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Does swallowing change with age?

By: Kelly Warf, Au.D. Sanjeev Balamohan, M.D. Difficulty swallowing (also known as Dysphagia) can occur for a number of reasons. It is estimated that 20% of individuals over the age of 50 years, and most individuals by the age of 80 years, experience some degree of swallowing difficulty. Symptoms may...

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Breathing Problems 

Breathing issues may present as chest tightness, persistent cough, wheezing, and shallow breathing. Most breathing issues are associated with lung or respiratory conditions. An otolaryngologist manages conditions of upper respiratory that can cause breathing difficulties; a pulmonologist may be referred if a lung condition is suspected. Common conditions the otolaryngologist...

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What Happens if I don’t Treat my Seasonal Allergies?

By: Kelly Warf, Au.D. Alexander Goldin, M.D. As spring time rolls around, you may be excited for warmer weather. You may also dread the spring if you experience seasonal allergies. Common allergens include pollen and grass, often exposed to during warmer weather. Some people experience allergies during the Fall and...

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Ear / Nose / Throat

ENT, Sleep Apnea, and Heart Disease – Oh My!

Isn’t sleep apnea just a fancy name for snoring? NO- sleep apnea is when an individual's throat becomes obstructed or shuts down when they are sleeping. If air is not able to pass through the throat, interruptions in breathing deprive the lungs of oxygen. This increases blood pressure, increases heart...

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What is the Possible Cause for my Loss of Taste?

By: Kelly Warf, Au.D. Michael Layland, M.D. Many experienced a loss of taste and smell due to Covid-19 this past year. But loss or altered sense of taste and smell is something ENT specialists have been diagnosing and treating for many years. Below is a list of etiologies that have...

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Laryngitis vs. Hoarseness

By: Kelly Warf, Au.D. Sanjeev Balamohan, M.D. What is laryngitis and hoarseness? Laryngitis is a condition that affects the larynx, where the vocal cords are located. It can result in a loss of voice and inflammation of surrounding tissue. If this condition is chronic, vocal cords can be permanently damaged...

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When a Sinus Infection Turns into Sinusitis

By: Kelly Warf, Au.D. Alexander Goldin, M.D. Do you feel like your cold or sinus infection just won’t go away? Do you have a headache, pressure behind your eyes, sore throat, cough, and/or facial tenderness? Then you might have sinusitis. What starts as a cold can turn into sinusitis. Other...

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Remedies for a Sore Throat

By: Kelly Warf, Au.D. David Tojo, M.D. Sore throats rarely present on their own; they are typically a symptom of a viral infection (e.g., the flu or cold). Other causes of sore throats include allergies, dry weather, muscle/voice strain, gastroesophageal reflex disease, or cancer. The following remedies for sore throats...

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Acid Reflux; What’s the difference between LPR and GERD?

By: Kelly Warf, Au.D. Alexander Goldin, M.D. Acid reflux occurs when stomach content backflows up the esophagus. Overtime, the acid from the stomach content can cause tissue damage at the esophagus and/or throat. But did you know there are different types of acid reflux? We will compare LPR and GERD;...

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Silent Reflex and Esophageal Cancer

By: Kelly Warf, Au.D. Alexander Goldin, M.D. What do Humphrey Bogart and Eddie Van Halen have in common? Esophageal Cancer. The esophagus is a long, hollow tube that extends from the back of the throat to the stomach helping to move food from the mouth to the digestive system. Cancer...

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