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  1. Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa) - 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 Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger - Topic Overview

    Ear pain in children may be a sign of an infection in the space behind the eardrum (middle ear). Ear infections (otitis media) most commonly occur when cold symptoms, such as a runny or stuffy nose and a cough, have been present for a few days.

  3. Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger - Home Treatment

    Information on home treatment of ear problems and injuries in children age 11 or younger.

  4. Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger - Prevention

    To prevent ear problems and injuries in young children, breastfeed your baby. Breastfed babies have fewer ear infections. Avoid exposing children to cigarette smoke. Children exposed to secondhand smoke have more frequent ear infections.

  5. Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger - Preparing For Your Appointment

    A list of questions that will help your health care professional diagnose and treat Ear-Problems and Injuries in Children Aged 11 and Younger.

  6. Check Your Symptoms

    If your child, age 11 and younger, is experiencing ear problems and injuries, check the symptoms here to find out when to seek medical treatment.

  7. Dry Coughs - Topic Overview

    Dry coughs that continue after other cold symptoms clear or that occur without other symptoms may be caused by a variety of health problems. Some people start coughing when they breathe very dry,heated air. This can be caused by environmental irritation or allergies. This type of cough may be more noticeable when you first turn on your furnace in the fall,because dust and other irritants ...

  8. Oseltamivir or Zanamivir

    Drug details for Oseltamivir or zanamivir for influenza (flu).

  9. Flu Vaccine Myths - Topic Overview

    Many people choose not to have the influenza vaccine because of myths they believe about the disease or the vaccine. Myth: Influenza is a minor illness. Truth: Influenza and its complications cause about 20,000 deaths in the United States each year. Myth: The vaccine causes the flu. Truth: You can't get the flu by having a flu shot. The flu shot is made of killed virus and therefore cannot ...

  10. Flu: Signs of Bacterial Infection - Topic Overview

    A bacterial infection may develop following infection with viral influenza. Signs of a bacterial infection include: Yellow,green,rust-colored,or bloody mucus that is coughed up from the lungs,especially while other symptoms are getting worse. Mucus coughed up from the lungs is a more serious symptom than mucus that has drained down the back of the throat (postnasal drip). Ear pain that ...

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