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    1. Coughs, Age 12 and Older - Preparing For Your Appointment

      A list of questions that will help your health care professional diagnose and treat Coughs.

    2. Ear Infections - What Happens

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

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

      Some doctors may recommend the use of daily antibiotics for prevention (prophylaxis) of ear infection if your child has many recurrent ear infections. Talk to your doctor about this. Antibiotics can reduce by 1 the number of infections that would have occurred without antibiotics. If your child has at least 3 ear infections in a 6-month period or has 4 ear infections in 1 year,your doctor may ...

    4. Tubes for Ear Infections

      Ear tubes are plastic and shaped like a hollow spool. Doctors suggest tubes for children who have repeat ear infections.

    5. Endoscopic Sinus Exam for Sinusitis

      An endoscopic sinus exam allows the doctor to see all the structures inside the nose and the sinuses.Before inserting the endoscope, the passages inside the nose are opened up with a decongestant medication and numbed with an anesthetic. The endoscope is guided up through a nostril and into the sinus opening, but it is not able to be inserted into the sinus itself.The test is usually done by an ..

    6. 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.

    7. 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 ...

    8. Tympanometry in Ear Infections (Otitis Media)

      Tympanometry tests the movement of the eardrum when an ear infection or other middle ear problem is suspected. A doctor places the tip of a hand - held tool into the child's ear. The tool changes the air pressure inside the ear and produces a clear tone. Then, the tool measures how the eardrum responds to the pressure and the sound. The results of this test are used to help figure out what is goin

    9. 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.

    10. Understanding Flu Symptoms

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

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