Evaluation of Throat Disorders
You have probably experienced a sore throat which is usually a viral infection, but other causes include allergies, infection with strep bacteria or the upward movement of stomach acids into the esophagus, called GERD.
Symptoms can vary in character and severity depending on the underlying problem, disorder or condition.
Common Throat Symptoms:
Change in voice, such as muffled or altered speech or hoarseness
Feelings of itchiness or tickling
Phlegm or mucus buildup due to postnasal drip, infection, or inflammation
Swallowing problems, such as difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) or painful swallowing (odynophagia)
Lumps or growths
White patches on the tonsils and throat
Disorders of the throat and voice box may represent short-lived inflammation and infections, persistent inflammation, or abnormal growths that are more common among adults. Specific disorders include vocal cord polyps and nodules, contact ulcers, vocal cord paralysis, laryngoceles, laryngeal papillomas, and cancer. However, vocal nodules, papillomas, and laryngoceles may occur as commonly among children.
Infections are particularly common among children, although adults may be affected as well. Causes, symptoms, and treatment are similar in both groups.
Most problems are minor and go away on their own but when they persist, Dr. Boole can provide the proper treatment. He understands these symptoms are uncomfortable and sometimes worrisome. As a head and neck surgeon, Dr. Boole uses state-of-the-art endoscopy equipment to help diagnose and treat your throat concerns. In his office, the procedure is displayed on a large screen, where you can watch, if you wish.
Let us help make the right diagnosis. Together, we’ll determine the best treatment plan for you.