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Should You See a Voice Specialist?

A scratchy voice or tickling sensation in your throat could signal a more serious problem. Learn how a voice specialist can help. Do you find yourself clearing your throat for no explainable reason? Does your voice crackle, tire easily or sound raspy or hoarse? Do you have pain in your ear, jaw, or throat? These Read more

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How to Prevent Ear Infections When It’s Cold

It’s not just kids who get ear infections — adults can have them, too. Here’s how to reduce your risk. If you feel pain or fullness in your ear, notice fluid leaking out or are having trouble hearing, you might have an ear infection. Although more common in children, adults can get them as well Read more

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Can You Prevent Strep Throat?

Winter is coming — and so is the painful infection known as strep throat. Here’s what you can do about it. Strep throat is not like the common cold. Instead of being caused by a virus, it’s a bacterial infection that should be treated as soon as possible with antibiotics. Symptoms of strep throat include Read more

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Do Allergies or Dust Increase Your Risk of Ear, Nose and Throat Problems?

Besides being an annoyance, untreated seasonal allergies can increase your risk of other problems. If you’ve ever suffered from seasonal allergies, you might already know the telltale signs: a runny nose, congestion and watery eyes. A dust allergy is slightly different and, in some ways, worse — think wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and a Read more

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The Keck Effect: More Courage

Bill Brummel underwent a laryngectomy because of the irreversible effects of cancer-combatting radiation, but the experience gave him the courage to see life in a new light. Emmy-nominated filmmaker Bill Brummel survived cancer 20 years ago, but his physician warned that, eventually, the effects of aggressive radiation to his lymph nodes and tonsils would require Read more

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How to Tell if You Have Nasal Polyps

Runny nose? Stuffed up? There might be more to your sniffles than just a head cold. Nasal polyps can turn out to be no picnic. They’re grape-like growths that form in the lining of your nasal passage and sinuses, often near the eyes, nose and cheekbones. They're usually soft and benign — but you won’t Read more

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Identifying Your Thyroid Issue May Be Harder Than You Think

There are a surprising number of thyroid disease symptoms that can sneak up on you — here’s what to look for. The thyroid gland in your neck may be tiny, but it does a big job. It’s responsible for regulating many of your body’s processes. Your thyroid works by releasing two hormones, T3 and T4, Read more

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4 Tips for Protecting Your Hearing During Concerts

You can’t get your hearing back — so it’s worth protecting. Read on for a few tips to take with you to that next music festival. There’s nothing like seeing your favorite band or DJ perform live (which explains why music festivals are an annual pilgrimage for fans these days). And it usually doesn’t get Read more

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4 Signs You Should See a Doctor for Your Deviated Septum

Having a deviated septum is fairly common. So how do you know it’s time to see a doctor about yours? Read on to learn the signs. Of course you know that you have two nostrils. But did you know that they can be different sizes? Your nostrils and nasal cavity are divided into halves by Read more

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How Can You Tell If You’re Having an Allergic Reaction?

As outdoor allergens continue to ramp up, seasonal allergy sufferers are bracing themselves for a return of their symptoms. But many other people deal with the discomfort of allergies seasonally or year-round — without even knowing it Allergy symptoms can vary widely, so they are often mistaken for other illnesses. And mild allergies can be Read more

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