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    1. Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger - Topic Overview

      What is swimmer's ear? Swimmer's ear (otitis externa) is an inflammation or infection of the ear canal,the passage that leads from the outer ear to the eardrum. This condition is called swimmer's ear because it commonly occurs in people who have been swimming. But other people can get it too. What causes swimmer's ear? You can get swimmer's ear when bacteria grow in your ear canal. This ...

    2. Ear Infections - Other Treatment

      If a child with an ear infection has a bad earache, a doctor may perform tympanocentesis. A needle goes through the eardrum to remove fluid from behind the eardrum. It helps ease pain. The fluid is sometimes sent to a lab for testing.

    3. Ear Infections - What Increases Your Risk

      Some factors that increase the risk for middle ear infection (otitis media) are out of your control, such as your age.

    4. Influenza (Seasonal Flu) - Check Your Symptoms

      This tool will help you check your symptoms if you have a cough.

    5. Ear Infections - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Ear infection: Should I give my child antibiotics? Ear problems: Should my child be treated for fluid buildup in the middle ear? ...

    6. Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger - Topic Overview

      What is motion sickness?If you've ever been sick to your stomach on a rocking boat or a bumpy airplane ride, you know the discomfort of motion sickness. It doesn't cause long-term problems, but it can make your life miserable, especially if you travel a lot.Children from 5 to 12 years old, women, and older adults get motion sickness more than others do. It's rare in children younger than 2.Motion sickness is sometimes called airsickness, seasickness, or carsickness.What are the symptoms?Motion sickness can cause:A general feeling that you're ill.Nausea.Vomiting.Headache.Sweating.Symptoms will usually go away soon after the motion stops.What causes motion sickness?You get motion sickness when one part of your balance-sensing system (your inner ear, eyes, and sensory nerves) senses that your body is moving, but the other parts don't. For example, if you are in the cabin of a moving ship, your inner ear may sense the motion of waves, but your eyes don't see any movement. This conflict

    7. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Frequently Asked Questions

      Learning about laryngitis:What is laryngitis?What can I do if acid reflux (GERD) is causing my laryngitis?Being diagnosed:What is laryngoscopy?

    8. Ear Infections - Prevention

      You may be able to prevent your child from getting middle ear infections by:Not smoking. Ear infections are more common in children who are around cigarette smoke in the home. Even fumes from tobacco smoke on your hair and clothes can affect the child.Bre

    9. Hand-Washing - Topic Overview

      Hand - washing is a simple and effective way to help prevent diseases, such as colds, flu, and food poisoning.When to wash your handsWashing hands:Often, especially during cold and flu (influenza) season, can reduce your risk of catching or spreading a cold or the flu.Before and after preparing or serving food reduces your risk of catching or spreading bacteria that cause food poisoning. Be ...

    10. Coughs, Age 12 and Older - Topic Overview

      Nosebleeds that recur often are commonly caused by bleeding from the front of the nose (anterior epistaxis). Common causes of this type of nosebleed are: Blowing or picking the nose. Structural problems in the nose,either present from birth (congenital) or caused by an injury. Low humidity. Minor health problems,such as colds or allergies. Minor injuries to the nose. Medicines. Examples ...

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