Ear, Nose and Throat

Otolaryngology Facts

Although many of us think of hearing loss, sinus problems, or ear infections when we think of ear, nose and throat concerns, this area of medicine (otolaryngology) encompasses much more. Read an Overview ›

Stop the Spread of Germs at Work

Illnesses such as the flu and colds are caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. They’re usually spread from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

They also can spread when a person touches cold or flu viruses deposited from another person on a desktop, doorknob, desk, telephone receiver, or handrail. Some viruses and bacteria can live for two hours or more on hard surfaces. If the person then touches his or her eyes, mouth, or nose before washing his or her hands, the viruses or bacteria gain entry to the body and infection can occur.

Prevent Germs from Spreading

A Guide to Common Medicinal Herbs

Here's a look at some of the more common medicinal herbs. Most herbs have not been thoroughly tested for effectiveness or interactions with other herbs, supplements, drugs, or foods. Products added to herbal preparations may also cause interactions. It is important to tell your health care providers about any herb or dietary supplement you are using.


Considered by some to be a cure-all, chamomile is commonly used in the United States as a sedative, it is used in Europe for wound healing and as an anti-inflammatory agent. Few studies have evaluated its effectiveness for any condition. It is consumed as a tea or applied as a compress. It is considered safe by the FDA. It may increase drowsiness caused by drugs or other herbs or supplements. It may interfere with the way the body metabolizes some drugs, causing too high a level of the drug in some people. As with any medicinal herb, consult your health care provider prior to taking it.

What You Need to Know About Medicinal Herbs

Prevention of Ear, Nose and Throat Problems

Many new planes circulate fresh air and have first-rate filters. The problem is confinement in a small space, sometimes for many hours, with ill passengers. When they cough, you may breathe their germs. The risk is real. How Much Should You Worry About Airplane Air? ›

Prepare for Your Appointment

With just 13 minutes on average to meet with your doctor, pre-visit planning is important to your overall care experience. Get better results by following the ABCs of doctor visits: Arrive early. Be prepared. Communicate. Your doctor appreciates the active role you are taking in your health. Search HealthGrades for Top Rated Local Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists ›

Decision Guides for Ear, Nose and Throat Symptoms

There are a number of causes of tinnitus. For example, excessive buildup of wax in the ears may cause hearing loss and tinnitus. Begin Evaluating Your Tinnitus Symptoms ›

Evaluating Children's Throat and Ear Pain

Your child may experience ear pain from time to time. The pain may be caused by an ear infection or other things, such as an injury to the ear. Answering the questions in this health decision guide will help you understand more about what usually causes children to have ear pain, and help you know what you can do for the pain and when you should contact your pediatrician for medical care. Contact your pediatrician immediately if you notice that your child is not acting well or is confused, has difficulty breathing, severe stomach pain, or a stiff neck. Begin Evaluating Your Child's Ear Pain ›

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