Winter is the season for sniffles, scratchy throats, and earaches \u2014 often all at once!\nAnd with good reason: our ears, nose, and throat all are connected and affect each other greatly.\u00a0Otolaryngologists\u00a0(also known as ear, nose, and throat doctors or ENTs) are physicians who specialize in caring for this complex, interrelated system.\nTest Your Ear, Nose, and Throat Knowledge with this Quick Quiz\nWho gets earaches more often \u2014 children or adults?\nNearly every child experiences at least one ear infection between infancy and the age of five \u2014 something weary parents know firsthand. Because children have shorter, straighter Eustachian tubes (which connect the nose to the ears), it\u2019s easier for bacteria to migrate into their ears.\nWhy are you more likely to get a nosebleed in winter?\nThe same heated indoor air that makes your home cozy in winter also can dehydrate the inside of your nose. It can become crusted or cracked, or can even bleed. A dry nose makes you more susceptible to germs, so exercise good nose care. Lightly coat the inside with petroleum jelly. Over-the-counter saline mists and sprays (not decongestants) also are helpful.\nWill antibiotics cure laryngitis?\nMost cases of laryngitis\u00a0are caused by viral infections that make the vocal cords swell \u2014 so antibiotics are ineffective. Your best course of action? Drink plenty of fluids, rest, and cut back on talking. Straining your voice when you have acute laryngitis can damage your vocal cords.