Head And Neck Treatments By Board-Certified Physicians
Think of the head and neck as the nerve center of the body - controlling all of our critical functions including sight, smell, hearing, speech, and swallowing. In the head and neck area, our board certified otolaryngologists have the expertise to address complex head and neck disorders. We are committed to ensuring patients have a clear understanding of their diagnosis and treatment options and receive an immeasurable level of care.
Treating Allergies And Hay Fever
Allergy symptoms result when the immune system has a reaction to an allergic substance -- an allergen -- that enters the body. The immune system treats the allergen like an invader. Special antibodies are created to identify the allergen should it enter the body again.
When the allergen does reenter the body it can cause a range of reactions, including tissue destruction, dilation of blood vessels and production of one of many inflammatory substances such as histamine.
It is histamines that produce common allergic reactions such as itchiness, watery eyes, congestion, headaches, sneezing, etc. Learn more about allergies, what allergens to avoid, how they can be managed, and when a doctor should be consulted.
The thyroid gland is located in the middle of the lower neck and, when in its normal state, can't often by felt. The thyroid gland makes hormones that regulate the rate the body carries out some physiological functions. Diseases affecting the thyroid are fairly common, affecting millions of people, and typically involve over or under activity of the gland.
Thyroid glands can develop lumps or masses which can appear gradually or very rapidly.
The thyroid acting abnormally can typically be treated medically, either with medication or surgery. All lumps or masses should be evaluated by a trained doctor. Diagnosing a thyroid acting abnormally requires taking a medical history and a physical exam. Learn more about symptoms of thyroid glands acting abnormally, how a diagnosis is made, and treatments of typical conditions.
Tonsils And Adenoids
These masses of tissue in the throat are considered the first line of defense for bacteria and viruses that enter the body through the mouth and nose. They are similar to lymph nodes or glands in other parts of the body.
At times the tonsils -- located in the back of the throat -- and adenoids, high in the throat behind the nose and roof of mouth, can outlive their usefulness and become a liability, possibly triggering an airway obstruction or become repeatedly infected. An ear, nose and throat specialist can diagnose the problem and suggest the best treatment options. Learn more about the signs of infected tonsils and adenoids, and various treatment options.
Head And Neck Cancer
More than 55,000 Americans develop cancer of the head or neck each year, and 13,000 die from the cancers in that same year. While lung cancer deaths are dropping with smoking rates, cases of head and neck cancer are increasing as some smokers switch to chewing tobacco. Use of tobacco -- including cigars, chewing tobacco and cigarettes -- is closely linked to cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box and tongue.
While the increase in cancers in the head and neck isn't good news, it is good that most are curable if caught early and most do produce early symptoms.
Learn more about the symptoms of cancers in the head and neck, what to watch for, and what to do if you discover the symptoms.
Sinus Pain and Pressure
Voice Box Cancer
Swollen Glands in the Neck