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What is ear wax? Does it have a purpose?

What is ear wax? Does it have a purpose?

Earwax is medically referred to as cerumen. It is a naturally produced substance that protects the ear canal. It is a mixture of skin, sweat, hair, and debris held together with a fluid secreted by glands inside the ear canal (ceruminous glands). The ear canals are self-cleaning.

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Glue ear and grommets

What is Glue ear (Otitis media with effusion)?

Otitis media with effusion (OME) is the most common cause of hearing loss in children in the United Kingdom, and up to 80 % of children are affected by OME by 4 years of age at the time when language development is most rapid, and hearing loss has its greatest effect on language development. Glue ear is characterized by a nonpurulent fluid collection in the middle ear that may be either mucoid or serous. The prevalence of otitis media with effusion is highest in those aged 2 years or younger, and it sharply declines in children older than 6 years. Long lasting glue ear (more than 3 months) can cause speech delay, hearing loss, behavioral issues and recurrent middle ear infections. Please refer to the section on glue ear for more details.

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Feeling of a lump in the throat (Globus Pharyngeus)

The feeling of a lump in the throat is termed as Globus Pharyngeus (Globe= sphere in Latin, Pharyngeus=throat).  Some people describe this as a tightness in the throat which is more often felt  when they swallow saliva. 

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Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is due to allergy to house dust, house dust mites, trees and grass pollens, cat & dog dander and moulds. It is estimated that up to 40% of children are affected by allergic rhinitis

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Nasal endoscopy

Nasal endoscopy involves passing a flexible fibre optic tube through the nose.

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