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Vocal Changes and the Menstrual Cycle

Some women experience changes to their vocal cords throughout their menstrual cycle, a change brought on by changing hormones. This is especially interesting for female singers, whose livelihood may rely on consistently producing high-quality sounds vocally. A study with 17 female vocalists in 2017 suggests that there are laryngeal vascular differences that occur throughout the [...]

By |July 9th, 2017|Throat|Comments Off on Vocal Changes and the Menstrual Cycle

At-Home Remedies for Sore Throats

Spring is a little more than a month away, but pollen counts are already high in sunny Central Florida. If you're experience a somewhat scratchy or sore throat, here are a few solutions you can try at home. If the sore throat is severe, stops you from eating or drinking normally, or lasts longer than [...]

By |March 9th, 2017|Throat|Comments Off on At-Home Remedies for Sore Throats

Maintaining a Healthy Voice

For many people, a strong, clear voice is a major part of their jobs for example, teachers, religious officials, entertainers, and salespeople. Even if you don't have a job that requires you to speak a lot, there are likely times when you want your voice to be in top shape, such as for a big [...]

By |December 17th, 2016|Throat|Comments Off on Maintaining a Healthy Voice

Avoiding Holiday Feast Heartburn

As many as 20% of Americans need frequent relief from heartburn. Food-related holidays, particularly Thanksgiving, can mean a lot of pain if you suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). With reflux, the food, liquid, digestive liquid (bile), and acid move from the stomach into the esophagus (tube that connects your throat to your stomach). When [...]

By |November 5th, 2016|Throat|Comments Off on Avoiding Holiday Feast Heartburn

Helping a Teacher’s Hoarse Voice

A teacher's voice is her most valuable asset. Teachers place huge stress on their voices, often talking for many hours in a day inside rooms with poor acoustics and a lot of background noise. Early in the fall term it's very common for teachers' voices to become hoarse or even "disappear." Along with air traffic controllers, [...]

By |August 31st, 2016|Throat|Comments Off on Helping a Teacher’s Hoarse Voice

Causes for Nighttime Coughing

A cough that shows up only at night may seem like a strange occurrence, especially if you don't have a cold or respiratory infection. You may feel well during the day and not feel the need to cough at all, but come bedtime and there's a tickle or itch in your throat, keeping you up [...]

By |June 14th, 2016|Throat|Comments Off on Causes for Nighttime Coughing

How Asthma Affects your Throat

You may be surprised to learn that as many as 50% of asthma sufferers developed the condition as an adult. Asthma is often thought of as a  childhood disease, and as such adult-onset asthma may not be easily recognized for what it is. Below are some symptoms that point to asthma. If you've experienced one [...]

By |March 24th, 2016|Throat|Comments Off on How Asthma Affects your Throat

At-Home Care for Sore Throats

Cold and flu season is still upon us and one of the most common symptoms of winter illness is a sore throat. Sore throats are commonly caused by viral, not bacterial, infections. As a result, antibiotics won't alleviate symptoms. For mild sore throat pain you may be able to effectively treat symptoms at home. If [...]

By |February 27th, 2016|Throat|Comments Off on At-Home Care for Sore Throats

Salivary Glands: Spit Matters

You probably don't think much about your salivary glands. Perhaps you've never thought about them at all. They're a small part of your otolaryngological (ear, nose, and throat) system, but they make a big difference when it comes to keeping your mouth and throat comfortable and healthy. There are three major sets of salivary glands: [...]

By |September 30th, 2015|Throat|Comments Off on Salivary Glands: Spit Matters

Super Tasters and Phenylthiocarbamide (PTC)

Phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) is a chemical substance that some people can taste and others can't. The ratio of tasters to non-tasters varies by ethnic and racial group around the world, but generally, around 25% of people can't taste PTC, 50% of people taste it somewhat, and 25% taste it strongly. When tasted, PTC has a bitter taste. [...]

By |July 29th, 2015|Throat|Comments Off on Super Tasters and Phenylthiocarbamide (PTC)