Join Luis and me as we review symptoms of the ears, nose, throat, and chest in Spanish.

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Gracias a Luis Almeida, de Venezuela, por ayudarnos con el espa帽ol de esta lecci贸n.


Ears (and Eyes)


watery eyes
los ojos llorosos

ringing in the ears
el zumbido en los o铆dos
el tintineo en los o铆dos

When referring to the sensory apparatus of the ear, we say O脥DO. When referring to the outer part of the ear or the auricle, we say OREJA.

plugged ear
el o铆do tapado



el dolor de muelas
el dolor de dientes

MUELAS specifically refers to the molars, but it is very common to use DOLOR DE MUELAS when referring to a toothache.

bleeding gums
las enc铆as sangrantes

mouse sores
las llagas en la boca

dry mouth
la boca seca



la congesti贸n

congested or stuffy nose
la nariz congestionada
la nariz tapada
la nariz constipada

Cuidado con CONSTIPADO. It means CONGESTIONADO, not constipated.

runny nose
mucha secreci贸n nasal
(los) mocos
la nariz suelta*

The last one, LA NARIZ SUELTA, is not in the audio lesson.聽

el sangrado por/de la nariz
la hemorragia nasal



sore throat
el dolor de garganta

scratchy or itchy throat
la picaz贸n en la garganta
la comez贸n en la garganta

change in voice
el cambio en la voz

la ronquera

los ronquidos

la tos

cough with phlegm or productive cough
la tos con flemas

lots of phlegm
mucha flema

blood in the phlegm
la sangre en las flemas

Cold and Flu


cold, as in upper respiratory infection
el catarro
el resfriado

flu or bad cold
la gripe
la gripa

When you hear someone say, 鈥淭engo gripe鈥 or 鈥淭engo gripa,鈥 they’re usually saying that they have a bad cold and are not referring specifically to LA INFLUENZA.



chest pain
el dolor de pecho
el dolor en el pecho

Often, people with angina will deny having chest pain. Instead, they’ll describe a discomfort or pressure in the chest.

chest discomfort
las molestias en el pecho

chest pressure
la presi贸n en el pecho

rapid heartbeat
los latidos r谩pidos del coraz贸n

irregular heartbeat
los latidos irregulares del coraz贸n

las palpitaciones

difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
la dificultad para respirar
la falta de aire

la sibilancia
el silbido

Not all patients will know the word SIBILANCIA, so you could also use another word for wheezing, which also means whistle.

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