Assessment of throat/larynx and nose/nasal symptoms (ENT Unit)
Our throat and nose are both crucial to some of our most basic activities such as breathing, speaking and smelling. The voice box (larynx) is a key feature of the throat, while the term “nasal” relates to our nose and includes the nasal passages, which is what we call the airways inside the nose.
All the above are highly important and very sensitive areas of our body. If we are having any problems with their function, it can quickly become very distracting and debilitating.
At Circle, our Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Unit specialises in providing an accurate diagnosis and appropriate non-surgical or surgical treatment for any medical conditions linked to the ears, throat and nose. I work as part of a wider team of experts each with our own sub-speciality, and together we are passionate about identifying and treating whatever problems you may be having, making sure that you get the best possible treatment and the highest quality of care.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, the best thing is to book in for a consultation where I can carry out a proper examination and find out what is causing the problem. At the examination I will make sure you have a good understanding of any diagnosis, and that you are clear about which treatment options are available to you. I will also be very happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Dysphagia is the technical term used to describe problems with swallowing. Having trouble swallowing can be very distressing, often causing us to feel anxious about eating and drinking. There may be accompanying pain or discomfort.
There are many different things which can affect our ability to swallow, and these might be linked to our mouth, throat or oesophagus (the tube which carries food from our mouth to our stomach). Injury or illness elsewhere in our body, such as our nervous system or stomach, can sometimes have a knock-on effect on our ability to swallow.
Tonsillitis is a common illness for children but can also be caught at any age. This is where the tonsils at the back of our throat become red and swollen. We might have a sore throat and find it hard to swallow, with cold or flu-like symptoms such as coughing, a hoarse voice, headache and a high temperature. We may also feel lumps or become aware of pain in our neck caused by swollen glands. These symptoms can be painful and exhausting, keeping us bed-bound and low on energy. Tonsillitis normally clears up after 3 to 4 days, but if you continue to experience these symptoms there may be complications requiring treatment.
Symptoms which affect our nose and nasal passage are many and varied and can include having a blocked nose, a runny nose, sneezing, irritation or discomfort around the nose, nosebleeds and having a reduced sense of smell. These can be as a result of any number of nasal and sinus disorders from allergic reactions, rhinitis and sinusitis through to nasal or sinus cancer.
There are all sorts of symptoms associated with throat and nose problems. To make things slightly more complicated, many of these problems have similar symptoms. This makes it important to have things properly assessed so that you can be sure you're getting the most effective treatment.
At your consultation we will start by talking about the history of your symptoms and when you first started noticing any problems. There are a variety of tests I can carry out to help assess things.
Some conditions will be more straightforward to diagnose, often only needing a physical examination. Other conditions may need additional scans or tests carried out to confirm a diagnosis.
Once we've established the cause of your symptoms, I will be able to talk you through the various available treatment options and together we can decide upon the best course of action. I will always make sure you have the information you need to make an informed decision about treatment.
As a dedicated ENT doctor, I have spent years helping people achieve a better quality of life by providing treatment for the range of illnesses and injuries that can hold us back. If you are experiencing any problems or symptoms in or around your ear, nose or throat, often the best thing is to come in for a proper examination.
- Adenoid removal
- Deafness treatment
- Ear infection treatment
- ENT assessment
- Functional endoscopic sinus surgery
- Grommets insertion (glue ear treatment)
- Head and neck malignancy surgery
- Hearing loss management
- Hoarseness diagnosis and treatment
- Nasal surgery (septoplasty)
- Pharyngeal pouch surgery
- Salivary gland surgery
- Sinusitis treatment
- Sleep apnoea treatment
- Snoring treatment
- Split earlobe repair
- Thyroid and parathyroid surgery
- Thyroid lobectomy
- Total thyroidectomy
- Tonsil removal (tonsillectomy)