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By Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates of Corpus Christi
October 18, 2022
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Hoarse Throat   Hoarseness  

A hoarse throat can develop with or without pain. There are several factors which can cause hoarseness, including:

  • A virus like the flu or a cold
  • A bacterial infection like strep throat
  • An allergic reaction to an allergen
  • Laryngitis, or inflammation in your throat
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD
  • Esophageal cancer

For mild hoarseness, you can try a few simple remedies to help get relief. Remember to:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of liquids
  • Drink warm tea with honey to soothe your throat
  • Gargle with warm salt water several times during the day
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol
  • Place a humidifier in your bedroom to breathe moist, soothing air

For moderate to severe hoarseness that doesn’t resolve or is getting worse, you need to seek out the expertise of your ENT specialist. You also need to seek out your ENT specialist if your hoarseness is accompanied by:

  • Joint pain, a rash, or a fever over 101 degrees
  • Difficulty breathing, swallowing or opening your mouth
  • A lump in your neck, earache, or blood in your saliva

Professional treatments for hoarseness include:

  • Antibiotic medication, if your hoarseness is caused by a bacterial infection, like strep throat
  • Antiviral medication, if your hoarseness is caused by a virus like a cold or the flu

If the cause of your hoarseness is not easily identifiable, your ENT specialist may also recommend a diagnostic procedure known as an endoscopy. During an endoscopy, a thin tube with a camera at one end is inserted into your throat and guided down your esophagus. The endoscope allows your ENT specialist to view your esophagus. If any abnormal tissue or growths are found, they can be removed for biopsy.

An endoscopy is especially effective in the diagnosis of:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Esophageal polyps or growths
  • Esophageal damage or ulcers
  • Esophageal cancer

No matter what is causing your hoarseness, an ear, nose, and throat specialist can help. If you are suffering from hoarseness or a sore throat, talk with an expert. Call your ENT specialist today.


By Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates of Corpus Christi
October 04, 2022
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Sleep Apnea   Snoring  

Occasional snoring is normal, but if you are being told you snore loudly every night, you could have something else. You could have sleep apnea, a sleep condition that can have serious consequences and can even shorten your life. Your ENT specialist is an expert at treating snoring and sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is caused by the intermittent relaxing of the tissue at the back of your throat. The relaxed tissue partially or completely blocks your airway while you sleep, depriving your body of oxygen.

Your brain, heart, and other vital organs are affected by the lack of blood flow, putting you at greater risk of:

  • Developing heart disease
  • Having a stroke
  • Developing diabetes
  • Acquiring memory problems

You are at greater risk of developing sleep apnea as you age, and if you are overweight. You may have sleep apnea if you are experiencing:

  • Waking up with a gasping or choking sensation
  • Headaches and a sore throat when you awaken
  • Feeling fatigued and tired during the day
  • Grogginess and problems concentrating

Your ENT specialist will need to have you do a sleep study to determine if you have sleep apnea or another sleep disorder. If you have sleep apnea, your ENT specialist will discuss treatment options with you, which can include:

A CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) machine; is a device that produces a continuous supply of oxygen. You breathe the oxygen through a facepiece, which you wear while sleeping.

An oral mandibular advancement appliance; is a small appliance that fits over your teeth and holds your lower jaw forward, keeping your airway open while you sleep.

Sleep apnea is a dangerous condition that can go untreated. If you notice any of the signs and symptoms listed above, or if your family members tell you about your snoring, take it seriously. It’s time to call your ENT specialist for a sleep study to see if you are suffering from sleep apnea. To find out more about sleep apnea signs, symptoms, and treatment, call your ENT specialist today.