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What’s the truth about Q-tips and your ears?

For many, Q-tips (or cotton swabs) have been a go-to for ear cleaning since childhood. But what if this common practice was actually be doing more harm than good? It turns out, the truth about Q-tips and ear cleaning is a little surprising. At Oakdale ENT, we want to set the record straight and provide

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Four tips for nurturing your vocal cords

Whether we talk, sing, laugh, or cry, our vocal cords are responsible for making it all happen. Sadly, we often take them for granted and put them through a lot of strain and stress. As a result, our vocal cords may become tired, raspy, or damaged, affecting our voice quality and health.  That’s why it’s

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The trouble with eustachian tubes

If you’ve ever felt your ears plug up when taking off in an airplane, driving in the mountains, or even going up in an elevator, you have your eustachian tubes to thank.  What are eustachian tubes?  The eustachian tubes are tiny passageways that connect the middle ear to the back of the throat near the

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What are tonsil stones? How do I get rid of them?

Maybe you’ve heard of kidney stones or even gall stones, but what about tonsil stones? We know our tonsils can act up and become inflamed with tonsillitis, but did you know that one in every ten people develops tonsil stones? What are tonsil stones? To understand tonsil stones, you’ll want to understand the structure of

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When is it time to bring my child to an ENT?

Most children are served well by their primary physicians. But there are times when more focused experience and training are needed. Ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialists treat conditions or disorders affecting these related areas of the body. Here’s when to consider heading to a specialist. Ear conditions  Ear infections Ear infections are so common

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How do I prevent swimmer’s ear?

When the heat wave hits, Minnesota families head to the pool or lake to cool off. This summer, take steps to avoid swimmer’s ear, and a whole lot of discomfort.


What is an otolaryngologist anyway?

Otolaryngologists are doctors who specialize in providing medical and surgical care for patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat, and related structures.