During these COVID affected days, our clinic offers tele medicine consultation. Telemedicine is not a complete clinical practise. There are limitations. ENT is a sophisticated specialty, and in most cases, we need to examine closely the affected part, like the ear, nose and throat with instruments and equipment. However, you can utilize [...]
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COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is respiratory tract infection due to a novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 (initially called 2019-nCoV); as of March 11, 2020, extent of infection was declared pandemic by the WHO Virus is thought to be zoonotic in origin, but the animal reservoir is not yet known, and it is clear that human-to-human transmission is [...]
Most of the visits any good ENT doctor or clinic is ear wax. Some parents are even scared when they bring children to our ENT hospital, and say that the ear is discharging and that the child has an infection in the ear. I once had the experience of parents coming in a panicked state [...]
Insufficient or disrupted sleep in children is now recognized to affect the cognitive development and behavior. Pediatric sleep disorders have unique societal impact; both the child’s and the family’s sleep can be affected when a disorder is present. The following table gives an idea about the amount of sleep needed by children: Sleep Requirements [...]
Ear wax, or cerumen is a naturally occurring lubricant, is somewhat water repellent, and has antimicrobial activity; therefore it is a protectant of the external auditory canal. Cerumen is produced by ceruminous glands in the lateral two-thirds of the external auditory canal and pilosebaceous glands at the roots of hairs, and is mixed with sloughed [...]
"Dizziness" and "Vertigo" are common complaints seen in ENT clinical practise. At our Trivandrum clinic too, roughly one in 10 patients complain of sudden giddiness. However the term dizziness is vague and often used to describe a variety of experiences, including sensations of motion, weakness, lightheadedness, unsteadiness, emotional upset, and depression. Dizziness can be differentiated [...]
A question has been asked on Quora regarding BPPV. I'm including my answer here, and a more detailed explanation of this condition: Please explain BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) in detail with it's effective treatments? Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is one of the simplest causes of vertigo. When people say they have vertigo, they may [...]
How to avoid viral fever (common cold) in this flu season It's the flu season in Kerala! We've noticed a steady increase in the number of people suffering from viral fever among those coming to our ENT clinic at Trivandrum. Influenza (also called "the flu") is a viral infection in the nose, throat, and lungs. [...]
A common condition seen in ENT clinics in Trivandrum One of the commonly underdiagnosed clinical conditions encountered in the ENT clinic is LPRD. What's LPRD? Technically, it is an extraesophageal GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux). Other extraesophageal syndromes include cough, reflux laryngitis, and asthma. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and pH monitoring which are classically diagnostic of GERD are not of [...]
Obstructive sleep apnoea, a common disorder in ENT clinic practise At our ENT clinic in Trivandrum, one of the common conditions encountered in Obstructive sleep apnoea. Reutrakul S., and Van Cauter E in their ENT journal article mentions that Obstructive sleep apneoa (commonly misunderstood as snoring) is the most common sleep disorder. This must be [...]