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Ear, nose and throat problems involve sinus issues, hearing issues, balance, speech, swallowing and upper-airway breathing. Common ear, nose and throat problems include nasal congestion, sinus infections, mouth sores, oral lesions, hearing loss, ear drainage and vertigo.

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By David Wolraich, MD
While mouth and throat cancers are less common than breast, colon, prostate or skin cancers, in recent years the number of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) related throat cancer cases has continued to grow. Our board-certified Otolaryngologist, Dr. David Wolraich, weighs in on the potential reasons for such an increase, shares symptoms to be aware of and how you can reduce your risk.
Topics and Subtopics: Cancer & Ear, Nose, & Throat

By Diane Hardy, PT
Chances are you’ve experienced dizziness at some point in your life. That sensation of lightheadedness can be a symptom of many things – medication, heart and/or neurological conditions and head trauma. But what happens when that dizziness doesn’t go away, lasts for days and makes the room seem like it’s spinning even when you’re not moving?

As we get older, it is common to experience changes in your health that can be easy to shrug off as a normal part of the aging process. It is important to understand why these changes occur, what is considered “normal” and when to seek medical care. Your primary care physician may recommend you consult with a specialist to help manage certain age-related health conditions to keep you healthy and active throughout adulthood.

It is common for infants and children to experience swelling of their tonsils and adenoids as they fight bacteria and viruses. If tonsils or adenoids frequently become enlarged, or infections develop, surgery to remove them may be recommended. Our otolaryngologists (ENT) share symptoms to watch for and when to consider surgery.

By DuPage Medical Group Otolaryngology
Ear infections are the most common reason parents bring their children to the doctor. It is estimated that five out of six children will develop an ear infection by the age of three. DuPage Medical Group’s Otolaryngologists (ENT) share why ear infections are so common in children, what warning signs to watch for, and the steps you can take to prevent them.

By Sandra Banas, MD
Choking on food is the cause of death for approximately one child every five days in the United States, and leads to more than 12,000 emergency department visits per year. Children ages three or younger are at greatest risk, but older children are often affected too. Food is the most frequent cause of choking in children, but balloons, coins, and other small objects are also a primary risk. Not surprisingly, most episodes of choking occur in the home. The good news is that many cases of choking can be prevented. Read on to learn how you can reduce the risk to your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or other young visitor in your home.

By David Wolraich, MD
According to the American Sleep Association, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) impacts roughly 25 million adults in the US. The standard treatment for this breathing disorder is to wear a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask during sleep, which forces air into the nose and mouth to overcome the obstruction in the airway. However, many people find it difficult to sleep with a CPAP mask and therefore don’t comply with treatment recommendations. For those unable to tolerate the CPAP, alternative treatment solutions have typically been weight loss, oral appliances or surgery.

By DuPage Medical Group Robotic Surgery
Learn more about the surgical option that’s increasing in popularity for patients while decreasing recovery time and other common surgical side effects.

By David Wolraich, MD
A new innovative approach to treat oral cancer.
Topics and Subtopics: Cancer & Ear, Nose, & Throat

By Eric Zdrojkowski, RRA
What to expect when a fine needle aspiration biopsy has been ordered.

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