Otolaryngologists

 

What is an Otolaryngologist?

Otolaryngology (pronounced oh/toe/lair/in/goll/oh/jee) is the oldest medical specialty in the United States. Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients of all ages with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck. They are commonly referred to as ENT physicians.

 

An Otolaryngologists Areas of Expertise

  • Allergy:  treatment by medication and/or avoidance of pollen, dust, mold, food, and other sensitivities that affect the ear, nose, and throat.
    Treating: hay fever, seasonal and perennial rhinitis, chronic sinusitis, laryngitis, sore throat, otitis media, dizziness.
  • Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery:   functional and reconstructive surgical treatment of abnormalities of the face and neck and ear.
    Treating: deviated septum, skin lesions and ear deformities.
  • Head and Neck:  cancerous and noncancerous tumors in the head and neck, including the thyroid.
    Treating: lump in the neck or thyroid, cancer of the mouth and throat.
  • Laryngology:  disorders of the throat, including voice and swallowing problems.
    Treating: sore throat, hoarseness, swallowing disorder, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), infections, snoring and sleep apnea.
  • Otology/Neurotology:  diseases of the ear, including trauma (injury), infection, benign tumors, and nerve pathway disorders, which affect hearing and balance.
    Treating: ear infection, swimmer’s ear, hearing loss, dizziness, ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and ear, face or neck pain.
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology:  diseases in children with special ENT problems including birth defects of the head and neck and developmental delays.
    Treating: ear infection (otitis media), tonsil and adenoid infection or enlargement, airway problems, asthma and allergy/sinus disease, neck tumors.
  • Rhinology:  disorders of the nose and sinuses.
    Treating: sinus disorder, nose bleed, stuffy nose, loss of smell, polyps, tumors.

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