THE SALIVARY GLAND SYSTEM | A person’s health can be thoroughly evaluated just in their saliva alone! Though saliva is mostly comprised of water, it also contains hormones, minerals, enzymes and proteins, plus antibacterial and other substances that are prime indicators of whether or not we’re in optimal condition. Things like our dental health and our body’s pH balance are directly connected to our salivary glands.
What are nasal polyps? | When chronic inflammation frequently recurs in the nasal cavity, growths can develop on the mucus lining of one’s sinuses. These soft, pale, teardrop or grape-shaped growths are called Nasal Polyposis or Nasal Polyps. While the polyps are painless and range from mild and unnoticed to obstructively large in size, they can block the nasal passageways and cause problems with breathing.
People prone to this condition are those who cope with environmental allergies, frequent sinus infections, asthma, extreme sensitivity to aspirin, and certain immune disorders. Nasal polyps can occur at any age, however they are more common after age 40 and more prevalent in men than women. Children who have cystic fibrosis also tend to experience polyps in their nose.
Nasal polyps can occur in both nostrils or sinuses, and may gradually grow larger.
The most common type of earache is otitis media which involves inflammation and infection of the middle ear. The narrow channel that connects the inside of the ear to the back of the throat is called a eustachian tube. When there is an accumulation of mucus and pus behind the eardrum, the eustachian tube becomes blocked. As a sudden infection occurs, it is called acute otitis media.
If earaches go untreated or improperly treated, fluid can linger within the ear for weeks. This condition is known as otitis media with effusion, and often occurs in ear infections that are in the recovery process. There are serious consequences to having chronic earaches, the worst of which is potential hearing loss.
Tonsillitis entails inflammation of the glands in the back of the throat. These infection-fighting lymph node glands are known as pharyngeal tonsils. The tissue at the back of the tongue (lingual tonsils) as well as the adenoids may also be affected by this inflammation. Tonsillitis can range from acute to chronic. Other variations include recurrent tonsillitis which consists of multiple episodes of tonsillitis within a year. There’s also peritonsillar abscess which is similar (bacteria-wise) to strep throat, where there’s an accumulation of pus in the tissue around the tonsils.