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Health & Nutrition - - JUST LAUNCHED - Co­or­di­nated by PRABHAKAR A PUTHRAN

Iam 52 years old and have di­a­betes and blood pres­sure. (a) I feel some­thing coming out of my ear now and then (like as if there is water in­side, which is coming out). So I keep putting ear buds in­side. (b) My nose gets blocked very eas­ily and I have breath­ing prob­lems, es­pe­cially in the night, when sleep­ing un­der high speed fan. I keep us­ing an in­haler. Please help! Pramod Puthran, New Mum­bai

(a) There is noth­ing wrong with your ear. So it is im­por­tant that you never ‘in­stru­ment’ your ear. Do not put any­thing in­side. This could lead to se­ri­ous life-threat­en­ing in­fec­tions es­pe­cially since you are di­a­betic. (b) From your sec­ond com­plaint, it is likely that your prob­lem is caused by a con­di­tion known as GERD (also known as acid­ity). Take a de­con­ges­tant tablet at night along with a Pro­ton pump in­hibitor like Esomer­pra­zole (40 mg) twice a day for about a week. Con­sult your ENT doc­tor and take th­ese med­i­ca­tions un­der su­per­vi­sion. Do not lie down im­me­di­ately af­ter a meal. Keep a gap of 30 min­utes.

Dr Chris de Souza, ENT Sur­geon

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