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Throat Cancer

M.B.B.S, MS - ENT, DNB (ENT), DAA - Diploma in Allergy Asthma and Immunology, fellowship head and neck cancer surgeon
ENT Specialist, Delhi

Most of the throat cancers does not cause big symptoms 
Mostly symptoms are like simple sore throat 
Pain while swallowing, sticking sensation throat, change of voice, neck mass, lump or swelling 
Treatment of cancer is almost 90 percent iike any normal illness. 
So consult your doctor as early as possible to avoid delay in treatment 
I recommend every 6 months self feeling neck with hands and mirror examination of your neck regularly to look for any new change 
If yes consult ent specialist 
Be aware be safe

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Sore Throat - How To Get Rid Of It?

Dr. Mukesh More 90% (11 ratings)
MBBS, MS - ENT, DNB - ENT
ENT Specialist, Nashik
Sore Throat - How To Get Rid Of It?

What is Sore Throat?
A sore or dry throat is an unhealthy and painful scratchy feeling inside the throat which is coupled with the pain while swallowing and can cause really bad irritation. A sore throat usually resolves on its own because it is a mild health problem.

Causes of Sore Throat-
A sore throat is caused by many important risk factors. Let us have a look at some of them:

  • The development of cancer cells or tumour results in a sore throat and blocks the entire throat tract.

Treating a Sore Throat:
Sore throats are easily curable and sometimes they tend to go away on their own. Let us have a close look at the remedies:

  1. Gargling with warm salt-water will hell you to get rid of the sore throat because saltwater helps to wash away the viruses and germs.
  2. Honey mixed in tea is an excellent detoxifier and helps your body and throat to get rid of the unnecessary foreign objects stuck in the tract.
  3. Consuming fenugreek also helps in killing the bacterias which are causing the sore throat.
  4. Chamomile tea is a proven relief during throat sores. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant abilities that help the throat to get relief and heal over time.
  5. Drink warm water or liquids which will constantly keep the throat wet and warm leading to the decline of the bacterias present.
  6. Antibiotics can also be taken for 5-6 days if you think no other remedy is working in the right way. However, try not to give antibiotics to children of young age and stick to home remedies.
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How To Tell If A Sore Throat Is From An Allergy Or A Cold?

Dr. Rakesh Sharma 90% (29 ratings)
DDF, FCCP, MD , MBBS
General Physician, Delhi
How To Tell If A Sore Throat Is From An Allergy Or A Cold?

Allergies and the common cold afflict everyone. Every person comes down with either of these or both multiple times a year. Children, adults and the elderly all are equally vulnerable to both these minor ailments. And one of the chief complaints of both is a sore throat. But, how can you tell whether your painful throat is a result of an allergy or a cold? Read on to know more.

How are Allergies and Common Cold Similar?

Sore throat is not the only commonality between cold and allergies. There will be other similar symptoms as well.

• A runny and itchy nose

Coughing

Sneezing

Blocked nose

• Painful sinuses

• Postnasal drip

Conjunctivitis

That is why similar symptoms like sore throat and all the rest make it very hard to tell allergies and a common cold apart.

Can you tell the Difference between Sore throat caused Common Cold or Allergies?

There are a few questions that you will have to ask yourself to find the answer to whether your sore throat is triggered by cold or allergy.

• How did your sore throat manifest itself? Have you been feeling it coming for quite a while now? Maybe, your throat has been feeling itchy for a few days before a full-blown painful throat came along. Or did it start suddenly without a warning? If it is the former, then it is a case of a common cold. But the latter is possibly an effect of allergies.

• If other symptoms are periodic, that is they manifest at certain times of the day like early in the morning or during sunset, your sore throat could be because of allergies. But if the other symptoms last all day, then your sore throat owes its origin to the common cold.

• Are you feverish? Does your thermometer register an above normal body temperature? Then it is a case of a common cold. Allergies do not trigger a fever.

• Have your sore throat and other symptoms started abating in six or seven days? Then it is possibly common cold. The duration of allergies lasts much longer. Or they come and go – depends on the presence of allergens in the air. Treatment for the two kinds of sore throat Common cough and cold have no cure. Your doctor will suggest paracetamol to help manage the symptoms of the common cold and this will bring relief from a sore throat as well. Allergies can be treated with antihistamines. Talk to your doctor who will recommend the necessary medicines.

A sore throat can be a very painful and annoying problem. It could be triggered by both allergies and the common cold. However, there are medicines that can help with both.

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Sore Throat - How To Handle It?

MS - ENT, DNB (ENT), MBBS, Fellowship in Laryngology
ENT Specialist, Mumbai
Sore Throat - How To Handle It?

What is Sore Throat?
A sore or dry throat is an unhealthy and painful scratchy feeling inside the throat which is coupled with pain while swallowing and can cause really bad irritation. A sore throat usually resolves on its own because it is a mild health problem.

Causes of Sore Throat-
A sore throat is caused by many important risk factors. Let us have a look at some of them:

  • Viral infection: It is the most common cause of a sore throat and several viruses are present which can result in a sore throat of many intensities.
  • Toxins like cigarettes, smoke or pollution can also lead to an acute sore throat because of the unhealthy chemicals present in these things.
  • A bad injury or infection in the throat can lead to a chronic sore throat. Sometimes when people should loudly for long periods also result in a sore throat because the tissues burn away of tear apart.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease also causes a sore throat when the acid from the stomach retreats back to the esophageal tract.
  • The development of cancer cells or tumor results in a sore throat and blocks the entire throat tract.

Treating a Sore Throat:
Sore throats are easily curable and sometimes they tend to go away on their own. Let us have a close look at the remedies:

  1. Gargling with warm salt-water will hell you to get rid of sore throat because saltwater helps to wash away the viruses and germs.
  2. Honey mixed in tea is an excellent detoxifier and helps your body and throat to get rid of the unnecessary foreign objects stuck in the tract.
  3. Consuming fenugreek also helps in killing the bacterias which are causing the sore throat.
  4. Chamomile tea is a proven relief during throat sores. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant abilities that help the throat to get relief and heal overtime.
  5. Drink warm water or liquids which will constantly keep the throat wet and warm leading to the decline of the bacterias present.
  6. Antibiotics can also be taken for 5-6 days if you think no other remedy is working in the right way. However, try not to give antibiotics to children of young age and stick to home remedies.
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Homoeopathic Treatment Of Adenoids!

Dr. Jyoti Singh 91% (1134 ratings)
BHMS, MA Psychology & Traning Counselling
Homeopathy Doctor, Delhi
Homoeopathic Treatment Of Adenoids!

What are adenoids?
Adenoids are a patch of tissues that are at the back of nasal cavity which trap germs from entering the body to prevent infection. Adenoids sometimes get enlarged as they trap germs to prevent infection. Enlarged tonsils can be seen easily by opening the mouth but enlarged adenoids can’t be seen. Since frequent throat infections can cause enlarged adenoids; they can obstruct breathing and block the eustachian tube (which connect the middle ear to throat) which can cause recurrent ear infection.

Risk factors for adenoids:
Certain risk factors can predispose to adenoiditis and thus enlarged adenoids:

  • Recurrent throat infection
  • Recurrent tonsillitis.
  • If you are frequently exposed to germs and microbes.

Complications of enlarged adenoids:

  • Ear infection: due to blocked eustachian tube there are increased chances of recurrent ear infection.
  • Clogged ears: sometimes mucus buildup may clog the ear causing difficulty in hearing.
  • Sinusitis: the infection may also infect the sinus cavity and cause sinusitis.
  • Chest infection: the infection may travel to the chest in children and may cause chest congestion.
  • Difficulty in swallowing.
  • Mouth breathing as breathing through nose is difficult.
  • Snoring.
  • Sleep apnea which is periodic lapse of breathing during sleep.

Symptoms & causes
Symptoms

  • Ear infection.
  • Habitual mouth breathing.
  • Blocked nose.
  • Difficulty in swallowing.
  • Nasal tone in speech.
  • Sleep apnea.
  • Snoring.

Causes
Adenoiditis is caused by bacterial infection usually streptococcus but it can be caused by a number of viruses as well such as epstein-barr virus, adenovirus and rhinovirus.

Diagnosis & treatment

  • Physical examination by ent.
  • Throat examination using swabs for bacterias and other microorganisms.
  • Blood test.
  • Xray of head to determine the size of adenoids.

Treatment
Usually, antibiotics do help but cases where antibiotics don’t help adenoids are removed. But homeopathic medicines are better option to replace the need for antibiotics and surgery.

Management

  • Healthy diet with curd will help the case to maintain immunity.
  • Plenty of fluids.
  • Maintain hygiene.
  • Ask the child to wash hands frequently.
  • Avoid cold water and things.

Homeopathic management

  • Homeopathic medicines work like magic in cases of adenoids which are hard to treat and require surgery.
  • The medicine would not only take care of the swollen adenoids but would also boost the immunity of the child thus curing the case and removing the symptoms permanently without any antibiotic or surgery.
  • But medicines should always be prescribed by a registered homeopath only after thorough analysis of the case

Do's and don'ts

Do's

  • Healthy diet with full of nutrients and natural probiotics.
  • Plenty of fluids.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Maintain hygiene.

Don'ts

  • Avoid cold water.
  • Avoid exposure to germs. 
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9 Food Items To Help A Sore Throat!

Dr. Sunita Sahoo 90% (38 ratings)
PG Diploma in Dietician and Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bhubaneswar
9 Food Items To Help A Sore Throat!

A sore throat is usually caused by a bacterial infection and it usually indicates an onset of cold. It may also indicate strained vocal chords or a strep throat. Eating proper foods can help in easing the symptoms and fight inflammation; thus providing the requisite energy to the body.

The 9 foods which help in treating a sore throat are:

1. Bananas
These foods are packed with vitamin C that allows you to recover quickly from an illness. They are also relatively soft and easier to swallow which make them a preferred food if you have a sore throat.

2. Cooked carrots
Carrots contain good amounts of vitamin A; eating them roasted or sauteed is a good way to consume the required nutrients. This vegetable also contains carotenoids in good amounts which are beneficial for the body.

3. Tea
Tea is usually preferred by people when they have a sore throat. Tea has anti-inflammatory properties which help in fighting infections in the body. Tea also helps in fighting stress and contributes to increased focus.

4. Cooked cabbage
Cabbage contains antioxidants along with sulfur, vitamin K and vitamin C which help in fighting infections in the body. It can also relieve symptoms of headache.

5. Sage
Sage is a herb that has powerful infection fighting properties. Mixing crushed sage with warm water or sprinkling it in your soup can help alleviate symptoms of cold and sore throat.

6. Honey
Honey is an effective treatment for sore throat because of its strong anti-inflammatory properties. It is recommended to take honey during a sore throat.

7. Licorice
Licorice is another remedy that can be used to treat sore throat. It has certain properties which cause a reduction in pain and help in clearing the airways.

8. Yoghurt
Yoghurt is soft which makes it easier to gulp down in case of a sore throat. You may even add some fresh fruits to the mix for taste.

9. Garlic
Garlic has strong antibacterial properties which help in easing symptoms of sore throat. You may directly chew garlic or add them to your food to gain the maximum benefits.
 

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Feeling Of Something Struck In Throat (FOSIT) - Know More!

Dr. Rajat Agarwal 90% (245 ratings)
MBBS, MS - ENT, PDCC, Head - Neck and Maxillofacial Surgery
ENT Specialist,
Feeling Of Something Struck In Throat (FOSIT) - Know More!

A lot of patients complains of symptoms like:
A) something is obstructing my throat for quite some time. (gale mei kuchh atka atka sa rehta hai)
B) chronic throat pain/discomfort (gale mei kaafi time se uljhan/dard)
C) change in voice (awaz ka badalna)
D) burning sensation throat (gale mei jalan)

These kinds of patients should get checked up by an ent specialist where the proper examination is done and a diagnosis can be made. 

One of the most common cause is termed as LPR (laryngopharyngeal reflux). In this disease, the acid produced in the stomach rises up through food pipe and goes all the up to larynx (voice box) and pharynx causing irritation and giving rise to these symptoms. An ent throat examination and fibre optic laryngoscopy (fol) can diagnose this condition.

LPR is a benign condition which is usually managed with proper dietary habits and medication to counter gastric reflux. Good dietary habits I would suggest are:

1) get up early and drink 2 glasses of water. This will keep your digestion good and prevent reflux.
2) avoid tea, coffee, soft drinks, chocolate, smoking and alcohol. They all are the cause of acidity.
3) avoid spicy and oily foods.
4) avoid heavy diets and take frequent small meals (4-5 meals a day rich in proteins with low fats and carbs)
5) drink plenty of water
6) exercise daily with some sport activity

There could be other many causes for its simple laryngeal structural abnormalities like cysts/polyp/nodules to malignant tumors (cancer larynx). This requires further examination and management.

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Measles - Things You Must Follow During & Post Treatment!

Dr. Nitin Jain 87% (276 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD), DDV, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Pune
Measles - Things You Must Follow During & Post Treatment!

Measles refer to an infection caused by a virus. It mainly affects the respiratory system and its onset is accompanied by high fever, runny nose, frequent coughing and itchy rashes all over the face. It is extremely contagious and spreads through saliva or even mucus. This infection has several symptoms. Some of them are: 

  1. Persistent coughing: Affecting the respiratory system, the onset of measles can be identified by persistent and a nagging cough, one that refuses to recuperate.
  2. Fever: As discussed above, if you are infected by the measles virus, chances are very high that you will suffer from extremely high fever. It is often accompanied by chills.
  3. Sore throat: The throat forms an important part of the respiratory system and if it is infected, its repercussions can be felt in the throat. You will have extreme difficulty in eating or swallowing food when suffering from measles.
  4. Small white spots develop inside the mouth: Sometimes you may notice outbreak of small white spots in the interior of your mouth. In case you do, do not take it lightly. This is an important symptom of measles and you must consult a doctor immediately. 

Notwithstanding the contagious nature of the infection, there are various treatments available in order to treat this infection. Some of them are: 

  1. Acetaminophen: This is used to relieve one of fever as well as pain in the muscles.
  2. Take rest: Suffering from measles is an extremely uncomfortable situation and taking rest always helps. Your immune system, being infected by a virus is rattled and needs sufficient rest to recuperate. 
  3. Drink lots of water: Nothing can be an alternative to water. Therefore when suffering from measles, drink as much water as you can. Try to drink at least six to seven glasses of water, a day in order to purge your system.
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Throat Infection - Knowing The Homeopathic Medicines For It!

Dr. Hemesh Thakur 88% (687 ratings)
CCH, BHMS
Homeopathy Doctor, Gurgaon
Throat Infection - Knowing The Homeopathic Medicines For It!

Throat infections can affect anyone. Your throat will feel swollen and sore and swallowing may become difficult. The flu and common cold flu virus can cause infections along with allergies, bacterial infections, breathing polluted air or smoking.

Conventional treatment only suppresses the symptoms; it also has side effects. Homeopathy focuses on rooting out the disease from within, instead of just concentrating on suppressing on the symptoms. All the homeopathic remedies gradually treat and cure your disease and have no side effects whatsoever.

  1. Belladonna: Belladonna is the best homeopathic remedy for throat infections. Belladonna is also good for Tonsillitis (swollen and red tonsils with white patches inside your throat) and difficulties in swallowing.
  2. Hepar Sulph: If you have a splinter-like sensation in your throat along with soreness, Hepar Sulph can be very beneficial in treating the symptoms.
  3. Phosphorus: Phosphorus is the best medicine for "clergyman's throat" (agitated tickling in your larynx when you speak).
  4. Lachesis: Difficulty in swallowing fluids when you have a sore throat is best treated with Lachesis. Chronic tonsillitis is also treated with Lachesis.
  5. Ignatia: If you feel like you have a lump in your throat and you cannot gulp food easily, Ignatia can work well.
  6. Bryonia: Bryonia is used to treat dry cough along with a sore throat.
  7. Drosera: Spasmodic, dry coughs with a sore throat are best treated with Drosera.
  8. Merc Sol: Red, swollen and sore throats are treated with Merc Sol. Throat problems that worsen with weather changes can be taken care of with this medicine.
  9. Arsenicum Album: If your common cold also gives you a sore throat, then you can opt for Arsenicum Album. This medicine is also useful if you have watery and thin nasal discharge.
  10. Aconite: Burning and a painful sore throat induced by common cold and sneezing are treated well with Aconite.
  11. Causticum: Sometimes your throat can get sore from shouting or if you talk loudly at a stretch. In such a situation, Causticum can prove to be beneficial.
  12. Argentum Metallicum: If your throat is sore and feels raw and worse after straining your voice, then Argentum Metallicum is helpful.
  13. Chamomilla: Chamomilla is mostly prescribed to children with sore throats and mucus formations in their chests.
  14. Baryta Carbonica: Enlarged tonsils, painful and sore throats in children are best treated with Baryta Carbonica.
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Strep Throat - How To Avert It?

Dr. Sunil Agrawal 90% (18 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology (DLO), Fellowship In Micro Ear surgery -
ENT Specialist, Indore
Strep Throat - How To Avert It?

Strep throat is a common bacterial infection mostly seen among young adults and children, caused by Streptococcus pyogenes, a group A bacteria, that leads to pain and inflammation in the throat. While some people may have mild symptoms, others may encounter more serious symptoms such as high fever and chills, sore throat, swollen glands, loss of appetite, and difficulty in swallowing food.

If you don’t treat the condition soon enough, strep throat can be really painful and troublesome. Although the ideal treatment option for this condition is antibiotic medications, research studies show that they are only effective in reducing the span of the infection by about half a day. Moreover, antibiotics have adverse side effects on your health, so it is always advisable to steer away from those heavy doses. The best way to keep yourself healthy and free from a strep throat is to prevent it from the very beginning.

Here are a few steps you can follow to prevent yourself from getting a strep throat-

  1. Avoid contact- Coughing and sneezing which are the usual symptoms of a strep throat, can be contagious. The infection usually spreads from person to person so make sure you do not come in contact with the person suffering from a strep throat for at least a week or two. Also, keep your mouth covered if you ever come in contact with a sick person.
  2. Maintain good hygiene- Good hygiene is the key to a healthy body. In order to keep the infection at bay make sure you use an anti-bacterial soap or hand wash to clean your hands before and after you have your meal. If you’re travelling around then always carry a hand sanitizer.
  3. Change your diet- Include lots of fluid to your diet. Drinking lots of water and fluids will not only keep you hydrated but will also moisten and lubricate your throat, therefore, reducing your chances of being affected by a strep throat. Include vitamin supplements or food that are rich in vitamins and avoid spicy or citrus food as they are likely to cause an irritable strep throat.
  4. Avoid smoking- Smoking causes irritation to the throat tissues, which in turn increases the chance of getting a strep throat. So stop smoking, and avoid coming in contact with smokers as well.

Although strep throat may not sound like a chronic illness, it can lead to serious complications if not prevented at the outset. Since there are no proven vaccines to prevent the infection, adopting these aforementioned steps can help you stay away from a strep throat.

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