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Colds and flu
Do you know the difference between a cold and flu? An expert explains the conditions, treatments and remedies available.
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Tonsillitis
Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils. It's usually caused by a viral infection or, less commonly, a bacterial infection. It's a common type of infection in children, although it can sometimes affect adults. The symptoms of tonsillitis include: sore throat that can feel worse when swallowing
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Tinnitus
Tinnitus is the term for hearing sounds that come from inside your body, rather than from an outside source. It's often described as "ringing in the ears", although several sounds can be heard, including: buzzing humming
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Sinusitis
Sinusitis is a common condition in which the lining of the sinuses becomes inflamed. It's usually caused by a viral infection and often improves within two or three weeks. The sinuses are small, air-filled cavities behind your cheekbones and forehead.
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Vertigo
Vertigo is a symptom, rather than a condition itself. It's the sensation that you, or the environment around you, is moving or spinning. This feeling may be barely noticeable, or it may be so severe that you find it difficult to keep your balance and do everyday tasks.
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Children's flu vaccine
The flu vaccine for children is given as a single dose of nasal spray squirted up each nostril. Not only is it needle-free (a big advantage for children), the nasal spray works even better than the injected flu vaccine.
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Quinsy
Quinsy, also known as a peritonsillar abscess, is a rare and potentially serious complication of tonsillitis. The abscess (a collection of pus) forms between one of your tonsils and the wall of your throat. This can happen when a bacterial infection spreads from an infected tonsil to the surrounding area.
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Sore throat
A sore throat (pharyngitis) is normally a symptom of a bacterial or viral infection, such as the common cold. In around a third of cases, no cause for the sore throat can be found. If you have a sore throat, you may also have:
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Perforated eardrum
A perforated eardrum is a hole or tear in the eardrum. It can be uncomfortable, but usually heals within a few weeks or months provided your ear is kept dry and there’s no infection.
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Otosclerosis
Otosclerosis is a common cause of hearing loss in young adults, which results from abnormal bone growth inside the ear. There are three tiny bones (ossicles) deep inside the ear, which move back and forth when sound waves enter – see the picture on this page, and click on 'Learn more'.
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Phantosmia (smelling odours that aren't there)
Phantosmia' is the medical term for an imaginary odour (phantom smell). It is also known as an "olfactory hallucination". The smell is unique to the person and is usually unpleasant, spoiling the taste of any food or drink consumed.It can be in one or both nostrils.
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Non-allergic rhinitis
Non-allergic rhinitis is inflammation of the inside of the nose that is not caused by an allergy. Rhinitis caused by an allergen, such as pollen, is a separate condition known as allergic rhinitis.
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