Throat & Neck Disorders
At Northwest ENT and Allergy Center, we diagnose and treat a variety of throat and neck-related disorders. Our providers are trained in both medical and surgical treatment options and we offer compassionate and patient-centric medical care.
When a condition or disorder affects our ability to speak and/or swallow, it can have a tremendous impact on our quality-of-living and daily habits.
At Northwest ENT and Allergy Center, our ENT specialists treat a variety of throat conditions including, but not limited to:
- Sore Throat
- Salivary Gland Disorders
- Voice & Swallowing Disorders
- Head & Neck Masses
- Thyroid Disorders
The majority of sore throats, or pharyngitis, are viral in nature and resolve with supportive care; however, strep throat is a bacterial infection and may require antibiotic therapy.
If your sore throat does not improve within 7 to 10 days you should be evaluated by your ENT doctor to rule out a serious medical condition.
Salivary glands include the parotid glands, submandibular glands, and minor salivary glands. Disorders of the salivary glands can include chronic infection, stones, and autoimmune diseases.
Lumps or bumps in the salivary glands, while frequently benign, should be evaluated with a head and neck examination to determine if further testing is indicated.
Voice & Swallowing Disorders
A variety of conditions cause disorders of the voice, most typically manifested as hoarseness.
Abuse or misuse of the voice can cause nodules or bumps on the vocal cords. Medical conditions such as chronic acid reflux or thyroid disorders can also affect the vocal cords. Smoking or aging also causes changes to occur in the vocal cords.
A thorough head and neck examination including a Flexible Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy in the office is the initial step in evaluating voice disorders.
Learn more about Voice & Swallowing disorders.
Head & Neck Masses
A lump in the neck is often caused by benign lymph node inflammation or infection. Lymph nodes are located throughout your body, as well as in your head and neck.
Congenital cysts, which are also usually benign, can occur on the head or neck and may not manifest until adulthood.
Unresolved head and neck masses should be evaluated by your ENT physician to determine if further testing is indicated.
The thyroid gland makes hormones that regulate your body’s metabolism. The gland is located in front of your neck, below your voice box (Adam’s apple).
Lumps in the thyroid gland require a thorough head and neck examination. Additional tests such as blood tests, ultrasound, or CT scans are sometimes needed.
Learn more about your thyroid and parathyroid glands.