What Are the Functions of the Throat & Voice box?

The throat, also known as the pharynx, is a ring-like muscular tube that connects the mouth and nose to the oesophagus (leading to the stomach) and larynx (voice box), allowing air, liquid and food to pass through. The voice box, also called the larynx, is a hollow tube connecting the throat to the rest of the respiratory system and contains the vocal cords.

Primary functions of the throat and voice box include:

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When Should You See An ENT Specialist In Singapore??

  • Any Ear, Nose or Throat symptoms that you are troubled with or concerned of
  • Persistent blocked nose with mouth breathing or snoring

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Are throat and voice conditions serious? When should I visit a doctor?

    Most throat and voice conditions are typically temporary and not a significant cause of concern.

    However, you should seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms worsen, such as difficulty breathing or extreme pain when swallowing.

    It is best to consult a specialist if you are uncertain about your symptoms or conditions.

    What increases the risks of throat and voice conditions?
    • Smoking
    • Allergies
    • Chemical irritants
    • Chronic sinus infections
    • Weakened immunity
    How to prevent throat and voice conditions?
    • Adopt high standards of personal hygiene by washing your hands frequently, especially before consuming food and after using the toilet
    • Avoid touching your face
    • Regularly clean and disinfect common surfaces or commonly used items such as mobile phones and remote controllers
    • Drink plenty of water
    • Have adequate rest
    • Consume a healthy diet