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Tonsillectomy: Procedure and recovery

Tonsillectomy: Procedure and recovery

The tonsils, which form a protective ring around the back of the mouth and nasal cavity, are part of the immune system. A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils, which is sometimes necessary to treat an underlying illness. The tonsils help catch germs, such as viruses and bacteria, and prevent them from […]

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Is ear candling safe or effective?

Is ear candling safe or effective?

Ear candling is an unsafe and unproven practice during which a person inserts a lit candle into their ear. The heat from the candle is supposed to draw earwax and other impurities out of the ear. Proponents of ear candling claim that it can treat a number of conditions, ranging from earwax buildups to cancer. […]

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What is labyrinthitis?

What is labyrinthitis?

Labyrinthitis is an inner ear infection that can affect a person’s balance and hearing. It may occur when a cold, the flu, or a middle ear infection spreads to the inner ear. This article will cover the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of labyrinthitis. Causes Labyrinthitis can affect hearing and balance. The inner ear, also […]

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Why is my tongue burning?

Why is my tongue burning?

A burning tongue, or burning mouth syndrome (BMS), is a condition that causes a sensation of burning in the mouth. People with this condition often describe the burn as feeling similar to a hot drink scald. There are several known causes of BMS, but the reason for its onset can be unclear. The treatment will […]

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What causes a pimple in the nose?

What causes a pimple in the nose?

A pimple in the nose can be irritating and painful. Often, it results from a simple blocked pore or an ingrown nose hair. Other times, it can indicate a more severe condition, such as an infection. In this article, we look at the most common causes of a pimple inside the nose, and we suggest […]

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What to know about esophageal thrush

What to know about esophageal thrush

Esophageal thrush is a fungal infection of the esophagus or food pipe. Doctors sometimes call it esophageal candidiasis. The food pipe is the tube that connects the mouth and throat to the stomach. Although anyone can develop esophageal thrush, it is more common in people with weakened immune systems, especially those with HIV or AIDS. […]

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Crohn’s mouth ulcers: What to know

Crohn’s mouth ulcers: What to know

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that mainly causes symptoms in the digestive tract. However, some people experience symptoms elsewhere, including mouth ulcers. Doctors call mouth ulcers and other symptoms outside of the digestive tract extra-intestinal manifestations of Crohn’s disease. Some people develop mouth ulcers several years before they experience any intestinal symptoms due […]

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What is chronic laryngitis?

What is chronic laryngitis?

Laryngitis is an inflammation of the voice box that can cause hoarseness or loss of voice. Chronic laryngitis lasts for more than 3 weeks, and causes can include other illnesses or certain lifestyle factors. In this article, we examine chronic laryngitis and look at its symptoms, causes, and risk factors. We also cover diagnosis, treatment, […]

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How can psoriasis affect the mouth and tongue?

How can psoriasis affect the mouth and tongue?

Psoriasis can affect any area of skin, including that of the mouth and tongue. The condition can cause cracks to form on the tongue or smooth patches, in a complication called geographic tongue. Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition. It causes a person’s skin to grow faster than average, resulting in red and often scaly […]