Hoarseness, sore throat, or complete loss of voice may be signs of a throat and voice disorder. If you have symptoms that aren’t getting better, visit our team of Physicians at ENT Specialists of Austin in Austin and Cedar Park, Texas.
From laryngitis to vocal cord cysts, the team of ear, nose, and throat physicians can treat your condition and help you reclaim your throat health. To get started with a personalized consultation, book an appointment online or call the office today.
Throat & Voice Disorders Q & A
What are Some Common Throat and Voice Disorders?
At ENT Specialists of Austin, the team of experts treats children and adults with a wide range of throat and voice problems, such as:
- Tonsil issues: recurrent or chronic tonsillitis and tonsil stones
- Growths: masses, lumps, polyps, or nodules on the lips, mouth, throat, or vocal cords
- Swelling: from allergies or other inflammatory conditions
- Underlying conditions: like laryngopharyngeal reflux, throat cancer, subglottic stenosis, or spasmodic dysphonia
Other common throat and voice disorders may include difficulty swallowing, vocal cord paralysis, or the changes in your voice associated with aging.
What are the Symptoms of a Throat and Voice Disorder?
Symptoms of a throat and voice disorder vary, depending on what your underlying problem is. It’s common to experience:
- Sore throat
- Pain when swallowing
- Difficulty speaking
- Irritation, swelling, or itching in the throat
When Should I See a Doctor About a Throat or Voice Disorder?
If you’re having difficulty with your voice, the experts at ENT Specialists of Austin understand how concerning this can be. The standard recommendation is to have an examination if your symptoms persist for more than two weeks.
However, if you’re having severe symptoms or need immediate relief before then, contact the practice to schedule a consultation.
How are Throat and Voice Disorders Treated?
At ENT Specialists of Austin, the physicians use in-office video endoscopy technology to see the inside of your esophagus and throat canal. This is enough to provide an accurate diagnosis, but your physician may order additional diagnostic tests.
Once your physician diagnoses your condition, they can recommend numerous treatment options to help you recover. This might include a “wait and see” approach, medication, speech therapy, or surgery.
There are many ways you can help protect your throat and voice health at home, so it’s critical to practice good habits to allow yourself a full recovery. Avoid smoking, rest your voice, reduce your exposure to allergens, and take any recommended medication as instructed.
To learn more about treatment for throat and voice disorders, call the practice today or book an appointment online.