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Head Eyes Ears Nose and Throat

HEENTIn addition to our brain, our heads are home to our keenest sense organs: sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch, shared with the rest of the body. Although medically speaking, a whole clinic of specialists might respond to complaints affecting the head, we experience the health or weakness of this area quite personally.

At Your HealthWorks, we want all the sense organs of eyes, ears, nose, and throat to function comfortably, in good health, and in delightful interaction with the world around us. To that end, Your HealthWorks recommends non-drug alternatives to those occasional or persistent maladies that might occur anywhere in our head, eyes, ears, nose or throat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solutions for Migraine Headaches

What Is Known About Migraines
Healthy Steps: Migraines—First Steps
Healthy Steps: Migraines—Full Program
From Dr. Deborah's Desk

A little twinkle in your field of vision catches your attention, perhaps, or a familiar uneasy or dizzy feeling. Unattended to, these seemingly harmless little symptoms can progress to a headache that is impossible to ignore. The pain becomes moderate to severe and is usually throbbing or pulsing, sometimes stabbing. Any movement, light or noise seems to make it worse. Something else is going wrong as well: flashing lights, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, even numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arms or legs. You have another migraine.

Hay Fever/Allergic Rhinitis/Seasonal Allergies

How does fresh spring air feel at your house? If you’re one of the unlucky ones, despite a beautiful balmy day, you can barely drag yourself out of bed and when you do, it’s only to fetch a new box of tissue. Whether it’s a stuffed or a runny nose, there’s usually a fair amount of itching, swelling, and extra fluids. You dread going outside on that beautiful sunny day because you know springtime pollens will wreak havoc on your system.

Solutions for Sinusitis

So much pressure in the head it’s hard to know whether it’s pushing in, out or all of the above. Sniffling, snorting, headaches, head congestion, postnasal drip, and using up an entire box of tissues—all of these usually signal one thing: sinusitis. You can also expect fever, fatigue, an inability to smell or taste food, and a thick greenish-yellow nasal discharge. 

Flu

One minute you are feeling fine and the next minute your whole body aches, your head, ears, and throat hurt, you get the hot and cold shivers, and generally feel like you have been run over by a bus. The only thing you want to do is go home and crawl into bed after having taken something to make it all go away. You know you have the flu. Before you kick yourself for not getting a flu shot, let’s talk about some real solutions! 

Solutions for Coughs and Bronchitis

Even when reassured that your nagging cough is harmless, the nagging part is no fun at all. Interrupting meals, conversations, and worst of all – sleep, a week or two of coughing is more than most people can tolerate. Natural treatments abound, and it's challenging to identify healing choices.

Ear Infections

You can tell that normal looking ear must be hurting when you see cranky behavior, tears, and ear-rubbing, all of which tell the story of an ear infection. You may even remember from your own childhood the crackling sounds and miserable feeling of pressure inside your head when you had an earache. Acute ear infections are common, and for most children they come with a moderate to severe degree of pain.

Solutions for Head Colds

“Oh, it’s just a cold” makes it sound so minor, yet a stuffed nose leads to a congested heavy head and often to sleepless nights as well. Knowing that the symptoms aren’t serious doesn’t prevent them from ruining a perfectly good day.

Fall and winter are especially challenging times for colds because that’s when viruses and other microbes tend to become airborne. Head colds are easily transmitted from person to person, so don’t try to be a trooper and show up at the office even though you’re sick. Here’s how to stay healthy during cold season and how to remedy a cold, if you get one.