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Our team of specialists and staff believe that informed patients are better equipped to make decisions regarding their health and well being. For your personal use, we have created an extensive patient library covering an array of educational topics. Browse through these diagnoses and treatments to learn more about topics of interest to you. Or, for a more comprehensive search of our entire Web site, enter your term(s) in the search bar provided.

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Voice Disorders
...Acid causes irritation to the throat and voice box and can cause intermittent or constant hoarseness...

FAQs about Head and Neck Cancer
...The most common set of symptoms include: Sores in the mouth, gums or tongue that do not heal Chronic sore throat Hoarseness or changes in the voice Swelling and bleeding from the throat or nose Difficulty breathing, speaking or swallowing Chronic headaches or earaches Hearing impairment Chronic sinus infections that do not clear up with antibiotics Numbness and/or facial paralysis Q: Who is at risk for developing oral and throat cancers...

Signs of Head and Neck Cancer
...You may also notice changes to your voice include chronic hoarseness...

What Could Be Causing Your Breathing Problems?
...You may experience some or all of the following: Wheezing which is noticeable to other people Persistent coughing Mouth breathing Voice hoarseness Fatigue to the extreme, particularly on exertion Throat tightness Constant nasal congestion and frequent nose blowing What could be the cause...

Swallowing Disorders
... Along with trouble swallowing, those with swallowing disorders may also experience: Coughing after swallowing The sensation of food being stuck in the throat Choking Regurgitation Sore throat Hoarseness Chest discomfort If you experience persistent issues swallowing or if you also experience vomiting, regurgitation, or unexpected weight loss along with swallowing difficulties then it’s time to see an otolaryngologist...

Signs of Tonsillitis
... Symptoms of tonsillitis may include: A severe sore throat Trouble or pain with swallowing Hoarseness Earaches Headaches Fever Chills Persistent bad breath Swollen, tender lymph nodes of the neck and jaw Red, swollen tonsils White or yellow spots on the tonsils Symptoms of acute tonsillitis usually go away within 7-10 days; however, if symptoms keep coming back throughout the year then your child could very well be dealing with recurrent or chronic tonsillitis...

Types of Breathing Problems
...Early warning signs of lung cancer include: Vocal changes Hoarseness Chronic cough Bloody mucus when coughing Shortness of breath Feeling weak Unexpected weight loss Since the early warning signs associated with lung cancer can also be caused by other respiratory conditions it is important to turn to an ear, nose, and throat doctor who will be able to perform the proper diagnostic tests to determine the cause of your symptoms...

What Could be Causing Your Sore Throat?
... If your sore throat is accompanied by vocal changes including hoarseness, trouble swallowing, or difficulty breathing, these issues require an immediate checkup from an ENT doctor, as they could be signs of a polyp, growth, or tumor on the throat or voice box...

Signs Of Throat Cancer
...Other signs of malignancy include: A continuing cough Hoarseness of voice Unexplained and significant weight loss Trouble swallowing easily (dysphagia) Pain in the jaw or ear White or red patches or sores in the mouth which do not heal Nose bleeds Headaches Swollen tissues anywhere in the head/neck area Numbness in the mouth and especially the tongue Continual nasal congestion Sadly, untreated throat cancer spreads to other parts of the body, including the lips, lungs, and bones...

The Possible Causes of Dry Mouth
... While it might be obvious that a dry mouth will feel, well dry, there are other symptoms associated with dry mouth including, Sore or irritated throat Excessive thirst Changes in taste Less obvious symptoms include hoarseness or dry eyes...

Signs and Symptoms of Postnasal Drip
... Along with extra mucus draining from the nose into the back of your throat, other signs of postnasal drip include: Hoarseness Persistent cough, often worse at night A need to constantly clear your throat Scratchy or sore throat Painful ear infections Sinus infections Bad breath Nausea (due to mucus going into the stomach) What causes postnasal drip...

Throat
Aging and Swallowing Aspiration Cricopharyngeal Muscle Dysfunction Dysphagia GERD and LPR Hoarseness Salivary Gland Disorders Sore Throats Spasmodic Dysphonia Tonsillitis Tonsils and Adenoids Vocal Cord Paralysis Voice Box (Laryngeal) Cancer Zenker’s Diverticulum

Rhinitis
... Depending on the type of rhinitis, certain conditions may be associated, such as: Asthma Acute sinusitis Inflammation of the eye (conjunctivitis) Atopic dermatitis or eczema Poor ventilation of the ears (or eustachian tube dysfunction) Laryngitis (inflammation causing hoarseness of voice) Eosinophilic esophagitis Sleep disturbance What Are the Treatment Options...

GERD and LPR
...And sometimes, adult patients may experience symptoms related to either GERD or LPR like: Heartburn Belching Regurgitation (a surge or rush back) of stomach contents Frequent throat clearing or coughing Excess mucus A bitter taste A sensation of burning or throat soreness Something “stuck” or a “lump” in the back of the throat Hoarseness or change in voice Difficulty swallowing Drainage down the back of the nose (post-nasal drip) Choking episodes (can sometimes awaken from sleep) Difficulty breathing, if the voice box is affected Signs in infants and children are different from adults and may include: Breathing problems such as a cough, hoarseness, noisy breathing, or asthma Pauses in breathing (apnea) or snoring when sleeping Feeding difficulty (spitting up) Turning blue (cyanosis) Choking Apparent life-threatening event where there is arching of the back while in distress Trouble gaining weight or growing What Causes GERD and LPR...

Hoarseness
Hoarseness (also called dysphonia) is an abnormal change in the quality of your voice, making it sound raspy, strained, breathy, weak, higher or lower in pitch, inconsistent, fatigued, or shaky, often making it harder to talk...

Sore Throats
...The following signs and symptoms should alert you to see your physician: Severe and prolonged sore throat Difficulty breathing Difficulty swallowing Difficulty opening the mouth Swelling of the face or neck Joint pain Earache  Rash Fever (over 101°F) Blood in saliva or phlegm Frequently recurring sore throat Lump in neck Hoarseness lasting over two weeks What Causes a Sore Throat...

Spasmodic Dysphonia
...SD is diagnosed by listening to the specific voice changes during these speech tasks and distinguishing it from other types of hoarseness, in addition to examining the larynx...

Vocal Cord Paralysis
... Symptoms of paralysis and paresis of the vocal cords can include: Voice changes—Hoarseness, breathy voice, weak voice, gurgling quality to the voice, shortness of breath after speaking Airway problems—Shortness of breath with efforts, noisy breathing, unsuccessful cough Swallowing problems—Choking or coughing when swallowing food, drink, or saliva, and food sticking in throat These symptoms can be mild to severe depending on the degree of paralysis, and the ability of your voice box to adapt...

Voice Box (Laryngeal) Cancer
... Signs and symptoms of laryngeal cancer include: Worsening or persistent hoarseness Difficulty swallowing Persistent sore throat or pain with swallowing Difficulty breathing Pain in the ear Lump in the neck Coughing up blood Anyone with these signs or symptoms should be evaluated by an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist...

Zenker’s Diverticulum
... If you have a ZD, you may experience: Difficulty swallowing Regurgitating or vomiting undigested food hours after eating Inhaling food or saliva down your windpipe (called aspiration) Belching Noisy swallowing  Bad breath Choking Coughing Hoarseness Feeling like something is stuck in the back of your throat Weight loss Recurrent lung infections in severe cases What Causes ZD...

Pediatric Thyroid Cancer
...Your child may experience: A lump in the neck Persistent swollen lymph nodes A tight or full feeling in the neck Trouble with breathing or swallowing Hoarseness If any of these symptoms occur, consult your child's physician for an evaluation...

Pediatric Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
... Complications include failure to gain weight, bleeding, breathing problems, hoarseness, and/or inflammation of the esophagus, known as esophagitis...

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