CategoryEar/Nose/Throat Disorders

Why Do We Have Two Nostrils?


Have you ever asked yourself why you have two nostrils? If you really think about it, there is actually no need to have two nostrils at al… We have two ears because we take in sound waves directionally – this is what gives us ‘surround sound’ and allows us to hear predators creeping up on us (less so these days). Meanwhile, we have two eyes so that we can register two slightly...

Laryngitis Home Remedies: Natural Treatment and Cures for Laryngitis


Laryngitis, or dysphonia, as you are most likely aware is the inflammation of the larynx which leads to a hoarse voice, or even the complete loss of the voice due to irritation of the vocal chords. The condition can be acute (lasting around three days) or chronic lasting 3 weeks. Treatment Treatment of laryngitis will usually involve treatment of a causative factor, which in turn is most likely...

Why Is Your Ear Ringing and Muffled?


It’s not until you lose your hearing that you realise just how frustrating it really is for people with permanently impaired hearing to get by. While you imagine it must be hard having to ask everyone to repeat themselves, what you don’t necessarily think about is how much you miss out on, how much less aware of your surroundings you’ll feel, or how much it will affect your mood. If you’ve been...

Sore Throat in the Morning?


Waking up with a sore throat can be an unfortunate way to start the day and it can make it hard for you to get the motivation you need to drag yourself out of bed and to your respective work/school run. Being motivated day in and day out to get up early is hard enough, so it’s not a help when you have to contend with what feels like an almighty cold. If you experience this regularly then it...

Is Pharyngitis Contagious?


If you or someone you know has pharyngitis, then you may be concerned about transmission. A sore throat is not only painful but also disruptive in other ways: it prevents you sleeping for instance and can make it difficult to concentrate on work or enjoy relaxing activities. The good news though, is that pharyngitis is not contagious and can’t be ‘caught’ by your friends and family. Although...

Laryngitis Home Remedies


Laryngitis is inflammation of the larynx, which is caused by irritation to the vocal folds (AKA the vocal cords). This in turn is what causes us to lose our voices as a result of a cold, sore throat or infection, which can be highly frustrating whenever you’re trying to be heard at work or out with friends – even if some of your friends and family enjoy the peace and quiet… Fortunately...

How to Get Rid of Congested Ears


Having congested ears is a surprisingly unpleasant experience and one that can make you feel somewhat ‘detached’ from the world around you as you struggle to hear what is going on and as it sounds like you’re floating around underwater. There are many causes of congested ears from trapped water, to ear infections, but regardless of the problem there are some methods you can use...

Home Remedies for Nasal Congestion


Nasal congestion is an unpleasant condition that can have many unwanted effects – making it difficult to breath for instance, causing snoring, resulting in your voice sounding nasal and less compelling, causing headaches (due in part to the difficulty breathing), causing you to have to clear your throat/blow your nose often and preventing you from smelling and tasting properly (causing anosmia)...

Ear Pain After Swimming


A lot of people like to swim. And they have good reason to. It is healthy, fun and refreshing. Most people that swim regularly are in great physical shape and if you start swimming from an early age you will develop into a miniature version of the Hulk by the time you are an adult. However, just like with any physical activity there are inherent dangers. Although most of them come from injuries...

Can Excess Ear Wax Cause Hearing Loss?


The production in our ears of the oily substance known as cerumen, or ear wax, is both a natural thing, and a beneficial one. This wax coats the inner surface of our ear canals and protects the tiny hair follicles that vibrate when sound waves touch them, and thus help us to hear. This fine coating of ear wax attracts and collects foreign particles that enter the ear, such as dirt and dust...

Juliette Siegfried, MPH

Juliette Siegfried, MPH

Juliette Siegfried, MPH, has been involved in health communications since 1991. Shortly after obtaining her Master of Public Health degree, she began her career at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Juliette now lives in Europe, where she launched ServingMed(.)com, a small medical writing and editing business for health professionals all over the world.

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