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6 Ways To Manage Viral Throat Infection!

Dr. Madhulika Sharma 95% (71 ratings)
DNB (ENT), JLN Medical college,Ajmer, Senior Residency ENT, Junior Residency in Neurology, Junior Residency in Anaesthesia
ENT Specialist, Delhi
6 Ways To Manage Viral Throat Infection!

The common reason why most of us get throat infections is because they are viral in nature. This means that if one person gets a throat infection, he/she can transmit it to others by touching, coughing, sneezing, etc.
Viral throat infections can be managed easily. There are several home remedies that can alleviate your viral infection. However, it is suggested to consult an ENT specialist if the home remedy is not providing any relief to you.

  1. Gargling: It is one of the most popular methods of treating viral throat infection. All you need to do is mix one tablespoon of salt in 200 ml of water and warm the solution. When the water becomes lukewarm, take a small portion of it and rinse your throat with the solution. Take care that the solution remains within your throat and does not reach your stomach. Rinse your throat for 5 minutes and repeat the procedure after a rest of 2 minutes. Ensure that the water remains lukewarm for effectiveness.
  2. Inhalation: Another common method of ridding yourself of viral throat infections is to inhale steam. Boil some water mixed with eucalyptus oil. When the water starts developing bubbles, take your face near it, cover it and the pot containing water with a dry towel and inhale the steam. This procedure is inconvenient for many people because inhalation results in sweating, but the result is perceptible. You must inhale steam for at least five minutes. Once you are done with inhalation, avoid taking cool fluids like cold water etc., else the effect would be reversed and your infection might get more severe.
  3. Take lots of fluids: Strange as it may sound, viral throat infection can also be treated by taking lots of hot fluids. The warm temperature helps in neutralising the viruses, while the fluids prevent the dehydration of the body. Take hot tea, coffee etc. when you have an infected throat.
  4. Drink hot milk and turmericMany mothers administer this solution to their kids to treat throat infections caused by viruses. This concoction is best taken before sleeping in the night. Turmeric has been found to carry several anti-microbial properties.
  5. Avoid smoking: If you are a smoker, you must avoid smoking to alleviate your viral throat infection.
  6. Use decongestants and nasal sprays: These substances make breathing easier by contracting the swollen mucous membranes. Nasal sprays also help relieve runny noses and post-nasal drips, which are so irritating and inconvenient to many. However, avoid administering this remedy to small children. Since these sprays contain synthetic drugs, it is advisable to stick to prescribed dosages for different age groups. Please also consult your ENT doctor before administering the nasal sprays to yourself or anybody else.
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When To Visit A Doctor For Throat Pain?

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Gudwani 85% (10 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MS - ENT
ENT Specialist, Delhi
When To Visit A Doctor For Throat Pain?

Viruses are the most common cause of pain in the throat or sore throat, and it is often accompanied by cold symptoms like running nose, red watery eyes, cough and sneezing. Smoking, irritants in the air and pollution are the main causes of sore throat. It becomes very difficult to swallow food in such a condition when an individual experiences pain, itchiness or irritation in their throat.

The main causes of occurrence of sore throat include:

Symptoms of Sore Throat
The Nasal passages get blocked

  • Inability to gulp down food
  • Severe pain in the throat which is followed by coughing
  • Lymph glands get swollen
  • Fever is followed by Chills

When to Visit a Doctor?
It is very important to visit your Doctor if the pain in the throat lasts for longer time, and it is accompanied by symptoms like join pain, difficulty in breathing and fever. The primary symptom of sore throat is pain in the throat and other symptoms like hoarseness and white patches on the tonsils also occur under this condition. People of all age groups can get affected with this condition, but it affects mostly children and smokers. People with weak immune system and suffering from allergies are also prone to pain in the throat.

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ENT Specialist in Gurgaon

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh 87% (192 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
ENT Specialist in Gurgaon

An ENT specialist or otolaryngologist exprise in problems related to upper respiratory tract problems, hearing ability and speech skill test. Best ENT specialists in Gurgaon are skilled in diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases related to upper respiratory tract like nasal passages, larynx, trachea, ear, nose, and throat. Below is the Best ENT specialists in Gurgaon that you can refer to in case of hearing problems, throat infections or speech disability.

1. Dr. K.K Handa

Commonwealth fellowship for training in Lasers, DNB, MBBS, MNAMS, MS(ENT)

Consultation fees: ₹800 - 900

Dr. K.K Handa has 30 years of experience as a trusted Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT) specialist. His areas of keen interest are endoscopic sinus surgery and head and neck surgery. He is also among the foremost voice and laser surgeons in the country. His expertise includes laryngology, voice surgery, laser surgery and cochlear implants.

2. Dr. Priyanjana Acharyya Sharma

MBBS, MS - ENT ( Gold Medalist Honors )

Consultation fees: ₹600

Dr. Priyaranjan Acharyya Sharma has around 10 years of experience and was a gold medallist in her MS ENT specialist. Dr. Sharma has specialization in treatments such as implants, removal of foreign bodies and aiding in the healing of impairment or injuries. She is a permanent member of IMA, MCI and AOI. She currently practices at Apollo Cradle, the GNH Hospital and the ENT care in Gurgaon. 

3. Dr. Vijay Verma

MS - ENT , MBBS

Consultation fees: ₹500-1000

Dr. Vijay Verma is one of the most trusted and reputed doctor in his field. In 13 years of his practice he has gained a lot of trust from his patients and respect from his colleagues. He currently practices at  3 Senses ENT & Clinic and Artemis Hospital. He is also member with Association of Otolaryngologist of India. The ENT services provided by him are Cochlear Implant, Hearing Aid Fitting, Speech and Hearing Impairment, throat and nasal disorder treatment. He is well aware of the advancement medical technologies and treats his patients with a lot of commitment and care.

4. Dr. Shashidhar TB

MBBS, MS - ENT, Certificate in Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, ECFMG (USA), 

Robotic Surgery Familiarization (France)

Consultation fees: ₹800-1000

Dr. Shashidhar is renowned ENT specialist currently practicing in Gurgaon. He has 13 years of national and international experience. His area of interest is robotic surgery. Other than he specialties in reconstructive middle ear surgery, septorhinoplasty, laryngoscopy and salivary gland surgery. He is known for his diagnoses skill and has been awarded with many prizes like  Best Paper Award (Runner Up) In International Pediatric Otolaryngology Conference , Winner of Prestigious Delhi State and All India ENT Residents Quiz and the Winner of GSK all India Medimind Medical Quiz. he is a member of  the Haryana Medical Council.

5. Dr. Manish Prakash

MBBS, MS-ENT, DNB (ENT), DOHNS(LONDON) 

Consultation fees: ₹600

Dr Manish Prakash is one of the leading ENT surgeons in Gurgaon. He has 20 years of experience and is a Life Member of Association of Otolaryngologists India, Member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, a Life Member of the India Medical Association and a Life Member of IMA Gurgaon. He is currently affiliated with Mayom Hospital in Gurgaon. He specialises in foreign body removal,  fitting of hearing aids, nosebleed treatment, tonsillitis, canalith repositioning, functional endoscopic sinus surgery and treatment of deviated septums. 

6. Dr. Amitabh Malik

MS - ENT, MBBS

Consultation fees: ₹700

Dr. Amitabh Malik is currently practices at Paras Hospital, Gurgaon. He  has 18 years of practice in the field of ENT. His areas of special interest are pediatric ENT, Micro Ear, Micro Laryngeal, and Endoscopic Sinus. He has successfully conducted number of ENT surgeries and specializes in cochlear implantation.

7. Dr. Vineet Chadha

MBBS, MS - ENT

Consultation fees:₹500 - 1000

Dr Vineet Chadha is a renowned ENT specialist in Gurgaon and a senior ENT consultant at the Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurgaon. In 10 years of his practice he reconstructive middle ear surgery, nasal endoscopy, treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, cochlear implants, fitting patient’s hearing aid, treating laryngeal cancer and treatment for sinus disorder.

8. Dr. Sarika Verma

MBBS, DNB - ENT

Consultation fees: ₹600 - 800

Dr. Sarika Verma is an ENT Surgeon and Allergy Specialist with 15 years of experience. In 15 years she has done more than 850 allergy tests by and has treated several patients with allergy vaccination or immunotherapy. Some of her other areas of specialisations are functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), Micro Ear surgery, Microlaryngeal surgery(MLS), tonsillectomy, endoscopic adenoidectomy and thyroid surgery. She is a member of various ENT National and state level associations.

9. Dr. Harmeet Singh Pasricha

DNB (ENT), MBBS, MNAMS - Otorhinolaryngology

Consultation fees:  ₹500 - 800

Dr. Harmeet Singh Pasricha is a renowned consultant Otorhinolaryngologist (Ear, Nose & Throat). Dr. Pasricha has 19 years of experience and has been associated with some prestigious hospitals like Indraprastha Apollo Hospital and Sri Ganga Ram Hospital. He is currently practicing at his own clinic the Pasricha ENT & Eye Care Centre, Gurgaon as a medical director and is a visiting consultant at Metro Hospital & Heart Institute, Palam Vihar and Columbia Asia Hospital, Palam Vihar. His areas of interest include Microsurgery of the Ear, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and Micro Laryngeal Surgery

10. Dr. Sunil Aggarwal

MBBS, MS - ENT, DNB

Consultation fees:  ₹500

Dr. Sunil has more than 16 years of professional experience as an ENT Specialist he is a trusted name and is known for his diagnosing skills and treating all kinds of disorders that affect the ears, nose and throat, as well as related structures such as the head and neck. His keen areas of interest are hearing loss, tonsil troubles, hay fever, sore throat and sleep apnoea, etc. he is a senior consultant with Paras Hospital in Gurgaon.

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Treatment of Ear infection!

Dr. Radhika A (Md) 84% (10 ratings)
MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Treatment of Ear infection!

Treatment of Ear infection

Homeopathic Treatment of Ear infection
Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Ear infection
Psychotherapy Treatment of Ear infection
Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Ear infection
Surgical Treatment of Ear infection
Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Ear infection
Other Treatment of Ear infection
What is Ear infection
Symptoms of Ear infection
Causes of Ear infection
Risk factors of Ear infection
Complications of Ear infection
Lab Investigations and Diagnosis of Ear infection
Precautions & Prevention of Ear infection
Treatment of Ear infection

Homeopathic Treatment of Ear infection

Homeopathic treatment works to strengthen the health of the child. It helps to reduce severe earache accompanied by a thick colored discharge from the nose or ears. Some of the homeopathic remedies for treatment of ear infection are:

Aconitum napellus
Belladonna
Chamomilla
Ferrum phosphoricum
Pulsatilla
Silicea

Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Ear infection

Acupuncture can help local circulation, relive muscle tension and reduce inflammation due to virus .this in turn help earache or ear infections. Acupuncture will help reduce the trend of antibiotic overuse and the development of resistant strains of bacteria.

Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Ear infection

In the allopathic Treatment of Ear infection, over-the-counter acetaminophen or ibuprofen is prescribed to relieve pain. Prescription eardrops such as antipyrine-benzocaine (Aurodex) may provide additional pain relief.

Surgical Treatment of Ear infection

Surgical Treatment of Ear infection is called a myringotomy. During this procedure, a surgeon creates a tiny hole in the eardrum that enables him or her to suction fluids out of the middle ear. A tiny tube is placed in the opening to help ventilate the middle ear and prevent the accumulation of more fluids. Some tubes are intended to stay in place for six months to a year and then fall out on their own. Other tubes are designed to stay in longer and may need to be surgically removed.

Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Ear infection

Include lots of the anti-inflammatory foods like ginger, garlic, turmeric, cayenne, fish oils and raw pineapple in your diet.
Eliminate foods like fats, caffeine, aspirin, salt, sugar, and fried foods.
Eliminate dairy foods which thicken and increase mucus

Other Treatment of Ear infection

Apply cold or warm compresses, depending on what your child is comfortable with.

What is Ear infection?

An ear infection is the most common cause of earaches. The infection in the middle ear very often accompanies a common cold, the flu, or other types of respiratory infections. Ear infections are often painful because of inflammation and buildup of fluids in the middle ear.

Symptoms of Ear infection

Ear pain
Tugging or pulling at an ear
Difficulty sleeping
Drainage of fluid from the ear
Diminished hearing
Sore throat
Crying more than usual
Acting more irritable than usual
Loss of balance
Headache
Fever
Loss of appetite
Vomiting
Diarrhea

Causes of Ear infection

It is caused by a bacterium or virus in the middle ear.

Risk factors of Ear infection

Family history
Between the ages of 6 months and 2 years
Babies who drink from a bottle, especially while lying down
During the fall and winter when colds and flu are prevalent
Exposure to tobacco smoke or high levels of air pollution can
American Indians and Inuits of Alaska and Canada

Complications of Ear infection

Hearing loss
Speech or developmental delays
Untreated infections 

Diagnosis of Ear infection

Diagnosis of Ear infection involves the following tests:

Pneumatic otoscope to look into the ear
Tympanometry
Acoustic reflectometry
Tympanocentesis

Precautions & Prevention of Ear infection

Avoid secondhand smoke
Breast-feed your baby for at least six months.
If you bottle-feed, hold your baby in an upright position
Prevent common colds and other illnesses
Talk to your doctor about vaccinations

Best ENT Specialist in Bangalore!

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh 87% (192 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Best ENT Specialist in Bangalore!

Suffering from problem related to ear, nose and throat (ENT) and confused about where to get it treated in Bangalore. Below are the best ENT specialist or otolaryngologists in Bangalore who can help you. These ENT specialist in Bangalore have years of experience in treating problems related to hearing and speech as well as cases like sinusitis and allergies. Best ENT Surgeons and consultants in Bangalore are:

1. Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi

DNB (ENT), MBBS

Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi has years of experience as an ENT specialist. In his career of 12 years he has treated several cases of simple as well as advanced problems related to ear, nose, throat diseases. He has conducted several surgeries like endoscopic sinus surgeries, tracheostomies and ear nose throat endoscopies. He has done several additional courses to upgrade his knowledge and has innovated over 16 medical devices. He is currently affiliated to Sinus Hospital.

Consultation fees: ₹500-550

2. Dr. Sandeep Dachuri

MS - ENT, MBBS

Dr. Sandeep Dachuri is a practicing ENT/ Otorhinolaryngologist in Bangalore with 7 years of experience. He currently practices at Shri Vishnu Ent Speciality Center in Banashankari 3rd Stage, Bangalore.Some of the areas of special interest and expertise are Sinusitis Evaluation, ENT Consultation & treatment, Nasal endoscopy and Foreign Body Removal and vertigo.

Consultation fees: ₹300

3. Dr. Chandre Gowda

MBBS, MS - ENT

Dr. Chandre Gowda is one of the very senior doctors who has 40 years of experience. He currently practices at Sankalp ENT Care Centre. His areas of specialization are eardrum rupture treatment, head and neck cancers, phono surgery, tonsillectomy. He is a life time member of Academy of Oral Implantology (AOI),Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Association of Otolaryngologists of India (AOI).

Consultation fees: ₹100

4. Dr. Sandhya Patil

D.N.B, D.L.O

Dr. Sandhya Patil, is a reputed Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT) specialist in Bangalore with 10 years of experience. She is associated with best hospitals as a visiting consultant and also runs her own private practice called Daivik ENT Center. She is a recipient of many awards in her field and specialises in treatment foreign body removal, tonsillitis, hearing and speech impairment

Consultation fees: ₹300

5. Dr. Shankar B Medikeri

MBBS, MS - ENT, DORL, DNB (ENT), FICS

Dr. Shankar B. Medikeri is a topper and gold medallist in his graduation and post graduation. With more than 40 years of experience he has worked with several hospitals in Bombay and Bangalore. He currently practices at Medikeri's Super Specality ENT Center. He has keen interest in conducting Live Surgical Workshops on Microsurgery of the Ear & Larynx, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Laser Surgery and Cadaver dissection Courses on Temporal Bone. In last 13 years he has done more than 600 cochlear implants.

Consultation fees: ₹600

6. Dr. Anita Krishnan

MBBS, Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology (DLO), DNB - ENT, Diploma in Medical Law and Ethics (PGDMLE)

Dr. Anita Krishnan has done several fellowships and certifications nationally and internationally. She has more than 26 years of experience and is associated with Apollo Spectra and Bangalore ENT Care Centre. SHe has attended and conducted several CMEs and seminars to upgrade her skills and knowledge as well as to help her fellow colleagues. She is known for his treatment and services like- Laryngostroboscopy, Laser Surgery, Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery - FESS using XOMED & Smith Nephew Microdebrider.

Consultation fees: ₹600

7. Dr. Alok Banka

ENT Surgeon, M.S., MBBS

Dr. Alok Banka is a qualified and well experienced ENT surgeon with 14 years of experience. He is is a visiting consultant at many hospitals and clinics in Bangalore like- Cogent Care Clinic, Narayana Hospital, Apollo Clinic, Columbia Asia Hospital. His areas of keen interest are micro-ear surgeries, and endoscopic sinus surgeries. He has also dealt with cases of cosmetic nasal and micro laryngeal surgeries. He is known for use of new technologies and therapies that provide best treatment to his patients.

Consultation fees: ₹450

8. Dr. Gladson Guddappa Uchil

MBBS, Diploma In Otorhinolaryngology (DLO)

Dr Gladson Guddappa Uchil is considered to be amongst the otolaryngologist, head & neck surgeon. With 21 years of experience he has worked with some of best hospitals like Fortis Healthcare Ltd, HCG Hospitals & Sparsh Superspeciality Hospitals in Bangalore. He is an expert in treating ENT related diseases or disorders snoring & sleep apnoea, ear infection. He has also done several surgeries to treat sinusitis & deviated nasal septum. He is a member of Indian Society of Otology, Association of Otolaryngologists of Bangalore (AOB), and Association of Otolaryngologists of India (AOI). 

Consultation fees: ₹600

9. Dr. Manjunath Mk

Fellowship In Laryngology, MS - ENT, MBBS, USMLE

Dr. Manjunath has 17 years of experience is a prominent name among ENT surgeons. He has done his fellowship from USA. During his tenure he has performed micro-laryngeal surgery, cosmetic nose surgery and endoscopic sinus surgery. He is also known for his perfection when it comes to micro-ear surgical procedures and has a special interest in treating snoring & sleep disorders, hearing problems, surgery for deviated nasal septum.

Consultation fees: ₹350

10. Dr. Sushma Patil

MBBS, Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology (DLO)

Dr. Sushma Patil is a ENT/ Otorhinolaryngologist with 11 years of practice. She is a reputed name in Bangalore and is member of South Zone SOI and Karnataka Medical Council. She has successfully treated cases of sleep apnea, thyroplasty, tinnitus evaluation  and management.

Consultation fees: ₹300

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Throat Cancer - What Are The Most Common Causes Of It?

Dr. Dinesh Singh 86% (71 ratings)
MBBS, MD-Radio Therapy
Oncologist, Ghaziabad
Throat Cancer - What Are The Most Common Causes Of It?

Throat cancer is as common as breast cancer and more than prostate cancer. In cause of throat cancer, keep smoking as first cause followed by alcohol. 

It occurs when abnormally dividing cancerous cells form growth like tumors in the voice box, vocal cords & other parts of the throat like the tonsils, and the pharynx which is the hollow tube that runs from behind the nose to the top of the windpipe.

The common symptoms of throat cancer include coughing, trouble swallowing, hoarseness, and swollen lymph nodes. There are two primary types of throat cancers according to where they start in the throat- pharyngeal cancer and laryngeal cancerPharyngeal cancer forms in the pharynx while laryngeal cancer forms in the larynx or the voice box.

Causes of Throat Cancer
Recognizing potential signs of throat cancer in the early stages of the disease is not easy. Hence, it’s critical to know the causes and risk factors for developing this type of cancer in order to be able to diagnose it at a relatively early stage of the disease and prevent a fatality. Common risk factors and causes of throat cancer include:

  1. Gender – Men are up to five times more likely to get throat cancer as compared to women.
  2. Age - Now even young persons in their twenties and thirties are coming with throat cancer.
  3. Exposure to certain chemicals like Asbestos, Nickel, and Sulphuric acid fumes.

The common ‘lifestyle’ causes for throat cancer are smoking or chewing tobacco, as per WHO there is no minimum safe limit of alcohol, vitamin A deficiency due to a diet deficient in green vegetables, and infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) which causes cervical cancer in women and occurs due to unsafe sex.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and poor dental hygiene are also some of the known causes.

The association of throat cancer with HPV infection, a sexually transmitted virus is very interesting. The Cancer Treatment Centers of America has stated that HPV infection is a risk factor for certain oropharyngeal throat cancers.

Cancer Research UK also warns that oral sex, especially with multiple partners, leads to oral cancers due to HPV infection. It further states that men are also more prone to get infected with HPV through oral sex than women and HPV infection is more common in men who have oral sex with multiple partners.

Apart from this, throat cancer has also been linked to other types of cancers like esophageal, lung or bladder. So, if you’ve been diagnosed with any of these, you are at greater risk of contracting throat cancer. These cancers also often have the same risk factors.

You can take a few steps to reduce your risk for throat cancer like stop smoking, reduce alcohol intake, maintain a healthy lifestyle – eat plenty of greens, reduce fat and salt intake, and lose excess weight by exercising regularly. You can also reduce your risk of HPV infection by limiting your sex partners and using condoms. Stop alcohol rather than reduce.

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Ear Nose And Throat Problems - Learn How Homeopathic Can Help!

Dr. Atul Kundalia 87% (10 ratings)
BHMS, MD - Medicine
Homeopath, Ghaziabad
Ear Nose And Throat Problems - Learn How Homeopathic Can Help!

The ear, nose and throat may seem disconnected but in fact are very closely connected. For this reason, a cold often turns into a cough and earaches are common symptoms of throat infections. ENT or ear, nose and throat problems are very common and can affect children and adults. Homeopathy can be very effective in treating ENT problems. Here are a few common ENT problems and homoeopathic remedies that can be used to treat them.

Common cold
Whether a cold is minor or severe it can cause a lot of discomfort to the patient. If not caught in time, a cold can turn into a cough, chest congestion etc. A cold can cause nasal discharge, burning eyes, sneezing, headaches etc. Some of the homoeopathic remedies used to treat a cold are:

  1. Aconite Nap: This is used in cases where a cold is brought on suddenly by a change in climate or exposure to cold winds.
  2. Allium cepa: A cold that leads to a watery discharge from the eyes, a bitter nasal discharge and crusting around the nostrils and upper lip may be treated with Allium Cepa.
  3. Euphrasia: A cold that causes acrid discharge form the eyes and inflammation can be treated with euphrasia.
  4. Arsenicum album: A blocked nose that is accompanied by crusting of nasal discharge on the upper lips and around the nostrils can be treated with this homoeopathic remedy.

Nasal polyps
A fleshy swelling that grows in the lining of the nasal tissue and in the sinuses can create nasal congestion and blockages in the nose. This is often seen in cases where the person suffers from asthma or hay fever.

Some of the homoeopathic remedies for this condition are:

  1. Pulsatilla: People who benefit from the use of pulsatilla to treat nasal polyps are usually thirsty and prefer being outdoors.
  2. Sanguinaria: Nasal polyps that cause heightened sensitivity to odours can be treated with sanguinaria. In such cases, the patient often suffers from nasal polyps on their right side.
  3. Teucrium: In cases where a person suffers from repetitive nasal polyps along with fibroids or other polyps can be treated with this homoeopathic remedy.

Sore throat: 

Sore throats are as common as colds or the flu. Depending on the symptoms presented it can be treated with a number of homoeopathic remedies. These include:

  1. Belladonna: This can be used to treat sore throats that make the tongue appear coated and gives the person a flushed pallor.
  2. Calcarea carbonica: Sore throats that are associated with the development of large glands on the neck may be treated with this remedy.
  3. Lac caninum: This can be used to treat sore throats accompanied by pain that moves from one side to the other.
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Sore Throat - Know Its Home Remedies!

Dr. Anjali Upadhyay 86% (10 ratings)
MS - ENT, MBBS
ENT Specialist, Ghaziabad
Sore Throat - Know Its Home Remedies!

If you are experiencing pain, irritation, or itchiness in your throat, the condition is referred to as a sore throat. It is likely for you to face difficulty in swallowing food and the pain worsens when you want to swallow. The primary symptom of a sore throat is throat pain. People of all ages can get affected by a sore throat.

Causes
There are several causes of a sore throat. The most common ones are as follows:

Viral infection
• Viral infections are the most common causes of sore throat.
• These are the infections that are caused by a virus, like the flu or cold.
Measles, chicken pox, and croup are other viral infections that cause a sore throat.

Bacterial infection
• Several bacterial infections also lead to a sore throat.
• They may include strep throat, diphtheria, and whooping cough.

Environmental factors
• Several environmental factors also cause sore throat.
• Exposure to pollen, mold, pet dander, and several other irritants leads to postnasal drip.
• This causes throat pain and inflammation.
• Exposure to dry air, and smoking cigarettes are also common causes of a sore throat.

Diagnosis
• For the diagnosis of a sore throat, a physical examination of your throat is carried out, and your throat will be examined using a lighted instrument.
• Doctors usually look out for inflammations and white patches that indicate strep throat. Your breathing will also be checked.
• The back of your throat can be swabbed for examining samples in order to determine the virus.
• Certain blood tests may also be required to be undertaken.

Treatment
• The treatment of sore throat depends on the cause.
• In case your sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection, you will be prescribed antibiotics for killing the infectious bacteria.
• The medicines should be taken strictly according to a doctor’s prescription.
• You should complete the course of 10 days to get effective results.
• If you stop the treatment at an early stage on noticing improvements, a sore throat can recur soon.

There are certain simple home remedies which are effective for curing the most common forms of sore throat. They include:
• Gargling with warm, salted water.
• Consuming warm fluids like soup, tea, and water.
• Having throat lozenges.
• Reducing the inflammation using ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
• Avoiding exposure to allergens and irritants.

In case your sore throat is caused by a viral infection, the virus should be left to run its course. During its course, you will be prescribed medicines like pain relievers and decongestants for relieving the symptoms. Antiviral drugs are also used in some cases for fighting the virus effectively.

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Tongue Problems - How To Handle It?

Dr. Puneet Kansal 91% (812 ratings)
MDS - Orthodontics, BDS
Dentist, Meerut
Tongue Problems - How To Handle It?

Tongue is an important organ of your body. Without the tongue you would not have been able to enjoy one of the most pleasurable experiences of life: tasting food! Imagine how life would be without the sudden euphoria you experience when you taste something delicious. Not only do your taste buds help you to taste food, but it also rejects harmful substances like toxins and sends your brain a signal to avoid consuming it. The tongue also helps in digestion of food. It makes the food pass easily from your mouth and throat to your stomach. Apart from tasting and sending signals to your brain, the tongue helps you to talk. It facilitates speech. It alters the air in your mouth which is produced by the vocal cords. That is how you make a wide range of sounds.

Tongue Problems:

  1. Burning sensation on the tongue: This normally occurs in women who have recently attained menopause. Mood swings are also a characteristic feature of menopause. Burning sensation is rare but a symptom of post menopause. Burning sensations can also occur due to cigarette smoking.

  2. Change in the tongue color: Many times having a pink tongue means deficiency in iron, folic acid and vitamin B-12. This can also be because of an allergy to gluten. A white tongue can occur due to smoking or drinking alcohol.

  3. Tongue pain: It can occur due to biting, injury or infection. Canker pains are also common. It can be caused by aging, diabetes, tumors and infection.

  4. Tongue swelling: It is caused by down-syndrome, tongue cancer, leukemia, strep throat and anemia.

  5. Oral thrush: It is a yeast infection. It makes the surface of the tongue and the mouth look like cottage cheese. People suffering from asthma or diabetes can also get oral thrush.

Remedies for tongue problem:

  1. Don't consume spicy and hot food.

  2. If you have a canker sore, try to drink only cold beverages and eat soft foods.

  3. Rinse your mouth regularly with a mixture of warm water and salt or you can also make a mixture of warm water and baking soda.

  4. Apply ice to soothe your tongue.

If the tongue pain persists then it is better to book an appointment with an ENT specialist or with an otolaryngologist.

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Best ENT Specialist in Delhi

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh 87% (192 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Best ENT Specialist in Delhi

Hearing problems or ear infections or suffering from sinusitis, allergies, nasal blockage. Don’t know what to do? You need an ENT specialist. But who is the best ENT specialist in Delhi? An ENT specialist is also called otolaryngologist, who deals with speech disorders, ear problems or nasal problems and deformities. Here are few of the best ENT specialist in Delhi:

1. Dr. Shalabh Sharma

MBBS, MS - Otorhinolaryngology, DNB - Otorhinolaryngology, DLORCS, FRCS - Otolaryngology

Dr. Sharma is a well renowned and senior Ear-Nose Throat (ENT) Specialist. He has 27 years of experience and holds a Limca Book of Records for pioneering endoscopic sinus surgery for a complicated tumor. He has done several fellowships internationally and areas of special interest  to him are Pediatric Otolaryngology, & Neurotology. He is member of several reputed institutes and associations. H is associated with Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and ENT & Dental Centre

Consultation fees: ₹1500 - 1800 

2. Dr. Anurag Tandon

MS - ENT, Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology (DLO), MBBS

Dr. Anurag Tandon is one of the very senior doctors who has 34 years of experience. He currently practices at Park View ENT Clinic in Mayur Vihar Ph-II, Delhi and Max Multispeciality Hospital. His areas of specialization are eardrum rupture treatment, head and neck cancers, phono surgery, tonsillectomy. He is a life time member of Academy of Oral Implantology (AOI),Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Association of Otolaryngologists of India (AOI).

Consultation fees: ₹1000 - 1400 

3. Dr. Dhirendra Singh Kushwah

MBBS, MS - ENT

Dr. Dhirendra Singh Kushwah has more than 16 years of experience as ENT Surgeon. He is associated with Rockland hospital & ORL clinic, as well as runs his own clinic-  Gynae & ENT Clinic at Safdarjung Enclave, Delhi. His clinic is well equipped to treat various conditions like nasal disorders like blockage, nose bleeding, rhinoplasty,  tonsillitis and sinus.

Consultation fees: ₹500-1000

4. Dr. Sumit Mrig

MBBS, MS - ENT, DNB (ENT)

Dr. Mrig with 16 years of experience is a well known name in his feretinity. He is recipient of many awards and has presented India internationally through his seminars, research and academic papers. He is associated with Max Smart Super Specialty Hospital and Sankalp ENT & Cochlear Implant Centre. He has many professional memberships like Cochlear Implant Group of India, ISCON, National Academy of Medical Sciences etc. He treats foreign body removal, tonsillitis, hearing and speech impairment.

Consultation fees: ₹700-1200

5. Dr. Manni Hingorani

MS - ENT, MBBS

Dr. Manni Hingorani, is a reputed Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT) specialist in South Delhi with 14 years of experience. She is associated with best hospitals as a visiting consultant at Max healthcare Saket City Hospital, St. Stephen’s Hospital, Gurgaon and Max Medcentre, Panchsheel. She also has her own private practice called Three Senses in Neeti Bagh. She is a recipient of  golden medal award for best research paper at the North West AOI Conference, held at Rohtak in 2008.

Consultation fees: ₹800

6. Dr. K.K Handa

DNB, MBBS, MNAMS, MS(ENT)

Dr. K.K Handa has more than 30 years of experience as Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT) Specialist. He runs his private practice at ENT Clinic & Matritva Maternity. He is an active member of Indian Medical Association (IMA). He is known for his treatment and services like- Laryngostroboscopy, Laser Surgery, Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery - FESS using XOMED & Smith Nephew Microdebrider.

Consultation fees: ₹500

7. Dr. Madhulika Sharma

MBBS, DNB (ENT)

Dr. Madhulika Sharma has 9 years of experience as ENT Specialist in New Delhi. She specialises in  treatment of cold cough, throat ache, sinusitis, sneezing, allergic rhinitis, ear pain and hearing loss. She runs her private practice at Sharma ENT clinic, Delhi.

Consultation fees: ₹300

8. Dr. Geeta Kathuria

M.B.B.S, MS ENT, MRCSEd ENT, Fellowship Golf, IFHNOS Head & Neck Surgery and Oncology U.S.A

Dr. Geeta Kathuria is a well known name as ENT specialist or Otorhinolaryngologist in Delhi. She has an experience of 15 years and is working with Fortis Hospital, Okhla. She is known for her treatment for tonsillectomy and nasal endoscopy. Besides this she also has special interest in paediatric ENT as well as head and neck surgeries related to onco, or thyroid and salivary gland. She is a life member of  AOI, Delhi & FHNO

Consultation fees: ₹500- 1000

9. Dr. B. B. Khatri

MS - ENT, MBBS

Dr. Khatri with 34 years of experience is a prominent name among ENT surgeons. During his tenure he has performed micro-laryngeal surgery, cosmetic nose surgery and endoscopic sinus surgery. He is also known for his perfection when it comes to micro-ear surgical procedures. Not only he is member of some esteemed associations, but has also holds some reputed positions in them.  He has written and published more than 8 papers in various reputed national and international medical journal. His special area of interest are snoring & sleep disorders, hearing problems, surgery for deviated nasal septum.

Consultation fees: ₹800

10. Dr. Rajeev Nangia

MBBS, MS - ENT

Dr. Rajeev Nangia a renowned Ear-Nose-throat (ENT) Specialist  with 3 decades of experience, he is currently practicing in Karol Bagh, Delhi. He is associated with Apollo Spectra Clinic in Karol Bagh, Delhi and also practices at Ratan ENT Clinic, Delhi. He is known for his comprehensive approach and warmth. He is an alumni of Rohtak Medical college, and a lifetime member of AIRS, AOI, IMA and ISO. Dr. Nangia specializes in treating cochlear implant, hearing and speech impairments, epistaxis (nosebleed) treatment, throat and voice problems, tonsillitis and nasal disorders.

Consultation fees: ₹650- 800

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