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By Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England
February 26, 2019
Category: Injuries
Tags: Hoarseness  

Are you suffering from hoarseness? Do you want to know more about hoarseness and its causes?

Your Ear Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England located in Ware, Northhampton, and Springfield, MA, can help you understand Doctoryour symptom and how to treat hoarseness.

What is hoarseness?

This is when you have an abnormal voice. It's raspy and strained. You'll also notice your voice varying in pitch and volume. Hoarseness isn't a disease but a symptom.

What causes hoarseness?

Hoarseness is a result of disorders in the larynx, also known as the voice box.

Examples of issues include:

  • Common cold
  • Upper respiratory tract viral infection
  • Voice abuse
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Smoking
  • Allergies
  • Thyroid problems
  • Neurological disorders
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Trauma to the voice box

Note that if your hoarseness lasts for too long, this may be a sign of larynx cancer.

Other examples of when you may suffer from hoarseness according to your Ware, Northhampton, and Springfield doctor:

  • Voice Change: Cancers may result in a hoarse voice. You'll need to speak to an otolaryngologist that specializes in head and neck issues.
     
  • Persistent Earache: This may be a result of several things, like an infection or tumor. Make sure you speak with your otolaryngologist if you have questions.

Diagnosis:

Doctors evaluate your health by determining the severity of your hoarseness in relation to how long it has persisted. Other procedures used include:

  • Lab tests
  • Biopsy
  • X-rays
  • Test thyroid function
  • Physical exam

How to Improve your Health:

  • You should quit smoking
  • Avoid drinking caffeine and alcohol because of dehydration
  • Avoid standing with people who smoke (second-hand smoking)
  • Drink more water and humidify your home
  • Try to avoid eating spicy food and, as mentioned above, alcohol
  • Relax your voice by not straining it

If you have any questions or concerns about a persistent hoarse voice, call your Ware, Northhampton, and Springfield, MA, doctor at Ear Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England.

By Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England
August 25, 2014
Category: Injuries
Tags: Rhinoplasty  
We all don’t obsess over celebrities, but we usually hear about their whereabouts and scandals quite easily, via gossip magazines and TV. It’s probably stressful to be under the microscope, but that’s part of being a celebrity. Another issue they must deal with is how to affectively address rumors and tabloids. One popular topic that has put the rich and famous in the hot seat is a rhinoplasty, or “nose job,” procedure, which can alter the proportions of the nose.  
 
Many celebrities have undergone the procedure because they stated that a deviated septum was causing breathing problems. But we wonder—is this the truth behind the use of a rhinoplasty?
 

The Issues of a Deviated Septum

When celebrities cite a deviated septum as the main reason behind their rhinoplasty procedures, they could be telling the truth. First off, what is a deviated septum? It’s an issue when the nasal cavity shifts away from the midline, causing an imbalance in the breathing passages.
 
Thus, a deviated septum can cause a number of issues, including:
  • Sinus infection
  • Headaches
  • Postnasal drip
  • One-sided nasal congestion
  • Nosebleeds
  • Difficulty breathing
 

What Can a Rhinoplasty Do? 

In terms of treatment, a rhinoplasty can change the appearance of the nose, as well as improve function. A few common reasons a patient may undergo a rhinoplasty include:
  • Treat a nose injury
  • Repair deformity
  • Improve breathing difficulties
Improving the proportions of the breathing passages can help your overall quality of life, and we believe many of these celebrities saw this as the best way to find relief. What do you think?
 
Please contact our office for more information about a rhinoplasty procedure. Call us at (413) 732-7426. 
By Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England, LLC
February 25, 2014
Category: Injuries
Tags: Nose  

Top Three Sports that Cause Nose Injuries

Football, hockey, and boxing—what do these three sports have in common? These highly competitive contact sports are the sports that most commonly result in nasal injuries.   Nose Injury
 
However, nasal injuries are not only limited to these three sports.  Sports that involve physical contact, fast fists, and quick footwork can make it difficult to avoid injury, especially to the face. A quick jab, hockey puck or basketball hitting the nose, or contact by another athlete may result in bleeding, bruising, or even a nasal fracture. It’s important to know what to do during a nose injury.
 

What to do about an injured nose

If your nose gets bruised, it will heal on its own. Elevating your head and applying cold compresses to the eyes can help speed recovery. 
 

How do you know if your nose is broken? Here are common symptoms to go by:

  • ·Deformity of the external nose
  • ·Bleeding from the nose
  • · Difficulty breathing through nasal passages
  • · Significant swelling and bruising of the nose and under the eyes
 
If you have one or more of these symptoms, it’s important to see your healthcare provider as soon as possible. They can help get your nose back in shape and on its way to healing.
 

What does a broken nose mean for you?

A fracture of the nasal bones can result in functional and aesthetic problems.  Not only will it affect the outside appearance of your nose, but it may also result in difficulty breathing through one or both sides of the nose.  This is most likely caused by a deviated nasal septum, but can also be from narrowing of the nasal passages from external bony deformity.
 
Within the first several weeks after the injury, the nasal bones may be manipulated back into their proper position with a procedure called a closed reduction.  After the bones have healed, you may need to consider a rhinoplasty.  Springfield residents can talk to the Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Springfield.  Rhinoplasty can treat a deviated septum, weak nostrils, and a twisted nose caused by a nose injury.
 
Do you have a structural abnormality? Do you want to get a rhinoplasty procedure for cosmetic reasons? To determine the extent of your injury/issue, you should schedule a consultation for a rhinoplasty in Springfield. For more information, call our Springfield office at (413) 732-7426. What other topics would you like us to cover on our blog? Feel free to add comments or questions in the section below.