General ENT

  • Sore Throats

    Sore Throats

    Everybody gets a sore throat now and then. When you have a sore throat, this can affect speaking, swallowing, or breathing. Infections from viruses or bacteria are the main cause of sore throats, but allergies and sinus infections can also...

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  • Dysgeusia


    Dysgeusia is a condition where a person’s perception of taste is altered; everything seems sweet, sour, bitter, or metallic. Taste disorders are common in adults. A study performed on adults in the United States indicated that up to 17 percent...

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  • Vestibular Schwannoma (Acoustic Neuroma)

    Vestibular Schwannoma (Acoustic Neuroma)

    Vestibular schwannoma is a benign (non-cancerous) tumor that grows on the eighth cranial nerve, which is responsible for hearing and balance. The tumors are rare, accounting for only five to seven percent of all brain tumors. However, for the part...

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  • Salivary Gland Disorders

    Salivary Gland Disorders

    The salivary glands are found in and near your mouth, face, and neck. Dehydration is a risk factor for certain salivary gland disorders. To help maintain good oral health, it’s important to drink lots of liquid every day to promote...

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  • Sinusitis


    Have you ever felt like you had a cold that wouldn’t go away? If symptoms of discolored nasal drainage and blockage hang around for more than 10 days, or worsen after they start getting better, there’s a good chance you...

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  • Aspiration


    Aspiration is a medical term for accidentally inhaling your food or liquid through your vocal cords into your airway, instead of swallowing through your food pipe, or esophagus, and into your stomach. Once past the vocal folds, the food or...

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  • Snoring, Sleeping Disorders and Sleep Apnea

    Snoring, Sleeping Disorders and Sleep Apnea

    Nearly half of adults snore, and over 25 percent are habitual snorers. Problem snoring and sleeping disorders are more frequent in males and people who are overweight, and usually worsens with age. Snoring is bothersome to others, but it can...

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  • Neck Mass in Adults

    Neck Mass in Adults

    A neck mass is an abnormal lump in the neck. Neck lumps or masses can be any size—large enough to see and feel, or they can be very small. A neck mass may be a sign of an infection, or...

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  • Sialadenitis


    Sialadenitis is inflammation and enlargement of one or more of the salivary (spit) glands. The salivary glands are responsible for producing and storing saliva. The three major salivary glands are the “parotid” (on the sides of the face in front...

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  • Tonsils and Adenoids

    Tonsils and Adenoids

    Tonsils are the two round lumps in the back of your throat. Adenoids are high in the throat behind the nose and the roof of the mouth (referred to as your soft palate). They are not visible through the mouth...

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  • Tonsillitis


    Tonsillitis, also described as pharyngitis, refers to inflammation of the pharyngeal tonsils. These are lymph glands located in the back of the throat that are visible through the mouth. Typically, tonsillitis happens suddenly (acute). Some patients experience recurrent acute episodes...

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  • Sore Throats

    Sore Throats

    Everybody gets a sore throat now and then. When you have a sore throat, this can affect speaking, swallowing, or breathing. Infections from viruses or bacteria are the main cause of sore throats, but allergies and sinus infections can also...

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  • 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. This usually happens when...

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  • GERD and LPR

    GERD and LPR

    Acid reflux occurs when acidic stomach contents flow back into the esophagus, the swallowing tube that leads from the back of the throat to the stomach. When acid repeatedly “refluxes” from the stomach into the esophagus alone, it is known...

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  • Dysphagia


    Dysphagia means that you can’t swallow well. Dysphagia is not a diagnosis; it is the symptom. Many factors may cause dysphagia, and most are temporary and non-life-threatening. In uncommon situations, swallowing difficulties can be related to a tumor or a...

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  • Aging and Swallowing

    Aging and Swallowing

    Swallowing is a complex process that changes over time, and swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) can be associated with aging. Changes in the tongue, upper throat (pharynx), vocal cords and voice box (larynx), and lower throat (esophagus) occur with aging. It has...

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  • Rhinitis


    Rhinitis is a condition that typically involves nasal obstruction or congestion, runny nose or post-nasal drip, itchy nose, and/or sneezing. There are various causes for these symptoms, although they are broadly divided into two types: allergic rhinitis (nasal symptoms related...

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  • Sinus Headaches

    Sinus Headaches

    Not every headache is the result of sinus and nasal passage problems. For example, many patients visit an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, to seek treatment for what they think is a sinus headache, only to learn...

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  • Post-nasal Drip

    Post-nasal Drip

    Glands in your nose and throat continually produce mucus, normally one to two quarts per day. Mucus moistens and cleans the nasal lining, moistens air, traps and clears what is inhaled, and helps fight infection. Mucus is normally swallowed unconsciously,...

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  • Nosebleeds


    Nosebleeds (called epistaxis) are caused when tiny blood vessels in the nose break. Nosebleeds are very common and affect many people at some point in their lives. In the United States, about 60 percent of people will experience a nosebleed...

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  • Hyposmia and Anosmia

    Hyposmia and Anosmia

    Hyposmia is a decreased sense of smell, or a decreased ability to detect odors through your nose. Anosmia is the inability to smell anything. These conditions are not very common. Smell is one of our most basic, important senses, and has...

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  • Geriatric Rhinitis

    Geriatric Rhinitis

    Rhinitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes or lining of the nasal cavity. Geriatric rhinitis, or rhinitis in senior patients, is a common but often neglected or overlooked condition because it is not life-threatening. Patients with geriatric rhinitis may...

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  • Deviated Septum

    Deviated Septum

    The bone and cartilage that divides the inside of the nose in half is called the nasal septum. The bone and cartilage are covered by a skin called a mucous membrane that has many blood vessels in it. Ideally, the...

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  • Tinnitus


    Over 50 million Americans have experienced tinnitus, or ringing in ears, which is the perception of sound without an external source being present. About one in five people with tinnitus have bothersome tinnitus, which negatively affects their quality of life...

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  • Swimmer’s Ear

    Swimmer’s Ear

    Swimmer’s ear (also called acute otitis externa) is a painful condition that affects the outer ear and ear canal that is caused by infection, inflammation, or irritation. These symptoms often occur after water gets trapped in your ear, especially if...

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  • Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL)

    Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL)

    Hearing loss can be broadly separated into two categories: conductive (problems in delivering sound to the inner ear) and sensorineural (problems of the inner ear, or cochlea, and/or the auditory nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain). Sensorineural...

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  • Earwax (Cerumen Impaction)

    Earwax (Cerumen Impaction)

    Earwax, called cerumen, is produced by special wax-forming glands located in the skin of the outer one-third of the ear canal. It is normal to have cerumen in ear canal as this waxy substance serves as a self-cleaning agent with...

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  • Ears and Altitude

    Ears and Altitude

    Ear problems are one of the most common medical complaints of airplane travelers and divers. While they are usually minor annoyances, sometimes they can cause significant symptoms. When the eustachian tube in your middle ear is blocked due to altitude...

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  • Earaches


    Earache, or pain in the ear, is common and can occur in both children and adults. It can be due to a problem with the ear or structures close to the ear. The pain may be dull, sharp, or burning...

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  • Conductive Hearing Loss

    Conductive Hearing Loss

    Hearing loss can be broadly separated into two categories: conductive and sensorineural (damage to tiny hair cells in the inner ear). Conductive hearing loss results when there is any problem in delivering sound energy to your cochlea, the hearing part...

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  • Vertigo


    The human body has three organs that assist in locating your location in space: Your eyes see the horizon, Your feet feel the effects of gravity on your body, and Your inner ear organs can detect your location in three-dimensions...

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  • Skin Lesions

    Skin Lesions

    A variety of skin lesions can be the cause, though timely evaluation by a physician is important as this can be a sign for skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and on the face it...

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  • Labyrinthitis


    Labyrinthitis is a disorder associated with inflammation of the inner ear. The labyrinth is a fluid-filled compartment that consists of the cochlea and the vestibular organs. The cochlea is the hearing organ and the vestibular organs are responsible for balance...

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  • Ear Wax

    Ear Wax

      Insight into the proper care of the ears Why does the body produce earwax? What is the recommended method of ear cleaning? When should a doctor be consulted? and more… Good intentions to keep ears clean may be risking...

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