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Kristin Hayes, R.N.

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By Kristin Hayes, R.N.

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    • Everything You Need to Know About Strep Throat Created: Thursday, December 29, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      A comprehensive article covering everything you need to know about strep; what it is, how it's treated, how long you'll be contagious and even what to do about recurring strep throat.
    • What Are Symptoms of an Ear Infection? Created: Friday, February 20, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Symptoms of an ear infection include: pain, pressure, loss of balance, fever and more...
    • What Is Causing My Ears to Ring? Created: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Ear ringing, or tinnitus, is often a symptom of problems in the auditory system such as hearing loss. It can be temporary or permanent and has many causes including exposure to very loud noises.
    • Why Do My Ears Feel Plugged? Created: Monday, February 07, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Plugged ears can be caused by a few different things including fluid in the ear, excessive ear wax, changes in atmospheric pressure, or, if you're an eight-year-old-boy, because your best friend dared you to stick gravel in them. This article will talk about the different causes of plugged ears and what you can do about your plugged ears.
    • Vertigo Causes and Symptoms Created: Monday, April 21, 2014 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      Vertigo is a form of dizziness that has many causes including migraine headaches, Meniere's disease, BPPV, and autoimmune disease.
    • How to Detect an Allergen and Remove It From Your Home Created: Monday, August 24, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Allergens are substances that causes an allergic reaction, (in some individuals). Some examples of common allergens are dust mites, cat dander and pollen. Sometimes individuals can have severe alle...
    • Understanding Tonsillitis Created: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Tonsillitis occurs when the pharangeal tonsils, located in the back of the throat become inflamed. This can be cause by an infection or allergies. Tonsillitis can cause a severe sore throat and may...
    • Post-Nasal Drip Treatments Created: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Post nasal drip is a common problem that can be treated at home or by a physician with treatments as minor as using a humidifier, or as drastic as having surgery." itempropxpr="$zTP='t3'" --> itemp...
    • Everything You Need To Know About Voice Loss and Hoarseness Created: Wednesday, September 02, 2009 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Voice loss and hoarseness are common problems and can cause missed days at work and a decrease the quality of your life. There are also many disorders that can cause these bothersome symptoms and s...
    • Managing Throat Pain Created: Friday, November 06, 2009 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      There are many causes of throat pain including colds caused by viruses or strep throat, overuse of the vocal cords, smoking, acid reflux or growths. Learn when to worry, and how best to manage your...
    • What is Dexilant (dexlansoprazole)? Created: Monday, March 29, 2010 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Dexilant is a medication used to treat acid reflux (also called GERD). Dexilant is different than most medications of its kind because, like an extended release type medication, one pill releases ...
    • Tonsillectomy Risks Versus Benefits: Is It Worth It? Created: Monday, October 31, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      The opinion of medical professionals on the safety level of a tonsillectomy seems to ebb and flow. Why is it that this particular procedure seems to come in and out of fashion? What are the risks o...
    • Is it a Lump or a Lymph Node? Created: Tuesday, June 09, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      Lumps are common with many ENT disorders and can be terrifying. Often these lumps are actually swollen lymph nodes. Find out disorders that cause lumps in the ear, nose and throat."
    • Mononucleosis (Mono) Created: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Mono, or mononucleosis is a viral infection that is spread through saliva or close contact, hence its other name, "the kissing disease." Mono can be caused by the epstein barr virus or by cytomegli...
    • What is Pseudoephedrine Created: Thursday, June 17, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Pseudoephedrine is a medication used to treat congestion, sinuses and runny nose. It only treats symptoms, it is not a cure for bacterial illness.
    • Having Your Tonsils Removed Created: Saturday, June 20, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Tonsils are part of the lymphatic system. There are two that reside on each side of the throat. Indications for having your tonsils removed include frequent infection and enlargement that interfere...
    • Cancer of the Sinuses and Nasal Passageways Created: Sunday, March 31, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Cancer develops in the nose or sinus cavities when DNA in the cells of the tissue that lines these cavities mutates and begins to grow at an abnormal rate." itemprop="descrTP='t3'" --> itemprop="de...
    • What Are the Symptoms of Fluid in the Ears? Created: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      Fluid in the ear can be caused by congestion from the common cold, allergies, or by anatomical conditions, such as enlarged tonsils or turbinates. Symptoms vary widely from person to person and can...
    • What to Do About Recurring Strep Throat Created: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      Recurring strep throat can result in pain and discomfort, lost days at school or at work, and ultimately surgery. This article will explore ways to discover why you may be experiencing recurring st...
    • Managing Ear Pain Created: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 Updated: Sunday, April 06, 2014
      Ear pain can be caused by a variety of factors. This article explores different conditions that can cause ear pain and gives information on managing it." itemprop="descript't3'" --> itemprop="descr...
    • When Is Ear Drainage a Medical Emergency? Created: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 Updated: Saturday, April 05, 2014
      Ear drainage is not uncommon, but in certain cases it can be an emergency medical situation.
    • What Causes a Swollen Uvula? Created: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Updated: Saturday, April 05, 2014
      A swollen uvula is uncommon and can be caused by infections of the throat, including epiglottitis, allergic reactions, and a rare condition called hereditary angioneurotic edema. This article cover...
    • Strep Throat Symptoms Created: Monday, September 14, 2009 Updated: Saturday, April 05, 2014
      Strep throat symptoms include sore throat, fever, stomach ache... Strep throat is caused by the bacteria group A streptococcus and must be treated with antibiotics." itempr expr="$zTP='t3'" --> ite...
    • Can Coming Down With a Cold or the Flu Cause Neck Pain? Created: Sunday, September 30, 2012 Updated: Saturday, April 05, 2014
      Neck pain can be a common symptom of the common cold, a flu virus or another infection.
    • All About Cancer of the Tonsils Created: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 Updated: Saturday, April 05, 2014
      Everything you need to know about cancer of the tonsils including symptoms, treatments, stages and more." itemprop="description"> Wednesday, January 20, 2010 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      Ear drainage can be a sign of several conditions, depending on what type of fluid is coming from the ear.
    • What Causes a Swollen Tongue? Created: Wednesday, May 05, 2010 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      It may not seem like such a biG deal but in certain instances a swollen tongue can be an indicator of a deadly condition.
    • How Long Does it Take to Recover From a Tonsillectomy? Created: Monday, April 30, 2012 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      If you're planning on a tonsillectomy, you probably want to know how long you should schedule off from work or school.
    • What Causes Swollen Tonsils? Created: Thursday, February 03, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 03, 2014
      The tonsils are part of the lymphatic system and help to filter out particles that could potentially be harmful to our bodies, including viruses and bacteria. This is just one way that the tonsils ...
    • How Long Is Strep Throat Contagious? Created: Thursday, April 21, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 03, 2014
      After exposure to strep throat (caused by the bacteria streptococcus pyogenes, there is a 2 to 5 day period before you start to feel the symptoms of strep throat. . .
    • Diagnosis and Treatment for Fluid in the Ear (Otitis Media with Effusion) Created: Monday, May 04, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
      Fluid in the ear, also called serous otitis media(SOM) or otitis media with effusion (OME), is usually the result of an ear infection, but it can occur under any condition in which the auditory tub...
    • Meniere's Disease Created: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 Updated: Saturday, March 29, 2014
      Meniere's Disease is a disorder of the inner ear and lymphatic system which causes vertigo, hearing loss, tinnitus, and other debilitating symptoms.

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