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- Adenoid Problems
- Aural Atresia
- Cold (Upper Respiratory Infection)
- Deviated Nasal Septum
- Ear Problems and Injuries
- Enlarged Turbinates
- Lump in the Throat
- Meniere's Disease
- Motion Sickness
- Nasal Abscess
- Nasal Adhesions
- Nasal Congestion
- Nasal Polyps
- Nasal Septal Perforation
- Nose Injuries
- Peritonsillar Abscess
- Postnasal Drip
- Retropharyngeal Abscess
- Scuba Diving Pressure Injuries
- Sleep Apnea
- Sore Throat
- Strep Throat
- Tonsil Stones
- Vocal Nodules
- Voice Problems
Ear, Nose and Throat Conditions
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.
Choking is usually caused by food or an object stuck in the windpipe. For tips to avoid choking, see preventing choking. A person who is choking cannot talk, cough, or breathe, and may turn gray or blue. The Heimlich maneuver can help get the food or object out. WARNING: Do not try the Heimlich maneuver...
When you swallow food, liquid, or an object, what is swallowed passes from your mouth through your throat and esophagus into your stomach. A swallowed object will usually pass through the rest of your digestive tract without problems and show up in your stool in a few days. If food or a nonfood item gets stuck along the...
A person who is choking cannot talk, cough, or breathe, and may turn gray or blue. The Heimlich maneuver can help get the food or object out. WARNING: Do not try the Heimlich maneuver unless you are sure the person is choking. If the person can cough or make sounds, let him or her cough to try to get the object out...
If the baby can cough or make sounds, let him or her cough to try to get the object out. If you are worried about the baby's breathing, call. WARNING: Do not begin the choking rescue procedure unless you are certain that the baby is choking. If a baby can't breathe, cough, or make sounds, then: Put the...
Young children can easily choke on food and everyday objects. You can help prevent your child from choking by offering the right kinds of foods and watching for choking hazards. Food Watching how your child eats can also help prevent choking. Teach your child to eat only in the kitchen and dining room. Be...
Don't drink too much alcohol before eating. It may dull your senses, and you might not chew food properly or might try to swallow too large a portion of food. Take small bites. Cut meat into small pieces. Chew your food thoroughly. Do not give popcorn, nuts, or hard candy to children younger than 4, and...
Links to information on colds and flu. Covers at-home treatment for cold and flu symptoms, the flu vaccine, prevention of colds and flu, and medicines for the flu.
This article covers the basics of COVID-19, including common symptoms, treatment, the course of the disease, and how to care for yourself.
Find out what COVID-19 is, how it's spread, its symptoms, and how to protect yourself and others.
Learn how to take care of yourself if you have COVID-19 and find out ways to prevent spreading it to others.
Learn how to take care of yourself if you have been exposed to COVID-19 and find out ways to prevent spreading it to others.
Learn what social distancing means and why it's important to keep your distance.
Discover things you can do to while keeping a social distance.
Learn the 5 steps to hand-washing.
The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is caused by a virus. It is an illness that was first found in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. It has since spread worldwide. The virus can cause fever, cough, and trouble breathing. In severe cases, it can cause pneumonia and make it hard to breathe without help. It can cause...
During the coronavirus outbreak, learn what to do if you do if you feel sick.
The flu and the common cold are both types of upper respiratory infections (URIs). Both are caused by viruses. But the flu is not the same as the common cold. Flu symptoms are usually much worse than a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly and...
Learn why antibiotics shouldn't be prescribed to children who have a cold or flu.
If you have heart failure, it is important that you do as much as possible to avoid catching colds, the flu, and other respiratory infections. Although these may be relatively minor illnesses in healthy people, they are more dangerous if you have heart failure, and you are at higher risk for dangerous complications...
Here are some ways you can help comfort your child who has a respiratory illness (such as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection or a cold): Ask your doctor if your child can take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help relieve fever (if present). Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the...
What are colds? Everyone gets a cold from time to time. Children get more colds than adults. Colds usually last 1 to 2 weeks. You can catch a cold at any time of year, but they are more common in late winter and early spring. There is no cure for a cold. Antibiotics will not cure a cold. If you catch a cold...