Cold & Flu

The common cold and flu are viral infections in the body. While there are no medications or “cures” for either infection, people can take certain steps to avoid getting a cold or the flu, such as flu shots, a balanced diet, proper dress for the weather and vitamins. Symptoms of the flu and a cold include fever, chills, congestion, coughing, sore throat and body aches. Both the flu and colds generally last 1-2 weeks.

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By DuPage Medical Group Otolaryngology
Laryngeal papillomatosis is a disease consisting of tumors that grow inside the larynx (voice box), vocal cords, or the air passages leading from the nose into the lungs (respiratory tract). It is a rare disease caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Although scientists are uncertain how people are infected with HPV, they have identified more than 60 types of HPVs. Tumors caused by HPVs, called papillomas, are often associated with two specific types of the virus (HPV 6 and HPV 11). They may vary in size and grow very quickly. Eventually, these tumors may block the airway passage and cause difficulty breathing.
Topics and Subtopics: Cold & Flu & Ear, Nose, & Throat

By DuPage Medical Group Primary Care
Postnasal drip is the most common cause of chronic cough. Postnasal drip is a condition that develops when secretions from the nose chronically drip into the
back of the throat. These secretions can cause throat inflammation and trigger a cough.

By DuPage Medical Group
The ability to cough is an important part of normal lung function. Coughing from time to time helps clear particles and secretions from the lungs and prevent infection. However, sometimes a cough can become
a chronic condition that requires a medical evaluation.

By DuPage Medical Group Otolaryngology
People with dysphagia have difficulty swallowing and may also experience pain while swallowing. Some people may be completely unable to swallow or may have trouble swallowing liquids, foods, or saliva. Eating then becomes a challenge. Often, dysphagia makes it difficult to take in enough calories and fluids to nourish the body.

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