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    1. Ear Infections - Symptoms

      Symptoms of a middle ear infection (otitis media) often start 2 to 7 days after a cold or other upper respiratory infection.

    2. Ear Infections - Topic Overview

      This topic covers infections of the middle ear (otitis media).

    3. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Topic Overview

      What is laryngitis?Laryngitis is an inflammation of the voice box, or larynx (say LAIR-inks), that causes your voice to become raspy or hoarse. Laryngitis can be short-term or long-lasting (chronic). Most of the time, it comes on quickly and lasts no more than 2 weeks. Chronic symptoms are those that last 2 weeks or longer. Check with your doctor if your symptoms last longer than 2 weeks. Your laryngitis may be caused by more severe problems.What causes laryngitis?Laryngitis can be caused by:Colds or the flu. This is the most common cause. Acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Overuse of your voice, such as cheering at a sports event. Irritation, such as from allergies or smoke.Use of inhaled steroid medicines (such as those used to treat asthma). Problems with the way you talk or sing.Acid reflux is the most common cause of chronic laryngitis. But chronic laryngitis may be caused by more severe problems such as nerve damage, sores, polyps, cancer, or hard

    4. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Topic Overview

      Vaporizers and humidifiers help moisten the mouth and throat when breathing the dry,heated indoor air of the winter months. The mist from a humidifier may be preferred because of the risk of burns from steam vaporizers. A shallow pan of water in the room can substitute for a vaporizer or humidifier and avoids the hazard of mold. Be sure to keep the pan out of the reach of babies and toddlers. ...

    5. Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger - Frequently Asked Questions

      Learning about motion sickness:What is motion sickness?Getting treatment:What antiemetics can help prevent motion sickness?What antihistamines are used for motion sickness?Living with motion sickness:How does ginger help with motion sickness?How do acupressure bands help with motion sickness?

    6. 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?

    7. Is Your Earache Just a Cold or an Ear Infection?

      WebMD explains the difference between earaches caused by a cold and those caused by an ear infection.

    8. Understanding Flu Symptoms

      Which symptoms signal the flu - and when is it time to call the doctor?

    9. Soothing Recipes for Colds

      Can chicken soup -- or hot tea -- really help common cold symptoms?

    10. Cold and Flu FAQ: How to Soothe Your Child

      Does your child have a cold or the flu? Get answers to frequently asked questions.

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