Did you know that one of the oldest medical specialties in the Western world has to do with the study and treatment of the ears, nose, and throat (or ENT for short)? Otolaryngologists (or ENTs) treat a wide range of ENT issues since these components are all interconnected.

 

How the Ear, Nose, and Throat are Connected

 

The ear, nose, and throat are all connected through the Eustachian Tube, which passes from just behind the eardrum to the back of the nasal area. This leads to the Nasopharynx, a nasal cavity located above the Pharynx, which opens into the digestive tract and airways. This is your upper respiratory tract.

 

Why Lump These Parts Together in Medical Practice?

 

Think about the last time you had a bad sinus infection. You might have had a lot of congestion. Your upper respiratory system is covered in mucus membranes, which is normally a good thing since mucus helps to protect sensitive tissue areas. Mucus also contains special immune system cells that fight off invaders.

When you’re sick, your body creates excess mucus to help fight off bacteria or viruses. Of course, our bodies don’t always optimally function, so too much mucus can be an unpleasant thing. Excessive mucus throughout the upper respiratory system can cause congestion, drainage, and facial pain or discomfort. Since these components of your body are all interconnected, their symptoms are often interrelated and need to be treated with a whole-system approach.

 

Why You Should See an ENT

 

ENT issues usually go away with prescriptions from your doctor or over-the-counter medications. However, this isn’t the case for everyone. For some, the persistent presence of mucus can be indicative of an autoimmune disorder. For example, those with Sjogren’s Syndrome tend to have a lot of thick mucus secretions instead of the usual liquid-like mucus. ENTs have specialised training that allows them to deal with this more adequately than your regular doctor.

If you are suffering from chronic upper respiratory issues, do not hesitate to contact us today about scheduling your consultation. Let us answer your questions and get you on the path to healthier hearing, smelling, tasting, and breathing.