The ears, nose and throat make up the upper respiratory system and share similar mucous membrane linings. Therefore, they can develop similar infections. Symptoms in one area of the upper respiratory system can be caused by ailments in other parts. Some common ear, nose and throat conditions are: allergies, infections, swimmer’s ear, sinusitis, tonsillitis, deviated septum, sleep apnea and reflux.
Treatments are determined by the condition that’s diagnosed. Many ear, nose and throat infections are treated with antibiotics. Other ailments, such as a deviated septum or tonsillitis, can be treated with surgery. Additionally, allergies and drainage are controlled with allergy medications and steroidal nose sprays.