Health Tips for Seniors

Diseases of the pharynx-larynx region

Pharyngitis-A general redness like that of raw hamburger, covered with many small blood vessels, is the appearance of the irritated pharynx-called pharyngitis. Pharyngitis frequently accompanies upper respiratory infections, bronchitis, sinus disease, virus infection and various types of sore throat.

If hoarseness is present, it means that the vocal cords, which cannot be seen easily, are also irritated along with the rest of the pharynx and larynx. Treatment of pharyngitis varies usually with the disease which it accompanies. As a difficulty by itself, it frequently re-responds to gargling with plain water or salt water solution.

Tonsilitis-Infection and inflammation of the tonsils is most frequent in childhood during the formative years. It is not uncommon however, for tonsils to become infected in the senior years of life, or harbor infection through the years, to bring about other bodily disturbances in adult life. Tonsils which might appear to be innocent, may actually harbor and distribute bacteria organisms, sometimes responsible for other diseases such as arthritis, kidney disease and sore throats, among others.

Removal of the tonsils in later years is frequently done. It is slightly more difficult than in childhood, but is often followed by relief from arthritis pains and a host of other diseases, which have been kept alive by long-infected tonsils.

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