Donald R. Mintz MD FRCSC


Rheumatic Heart Disease

Rheumatic heart disease is inflammation and damage to the heart muscle and heart valves that develop as a result of rheumatic fever. A strep throat infection that is not properly treated can trigger rheumatic fever. Not all people who have rheumatic fever develop rheumatic heart disease. But any heart damage that occurs…

Saline Nasal Sprays and Nose Drops

Nonprescription saline nasal sprays and nose drops are used to keep nasal tissues moist, relieve nasal irritation, and help thick or dried mucus to drain. Saline nose drops can be purchased without a prescription or can be made easily at home. To make your own nose drops: Mix ½ tsp (2.5 g) salt and ½ tsp (2.5 g) baking…

Laryngitis

Laryngitis is an inflammation of the voice box, or larynx. Laryngitis is usually caused by a virus, such as a cold, and is temporary, going away within a week or two. The larynx is located in the throat just above the windpipe (trachea) and is made up of cartilage, ligaments, and muscles. The two vocal cords in the…

Scarlet Fever

Scarlet fever is an illness that most often occurs in children between the ages of 2 and 10 who have recently had strep throat. It is caused by a poison (toxin) released by some types of strep bacteria. The most noticeable symptom of scarlet fever is a rough, red rash that feels like sandpaper. The rash begins on the…

Laryngoscopy

Laryngoscopy is an examination that lets your doctor look at the back of your throat, your voice box (larynx) , and vocal cords with a scope (laryngoscope). There are two types of laryngoscopy, and each uses different equipment. Indirect laryngoscopy Indirect laryngoscopy is done in a doctor’s office using a small hand…