By Stephanie Ciccarelli
August 14, 2008
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
à¹ Regulates temperature
à¹ Is a humidifier
à¹ Filters and removes particulate matter
à¹ Provides defense against infections
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
Colds are annoying and oftentimes they manifest themselves through:
à¹ Runny nose
à¹ Stuffy nose
à¹ Sore throat
à¹ Body aches
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
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
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
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
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
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
Contact your doctor for more information or consult a voice clinic such as the Chicago Institute for Voice Care.
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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