Dr. Rob Riley answers viewer questions

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

Doctor Rob Riley joins us every week to answer viewer-submitted medical questions.

Here are the questions he addressed on August 5, 2014.

"I've had a sore throat since Friday and have lost most of my voice. The pain is now heading into my ears. I feel fine and don't really have any other symptoms... just very tired," Misty explained.

"Sore throats associated with hoarseness/laryngitis are almost always caused by viruses rather than strep," Dr. Riley answered. "Ear pain is common, too. These get better on their own and antibiotics don't help. Seek medical attention if symptoms are severe or worsening."

Kristin wanted to know: "What causes head spinning? I've had bouts of vertigo, but this is different. This is several minutes of the feeling I'm on a spinning ride! So much to the point of vomiting!"

"This does sound like vertigo, even if different from what was experienced in the past," Dr. Riley explained. "The most common cause is a viral infection that involves the inner ear. Another common cause, seen more commonly in the elderly, is when the little grains in the inner ear drift into the wrong place. Certain head movements can help to get them back where they belong. If this is happening repeatedly, or if it's associated with hearing problems, it may be Meniere's disease. See your physician."

"Can you get pregnant after having your tubes tied?" Star wondered.

"Tubal ligation, the medical term, has a failure rate of about 1% over ten years," the doctor answered.

Dr. Riley joins us from Memorial Family Medicine.

If you have medical questions, you can call the health professionals at Memorial Hospital at 574-647-6800 or 800-999-8890.

To submit a question to Dr. Riley, you can either write it in the comment section of this story or within this Facebook post.

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