Patient Education

Our team of specialists and staff believe that informed patients are better equipped to make decisions regarding their health and well being. For your personal use, we have created an extensive patient library covering an array of educational topics. Browse through these diagnoses and treatments to learn more about topics of interest to you. Or, for a more comprehensive search of our entire Web site, enter your term(s) in the search bar provided.

As always, you can contact our office to answer any questions or concerns.

Our Library at a quick glance:

Throat

Ears

Nose

Head & Neck

Thyroid & Parathyroid

Sleep & Snoring

Facial, Plastic & Reconstructive

Kids ENT Health

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Patient Education
... Our Library at a quick glance: Throat Aging and Swallowing Aspiration Cricopharyngeal Muscle Dysfunction Dysphagia GERD and LPR Hoarseness Salivary Gland Disorders Sore Throats Spasmodic Dysphonia Tonsillitis Tonsils and Adenoids Vocal Cord Paralysis Voice Box (Laryngeal) Cancer Zenker’s Diverticulum Ears Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) Cholesteatoma Conductive Hearing Loss Earaches Ears and Altitude (Barotrauma) Earwax (Cerumen Impaction) Hyperacusis Labyrinthitis Ménière’s Disease Otosclerosis Ramsay Hunt Syndrome Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL) Swimmer's Ear Tinnitus Vestibular Schwannoma Nose Asthma Dysgeusia Deviated Septum Fungal Sinusitis Geriatric Rhinitis Hyposmia and Anosmia Nosebleeds Post-Nasal Drip Sinus Headaches Sinusitis Rhinitis Turbinate Hypertrophy Head & Neck Bell's Palsy Fine Needle Aspiration Graves’ Disease Head and Neck Cancer Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Neck Mass in Adults Sialadenitis Skin Cancer Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain Thyroid & Parathyroid Goiter Hyperthyroidism Pediatric Thyroid Cancer Thyroid Cancer Thyroid Nodules Sleep & Snoring Pediatric Sleep-disordered Breathing Snoring, Sleeping Disorders and Sleep Apnea Facial, Plastic & Reconstructive Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Nasal Fractures Kids ENT Health Ankyloglossia (Tongue-tie) Pediatric Hearing Loss Pediatric Sinusitis Pediatric Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Our Services
...   Our Office Services Include: Allergy Testing and Shots, We also offer Allergy drops under the tongue! Hearing Evaluation, also Earwax removal Laryngoscopy Nasal Endoscopy Removal or freezing of small Skin Cancers Placement of Ear Tubes in adults (small children are usually done in operating room) In office nasal turbinate reduction and sinus balloon procdures Among The Disorders We Commonly Treat: Dizziness Ear Infection Hearing Loss Mouth Sores Neck Pain Breathing Problems Snoring/Sleep Apnea Sore Throat Head and Neck Cancers Oral Cancers Dizziness The inner ear serves two purposes: hearing and balance...

Howard A. Farrell, MD, FACS
... Cancer, 63(11):2192-2200

Shawn P. McKay, MD, FAAOA
... His interests also include endocrine surgery (thyroid, parathyroid), Head & Neck cancer, allergy, swallowing and voice disorders, and pediatric ENT...

Throat
Aging and Swallowing Aspiration Cricopharyngeal Muscle Dysfunction Dysphagia GERD and LPR Hoarseness Salivary Gland Disorders Sore Throats Spasmodic Dysphonia Tonsillitis Tonsils and Adenoids Vocal Cord Paralysis Voice Box (Laryngeal) Cancer Zenker’s Diverticulum

Head & Neck
Bell's Palsy Fine Needle Aspiration Graves’ Disease Head and Neck Cancer Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Neck Mass in Adults Sialadenitis Skin Cancer Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain

Thyroid & Parathyroid
Goiter Hyperthyroidism Pediatric Thyroid Cancer Thyroid Cancer Thyroid Nodules

Dysgeusia
... Dry mouth—Dry mouth, or xerostomia, can be a result of certain diseases, like Sjogren’s syndrome where the body attacks its only saliva glands [LINK], common medications such as water pills, or diuretics, or from radiation therapy for cancer...

Nosebleeds
..., anticoagulants like coumadin/warfarin, XARELTO®, or anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen or aspirin) Fractures of the nose or the base of the skull (a nosebleed occurring after a head injury should raise suspicion of serious concern) Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, a disorder involving birthmark-like blood vessel growths inside the nose Tumors, both malignant (cancerous) and nonmalignant (benign), must be considered, particularly in older patients or smokers What Are the Treatment Options...

Dysphagia
... Dysphagia may result from one or more of these issues: Acid reflux Throat infections (such as tonsillitis) Age-related swallowing muscle weakness Food or other foreign body becoming stuck in the throat (particularly in older patients) Weakness or scar of the esophagus Vocal fold paralysis or weakness Side effect of medications Tumors (throat, lung, esophageal cancer) Prolonged illness needing long stays at the hospital Past surgery or radiation to the neck, back, or chest Nerve disease such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), Myasthenia Gravis, or stroke What Are the Treatment Options...

Hoarseness
... Non-cancerous vocal cord lesions—Nodules, polyps, and cysts usually develop after prolonged trauma to the vocal cords from talking too much, too loudly, or with bad technique...

Salivary Gland Disorders
... Tumors—Cancerous (malignant) or noncancerous (benign) tumors usually show up as painless lumps or enlargements...

Tonsils and Adenoids
...Cancers of the tonsil, while uncommon, require early diagnosis and aggressive treatment...

Vocal Cord Paralysis
... Tumors of the skull base, neck, and chest—Tumors (both cancerous and non-cancerous) can grow around nerves and squeeze them, resulting in varying degrees of paresis or paralysis...

Voice Box (Laryngeal) Cancer
Cancer of the voice box, or laryngeal cancer, is not as well known by the general public as some other types of cancer, yet it is not a rare disease...

Pediatric Thyroid Cancer
... Thyroid nodules are uncommon in childhood, and thyroid cancer is uncommon in children...

Thyroid Cancer
...Thyroid cancer is very common, particularly in women...

Thyroid Nodules
...Diseases of the thyroid, whether functional (hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism) or structural (nodule, goiter, cancer), occur very commonly...

Conductive Hearing Loss
... Bony lesions—These are non-cancerous growths of bone in the ear canal often linked with cold water swimming...

Earaches
... A variety of problems can cause earaches in children and adults: Middle ear infection (called acute otitis media) Swimmer’s ear (called otitis externa) Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction or jaw joint pain Eustachian tube dysfunction Inflammation of the outer ear (called chondritis) Cotton swab use Throat infection Throat cancer (rarely) What Causes Earaches in Children...

Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL)
..., industrial/machinery or explosion/gunfire close to the ear; can be prevented with proper protection) Head trauma or abrupt changes in air pressure—this can cause the space that contains inner ear fluid to rupture Autoimmune inner ear disease—the body’s immune system attacks the inner ear and causes progressive hearing loss in both ears Ménière’s disease —a condition characterized by fluctuating hearing loss, dizziness, ear fullness, or ringing in the ears (called tinnitus)  Central nervous disease—damage caused by a condition such as multiple sclerosis Cochlear otosclerosis—abnormal bone growth in the inner ear Congenital inner ear malformation—genetic or environmental abnormalities (very common cause in children) Benign tumor—called “vestibular schwannoma,” this is a noncancerous tumor on the adjacent balance nerve that compresses the hearing nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain, causing SNHL What Are the Treatment Options...

Vestibular Schwannoma
Vestibular schwannoma is a benign (non-cancerous) tumor that grows on the eighth cranial nerve, which is responsible for hearing and balance...

Fine Needle Aspiration
...These cells are then looked at under a microscope to help your doctor determine if the mass or lump is cancerous (malignant) or noncancerous (benign)...

Head and Neck Cancer
Each year, more than 55,000 Americans will develop cancer of the head and neck (most of which is preventable)...

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
...HPV can cause cancer, but not all HPV infections lead to cancer...

Neck Mass in Adults
...It does not necessarily mean you have cancer, but it does mean you may need additional evaluation to receive an accurate diagnosis...

Sialadenitis
...Radioactive iodine (RAI), sometimes used for treatment after surgery of thyroid cancer, can also result in salivary gland scarring and sialadenitis because some of the radioactivity can be accumulated in the salivary glands...

Skin Cancer
...Skin cancer is a disease in which cancerous (malignant) cells are found in the outer layers of your skin...

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