Throat infections on the rise

With many Long Islanders busy with post Sandy clean up, dust and debris in the air is on the rise. For those that are in the midst of construction, sheetrock dust is a constant companion infiltrating not only your clothes, but also your nasal passageways and throat. When these tiny particles land in your throat they cause local irritation. Add a dose of stress and a touch of fatigue and bingo — you get a throat infection.

I have been counseling my patients to get over the counter nasal saline irrigators as well as to rinse their mouths out several times a day. Of course, facial masks are also a good idea if appropriate. If you continue to have throat or nasal discomfort, you should seek medical attention from an ear, nose and throat specialist.

Here’s hoping that you able to ward off all winter illness!

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