By Stephanie Ciccarelli
August 14, 2008
Doc, I've Got Sinus!
Learn all about:
à¹ How allergies develop
à¹ 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.
à¹ The study of the function and physiology of:
- the nose
- nasal cavities
- paranasal sinuses
à¹ And its diseases
What Does Your Nose Do?
à¹ Regulates temperature
à¹ Is a humidifier
à¹ Filters and removes particulate matter
à¹ 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:
à¹ Throat clearing
à¹ Thick drainage
à¹ "Nasal Voice"
à¹ Poor resonance
à¹ 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:
à¹ Runny nose
à¹ Stuffy nose
à¹ Sore throat
à¹ Body aches
You Can Treat Colds By:
à¹ Having proper hygiene
à¹ Drinking plenty of fluids
à¹ Getting plenty of rest
à¹ Consuming some Chicken Soup (there's actually science that says it works!)
à¹ 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.
à¹ Inflammation and/or irritation of the nasal passages
à¹ May or may not involve the sinuses
à¹ 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:
à¹ Watery, itchy eyes
à¹ Runny, itchy nose
à¹ Ears, throat itch
à¹ Dark circles under the eyes
It's Definitely an Allergy When:
à¹ Symptoms stop when there is no contact with irritant
à¹ No fevers or aches
à¹ If it's seasonal
à¹ There are no other sick family members
What Causes Allergic Rhinitis?
à¹ Cats, Dogs
These triggers can be single or multiple.
Dr. Joe recommends the following when treating your allergies:
à¹ Environmental changes
à¹ Stay away from the irritant (allergen)!
à¹ Spring - trees
à¹ Summer - grasses
à¹ Fall - weeds
à¹ Winter - dust, molds
14 Tips for Avoidance and Environment:
à¹ Keep windows and doors closed during season
à¹ Stay indoors
à¹ Wear a pollen mask when gardening or housecleaning
à¹ High efficiency vacuum
à¹ Remove upholstery, carpeting, drapery
à¹ Electrostatic filters, change / clean monthly, air purifier, HEPA units
à¹ Wrap mattress and box springs in hypoallergenic coverings
à¹ Wash bed linens in hot water every two weeks
à¹ Change from feather and wool to cotton or synthetics
à¹ Low humidity
à¹ Clean sources of mildew, like your fridge, remove indoor plants
à¹ Ventilate damp areas such as the bathroom and laundry
à¹ No dander producing animals (cats, dogs)
à¹ 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.
I'd love to hear from you!
StephanieRelated Topics: allergens, Allergies, Chicago, Colds, Dr. Stephanie Joe, Health, Midwest Voice Conference, Nasal, Nose, Rhinitis, Rhinology, throat