing earwax with hydrogen peroxide here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about phantom smells (phantosmia)
Phantosmia is when someone thinks they notice a smell that is not there. Phantosmia is also called a phantom smell or an olfactory hallucination. Sinus problems, seizures, stroke, and schizophrenia can cause phantom smells. Learn about types, symptoms, and treatment of phantosmia and related conditions here. (Medical News Today)

Is a runny nose during teething normal?
Teething begins at around 6 months of age. Many people associate some non-oral symptoms, including a runny nose and a fever, with the teething process. However, research suggests that the infant's exposure to the wider world and to childhood illnesses are more likely responsible for these symptoms. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Are holes in tonsils normal?
Holes in the tonsils, or tonsillar crypts, can trap bacteria and become blocked with food and other debris. Some infections can cause the tonsils to become sore and inflamed. In this article, learn about the link between the holes in the tonsils and a variety of conditions, including strep throat and tonsil stones. (Medical News Today)

What is the Valsalva maneuver?
The Valsalva maneuver is a breathing technique that increases pressure in the chest. Doctors can use it to normalize some abnormally fast heart rhythms. People may also use this technique regularly without knowing it, such as when they push to induce a bowel movement or try to pop their ears. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What causes a soapy taste in the mouth?
Many sensations and tastes can occur suddenly or linger in the mouth. One of these is a soapy taste. This may have many causes, including consuming contaminated food or drink, some medications, genetics, and even anxiety. Seeing a doctor may be necessary if the taste continues. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What are the early signs of oral cancer?
Oral cancer can affect any part of the mouth, including the front of the tongue, the lips, the gums, or inside the cheeks. Symptoms include ulcers that do not heal and pain in the affected area. Causes include the presence of the human papillomavirus (HPV). Learn more about the warning signs of oral cancer here. (Medical News Today)

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