Blog

From the category archives: Raleigh Capitol Ear, Nose & Throat

Throat problems can range from strep to tonsillitis and can be caused by acid reflux. Learn more from our Raleigh ENTs.

What Causes Goiters?

A goiter occurs when your thyroid gland—a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck—is abnormally enlarged, resulting in excessive swelling. Goiters are typically painless and can vary in size depending upon the underlying cause. Goiters can cause a wide range of problems, ranging from a tight feeling in your throat to severe hoarseness. There are many causes that you can identify, explained in this article.

Read the rest of entry »

Adenoids: What They Are and Why They Can Cause Problems

If you've had your tonsil removed when you were a child, you most likely had your adenoids removed at the same time. While everyone knows where their tonsils are located, many aren’t aware of where their adenoids are and don’t understand the role they play in preventing infection.

Read the rest of entry »

Five Remedies for Hoarseness

For most Americans, hoarseness is merely an inconvenience. It often starts as a scratchy throat that gradually transforms your voice into a raspy hoarseness – which is also called dysphonia. While it is often caused by colds, allergies, or reflux, chronic hoarseness can indicate a more serious health problem.

Read the rest of entry »

When Is Throat Surgery Needed?

Throat surgery treats a wide variety of conditions, from life-threatening cancers to chronic sore throats and breathing difficulties. Because throat surgery may be an option for many types of diseases, we’ve compiled some of the most common reasons throat surgery may be needed.

Read the rest of entry »

Do You Feel a Mass in Your Neck? Be Prepared to Answer These Questions at Your Doctor Appointment

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, an estimated 49,750 Americans will be diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer, which affects the back of the mouth or the throat. Sadly, of those newly diagnosed, only 57 percent will be alive in five years. If you believe you have mouth or throat cancer, make an appointment with your local ENT and be prepared to answer these questions at your appointment. 

Read the rest of entry »

Is it Strep Throat or Tonsillitis?

It’s difficult to determine the cause of a sore throat: It could be the result of anything from allergies to heartburn. However, two of the most common causes of throat pain are strep throat and tonsillitis. These two diseases have similar symptoms but are treated differently. See our side-by-side comparison of the differences as well as guidelines for care.

 

 

Read the rest of entry »

How Acid Reflux Can Affect Your Throat

What Is Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR)? The term reflux comes from a Greek word that means “backflow”. It usually refers to the backflow of stomach contents. Normally, once the things we eat reach the stomach, digestion should begin without stomach contents coming back up again……..refluxing. Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) refers to the backflow of food or stomach acid coming all the way back up into the larynx (the voice box) or the pharynx (the throat). LPR can occur day or night, even if a person hasn’t eaten a thing. Many People With LPR Don’t have Heartburn…..Why Is That? Some people experience discomfort such as heartburn, but not everyone with reflux has a lot of heartburn or indigestion. In fact, many people with LPR usually do not have heartburn. This is because the material that refluxes does not stay in the esophagus for very long. In other words, the acid does not have enough time to irritate the esophagus and cause heartburn. This is why LPR is call ...

Read the rest of entry »