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Kristin Hayes, R.N.

Updated Articles and Resources

By Kristin Hayes, R.N.

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Myringitis Created: Monday, July 28, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014
      Myringitis is the medical term for inflammation of the ear drum. There are many causes of myringitis but the most common cause is a middle ear infection.
    • Cholesteatoma Created: Monday, July 28, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014
      A cholesteatoma is a non-cancerous growth that begins in the middle ear and if left untreated can cause serious complications including hearing loss.
    • What Causes a Retracted Ear Drum? Created: Monday, July 28, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014
      A retracted ear drum appears sucked backwards or concave. This is a sign of auditory tube dysfunction and subsequent negative pressure in the ears.
    • Post-Nasal Drip Treatments Created: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 Updated: Monday, July 07, 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...
    • Turbinate Reduction Created: Friday, July 17, 2009 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      Turbinates are the portion of your nose that work to warm and moisten the air we breathe. The turbinates are filled with warm blood vessels which work to humidify the air, keeping cold air from rea...
    • Managing Ear Pain Created: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 Updated: Monday, July 07, 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...
    • Diagnosis and Treatment for Fluid in the Ear (Otitis Media with Effusion) Created: Monday, May 04, 2009 Updated: Monday, July 07, 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...
    • Is Your Sore Throat Strep? Created: Friday, October 02, 2009 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      It can be difficult to tell if your sore throat is strep throat but there are a few things which can help to differentiate the difference between a sore throat caused by a cold virus and a sore thr...
    • CSF Rhinorrhea (Spinal Fluid Draining From the Nose) Created: Thursday, March 29, 2012 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      CSF Rhinorrhea is a rare condition most often caused by nasal sinus surgery but also caused by birth defects and head/face injuries as well." itemprop="description" Tuesday, February 10, 2009 Updated: Monday, July 07, 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...
    • Everything You Need to Know About Middle Ear Infections (Otitis Media) Created: Friday, August 26, 2011 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      Everything you need to know about middle ear infections, also called otitis media, including causes, symptoms, treatment, diagnosis and prevention.
    • All About Ear Wax Blockage Created: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      Ear wax (cerumen) lines the ear canal, protecting the skin from water and trapping bacteria and other debris, then expelling it. Ear wax is usually beneficial and should not be removed. However, so...
    • Everything You Need to Know About Strep Throat Created: Thursday, December 29, 2011 Updated: Monday, July 07, 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.
    • Can Acid Reflux Cause a Sore Throat? Created: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      Acid reflux can cause a sore throat. When acid travels up the esophagus and sits in the back of the throat while a person is lying down or sleeping the tissue in that area can become irritated and ...
    • How Are Swollen Tonsils Treated? Created: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      Swollen tonsils can be treated a number of ways, depending on what is causing the swelling and how serious it is.
    • What Are the Symptoms of Fluid in the Ears? Created: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 Updated: Monday, July 07, 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 Causes a Swollen Uvula? Created: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Updated: Monday, July 07, 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...
    • When Is Ear Drainage a Medical Emergency? Created: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      Ear drainage is not uncommon, but in certain cases it can be an emergency medical situation.
    • What to Do About Recurring Strep Throat Created: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 Updated: Monday, July 07, 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...
    • What is Ear Drainage and What Does it Mean? Created: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      Ear drainage can be a sign of several conditions, depending on what type of fluid is coming from the ear.
    • How Long Is Strep Throat Contagious? Created: Thursday, April 21, 2011 Updated: Monday, July 07, 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 of ENT Disorders Created: Thursday, December 04, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Doctors use many different methods to diagnose ENT disorders, including signs and symptoms, cultures, visualization with an endoscope or otoscope and sometimes imaging, such as x-rays, CT scans or ...
    • What Causes Pressure in the Ears? Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Multiple ENT disorders can cause a feeling of pressure in the ears including fluid in the ears, sinusitis, and middle ear infections.
    • FAQ for new parents and families of children with a cleft lip and palate Created: Sunday, June 29, 2014 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
      Answers to frequently asked questions for parents regarding children with cleft lip and palate. What a cleft lip is, why it occurs, and more...
    • What is Meniere's Syndrome? Created: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014
      Meniere's syndrome differs from Meniere's disease because there is a known cause for Meniere's syndrome while Meniere's disease is considered idiopathic.
    • Stop a Nosebleed Created: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      How To Stop a Nosebleed. Ear, Nose, & Throat Disorders.
    • Are Steroid Shots a Good Option for Controlling Allergy Symptoms? Created: Friday, August 31, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
    • Coping With Nasal Allergies Created: Thursday, March 17, 2011 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Millions of people suffer from nasal allergies which can be caused by many things including pets, mold, and pollen. Find out how you can treat and cope with your symptoms." Thursday, September 02, 2010 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Frenulotomy is a surgery to correct a congenital condition called ankyloglossia or more commonly
    • What is Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Created: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Whooping cough, also called pertussis, is a bacterial infection that causes uncontrollable coughing. The coughing can be very severe and last weeks, interfering with eating and drinking and sometim...
    • What Ear, Nose and Throat Problems Can be Caused by Smoking? Created: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      There are several ear, nose and throat (ENT) disorders that can be caused by smoking including chronic coughs, sore throats, voice loss and hoarseness and even ear infections. You can also develop ...
    • Barotrauma of the Ear Created: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      Barotrauma of the ear occurs when the pressure inside of the ear does not match the pressure outside of the ear. Mismatched pressures can cause discomfort, loss of hearing or injury."

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