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When to see a doctor if a child has a nosebleed

When to see a doctor if a child has a nosebleed

Nosebleeds are common in children but are usually short-lived and rarely a cause for concern. Persistent, recurring, or very heavy bleeding may, however, require medical attention. Doctors refer to nosebleeds as epistaxis. Approximately 60 percent of people will experience a nosebleed at some point during their life. However, nosebleeds occur most commonly in children aged […]

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What to know about enlarged adenoids

What to know about enlarged adenoids

Enlarged adenoids are common in children. The adenoids can become enlarged due to an infection or may be enlarged from birth. The adenoids are glands that sit behind the nose above the roof of the mouth. When they grow large, they can cause snoring and breathing problems. This article will describe the function of the […]

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What is orbital cellulitis?

What is orbital cellulitis?

Orbital cellulitis is an infection of the soft tissues within the eye socket. It is a serious condition that, without treatment, can lead to permanent vision loss and life-threatening complications. Orbital cellulitis, which is sometimes called postseptal cellulitis, can occur at any age, but it most commonly affects young children. The infection develops behind the […]

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What to know about salivary stones

What to know about salivary stones

Salivary stones are small stones that form in the glands of the mouth. They can block the flow of saliva and cause pain or discomfort. The medical term for salivary stones is sialoliths. When they block the salivary glands, this is known as sialolithiasis. Salivary stones are rarely a cause for concern, and people can […]

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What is a benign esophageal stricture?

What is a benign esophageal stricture?

A benign esophageal stricture is a narrowing of the esophagus, or food pipe, which is the tube that runs from the throat to the stomach. Benign means that it is noncancerous. The main symptoms include: difficulty swallowing food coming back up the throat from the stomach unintentional weight loss There are several different treatment options […]

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What is mastoiditis?

What is mastoiditis?

Mastoiditis is a serious infection in the mastoid process, which is the hard, prominent bone just behind and under the ear. Ear infections that people fail to treat cause most cases of mastoiditis. The condition is rare but can become life-threatening without treatment. Symptoms of mastoiditis include swelling behind the ear, pus coming out of […]

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What to know about the Adam’s apple

What to know about the Adam’s apple

The Adam’s apple is a lump of cartilage that sticks out from the throat. It is more prominent in males, and it serves no specific function. A person can remove or change the size of their Adam’s apple with surgery. Adam’s apples develop during puberty and are not present in prepubescent children. They are often […]

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What is pharyngitis?

What is pharyngitis?

Pharyngitis is inflammation of the mucous membranes that line the back of the throat, or pharynx. This inflammation can cause discomfort, dryness, and difficulty swallowing. Pharyngitis is the medical term for a sore throat. Causes of pharyngitis include viral infections, such as common colds, and bacterial infections, such as group A Streptococcus. Pharyngitis is a […]

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Dolor de garganta en un solo lado

Dolor de garganta en un solo lado

Un dolor de garganta es la razón más común para acudir a un médico. La mayoría de las veces, es un síntoma de alergias, resfriados o gripe. Si bien es cierto que puede ser doloroso, por lo general no es grave. Sin embargo, cuando se presenta un dolor de garganta en un solo lado, puede […]

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Study finds link between obesity and sense of smell

Study finds link between obesity and sense of smell

A recent review concludes that people with obesity have a reduced ability to detect and discriminate smell compared with those who are not obese. A recent review highlights a possible link between obesity and olfaction. Obesity is a medical condition characterized by an excessive amount of body fat. It is a global issue that affects […]