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Why does it hurt when I swallow?

Why does it hurt when I swallow?

Swallowing involves many muscles and nerves in the mouth, throat, and food pipe. Many people will experience pain when swallowing at least once in their lives. The medical term for painful swallowing is odynophagia. It is often possible to identify the cause of pain when swallowing by looking at the specific symptoms. Depending on the […]

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How to remove earwax at home

How to remove earwax at home

Earwax, also called cerumen, serves an essential function in the body. It helps to remove dead skin cells, dirt, hair, and other debris from the ear canal. Earwax lowers the risk of infection and prevents the ear canal from feeling uncomfortable and itchy. It also helps to reduce the irritation that water causes when it […]

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How to treat and prevent ear barotrauma

How to treat and prevent ear barotrauma

Ear barotrauma refers to ear pain caused by a change in pressure around the ear. It can cause discomfort or pain as well as difficulty hearing. Ear barotrauma usually clears up by itself, but some people may need to talk to a doctor, and in very severe cases, have corrective surgery. It is important that […]

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What to know about glossitis

What to know about glossitis

Glossitis is typically characterized by an inflammation of the tongue. It can also cause changes in the tongue’s texture and color. Along with swelling, glossitis can change the color and surface texture of the tongue because the condition causes the small bumps on the surface to shrink, creating a shiny, red surface. Severe cases of […]

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Why do I feel pain in my ear when swallowing?

Why do I feel pain in my ear when swallowing?

Ear pain when swallowing can be extremely uncomfortable and interfere with everyday activities such as eating, drinking, and talking. There are many reasons why a person’s ears might hurt when they swallow. The three most common causes of this pain are infections of the: ear nose throat In this article, learn the best ways to […]

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Common symptoms of a sinus infection

Common symptoms of a sinus infection

A sinus infection, also called sinusitis, is a common and painful condition that causes stuffy, painful pressure in the nasal cavity. Sinusitis affects around 31 million people in America each year. Most cases of sinusitis are due to a virus and will go away on their own. Viral sinusitis is contagious, so take steps to […]

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How to get a bug out of your ear

How to get a bug out of your ear

For many people, the thought of a bug crawling around in their ear is terrifying. Although it is not very common, a bug can enter the ear and even stay there for some time. There are a few different ways that the bug can get into the ear. It could crawl in overnight while a […]

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What to know about a Schatzki ring

What to know about a Schatzki ring

A Schatzki ring is a circular band of mucosal tissue that can form at the end of the food pipe closest to the stomach. The ring of tissue causes the food pipe, or esophagus, to narrow. When a ring forms, a person may have no symptoms. Or, they may have difficulty swallowing, which the medical […]

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What to know about otomycosis

What to know about otomycosis

Otomycosis is a fungal infection in the outer ear. An otomycosis infection causes inflammation, dry skin, and a smelly discharge in the ear canal. People most likely to be affected by otomycosis include those who live in warm, tropical climates, and those who participate in water sports. Otomycosis is often easily treated with topical antifungal […]

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Why is my tongue bleeding?

Why is my tongue bleeding?

A number of conditions could result in a bleeding tongue. Some of these conditions are serious while others pose no long-term health risk. The most common causes of a bleeding tongue include: sudden harsh biting of the tongue mouth sores injuries from dentures or braces eating sharp or hard foods radiation treatment for cancer This […]