Perhaps not for everyone, but it can prevent some NEW stones from forming. The only permanent cure for tonsillar stones is to remove the tonsils, but this may be a bit drastic for thse innocent (albeit, annoying) stones (tonsilliths).View Thread
Unfortunately, I have absolutely no way of blindly diagnosing your son over the Internet, based solely on the brief information you have posted. It is just not possible, no matter how much I would like to help you. I do not know anything about him, his medical history, the medcines he is taking, his test results, nor do I have a way of examining him. These are all essential component to getting an accurate diagnosis, and all impossible to do over the Internet.
He may need to see a specialist at this point, and definitely have more diagnostic studies. Whooping cough (pertussis) can be a very serious illness.View Thread
Our computer at work still sounds a warning alarm if I try to prescribe Kelfex to a penicillin-allergic patient. Incidentally, many penicillin-allergic patients when given a allergy test for this drug, are NOT allergic to penicillin. They have have gotten a non-allergic rash as a child while taking it, and it was just assumed they are allergic.View Thread
It could be more than ETD. The ENT would have diagnosed this condition during one of your examinations. It may be time for you to seek an opinion by a second ENT...two ENT heads are better than one when it comes to these challenging cases.View Thread
There can be many reasons for coughing up blood other than an infection, so I trust that your doctor has thoroughly examined you. The throat, nose, and respiratory track is rich in blood supply, so often, this is the source, but again, there can be other reasons. Make sure your doctor looks for them....View Thread
Your first and most important mission is to be properly diagnosed. Either start with a good ear exam by your primary care provider, or see an ENT. You may have eustachian tube issues that need more than just allergy medications.
You doctor can test you for some specific allergies (like dog dander) as a lab test (called a RAST test).View Thread
Peroxide in the ears would ONLY help if you had a wax impaction or, perhaps, a mild skin condition in your external ear canal. It will not help middle or inner ear pressure, or the sinuses. If you experienced improvement in your ear pain, it may have just been a coincidence if you did not have an external ear issue.
What kind of suction machine are you using....are you sucking mucous out of your nose?View Thread
Tinnitus is the medical term for "ringing in the ears". Tinnitus can also be heard as an annoying buzzing, roaring, hissing, clicking, high-pitched whining, low-pitched hums, or even pulsing like the heart. It is estimated that over 35 million people in the United States have tinnitus (including ME).
Finding a cause of tinnitus can be simple, or it may require extensive diagnostic tests, like an MRI or CAT scan. In many cases, a cause is never found — a fact that frustrates many tinnitus sufferers and their medical providers. Even if a cause is not found, there is still hope for successful treatment aimed at quieting the noise and controlling the anxiety.
Not all techniques work for everyone. Usually, it is a combination of therapies, used over time, that offer the best hope. Quieting the ringing will require a lifelong commitment to lifestyle changes, cooperative medical care, and most importantly — a positive and optimistic attitude.
Antianxiety medications, like Valium or Xanax, as well as a wide range of antidepressant medications are very helpful for tinnitus-sufferers. Other medications, such as diuretics (water pills), muscle relaxants, anticonvulsants medications, and antihistamines are also used and individually prescribed by your doctor. Choice of medication depends on the provisional cause.
Biofeedback, relaxation training, counseling, and individualized psychotherapy helps manage stress and help you change your body's reaction to the tinnitus. Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) combines counseling with special background sounds designed to help people suppress the sounds of their tinnitus.
Special hearing aids, electronic masking devices, or both, are often used when other methods have failed to achieve control. Cochlear implants and cochlear stimulation devices are being investigated for severe, intractable, long-term tinnitus cases. Surgical injections of lidocaine directly into the inner ear structure are also being used in some individual cases.
Alternative treatments such as hypnosis, acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, vitamin/mineral supplements, herbal remedies (including Ginkgo biloba) may have some promise, but there is little, if any, meaningful research as to their individual effectiveness. Ginkgo biloba is said to improve blood flow and nerve function, but should be used with caution if you have a bleeding disorder or take blood-thinners. There are some ongoing studies to determine if Gingko biloba is safe and effective for tinnitus. It is recommended that all tinnitus-sufferers explore alternative options carefully, with the cooperation of their medical providers.
Certain lifestyle changes are very important for those that have tinnitus. Caffeine is one of the most common aggravators of tinnitus and should be very limited. Coffee, teas, caffeinated colas, and chocolate all contain significant amounts of caffeine capable of constricting blood flow to the ear. Nicotine found in tobacco also constricts blood flow and can aggravate tinnitus, so efforts should be made to stop tobacco in all forms. A low-salt diet is also recommended by many medical providers, so hide that salt shaker and watch the sodium content of foods that you eat.
Every person with tinnitus should be initially and carefully examined by an ENT who has an expertise in this area.View Thread