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Ear, Nose, and Throat
Provides links to info on sore throats, ear infections, and sinusitis. Also has info on mononucleosis tests and decision aids for sleep apnea and allergies.
Taste changes may include the complete loss of taste (ageusia), partial loss of taste (hypogeusia), a distorted sense of taste (dysgeusia), such as a metallic taste, or an unpleasant or revolting taste (cacogeusia). A decrease in or loss of taste is common in older adults. It is part of the normal aging process and may...
Briefly discusses causes of nosebleeds, including injuries, health conditions, medicines, and changes in the environment, such as smoke. Offers interactive tool to help decide when to seek care. Also offers home treatment tips.
Objects in the Ear
Briefly discusses what types of objects can get in the ear and what increases the risk of foreign bodies in the ear. Offers interactive tool to help decide when to seek care. Also offers home treatment tips.
Treating a Bad Taste in Your Mouth
Everyone gets a bad taste in the mouth from time to time. Try the following simple home treatment measures to improve the taste in your mouth. Gargle with water. Using toothpaste, brush your teeth, tongue, roof of your mouth, and gums at least two times a day. Rinse your mouth with mouthwash. Drink liquids, chew...
Brightly colored changes in the color of your tongue may be caused by eating or drinking something that may have stained your tongue, such as soft drinks or candy. The bright colors can be alarming. Stains caused by soft drinks or candy will brush off or wear off. A buildup of food debris and bacteria on the tongue may...
What is anosmia? Anosmia (say "ay-NAWZ-mee-uh") is the loss of the sense of smell. It can be a problem by itself or a symptom of another health problem. It can last a short time, such as when you have a stuffy nose from a cold, or it can be permanent. Some people have a reduced sense of smell. This is called hyposmia...
Discusses tonsillitis. Covers symptoms like sore throat and swollen lymph nodes. Includes causes like the bacteria that cause strep throat. Discusses home treatment, nonprescription pain medicines, surgery to remove tonsils (tonsillectomy).
Stopping a Nosebleed
Most nosebleeds aren't serious. They usually can be stopped with home treatment. Most nosebleeds occur in the front of the nose and involve only one nostril. Some blood may drain down the back of the nose into the throat. A less common but more serious type of nosebleed starts in the back of the nose. It often involves...
Briefly discusses how earwax works to protect the ear canal and what may cause problems in the ear canal. Offers interactive tool to help decide when to seek care. Also offers home treatment tips.
Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 12 and Older
Briefly discusses common causes of ear injuries and problems, including infection, sports injuries, and loud noises. Offers interactive tool to help decide when to seek care. Also offers home treatment tips.
Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger
Briefly discusses common causes of ear injuries and problems, including infection, fluid buildup, and allergies. Offers interactive tool to help decide when to seek care. Also offers home treatment tips.
Tonsillitis: Should My Child Have a Tonsillectomy?
Guides through decision to have your child have a tonsillectomy for tonsillitis. Includes common reasons to have a tonsillectomy. Describes how this surgery is done. Covers benefits and risks. Includes an interactive tool to help you make your decision.
Info on healthcare professionals with training in specific areas. Links to info on physicians and other specialty doctors. Also includes links to info on other health professionals like physician assistants. Offers tips on preparing for appointments.