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Acute Laryngitis vs Chronic Laryngitis: Symptoms, Differences, Diagnosis, and Treatment

By:
Michael P Underbrink, MD
September 12, 2019
January 7, 2020 08:16 PM
laryngitis, acute laryngitis, chronic laryngitis

  Laryngitis is where your larynx (voice box) becomes inflamed due to irritation, overuse or infection. You can have acute (short-lived) laryngitis or chronic (long-lasting) laryngitis. Either way, the symptoms can interfere with your daily life.  Here you'll learn the definition and differences of acute vs chronic laryngitis in terms of symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.   What is Acute Laryngitis? Acute laryngitis usually is a short-lived illness that produces a sore throat and hoarseness. Often, it's caused by an upper respiratory tract infection.  It typically lasts for around three to seven days. It might have infectious causes or non-infectious causes like straining the vocal cords by overusing your voice or gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) could cause it which is known as reflux laryngitis. … Read More

Inflammation of Your Larynx (Voice Box): Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

By:
Michael P Underbrink, MD
September 06, 2019
September 12, 2019 08:58 PM
laryngitis, hoarse throat, voice box

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What is a Hoarse Voice (Hoarseness)? Signs, Causes and Treatments

By:
Michael P Underbrink, MD
September 03, 2019
January 7, 2020 09:13 PM
laryngitis, hoarse throat

View Video Hoarseness is a presentation doctors see in primary care and ear, nose and throat practices, and is the reason for around one percent of all primary care consultations. It's important to know hoarseness isn't a disease in itself, but rather a symptom.   What is a Hoarse Voice (Hoarseness)? Hoarseness, or dysphonia, is where you have an abnormal change in your voice quality, which makes it sound: Strained Raspy Breathy Lower or higher in pitch Weak Fatigued Inconsistent It often makes it difficult for you to talk. This typically occurs when you have a problem in the vocal cords of your larynx (voice box) which produces sound. When you breathe your vocal cords (folds) are separated, however, when you make a noise, they come together and they vibrate when the air is leaving your lungs. Hoarseness results when anything alters the closure or vibration of your vocal cords.… Read More

What is Laryngitis? (Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment Options)

By:
Michael P Underbrink, MD
August 21, 2019
October 16, 2019 09:24 PM
laryngitis

View Video   Laryngitis is a condition many individuals have dealt with at some point in their lives. Most laryngitis cases are temporary, improving once the underlying cause becomes better, however, some people do end up with chronic laryngitis. In their lifetime, it's thought that 21 percent of the population might develop chronic laryngitis. In some cases, an infection causes it could spread to other areas of your respiratory tract.… Read More

Hearing Loss and Dementia (Alzheimer's)

By:
Mark Nichols, MD
May 16, 2019
June 28, 2019 10:34 PM

  As you age, hearing loss and dementia become more common. Research shows this isn't just a coincidence. There is a strong connection between hearing loss and dementia, Alzheimer's and other dementias.… Read More

Top 9 Reasons Why You Should Treat Nasal Congestion

By:
Tara Morrison, MD
April 30, 2019
September 9, 2019 07:15 PM
nasal congestion

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Nasal Congestion/Blockage and The Vivaer Procedure in Houston Texas

By:
Tara Morrison, MD
April 26, 2019
April 29, 2019 07:31 PM
nasal obstruction, nasal blockage, vivaer procedure

Nasal congestion and blockage affect many people. There can be a number of causes of nasal blockage and it can affect your quality of life causing minor problems like a sore nose and dry mouth to more serious problems like trouble sleeping and problems hearing. If you're struggling with nasal congestion, don't hesitate to find out the cause and receive treatment.… Read More

What is a Cholesteatoma? (Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment Options)

By:
Tara Morrison, MD
April 03, 2019
May 17, 2019 05:20 AM
cholesteatoma

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Parotid (Salivary Gland) Tumors: Types, Symptoms, and Treatments

By:
Tara Morrison, MD
March 14, 2019
March 14, 2019 06:56 PM
parotid tumors, salivary gland

A salivary gland tumor or parotid tumor is cancer beginning in one of your salivary glands. It's not just a single disease. You actually have various salivary glands near and inside your mouth. Many types of-cancerous (benign) tumors and cancer can develop in these salivary glands.… Read More

Allergies in Houston? Why You Might Need to See an Allergist?

By:
Patricia Leonard, MD
February 15, 2019
March 13, 2019 07:49 AM
allergist, allergies

  There are nearly 67 million people in the U.S. who suffer from allergies. Of those, nearly 81 percent report specific allergies to pollen. For those suffering from pollen allergies in Houston, allergy season is long and unforgiving, often lasting from January through September. That is in addition to the many other allergens that are far too common in and around Houston.… Read More

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