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ENT Specialist, Head & Neck Surgeon,Bangalore
Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal

ENT Health Articles

Health articles on ENT ,Head and Neck Diseases, Conditions and General articles by ENT Surgeon,Head and Neck Specialist Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal

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Nose Block Slideshow

Posted on January 20, 2011 at 12:33 PM

This is a slideshow about the common condition Nose Block.

It is best viewed as a full screen presentation.Click on the menu button at the bottom left hand corner and click full screen for a good visual.

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Fluid in the Ear

Posted on January 15, 2011 at 9:45 AM

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The animation shows the different parts of the ear :

Outer ear

Middle ear and

Inner Ear.

It shows how the normal ear functions and sound is heard by us.

When the eustachian tube is affected due to inflammation or obstruction fluid can accumulate in the middle ear. This can happen suddenly...

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How to Give Medicines to Kids

Posted on January 15, 2011 at 9:45 AM

•DO NOT give adult medicines to kids

•Some medicines are not safe for kids- so DO NOT self medicate kids

•DO NOT guess the dose of medicne to give: in case of over the counter medicines do not guess how much to give- always consult your doctor.

•Know what key ingedients the medicine contains :many combination medicines contain more than one drug and if you are giving 2 or more medicines you may overdose your child-READ LABELS CAREFULLY

•...

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Impact of GERD or Acid Reflux or LPR

Posted on January 15, 2011 at 9:45 AM

What is GERD or LPR?

GERD means Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease - Here acid from the stomach refluxes back into the fod pipe[ oesophagus] and produces the common symptom of heartburn which all of us have experienced at one time or the other

LPR means Laryngo-pharyngeal Reflux- Here acid from the stomach refluxes back into the fod pipe[ o...

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Ear drum perforation- causes,symptoms,line of action

Posted on July 27, 2010 at 12:19 AM

Ear drum perforation- causes,symptoms,line of action

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

The ear drum is a thin delicate membranous structure situated deep within the ear canal and separates the outer ear canal from the delicate middle and inner ear.Due to its delicate nature the ear drum can get ruptured by various causes even a slpa on the ear can rupture the ear drum.

See Article on Ear drum-What is the ear drum?

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Ear Piercing

Posted on July 16, 2010 at 11:17 PM

Ear piercing ,nose piercing and for that matter piercing of any part of the body has to be done with the utmost care and sterile precaution.

Traditional practise in India was to get the family jeweller to pierce the baby's ear amidst much fanfare and celebration.Nowadays with awareness of the risks involved people are gravitating towards more scientific and safer approaches in ear piercing and nose piercing.

How do I decide where, ...

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What is Acid Reflux?

Posted on July 13, 2010 at 11:43 PM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal,ENT Surgeon,Head and Neck Specialist,Bangalore

To understand what is meant by acid reflux I shall first explain to you what  normally occurs in the body

What happens to the food we eat?

When we eat food  it is broken into small bits in the mouth and the initial stages of digestion start by the action of the  sa...

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What is a DNS [Deviated Nasal Septum]?

Posted on July 13, 2010 at 12:18 AM

What is the Nasal Septum?

The nasal septum is a composite plate like structure made up of membrane,bone and cartilage.The nasal septum divides the two halves of the nose into right and left nasal cavities.

What is a DNS or Deviated Nasal Septum?

If the nasal septum which is ideally central, is deviated to one side or the other ,ENT Specialists refer to this as a deviated nasal septum or DNS for shor...

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Understand your CT Scan

Posted on July 6, 2010 at 4:31 AM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

Your ENT Doctor may have ordered a CT Scan of the siuses for some reason. Shown is a labelled animation of the CT scan of one of my patients depicting normal as well as abnormal structures.

Shown is the CT scan of the Nose and Sinuses

The scan shows

Nose

Nasal septum- a bony- crtilaginous...

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Adenoids

Posted on July 6, 2010 at 4:22 AM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

What is meant by adenoids?

Everyone has heard about tonsils, but what are adenoids?

You can easily see your tonsils, but where are the aden...

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How to do Nasal irrigation

Posted on July 3, 2010 at 5:37 AM

This is meant for my patients whom I have advised Nasal irrigation

I may have advised a combination of salt and baking soda or salt alone- do so as per the advise I have given you. The video animation is so that you get an idea of the procedure.

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Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal

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How to use Nasal Sprays

Posted on July 3, 2010 at 5:09 AM

How to use Nasal Sprays.

Your doctor may have prescribed a nasl spray for a variety of reasons.

  • Check the expiry date
  • Shake the bottle well
  • Clear your nose before using the spray
  • When using the spray in the right side of the nose you can use the left hand [using the opposite hand gives you the best direction by default]and direct the nasal spray nozzle towards the right ear[ avoid directing it towards the central nasl septum]
  • Breathe out throug...
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Bad Breath - Causes and Cures

Posted on July 3, 2010 at 5:05 AM

Bad Breath- Causes and Cures

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

The cause of the bad breath [medically called halitosis] may lie in the

  • Mouth
  • Nose and Sinuses
  • Other parts of body

Causes of Bad breath

Cause of Bad Breath in the Mouth

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Teeth[Dental] origin- decayed teeth,food between teeth
  • Dentures
  • Gum disea...
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Allergic rhinitis -Strategies for Prevention and Control

Posted on July 3, 2010 at 4:50 AM

STRATEGIC CONTROL OF ALLERGIC RHINITIS

  • Try to be aware of your allergen so that you can take care in future

People with seasonal allergy tend to be affected by pollen. Those who have trouble all year long are generally affected by dust, molds, chemicals, dander, gecko & cockroach droppings etc.

  •  Try to identify
  • when u have the symptoms [time of year, time of day etc]
  • where u have it most[office, ...
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Allegic Rhinitis

Posted on July 3, 2010 at 3:47 AM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

Allergic rhinitis is a common condition causing considerable distress to the sufferer.Allergic rhinitis is the commonest allergy encountered in clinical pratice and constitutes more than 50% of all allergies seen in india. In fact, 1 in 6 people suffer from allergic rhinitis, which makes it the commonest chronic disease of man today and even now it’s incidence is steadily increasing.

Allergic rh...

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Head and Neck Cancer

Posted on June 30, 2010 at 5:39 AM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

Head and neck cancers account for 3- 10 % of cancers worldwide but in the Indian Subcontinent it accounts for upto 45 % of cancers. Worldwide the occurence of these cancers is increasing.Awareness of the signs and symptoms goes a long way in early detection and cure.

What all cancers are the main head and neck cancers?

1. Voice box[ larynx]

2.Nose ,sinuses, nasopharynx[ at back of ...

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Air travel -Health tips

Posted on June 26, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Air travel has its specific set of health problems and we may have heard of some of them.

The important health issues are:-

  • Ear  problems
  • Jet Lag
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis[DVT]
  • Motion Sickness

Jet lag

Jet lag is ca...

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Article in Deccan Herald -on Sinusitis

Posted on June 25, 2010 at 11:48 PM

See article which appeared in Deccan Herald authored By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore : Click here

Tonsillectomy

Posted on June 23, 2010 at 5:38 AM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

What is a Tonsillectomy?

Tonsillectomy is a procedure done to remove the tonsils situated on the side of your throat.

Though there are many reasons your doctor may advise you to remove the tonsils ,the international guidelines  in majority situations are:-

Absolute indications[Compulsory removal]

◦Enlarged tonsils that cause upper airwa...

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Tonsillitis- Do you have tonsillitis?

Posted on June 23, 2010 at 5:33 AM

Tonsillitis- Do you have tonsillitis?

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

 

Tonsillitis is inflammation of the pharyngeal tonsils[at the sides of the throat]. The inflammation may extends to the adenoids [lymphoid tissue at the back of the nose]and the lingual tonsils[lymphoid tissue at the back of the tongue and is then referred to as pharyngitis.

It can affect adults and children

Infection may be bacter...

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