What is an Otolaryngologist (ENT doctor)?
Otolaryngologists are doctors trained in the medical and surgical diagnosis and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders related to ear, nose, throat and related conditions of head and neck in both adults and children. Otolaryngologists are commonly referred to as the ENT surgeons.
The Common Cold
- More than 200 different viruses can cause the common cold.
- Viruses do not respond to antibiotic treatment.
- Symptoms typically last 2 – 14 days, but some symptoms can last for several weeks.
- Productive cough or discolored nasal discharge does not necessarily require antibiotic therapy.
- Influenza (flu) is a viral infection caused by the influenza virus.
Seek medical advice or treatment if symptoms are unchanged or getting worse after 10 days, you experience shortness of breath or have any respiratory difficulty, have a high fever (> 102 F).
Viral infections can be associated with bacterial overgrowth and occasionally lead to a bacterial infection (acute bacterial rhinosinusitis), which typically requires antibiotic therapy. Common cold also may worsen asthma symptoms (wheezing) in patients with asthma.
Cold and flu viruses are spread by touching infected persons or objects that have come in contact with the virus and then touching one’s nose or mouth. Frequent handwashing is important to prevent this process. Inhalation of infected particles in the air also can spread colds/respiratory viral infections. So be sure to cover your mouth while sneezing.
Are you removing Ear Wax ?
Cerumen, commonly known as ear wax is made up of dead skin cells, secretions from glands inside the ear canal, fatty acids, antibacterial enzymes and substances. Some have dry, brittle wax whereas others have wet, greasy wax.
Ear produces wax constantly and maintain a right amount in the ear. In fact if you have too little wax it may lead to dry ears and itching. So wax may be there for a reason to lubricate and protect the ear canal. Prevent dust and foreign bodies from entering into the ear as well as from trauma to the ear drum.