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    1. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Topic Overview

      What is bird flu?Bird flu is an infection caused by a type of avian influenza virus. This virus is common in wild birds. Most of the time, wild birds do not get sick from the virus. But wild birds can easily pass the virus to birds that are being raised for food-such as chickens, ducks, and turkeys-and cause them to get very sick.Usually, bird flu virus is not passed from birds to people. But ...

    2. Tympanocentesis for Ear Infections

      Tympanocentesis is the removal of fluid from behind the eardrum. The doctor uses a special needle with a tube attached to collect the sample of fluid. A culture and sensitivity test is usually done on the sample of fluid. Before the test, your child may get medication to help him or her relax. Or, a doctor or nurse may apply medication directly to the eardrum to numb the area. If there is a lot ..

    3. Corticosteroids for Sinusitis

      Drug details for Corticosteroids for sinusitis.

    4. Ear Infections - Exams and Tests

      Middle ear infections are usually diagnosed using a health history, a physical exam, and an ear exam. With a middle ear infection, the eardrum, when seen through a pneumatic otoscope, is red or yellow and bulging. In the case of fluid buildup without infe

    5. Antibiotics for Sinusitis

      Drug details for Antibiotics for sinusitis.

    6. Ear Infections - What Happens

      Middle ear infections (otitis media) usually occur along with an upper respiratory infection, such as a cold.

    7. Ear Infections - Cause

      Learn about middle ear infections, which are caused by bacteria and viruses.

    8. Ear Infections - Treatment Overview

      Treatment for middle ear infections (otitis media) involves home treatment for symptom relief and, in some cases, antibiotics.

    9. Ear Infections - Home Treatment

      Rest and care at home is often all children with ear infections need. Up to 80% of ear infections get better without treatment. If your child is mildly ill and home treatment takes care of the earache, you may choose not to seek treatment for the ear infe

    10. Barking Coughs in Children - Topic Overview

      Coughing is the body's way of removing foreign material or mucus from the lungs and upper airway passages -- or reacting to an irritated airway.

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