Posts for: March, 2020
A sore throat will happen to most people, and while this is usually the result of an infection, if you are dealing with persistent or recurring symptoms, you may be wondering when it might actually be time to see an ENT specialist.
Contagious infections are usually the cause behind most sore throats and these infections are either viral or bacterial. Sinus infections can also cause sore throats, particularly if you are dealing with postnasal drip. If you battle allergies to mold, dust, pollen, or pet dander, then you may also experience a sore throat along with a stuffy or runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing.
The most common viral infections to cause sore throats include everything from a simple cold and flu to whooping cough and mononucleosis (mono). Mono is one infection that can last weeks and cause severe symptoms including fever, chills, trouble breathing, and extreme exhaustion. If you suspect that your sore throat could be due to mono, it’s important that you see your otolaryngologist for treatment.
Bacterial infections can also lead to a sore throat, more particularly infections caused by the strep bacteria. These infections include pneumonia, sinus infections, and tonsillitis. Along with a sore throat, you may also experience a fever, red or white patches in the back of the throat, inflamed tonsils, and/or swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
Sometimes, your sore throat can simply be irritated, whether that be from the weather, environmental pollutants, or vocal strain. From shouting and singing loudly at a concert to mouth breathing at night, there are many scenarios in which the back of the throat can dry out and cause discomfort. This is usually something that will go away on its own and is usually nothing to worry about.
However, if you find that your sore throat is persistent and occurs most mornings when you first wake up, this could be a warning sign of acid reflux. Acid reflux causes partially digested food and acid from the stomach to flow back up into the throat, which can cause burning and irritation of the throat’s delicate lining. If left untreated, acid reflux can do serious damage to the 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.
If you have been dealing with recurring sore throats or symptoms that last anywhere from 7-10 days then you should seek care. An otolaryngologist will be able to diagnose and treat any and all conditions affecting the ear, nose, and throat, as well as the head and neck. If you are concerned about your sore throat, schedule an appointment today.
Hearing loss is a common problem among people of all ages. However, you may not even realize that you're experiencing this issue because hearing gradually deteriorates over time. In other words, it's not something that happens overnight. Fortunately, hearing aids can help many people suffering from hearing loss. These devices amplify sound, making it easier for you to hear the world around you.
If you think you have hearing loss, contact Arizona ENT for issues relating to the ears, nose and throat. Our medical professionals in Sun City and Sun City West can provide you with hearing aids as a way to treat your hearing loss. How do you know if it's time for you to consider hearing aids? Read on to learn the warning signs:
You have trouble hearing your friend talk to you when you're in a noisy restaurant
When you sit with a friend at a restaurant, there's usually background noise. People with hearing loss have trouble tuning out the background noise so they can understand the person speaking to them. If this often happens to you, you probably need to consider hearing aid treatment.
You turn up the volume on your TV or radio, and other people in the room complain that it's too loud
Sometimes it's difficult to hear the dialogue in a TV show, especially when there's music playing at the same time. If you turn up the volume and people in the room say it's up too loud, you probably have hearing loss.
When you're in a group setting, you struggle to follow the conversation
When there are several people talking together in a group, you may strain to hear what everyone is saying. If this describes your situation, you probably need to get a hearing evaluation.
Concerned? Give us a call
Just because you are losing your hearing doesn't mean that you have to live the rest of your life struggling to understand your friends and loved ones. Schedule an appointment with our doctors at our Sun City or Sun City West locations. Contact our Sun City West location at 623-975-1660. You can reach our Sun City location at 623-972-2951.