Midwest Voice Conference : Rhinology and The Voice
Doc, I’ve Got Sinus!
Learn all about:
- How allergies develop
- Treatment options
- Dr. Stephanie Joe gives us the rundown on runny noses in this excerpt from her presentation at the Midwest Voice Conference in Chicago.
The study of the function and physiology of:
– the nose
– nasal cavities
– paranasal sinuses
And its diseases
What Does Your Nose Do?
- Regulates temperature
- Is a humidifier
- Filters and removes particulate matter
- Provides defense against infections
Nasal Problems Affect the Voice
As voice actors and professional voice users, you know that the ears, nose and throat are all connected, and when one suffers, it takes a toll on the entire system. When your nose is battling an infection, the following symptoms present themselves:
- Throat clearing
- Thick drainage
- “Nasal Voice”
- Poor resonance
- Poor lung function
Who Here Hasn’t Had a Cold? Silence…. That’s What I thought!
Colds are annoying and oftentimes they manifest themselves through:
- Runny nose
- Stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Body aches
You Can Treat Colds By:
- Having proper hygiene
- Drinking plenty of fluids
- Getting plenty of rest
- Consuming some Chicken Soup (there’s actually science that says it works!)
- Expect recovery to take 7-10 days
Doc, I Got Sinus!
Sometimes when people think they have sinus issues, what they really have is Rhinitis.
- Inflammation and/or irritation of the nasal passages
- May or may not involve the sinuses
- Sinusitis – refers to inflammation of the sinus cavities
When Is It an Allergy?
You could be suffering from an allergy when any or all of the following are present:
- Watery, itchy eyes
- Runny, itchy nose
- Ears, throat itch
- Dark circles under the eyes
It’s Definitely an Allergy When:
Symptoms stop when there is no contact with irritant
- No fevers or aches
- If it’s seasonal
- There are no other sick family members
What Causes Allergic Rhinitis?
- Cats, Dogs
These triggers can be single or multiple.
Dr. Joe recommends the following when treating your allergies:
- Environmental changes
Stay away from the irritant (allergen)!
- Spring – trees
- Summer – grasses
- Fall – weeds
- Winter – dust, molds
14 Tips for Avoidance and Environment:
- Keep windows and doors closed during season
- Stay indoors
- Wear a pollen mask when gardening or housecleaning
- High-efficiency vacuum
- Remove upholstery, carpeting, drapery
- Electrostatic filters, change / clean monthly, air purifier, HEPA units
- Wrap mattress and box springs in hypoallergenic coverings
- Wash bed linens in hot water every two weeks
- Change from feather and wool to cotton or syntheticsLow humidity
- Clean sources of mildew, like your fridge, remove indoor plants
- Ventilate damp areas such as the bathroom and laundry
- No dander producing animals (cats, dogs)
- No smoking
Have Questions about Allergies, Allergy Testing or Immunotherapy?
Contact your doctor for more information or consult a voice clinic such as the Chicago Institute for Voice Care.
About Stephanie Joe, MD
Director, Sinus & Nasal Allergy Center
University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Joe is an Otolaryngologist certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, sub-specializing in rhinology, sinus surgery, and nasal surgery. She is trained in treating a variety of nasal and sinus problems. Her expertise is in the minimally invasive surgical treatment of nasal and sinus problems.
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