- A continuing cough
- Hoarseness of voice
- Unexplained and significant weight loss
- Trouble swallowing easily (dysphagia)
- Pain in the jaw or ear
- White or red patches or sores in the mouth which do not heal
- Nose bleeds
- Swollen tissues anywhere in the head/neck area
- Numbness in the mouth and especially the tongue
- Continual nasal congestion
- Smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco
- Excessive alcohol consumption (more than two drinks daily if you a man and more than one a day for women)
- HPV exposure (Human Papilloma Virus) through oral sex
- A diet low in vegetables and fruit
- GERD, or acid reflux disease, in which stomach acid backs up into the esophagus
- Trouble with breathing and speaking
How to beat it
- The oral preparation stage is where the food or liquid is made ready for swallowing. In terms of food, this means chewing your food.
- Next is the oral stage where the tongue moves food or liquid to the back of the mouth. This starts the swallowing process.
- Then comes the pharyngeal stage, where the contents of the mouth go through the pharynx, throat, and esophagus.
- Last is the esophageal stage, where it transfers from the esophagus into your stomach.
- A constant feeling of something, either water or liquid, being stuck in the throat.
- Problems controlling saliva production, i.e. drooling.
- The sensation of a lump in the throat.
- Discomfort in the chest or throat.
- Coughing or choking when trying to swallow, drink, or eat. This is due to substances being pulled into the lungs.
- Difficulties sustaining a normal weight caused by swallowing interfering with nutritional intake.
- Tonsillitis or throat infections
- Scarring or damage to the esophagus
- Medication side effects
- Tumors in the lungs, esophagus, or throat
- Nerve diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Are you considering facial plastic surgery? Here at Century Ear Nose & Throat-Head & Neck Surgery in Evergreen Park, New Lenox, and Orland Park, IL, our seven otolaryngologists are highly experienced in both medical and cosmetic facial procedures—read on to learn more.
What is facial plastic surgery?
These in-office and in-hospital procedures address congenital and acquired facial defects of the nose, ear, lips, eyelids, and neck. Medical reconstructive procedures address unbalanced facial features, cleft lip or palate, birthmarks, and other problems people are born with. Also, they take care of acquired problems from auto accidents, burns, cancer, occupational accidents, and more.
Cosmetic procedures address detracting defects such as drooping eyelids, wrinkled/sagging skin, large/crooked noses, and more.
Do you qualify for facial plastic surgery?
Many Orland Park area people do. From children to teens and adults, patients desire better personal appearance, more self-confidence, and healthier overall function. At Century Ear Nose & Throat Head & Neck Surgery, our board-certified providers perform complete exams and sophisticated digital imaging to formulate each treatment plan.
As the patient, you should tell your physician your appearance goals. You'll learn what's realistically possible and what the surgery entails, including anesthesia and recovery.
Our board-certified ENT doctors offer the following:
- Blepharoplasty, to lift drooping eyelids
- Liposuction, to remove excess fat from buttocks, thighs and other problem areas
- Rhinoplasty, to correct defects in nasal cartilage, including shape and size
- Facelift, or Rhytidectomy, to tighten and smooth aging skin
- Chin, cheek, and lip implants
- Eyebrow lift
Our staff also delivers non-surgical aesthetic treatments such as microdermabrasion, dermal fillers, and BOTOX injectables to limit scarring, brighten skin tone, and make lines and wrinkles less obvious.
Find out more
At Century Ear Nose & Throat Head & Neck Surgery, our professional team provides general and surgical ENT services for both adults and children. We look forward to seeing you for a facial plastic surgery consultation at one of our three offices. For the Evergreen Park, New Lenox or Orland Park, IL, locations, phone (708) 460-0007.
- People seem to be talking very quietly all the time
- You find it difficult to follow along in conversations
- Higher pitched sounds, like alarm clocks or birds, are harder to hear
- Words with higher frequency consonants like f, t, s, p, and h are difficult to distinguish
- You frequently ask people to repeat themselves
Congestion and other nasal issues can make you feel miserable and affect your ability to breathe easily. Here are five common nasal problems and discusses treatment options.
Your nose is particularly sensitive to the effects of allergens in the air. Exposure to pollens, grass, weed, or mold can trigger uncomfortable symptoms, including:
- Frequent sneezing
- Congestion that makes breathing more difficult
- Runny nose
- Pain and pressure in your sinuses
- Itchy nose, eyes, ears, and throat
- Watery eyes
- Scratchy throat
Allergy medications or shots, prescription nasal sprays, decongestants, and antihistamines can help prevent or reduce your symptoms.
Non-allergic rhinitis isn't caused by airborne allergens, even though the symptoms are the same. Exposure to strong irritants, such as smoke, dust, pollution, and strong odors can cause the problem. Saline nasal spray can help wash away irritants, reducing your symptoms. Decongestants and prescription corticosteroid or antihistamine nasal sprays may also be helpful.
Nosebleeds happen to nearly everyone occasionally and are usually caused by dry nasal passages or a blow to the nose. Saline nasals sprays and water-based nasal gels help moisten your nasal passages. If your nosebleed is severe, it may be necessary to cauterize the blood vessel to stop the bleeding.
Your septum is a layer of bone and cartilage that separates your nostrils. Very few people have perfectly proportional septums. Although many of us have deviated septums, in most cases the deviation is minor and doesn't affect breathing. If the deviation is severe, you may experience:
- Difficulty breathing
- Frequent sinus infections
- Postnasal drip
- Snoring and sleep apnea
Nasal polyps are small growths that occur on the lining of your nose. Although they're usually benign, they can make it more difficult to breathe, cause runny noses and sinus pain, and increase your risk of sinus infections. Nasal corticosteroid strays can help shrink polyps, and antihistamines may be useful in reducing chronic nasal inflammation. If your polyps are large and other treatments haven't been unsuccessful, your ENT may recommend surgery.
Not sure what's causing your nasal issues? An ear, nose and throat doctor can diagnose the problem and offer treatments that will help you breathe easier. Call your ENT to schedule your appointment.
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