The throat (pharynx) actually is a muscular tube that connects your nose and mouth to your wind pipe (trachea) and esophagus.  The voice box (larynx) separates your throat from your trachea so that foods and liquids funnel into the esophagus rather than into your lungs.  The larynx produces voice and allows you to strain by creating a way to use the power of your lungs to create force behind movements including moving your bowels, straining to lift, and even blowing your nose forcefully.  It actually begins directly behind the nasal passages above the palate of your mouth and ends at the larynx and opening into the esophagus.

Problems involving the throat include voice issues, breathing issues, swallowing problems and sore throats.

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Coronavirus Update:

Our office is open to serve patients' needs on a case by case basis. We offer tele-visits either on your computer with a webcam or on a mobile device. is a secure video interface that gives you a chance to discuss your concerns with Dr Lait. She will determine if your problem can be handled in the safety your home or if you should be seen urgently. Medications, labs, and xrays can be ordered without an in person visit.
No more than two clients will be in the office at a time, making us less busy and safer than many of the alternatives (or even than the grocery store).
Contact us at 252-489-4682 or online.

We are not conducting testing for COVID-19 or prescribing medications for it. If you feel you need testing and/or treatment, it is recommended that you contact your primary care physician or an Urgent Care Center.