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By Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates of Corpus Christi
November 22, 2022
Category: ENT

Head and neck cancer is a complicated disease. It can be caused by a wide variety of factors and can be diagnosed and treated by an ear, nose, and throat specialist. Your ENT specialist wants you to find out all you can about prevention, symptoms, and treatment of head and neck cancer.

These are just a few important facts you need to know about head and neck cancer:

Prevention of Head and Neck Cancer

Head and neck cancer are often caused by smoking or other tobacco use. Quitting tobacco use is one of the most important ways you can help prevent head and neck cancer. You should also do a self-check of your head and neck regularly. You need to pay attention to:

  • Swollen lymph nodes in your neck
  • Large moles, with a diameter of 6 millimeters or more
  • Moles with an irregular border
  • Moles that have changed in size, shape, or color
  • Moles that have grown back after previous removal

Signs and Symptoms of Head and Neck Cancer

There are some identifiable signs and symptoms of head and neck cancer for you to pay attention to, including:

  • Chronic earaches that don’t resolve quickly
  • Chronic sore throats that last longer than 2 weeks
  • Chronic pain and difficulty swallowing
  • A growth in your mouth or throat
  • Abnormal tissue in your mouth or throat
  • Moles that appear abnormal on your skin
  • Swollen lymph nodes in your neck that don’t resolve

Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer

Your ENT specialist is an expert at diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancer. Diagnosis may require imaging studies including MRI, CT scan, and others. Lab testing may also be required, along with a biopsy of abnormal tissue or growths.

Along with diagnosis, your ENT can treat head and neck cancer with several treatment options, including:

  • Surgery to remove cancerous tissue or growths
  • Radiation therapy to kill abnormal, precancerous, or cancerous cells
  • Immunotherapy to kill cancerous cells and stop future growth of cancer

You can get help for head and neck cancer by calling your ENT specialist. To find out more about prevention, symptoms, and treatment of head and neck cancer, call your ENT specialist today.


By Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates of Corpus Christi
November 10, 2022
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Sinus Infection  

Sinus infections are a common problem. In fact, over 12% of people in this country suffer from chronic sinus infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC. Fortunately, your ENT specialist can help you get relief from sinus infections, so you can breathe easier again.

Sinus infections can be caused by exposure to a bacteria, a fungus, or to an allergen. They can also develop after having the flu, a cold, or other virus.

Sinus infection symptoms can make you miserable. When you have a sinus infection, you may experience:

  • A fever
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Severe headaches
  • Difficulty breathing through your nose
  • Pain and pressure around and behind your eyes

For occasional sinus infections, your ENT specialist may recommend:

  • Antibiotics to kill the bacteria causing the infection
  • Prescription-strength decongestants to open your sinuses
  • Palliative medications and treatments to help you feel better

For chronic, moderate to severe sinus infections, your ENT specialist may recommend a procedure known as balloon sinuplasty. This procedure has many important advantages when compared to traditional sinus surgery.

Consider that balloon sinuplasty treatment:

  • Is minimally invasive and requires no incisions or sutures
  • Does not result in scarring or scar tissue
  • Is less likely to cause infection because there is no cutting
  • Causes far less discomfort than conventional sinus surgery
  • Requires little or no downtime because there is very little bruising and swelling
  • Is performed on an outpatient basis so there is no hospital stay

Balloon sinuplasty treatment is performed under general anesthesia. An ultrathin catheter is inserted into your nostril and guided up into your sinuses. The catheter has a small balloon attached at the end.

When the catheter reaches the sinus blockage, the balloon is inflated. The blockage is eliminated, congestion is relieved, and you can breathe freely again. The balloon is then deflated, and the catheter is removed.

You can get relief from sinus infections. Your ENT specialist has the answers and treatments you need to be able to breathe freely and easily. To find out more about sinus infections and how your ENT specialist can help you get relief, call your ENT specialist today.