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Ear, nose and throat

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  • Aphthous-Ulcer-2014

    Treatment of complex oral lesions Subscription

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    Patients with complex oral lesions are often prescribed treatments off-label. Pharmacists can assist in the care of these patients by counselling them on appropriate use of topical preparations.

  • Question from practice: Advice on high fluoride toothpastes Subscription

    A.The first fluoride-containing toothpastes and dentifrices were introduced in the 1950s and by the end of the 1970s most people were using them.

  • Question from practice: Can you help me with my cauliflower ear? Subscription

    A. Cauliflower ear is the name given to a deformity of the outer ear (pinna) as a result of trauma. It is most common among those involved in contact sports such as rugby, martial arts, boxing and wrestling. It has, however, also been reported to develop following piercing procedures affecting the upper part of the ear.1

  • Questions from practice — thiazides and ear disorders Subscription

    I’ve been given this prescription (bendroflumethiazide, 5mg daily) for my ear, but my wife tells me she takes the same tablets for her blood pressure. Has the doctor made a mistake?

  • Outer and middle ear problems Subscription

    The ear consists of three parts: the outer ear, comprising the pinna (auricle) and external ear canal that leads inwards to the eardrum; the middle ear cavity that connects with the throat via the Eustachian tube; and the inner ear, comprising the cochlea, with its sound receptors, and the vestibular apparatus, which is associated with balance.

  • Implications of immunosuppressant therapy Subscription

    A five-year-old boy presents with severe earache in his right ear. Hehas a fever (37.8C) and appears miserable. There is no discharge fromthe ear or other signs of note. His parents inform you that he had acold five days ago and he has no history of ear infections

  • Inner ear disorders and hearing Subscription

    Patients with inner ear disorders may experience disruption of balance and hearing and symptoms such as tinnitus and vertigo. Panel 1 describes tinnitus and Panel 2 (p144) describes vertigo.

  • Giving advice on sore throats Subscription

    By Sarah Marshall

    People use the term “sore throat” to describe pharyngitis, tonsillitis and laryngitis. Tonsillitis is inflammation due to infectionof the tonsils, whereas pharyngitis is inflammation of the oropharynxonly but, in practice, the distinction between the two can be unclearand they can occur simultaneously. “Laryngitis” is used whenthere is hoarseness with soreness lower down in the throat.

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