woman with a sore throatSome throat issues – such as a sore throat caused by a virus – resolve fairly quickly, but others can linger. If you have ongoing symptoms, they may warrant a visit to a throat doctor who specializes in this area of the body. He or she can help diagnose the underlying cause of your symptoms as well as create an effective treatment plan.

In this blog, the doctors at DFW Sinus Select explain more about the symptoms that warrant a visit to the throat doctor.

What is a throat doctor?

Your primary care physician may examine your throat during a checkup or if you have specific symptoms that may be related to your throat. For more involved or ongoing issues, however, you may want to see an otolaryngologist – an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist.

An ENT specializes in the management and treatment of issues related to the ear, nose, throat and related structures of the head and neck. When it comes to the throat, this type of doctor is a specialist in diagnosing and treating issues of the throat, larynx and esophagus.

What are the symptoms that warrant a visit to a throat doctor?

You may want to make an appointment with an ENT if you experience the following symptoms:

  • A lingering sore throat – persisting even after treatment by your primary care physician
  • Voice problems – including ongoing hoarseness
  • Difficulty swallowing – including pain or coughing while swallowing, being unable to swallow, changing your eating habits to avoid some foods, or feeling like food is stuck in your throat, chest, or behind your breastbone.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms – including heartburn, regurgitation, an acid taste in the mouth, a dry cough (especially at night), or a feeling that there’s a lump in your throat and/or a sudden increase of saliva

What are the treatment options for throat issues?

The treatment you receive depends on your symptoms and medical history, as well as the underlying issue that’s causing your symptoms. Your ENT specialist will recommend the best, most effective treatment based on these factors. Treatments can include the following:

Sore throat

A sore throat may be caused by infections such as strep throat or tonsillitis, allergies or post nasal drip. Your treatment will depend on its cause but may include:

  • Antibiotics – to treat bacterial infections
  • Allergy medications – such as pills, liquids, inhalers, or nasal sprays. Can also include immunotherapy – periodic injections or small doses of the allergen applied under your tongue to build up your body’s tolerance.

Post-nasal drip

When mucus backs up in your sinuses and nasal passages, it can cause you to feel mucus dripping down the back of your throat. Treatments may include the following:

  • Antibiotics
  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Steroids
  • Nasal sprays
  • Home remedies such as drinking more water
  • Surgery to correct issues such as nasal polyps that could be contributing to the blockage

Where can I find the best treatment in the Dallas/Fort Worth area?

DFW Sinus Select has board-certified ENTs at 10 convenient locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We offer the latest, most minimally invasive treatments available and are dedicated to finding the cause of your throat-related symptoms and devising an effective treatment plan.

To make an appointment and take the first step toward getting relief from your throat-related symptoms, contact DFW Sinus Select today!