Environmental Laryngitis
Posted by Jamie on Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Last week in Chicago at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, researchers presented findings about everyday exposure to environmental pollutants. Otolaryngology is the branch of medicine that deals with diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the ear, nose, and throat. According to press reports, the researchers concluded that exposure to environmental pollutants including tobacco smoke, allergens, air pollution, and dust mites may be the root cause of chronic cases of laryngitis.

Laryngitis is characterized by symptoms like hoarseness, a constant cough, and chronic clearing of the throat. Most physicians generally attribute the inflammation to a viral infection, second-hand smoke exposure, and overusing the voice. However, the findings of this recent study suggest that exposure to certain pollutants and allergens can cause “environmental laryngitis.” The researchers used animal models during the study to help determine the affects of poor air quality.

“The findings are significant, given recent reports on diminishing air quality and increased unhealthy levels of ozone and particle pollution, especially in countries like China, which could lead to more cases of laryngitis and chronic laryngitis,” commented Dr. Peter C. Belafsky of the University of California at Davis.

If you are experiencing chronic laryngitis or any of the symptoms associated with laryngitis, you need to control your environment and reduce your exposure to allergens. We encourage you to start by controlling the environment in your bedroom. To improve your air quality, we recommend purchasing an air purifier. Air purifiers clean the air of indoor pollutants and harmful allergens. By using one of these in your bedroom, you should immediately notice an improvement in your sleep patterns. You also should feel better in the morning with less eye, ear, nose and throat issues.

Dust mite exposure is cited in the study as a contributing factor to “environmental laryngitis.” Many people do not understand how harmful dust mite exposure is to everyday health. We recommend that you encase your mattress and pillows with Allergy Armor encasings to control exposure to dust mite allergen. By starting in the bedroom where you spend 1/3 of your time, you quickly should see an improvement in your daily symptoms.

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