Post Nasal Drip

Written by Joe Miller

Post nasal drip is a sensation of mucous build up inrepparttar throat. Sometimes you may even feel a dripping sensation fromrepparttar 138015 back of your nose. The cause is over-production of mucous by glands inrepparttar 138016 nose and inrepparttar 138017 throat.

At a healthy level those glands produce around two quarts of mucous each day. Most, if not all, of that is swallowed without knowing it. The mucous, however, serves a healthy purpose at this level, cleaning and moistening nasal passages, trapping foreign matter that has been inhaled, moistening and humidifyingrepparttar 138018 air you breathe, and even fighting infection.

At an unhealthy level, mucous becomes either excessively thick or excessively thin, possibly due to irritation, infection, or allergic reaction. Those who have difficulty swallowing normally may especially need to be cautious, because build-up may fester and cause infection.

There are some things we cannot control. For example, more than 90% of irritants and bacteria which cause infection enterrepparttar 138019 body throughrepparttar 138020 nose. Much of it will remain inrepparttar 138021 nasal passages and seek to live and grow there.

The body will react torepparttar 138022 infection by sending its defense system of white blood cells torepparttar 138023 nasal passages to trigger more mucous production in order to “wash out”repparttar 138024 bacteria, irritants, or foreign matter. But this tends to further congestrepparttar 138025 nose. What makes matters worse, we often blow our noses, swallowrepparttar 138026 phlegm, or cough to relieverepparttar 138027 congestion, but these actions force bacteria to other places inrepparttar 138028 body, includingrepparttar 138029 sinuses,repparttar 138030 throat, orrepparttar 138031 ears, causing further sickness.

Otitis Media (ear infection)

Written by Joe Miller

In simple terms, otitis media is an ear infection. It is inflammation ofrepparttar inner ear, often caused by moisture which gets collected inrepparttar 138014 ear or by minor injury torepparttar 138015 ear canal. The moisture often collects after swimming or bathing. Often allergies cause liquid to build up inrepparttar 138016 ear. Injuries often occur with hard impact with water or careless or intense use of cotton swabs. Discomfort, bacterial growth, or infection generally results.

Behindrepparttar 138017 eardrums is locatedrepparttar 138018 section ofrepparttar 138019 ear calledrepparttar 138020 middle ear, which houses a complex arrangement of tiny bones sensitive to sound waves. When sound waves pass overrepparttar 138021 middle ear, it transmitsrepparttar 138022 sound torepparttar 138023 inner ear. Nearby,repparttar 138024 Eustachian tube connectsrepparttar 138025 ear torepparttar 138026 nose.

Otitis media may result from foreign matter breathed in throughrepparttar 138027 nose, which irritatesrepparttar 138028 Eustachian tube torepparttar 138029 point of swelling and liquid fromrepparttar 138030 ears can no longer drain throughrepparttar 138031 nose and intorepparttar 138032 throat. In children,repparttar 138033 Eustachian tube is shorter and less slanted, allowing bacteria to more easily arrive inrepparttar 138034 middle ear.

In trying to identify otitis media, it is helpful to be aware ofrepparttar 138035 following symptoms:

Pus or fluid inrepparttar 138036 Eustachian tube or inrepparttar 138037 ear

Sensation of fullness inrepparttar 138038 ear

Pain inrepparttar 138039 ear

Inflammation inrepparttar 138040 ear


Hearing loss


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