Midwest ENT
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...Commonly treated problems include: Chronic Nasal Congestion Recurrent Sinus infections / sinus headaches Recurrent Nasal Bleeding Nasal Polyposis Nasal Allergies Loss of Smell / Taste Balloon Sinuplasty Sinus Surgery Read More …   Throat Treatments Midwest Ear, Nose, and Throat offers specialized care for throat and mouth disorders, including: Sore Throats Diseases of the Tonsils/Adenoids (including Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy) Disorders of Speech, Singing, and Voice: hoarseness vocal cord polyps/nodules/cysts vocal cord paralysis Laryngeal (voice box) cancer Swallowing difficulties Salivary Gland problems Voice Surgery Read More …  

Disorders of the Throat
... Throat & Mouth Midwest Ear, Nose, and Throat offers specialized care for throat and mouth disorders, including: Sore Throats Diseases of the Tonsils/Adenoids (including Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy) Disorders of Speech, Singing, and Voice: hoarseness vocal fold polyps/nodules/cysts vocal fold paralysis Laryngeal (voice box) cancer Swallowing difficulties Salivary Gland Problems Tonsillitis Insight Into the Treatment of the Tonsils and Adenoids Tonsils and adenoids are masses of tissue that are similar to the lymph nodes or “glands” found in the neck, groin, and armpits...

Head & Neck Cancer
...Any hoarseness or other voice change lasting more than two weeks should alert you to see your physician...

Voice Surgery
...Since these cysts can form in different areas of the vocal cords, this often causes hoarseness and other vocal problems...

Types of Vocal Cord Lesions
...  One of the main symptoms of a vocal cord lesion is unexplained and persistent hoarseness...

FAQs about Head and Neck Cancer
...The most common set of symptoms include: Sores in the mouth, gums or tongue that do not heal Chronic sore throat Hoarseness or changes in the voice Swelling and bleeding from the throat or nose Difficulty breathing, speaking or swallowing Chronic headaches or earaches Hearing impairment Chronic sinus infections that do not clear up with antibiotics Numbness and/or facial paralysis Q: Who is at risk for developing oral and throat cancers...

Vocal Cord Lesion
...One of the first symptoms is hoarseness and difficulty getting words out...

Head & Neck Cancers: Causes and Treatment Options
...Symptoms may include, Painful swallowing Difficulty breathing Chronic hoarseness Persistent headaches Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) Ear pain Sinus blockage Eye problems or vision changes Swelling around the jaw Facial swelling Frequent nosebleeds Issues with the way dentures fit Any of these symptoms warrant a trip to our office for an evaluation, particularly if you have one or more risk factors...

Throat
...Tonsillitis, voice disorders, and even hoarseness all interfere with our ability to communicate...

Cancer
...Signs of cancer of the head and neck include changes in the skin, pain, prolonged hoarseness, and sudden loss of voice...

About Your Voice
... Voice problems occur with a change in the voice, often described as hoarseness, roughness, or a raspy quality...

Common Problems That Can Affect Your Voice
...The most common causes of hoarseness and vocal difficulties are outlined below...

Can the Medications I Take Harm My Voice
... Inflammation and hoarseness of the vocal cords Commonly prescribed inhaled steroid medications for asthma frequently cause hoarseness...

Gastroesphageal Reflux (GERD)
...Instead, they experience pain in the chest that can be sever enough to mimic the pain of a heart attack, hoarseness in the morning, or trouble swallowing...

Laryngeal (Voice Box) Cancer
... Signs and Symptoms of Laryngeal Cancer Signs and symptoms of laryngeal cancer include: progressive or persistent hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, persistent sore throat or pain with swallowing, difficulty breathing, pain in the ear, or a lump in the neck...

Laryngopharyngeal Reflux and Children
... Chronic cough Hoarseness Noisy breathing (stridor) Croup Reactive airway disease (asthma) Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) Spit-up Feeding difficulty Turning blue (cyanosis) Aspiration Pauses in breathing (apnea) Apparent life-threatening event (ALTE) Failure to thrive (a severe deficiency in growth, where an infant or child is less than 5 percentile, compared to the expected norm) What are the complications of LPR...

Nodules, Polyps, and Cysts
...As with vocal cord polyps and nodules, the size and location of vocal cord cysts affect the degree of disruption of vocal cord vibration and subsequently the severity of hoarseness or other voice problem...

Pediatric GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease) and Your Otolaryngologist
...Consequently, other typical symptoms could include crying/irritability, poor appetite/feeding and swallowing difficulties, failure to thrive/weight loss, regurgitation ("wet burps" or outright vomiting), stomach aches (dyspepsia), abdominal/chest pain (heartburn), sore throat, hoarseness, apnea, laryngeal and tracheal stenoses, asthma/wheezing, chronic sinusitis, ear infections/fluid, and dental caries...

Special Care for Occupational and Professional Voice Users
...Do not accept hoarseness as part of the job...

Tips for Healthy Voices
Voice problems usually are associated with hoarseness (also known as roughness), instability, or problems with voice endurance...

Vocal Cord Paralysis
... Voice changes: Hoarseness; breathy voice; extra effort on speaking; excessive air pressure required to produce usual conversational voice; and diplophonia (voice sounds like a gargle)...

GERD and LPR
...” Some patients have hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, throat clearing, and difficulty with the sensation of drainage from the back of the nose (“postnasal drip”)...

Hoarseness: Insight into voice changes
Insight into voice changes What causes hoarseness...

Sore Throats
...Other important symptoms can include hoarseness, noisy breathing, a lump in the neck, unexplained weight loss, and/or spitting up blood in the saliva or phlegm...

Facial Sports Injuries
...Hoarseness or difficulty breathing after a blow to the neck are warning signs of a serious injury and the injured person should receive immediate medical attention...

Mouth Sores
...Other symptoms include a lump or mass that can be felt inside the mouth or neck; pain or difficulty in swallowing, speaking, or chewing; any wart-like mass; hoarseness that lasts for more than two weeks; or any numbness in the oral/facial region...

Post-Nasal Drip
...When the nerves and muscles in the mouth, throat, and food passage (esophagus) aren't interacting properly, overflow secretions can spill into the voice box (larynx) and breathing passages (trachea and bronchi), causing hoarseness, throat clearing, or coughing...

Facial Sports Injuries
...Hoarseness or difficulty breathing after a blow to the neck are warning signs of a serious injury and the injured person should receive immediate medical attention...

Head and Neck Cancer
...This is particularly serious if it is associated with difficulty in swallowing, hoarseness, or a lump in the neck...

Facial Sports Injuries
...Hoarseness or difficulty breathing after a blow to the neck are warning signs of a serious injury and the injured person should receive immediate medical attention...

Laryngopharyngeal Reflux and Children
... Chronic cough Hoarseness Noisy breathing (stridor) Croup Reactive airway disease (asthma) Sleep disordered breathing (SDB) Frank spit up Feeding difficulty Turning blue (cyanosis) Aspiration Pauses in breathing (apnea) Apparent life threatening event (ALTE) Failure to thrive (a severe deficiency in growth such that an infant or child is less than five percentile compared to the expected norm) What are the complications of LPR...

Pediatric GERD
...Consequently, other typical symptoms could include crying/irritability, poor appetite/feeding and swallowing difficulties, failure to thrive/weight loss, regurgitation ("wet burps" or outright vomiting), stomach aches (dyspepsia), abdominal/chest pain (heartburn), sore throat, hoarseness, apnea, laryngeal and tracheal stenoses, asthma/wheezing, chronic sinusitis, ear infections/fluid, and dental caries...

Pediatric Thyroid Cancer
...Your child may have a lump in the neck, continuous swollen lymph nodes, a tight or full feeling in the neck, and/or trouble with breathing or swallowing, hoarseness...

Common Problems That Can Affect Your Voice
...The most common causes of hoarseness and vocal difficulties are outlined below...

Laryngeal (Voice Box) Cancer
... Signs and Symptoms of Laryngeal Cancer Signs and symptoms of laryngeal cancer include: progressive or persistent hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, persistent sore throat or pain with swallowing, difficulty breathing, pain in the ear, or a lump in the neck...

Pediatric Thyroid Cancer
...Your child may have a lump in the neck, continuous swollen lymph nodes, a tight or full feeling in the neck, and/or trouble with breathing or swallowing, hoarseness...

Head and Neck Cancer
...This is particularly serious if it is associated with difficulty in swallowing, hoarseness or a lump in the neck...