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Posts for: December, 2020

By Arizona ENT
December 29, 2020
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Thyroid Cancer  

The thyroid is a small gland located at the base of the neck, at the front. It manufactures two hormones, triiodothyronine, and thyroxine. These hormones maintain temperature regulation, control metabolism, and help to keep the organs and muscles working properly. Thyroid cancer is usually diagnosed by a specialist in otolaryngology (ENT) – ear, nose, and throat. The ear, nose, and throat doctors at Arizona ENT in Sun City West, AZ are dedicated to providing excellent health care for all of their patients. They specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid cancer.

Thyroid Cancer Signs and Symptoms

Many people who have thyroid cancer do not notice any symptoms. However, the following signs or symptoms may be present:

  • A lump in the neck
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Changes in the voice

Causes and Risk Factors

There are several different types of thyroid cancer, each with different causes. These include:

  • Papillary thyroid cancer: Caused by DNA changes, papillary thyroid cancer is due to changes in the RET gene. They are acquired over a person’s lifetime, not inherited. They cannot be passed on to children.
  • Follicular thyroid cancer: This form is often caused by changes to the RAS gene.
  • Medullary thyroid cancer: This form also affects the RET gene, though different parts than papillary cancer.

Treatment and Care

Sun City West patients who have thyroid cancer need to talk to a throat doctor about their treatment options. The type of treatment you receive will depend on the type of thyroid cancer you have. Treatment options include:

  • Papillary cancer: This type of thyroid cancer is typically treated with thyroid surgery, and in certain cases, it may also be treated with radioactive iodine.
  • Follicular cancer: This type of thyroid cancer is typically treated with thyroid surgery, and in certain cases, it may also be treated with radioactive iodine.
  • Medullary cancer: Medullary cancer is usually treated with thyroid surgery. Genetic testing may be needed if it is found that the cancer is inherited.
  • Anaplastic cancer: This type of thyroid cancer is rapid-growing and will require a specialist medical team to decide what is the best treatment plan.

If you live in Sun City West and you are looking for a throat doctor, contact Arizona ENT at (623) 975-1660 or at their Sun City office at (623) 972-2951 to schedule an appointment.

By Arizona ENT
December 28, 2020
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Earwax  
How To Safely Clean Out Your EarwaxDid you know that your ears are self-cleaning? So, if you find yourself reaching for that cotton swab in your bathroom tonight you might want to put it down. Your ears are extremely low maintenance and very rarely need to be cleaned. Of course, older adults may be prone to excessive earwax buildup, which can lead to impaction or obstruction. In these cases, you may want to turn to an ENT doctor to safely clear out impacted wax.
If your ears feel a little blocked or your hearing is muffled, then you could have a buildup of wax. This is known as impaction. Impacted earwax can make the affected ear feel full. You may notice changes in your hearing, dizziness, or a ringing in your ears. If so, it’s time to see your ENT doctor.
Can I clean out my ears myself?

While there are certain earwax removal kits on the market that you can try, the best and safest way to have wax buildup removed is by seeing a qualified doctor. An otolaryngologist will have the proper irrigation tools to remove the blockage with complications. Of course, if you do choose to clean your ears yourself you may wish to try:
An earwax softener: You can pick up these eardrops at your local drugstore. Make sure to follow the exact instructions on the package. Leave the drops in your ears for the amount of time mentioned on the package and then rinse out the ears or simply let the drops drain out.
A syringe: Some kits contain little rubber syringes that you can fill with saline or warm water. This over-the-counter irrigation system can take time to soften the earwax, but you may find it helpful with more mild impactions.
All we ask is that you do not try and use a cotton swab to clean the inside of your ear, which will only push the wax further and could damage the eardrum. Earwax softeners and these syringe and irritation systems are your best bet if you want to try and remove earwax buildup yourself. If you are prone to earwax buildup you can schedule regular appointments with your ENT doctor to have your ears cleaned properly by a professional.
If you have questions about how to safely and properly clean excess earwax an ENT doctor can answer any of your questions.

By Arizona ENT
December 15, 2020
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinus Surgery  

If your nasal symptoms take longer to recede even with a prescription and over the counter medication, you may have a sinus infection. Chronic sinusitis is characterized by recurrent infection, regardless of allergens. You do not need to have allergies to have chronic sinusitis. To have these symptoms examined, and to determine if you need sinus surgery, come to Arizona Ear, Nose, Throat Physicians. Our practice serves Sun City, AZ, and Sun City West, AZ.

Who would benefit from sinus surgery?

Many people who suffer chronic sinusitis would benefit from sinus surgery. Other reasons why you may need surgery are obstructions of the sinuses and injury.

Some of the signs patients experience with chronic sinusitis are:

  • Inflammation of the nasal passages for three months or more
    Many irritations of the nose go away on their own, but long-lasting inflammation or recurrent symptoms may need a visit to the doctor.
  • Struggles with allergy symptoms that do not end
    As stated before, sneezing and blowing your nose even after you’ve treated the symptoms with medications is a sign you may need additional help. You may also experience post-nasal drip or mucus that always drains at the back of the throat.
  • Swelling and redness inside of the nasal passages

These symptoms are often confused with allergies, so it is a good idea to have a specialist check and rule out any other conditions. Sinuses can swell up and block airways, making it hard to breathe, sleep, and even speak.

The sniffles

Non-stop nose-blowing interferes with day-to-day activity and leaves you tired. The increased nose blowing may lead to more swelling and irritation of the sinuses, creating a cycle of inflammation.

Sinus surgery may be the procedure you need to find lasting relief if you have recurrent sinus infections. If constant nose blowing and sinus headaches sound like you, it may be time to come into our Sun City or Sun City West, AZ, office. Call us at (623) 975-1660 for our Sun City West, AZ, location. Patients in Sun City, AZ, may reach us at (623) 972-2951 for a consultation.

By Arizona ENT
December 09, 2020
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Dry Mouth  
he Possible Causes of Dry Mouth
Feeling like your mouth is as dry as the Sahara? While dry mouth is fairly common if this is a problem you are dealing with regularly then you may be wondering what’s going on and why it’s happening to you. Common causes of dry mouth include:
There are some medications in which dry mouth is a common side effect. Dry mouth is more common in allergy meds, anti-anxiety drugs, anti-depressants, cold medications, acne treatments, high blood pressure medication, asthma inhalers, or muscle relaxants.
Certain Health Disorders
Dry mouth could also be indicative of a health condition. Those with HIV, diabetes, anemia, high blood pressure, or hypertension are more likely to deal with dry mouth.
Did you know that most Americans aren’t drinking enough water? If you are one of them, then it’s only natural that you’re going to deal with dry mouth. If you are losing fluids through vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are participating in sports during the summer, you must be consuming enough fluids and staying hydrated to offset the increased loss of fluid.
Lifestyle habits
Certain habits could also be contributing to your dry mouth. If you are a mouth breather this is a common reason you could be dealing with this pesky problem. Those who smoke or use tobacco products are also more likely to deal with dry mouth.
What are the signs 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.
When should I see a doctor?
We all know that not drinking enough water or even being stressed out can lead to the occasional bout of dry mouth, but if you are dealing with this problem regularly it’s important to see a doctor since this could be a sign of an underlying health problem that will most likely require treatment.
If you are dealing with persistent dry mouth an ENT doctor can determine what’s going on and how to best combat it. Since dry mouth has the ability to lead to bad breath, decay, and gum disease, it’s a good idea to get this problem under control.

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