There are many reasons why one might be referred to a specialist due to throat-related symptoms, though there are a few conditions that are more common than others.
The most common cause of concern is a sore throat, which is often the result of an underlying condition or another issue at play. Most sore throats are the result of viral infections due to the common cold or flu. Bacterial infections including strep throat, tonsillitis, whooping cough and diphtheria may also cause a sore throat.
Additional causes include allergies, acid reflux, environmental irritants, dry air and strained vocal cords.
Other Throat Conditions
There are several other conditions related to throat health that might lead to a visit to an ear, nose and throat specialist, though they’re often not as common.
Usually, a sore throat will go away on its own with the help of over-the-counter treatments. A sore throat lasting more than a month may be a sign of a serious issue such as cancer. You should make an appointment to receive an evaluation from an ear, nose and throat physician as soon as possible.
Additional throat problems might include:
- Throat Cancer
- A Swallowing Disorder
- Thyroid & Parathyroid Conditions
Seeking the cause or underlying reason for your throat troubles remains the most important step in treatment and recovery. That’s why it’s important to get the advice of a specialist at Advantage ENT & Audiology.