Treating Conditions of the Throat
Throat disorders, also called pharyngeal disorders, affect virtually everyone during the course of a lifetime. At Robb Family ENT, we specialize in treating a variety of throat conditions.
Chronic Sore Throats & Infections
Most sore throats are viral and run their course without medical treatment. Strep throat, on the other hand, is a bacterial infection, requiring antibiotic therapy. If you suspect strep throat or have a sore throat that does not improve after seven to 10 days, you should be evaluated by one of our ENT physicians.
Also known as heartburn, acid reflux is a condition in which stomach acid backs up into the throat, voice box or back of the nasal passages. Acid reflux may cause a burning sensation, chest pain, chronic cough or other symptoms. Preventive measures include diet modification, lifestyle changes and medications to decrease acid production by the stomach. Acute or chronic cases may require medication or surgery.
Infected Tonsils & Adenoids
Tonsils and adenoids are prone to infection, especially in children. Recurrent infections may result in significant enlargement of the tonsils or adenoids, causing difficulty with breathing or swallowing, as well as obstructive sleep apnea. Sometimes people are simply born with enlarged tonsils and/or adenoid tissue, which can block the airway, resulting in disordered breathing during sleep, mouth breathing, orthodontic and jaw issues, and sleepiness during the day. If the condition doesn't respond to antibiotics, removal of the tonsils (tonsillectomy) or adenoids (adenoidectomy) is usually required.
Several factors, such as disturbances of the brain, oral or pharynx muscle dysfunction, esophageal narrowing and heartburn, may lead to swallowing difficulty (dysphagia). Based on our determination of the cause, treatments include exercises for the swallowing muscles, changes in diet, dilation, medications and possibly surgery.
Disorders of the voice, frequently manifested as hoarseness, result from a number of factors, such as abuse/misuse of the voice, chronic acid reflux, thyroid disorders, allergies, growths on the vocal chords, smoking and aging. Treatment starts with a thorough evaluation of the head and neck to determine the exact cause, which we'll discuss with you, along with options for managing your hoarseness.