Many different issues can affect your throat, from soreness and hoarseness to swallowing and speaking difficulties. If you have throat problems, the team at Advantage ENT can help. At their offices in Arvada, the northern part of Westminster, and Wheat Ridge, Colorado, the board-certified otolaryngologists provide expert diagnoses for a wide range of throat conditions and deliver the most advanced treatments. For the prompt resolution of your throat issues, call the Advantage ENT office nearest you or request an appointment online today.
Common throat issues that may affect you include:
Swallowing disorders may be due to problems with either your esophagus or your nervous system. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Barrett's esophagus, and head, neck, or esophageal cancers, can cause swallowing difficulties (dysphagia).
You may be unable to swallow well if you have a brain or spinal cord injury or disorders like Parkinson's disease or Alzheimer's disease.
You could injure your vocal cords from overuse or smoking, which could lead to a sore throat and hoarseness. Chronic overuse can cause nodules and polyps to develop in your throat.
If you're continually clearing your throat, you may have a postnasal drip (where mucus trickles down your throat) or laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). LPR is similar to GERD but usually isn't as painful.
Your tonsils are two lumps in the back of your throat that you can't easily see. Their role is to help defend your body against infection by trapping bacteria and viruses before they go down your throat. Sometimes the tonsils themselves become infected, causing swelling and throat pain (tonsillitis).
Infections can also affect other structures in your throat, causing disorders such as pharyngitis and laryngitis.
Your provider at Advantage ENT diagnoses your throat issues by conducting a physical exam, reviewing your medical history, and finding out about your current symptoms. Depending on what they find, your provider might then ask you to undergo diagnostic tests, which could include:
To perform fiberoptic laryngoscopy, the Advantage ENT team passes an endoscope (a tiny camera on a slim tube) down your throat. The camera provides highly detailed pictures of your throat while the team observes on a monitor.
Videostroboscopy is a method of visualizing vocal fold vibrations inside your larynx. The Advantage ENT team delivers synchronized flashes of light from a stroboscope that enables them to see the vocal fold vibrations as you produce vocal sounds.
The required treatment for your throat issues depends on the cause, so an accurate diagnosis is essential. If you have a bacterial infection, you might need a course of antibiotics, while a case of GERD is treatable with medication and lifestyle changes.
Surgery may be necessary for some throat issues, for example, removing nodules or polyps from your throat or performing a tonsillectomy. If you have dysphagia, swallowing therapy can help you manage your condition.
You can get the right diagnosis and expert treatment for your throat issues by calling Advantage ENT or request an appointment online today.