Conditions of the throat are relatively common and can vary from mild infections or acid reflux to more serious conditions such as cancer. Aside from causing discomfort, throat problems can begin to impact day-to-day behaviors such as sleeping, eating, drinking and breathing.
Don’t suffer in silence. Our team of ENT consultants can help you get to the root of the problem.
The throat, also called the pharynx, is a tube in your neck that has multiple roles. It can be divided into 3 sections; the nasopharynx, oropharynx, and hypopharynx. The main functions of the throat include helping with the initial stages of digestion, swallowing, speech production and breathing.
The throat also contains glands that fight off pathogens as part of the immune system. These include adenoids and tonsils. Given that your throat will normally be the first point of contact of bacteria and viruses, it is relatively common for these areas to become infected, particularly in children.
Throat And Voice Conditions We Treat
Small glands at the back of the nasal cavity, that form part of the immune system.
Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease
A common condition where stomach acid travels up towards the throat.
Pair of small glands located in the back of the mouth, that form part of the immune system.
When To See A Specialist
Consider seeing an ENT specialist if you experience any of the following symptoms, particularly if they persist:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Loss of or severe changes to your voice e.g. hoarseness
- Lump in the neck
- Coughing up blood
- Regurgitation of food or drink
You may also be referred to an ENT specialist by your GP.
If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms and are concerned, request an appointment with A/Prof Sethi for a consultation.