Dealing with an annoying sore throat? Find out why this might be happening to you.
What a literal pain it is to wake up with a sore throat. This is one symptom that most will probably agree is pretty miserable. Luckily, this symptom is usually fleeting. Of course, if you are currently in the throes of a sore throat you may be wondering what could be causing it and what you can do to ease your symptoms. Our Long Beach, CA, otolaryngologists, Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan at Tan Head and Neck Clinic, are here to help.
What could be bringing about my sore throat?
There is a pretty extensive list of problems that could be causing you to deal with a sore throat. In many cases, a virus is to blame. These viruses can range of the simple common cold to measles or mononucleosis. It’s less likely that a bacterial infection could bring about your sore throat but it’s not impossible. In fact, the most common type of bacterial infection that causes sore throats is strep.
Allergies and environmental pollutants could also be irritating your throat and causing pain and discomfort. Perhaps you suffer from nasty pollen or mold allergy attacks. This could easily cause a lingering or long-term sore throat. In some situations, those with gastrointestinal issues like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may find that they deal with a persistent sore throat accompanied by heartburn.
We are more susceptible to sore throats when our immunity is lower, as our bodies are not as efficient at being able to fight infections when they attack. If you are under a lot of stress, if you are undergoing chemotherapy or if you aren’t getting enough sleep then you may be more prone to sore throats.
When should you see a doctor?
If you are dealing with a sore throat and any of these symptoms below then it’s certainly time to make a trip to see our Long Beach ENT doctor as soon as possible:
Don’t let a persistent sore throat get the better of you. Call Tan Head & Neck Clinic in Long Beach, CA, today to find out how we can help you.
While vocal cord lesions may seem like they would only occur in those who use their voices frequently, such as singers, anyone can get them. Learning how to identify these issues can help your ear, nose and throat doctor diagnose them at their earliest stages, while they are most treatable. Find out more about vocal cord lesions like nodules, polyps and cysts with Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan at Tan Head and Neck Clinic in Long Beach, CA.
What are vocal cord nodules, polyps and cysts?
A vocal cord nodule is similar to a callus, often occurring due to overuse on the vocal cord of those who use their voices for singing. Nodules normally disappear on their own with vocal rest. Polyps come in all shapes and sizes and are often found on only one side of the vocal cord. A vocal cord cyst can occur on the surface of or deeper within the vocal cord and vary in size and location. A cyst usually requires surgery and vocal therapy to treat.
Do I have nodules, polyps, and cysts?
If you suffer from vocal cord lesions, you may experience the following symptoms:
- gravely or scratchy voice
- vocal fatigue
- lost voice
- breaking voice
- low pitch to the voice
- airy pitch to the voice
If you suffer from a vocal cord lesion, you may notice that your symptoms get better or worse over time. They will not, however, go away on their own. If your symptoms last for a longer period of time, you should consult with your ear, nose and throat doctor.
Vocal Cord Lesion Treatments in Long Beach, CA
Treatments for these conditions will vary depending on the type of lesion you have. Most commonly, your doctor will begin by suggesting vocal rest or vocal therapy. If these treatment options fail, your doctor may suggest more invasive methods like surgery to remove or repair the lesion. Your ear, nose and throat doctor can help you determine which treatment is best for your condition.
For more information on vocal cord lesions or their treatments, please contact Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan at Tan Head and Neck Clinic in Long Beach, CA. Call (562) 988-8818 to schedule your consultation with your ear, nose and throat doctor today!
Your Long Beach, CA, ENTs, Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan of the Tan Head and Neck Clinic explain when head and neck surgery is recommended.
What is head and neck surgery?
Head and neck surgery is used to remove tumors the develop in the head or neck, including those that affect the:
- Thyroid gland
- Parathyroid gland
- Salivary glands
- Ear or eye
- Parotid gland
- Submandibular gland
Not all tumors are cancerous. If you do have cancer, you may need chemotherapy or radiation treatment in addition to surgery.
What signs and symptoms occur with tumors?
If you have a head or neck tumor, you may notice one or more of these symptoms:
- A lump you can see or feel
- Trouble swallowing or breathing
- Chronic cough or hoarseness
- Pain in the head, neck or throat
- Saliva tinged with blood
- Sores that don't heal on your neck or head
- An ulcer in your mouth that never seems to heal
What other types of surgery do ear, nose and throat doctors offer?
ENTs also use surgery to treat other conditions and diseases that affect the head. If you have frequent sinus infections or your infection lasts more than six weeks, you may benefit from minimally invasive sinus surgery. During the surgery, your ENT removes tissue that blocks your sinuses. Surgery is also used to remove obstructions that can make breathing difficult, such as cysts, polyps and is also a good solution if your problems are caused by a deviated septum.
If you experience frequent bouts of tonsillitis, your Long Beach ENTs may recommend a tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy during a visit to their office. Does your child suffer from frequent ear infections? Ear tubes may reduce the infections by allowing fluid to flow from the ears freely. The tubes are put in place during a minor surgical procedure. If an ear infection is severe, the ear drum can perforate. Although ear drums heal on their own in most cases, sometimes surgery is needed to repair the tissue.
Are you concerned about a lump or frequent sinus infections? Surgery may ease your symptoms. Call your Long Beach, CA ENTs, Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan, at (562) 988-8818 to schedule an appointment.
People living in Long Beach, CA with thyroid problems looking for information regarding thyroid disorders and surgical treatment should consider making an appointment with Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan of the Tan Head and Neck Clinic.
Why would I need thyroid surgery?
First, thyroid issues are fairly common and like anything, some situations are more serious than others. For example, if you have major swelling in your neck or have difficulty breathing or swallowing, it may be indicative of a serious problem. Chances are you will be checked for growths, cysts or tumors. If found, a biopsy may be necessary, and if that biopsy indicates a problem such as a malignancy, your Long Beach ENT will likely recommend surgery.
According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, thyroid surgery usually entails first removing the section, or lobe, of the thyroid where the growth has been found. Usually, a surgeon will take what is known as a frozen section, basically a microscope slide tissue sample, for further analysis. Based on the findings of that frozen sample, the surgeon will decide the next course of action, be it the removal of the remaining lobe, the entire thyroid, or in some cases the thyroid and other nearby tissues in the neck. Depending on your situation, your doctor may be able to use advanced robotic head and neck surgery to perform your thyroid procedure. This type of surgery is minimally invasive and requires a smaller incision. Your doctor will discuss all of these options with you prior to your surgery to determine which is the best course of action.
While the prospect of thyroid surgery may be frightening, having a caring, qualified specialist such working with you can help allay some of those fears.
If you are seeking the services of a qualified head and neck surgeon and ENT specialist in Long Beach, CA, consider contacting Tan Head and Neck Clinic. For more information or to make an appointment call (562) 988-8818.
Find out if the symptoms you are experiencing could be due to an ear infection.
An ear infection can certainly be a terrible nuisance. Whether you are concerned that you or your child are experiencing an ear infection, turn to the Long Beach, CA ENT doctors, Drs. Jesse and Jesus Tan, for the answers you’re looking for.
What are the symptoms of an ear infection?
It’s important to keep in mind that a child experiencing an ear infection may respond differently and show different symptoms than adults, particularly young children who may not be able to verbally communicate yet. Common symptoms that adults with ear infections experience include:
- Pain (this earache can range from achy and dull to sharp, severe pain)
- Feeling as if the ear is full or clogged
- Drainage coming from the ear
- Trouble hearing
If your child is displaying these symptoms then they may have an ear infection:
- Loss of appetite
- Tugging or pulling at the ear
- Draining from the ear
- Difficulty sleeping
When should I call our Long Beach, CA, otolaryngologist?
If your fever is above 100.4 degrees this could be telling you that you have a serious infection. Children and babies with a fever should seek medical attention right away to prevent any health complications. You should also give us a call if you or your little one is susceptible to ear infections and have had multiple infections throughout the year. Multiple ear infections could potentially lead to more serious issues like hearing loss. A medical professional should also examine you if you are having trouble hearing all of a sudden.
Don’t let ear pain and other symptoms affect your life. Turn to the Tan Head & Neck Clinic in Long Beach, CA to get proper care for you and your family. An ear infection can be a simple problem to fix if you see us right away.
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