About the Throat
The throat consists of 2 parts: –
The “Throat & Gullet” (Pharynx & Esophagus)
This is where food is transported to the stomach. The “throat” (pharynx) is the food passage in the neck and the “gullet” (esophagus) is the food passage in the chest.
The “Voice Box & Wind Pipe” (Larynx & Trachea)
This is where air enters the lungs and the voice is created.
Throat problems are very common in people of all ages. Many are caused by a viral infection and resolve on their own. A ‘sore throat’, which is characterised by pain, irritation or scratchiness of the throat that usually gets worse upon swallowing, can also be due to factors such as allergens, or infection with a bacteria called streptococcus. Most frequently affecting children, tonsillitis is another common ailment of the throat. It results in pain and inflammation of the tonsils, the organs at the back of the throat. In severe cases of tonsillitis removal of the tonsils may be required.
Conditions of the Throat
There are many causes of swallowing problems: they are not generally serious and resolve easily.
Glandular fever, otherwise known as infectious mononucleosis or “mono”, is an illness caused by an infection by the Epstein-Barr (EB) virus – a member of the herpes virus family.
If you are affected by throat pain or discomfort, contact me to make an appointment.