Find out if the symptoms you are experiencing could be warning signs of head and neck cancer.
Have you been a long-term smoker or tobacco consumer? Would you consider yourself a frequent or heavy drinker? If so, these are just some risk factors that could increase your chances of head and neck cancer. If you are noticing some rather unusual symptoms and are worried that it might be cancerous our Irvine, CA ENT doctor, Dr. Victor Strelzow, has some more information about signs and symptoms to be on the lookout for.
What are the symptoms of head and neck cancer?
While people with this form of cancer may experience these symptoms below, remember that not all people will show symptoms. Also, some of these symptoms may also be the result of another health problem that our otolaryngologist in Irvine will want to address. Common symptoms include:
- A red or white oral lesion or patch
- Swelling in the head or neck region that won’t go away
- A mass in the head or neck region that may or may not cause pain
- A chronic sore throat
- A change in your voice
- An increase in nosebleeds
- Ear or jaw pain
- Difficulty speaking, chewing or moving your jaw
- Numbness or weakness in the head or neck
- Unexpected weight loss
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it is always best to play it safe and visit us as soon as possible. We can evaluate your symptoms, perform an exam and run tests to provide a proper diagnosis.
What are the risk factors associated with head and neck cancer?
It’s important to know whether you are at an increased risk for developing this type of cancer. Even though this doesn’t mean that you will get head or neck cancer, these are some factors that could make you more susceptible:
- Using tobacco products
- Heavy alcohol use
- Age (Individuals over 40 years old)
- Epstein-Barr virus (colloquially referred to as “mono”)
- Poor oral hygiene
- Marijuana use
- Exposure to asbestos, paint fumes or other harmful inhalants
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- A diet that is low in vitamins A and B
We understand that being diagnosed with cancer is scary, but the sooner you seek medical care the sooner you can get treatment and get on the road to recovery. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important that you call our Irvine, CA ENT office as soon as possible.
How your ENT specialist in Irvine, CA can help with sinusitis
Chronic sinus issues can be uncomfortable and unfortunately, all too common. In fact, 37 million Americans suffer from sinusitis, or inflammation of the sinuses. You don’t have to suffer from the pressure, pain and headaches that come with sinusitis. Now there is a permanent solution; it’s called balloon sinuplasty dilation. Dr. Victor Strelzow is an ear, nose and throat specialist in Irvine, CA and an expert on treating sinus issues.
If you’ve tried over-the-counter treatments like saline rinses and still suffer the symptoms of sinusitis, it’s time to try the state-of-the-art, minimally invasive way to clear your sinuses and breathe easier permanently.
Consider balloon sinuplasty dilation if you suffer from:
- Chronic sinus or nasal problems
- Treatment-resistant sinus infections
- Headaches surrounding your eyes
- Difficulty breathing through your nose
- A chronic bad taste in your mouth or bad breath
Your ENT specialist in Irvine performs balloon sinuplasty dilation in an outpatient setting while you are under general anesthesia. A wire catheter containing a tiny balloon is inserted into your nostril. When the catheter reaches your blocked sinus passage, the balloon is inflated. The inflated balloon works to gently open and widen your sinus passage. Once your sinus passage is opened, the balloon is deflated and the catheter is taken out. Your newly cleared sinus passage allows you to breathe easier than you ever thought possible.
Balloon sinuplasty dilation is a minimally-invasive treatment, much easier than conventional sinus surgery because it doesn’t require any incisions, cutting or removal of bone or tissue. There is less pain, less risk of infection and minimal bruising and swelling. This means minimal downtime for you!
If you have chronic sinusitis and you want to breathe easier, balloon sinuplasty dilation might be the treatment you’ve been waiting for. You need to seek out the services of an expert, like your ENT specialist in Irvine, CA, Dr. Strelzow. Call today and start breathing easier tomorrow!
Think your only issue is keeping those in your household awake? Think again.
While your partner or your child might mock your loud snoring or you may even joke about snoring so loudly that you wake yourself up, you may want to consider the chance that there could be something else going on. Loud disruptive snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder that requires treatment from an ENT doctor like Dr. Victor Strelzow in Irvine, CA. Find out what treatment options are available to you.
Conservative Treatment Options: There are a variety of treatments available to you in Irvine, CA to treat your snoring and sleep disorders. Some non-invasive options include,
- Positional therapy
- Over-the-counter medications
- Oral appliance
Other Treatment Options: When you visit our ENT doctor, we will be able to provide a comprehensive evaluation to see which treatment options will be the best for your condition. Other common ways to treat sleep apnea-related snoring include,
- Palatal stiffening procedures
- Nasal surgery
Palatal Stiffening Procedures
This includes several different options including palatial implants, snoreplasty injections and radiofrequency.
Palatial implants: By placing implants into the soft palate, we can greatly reduce the vibrations that cause snoring. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, is easy to place, offers long-term benefits and promises a fast recovery.
Snoreplasty: Also performed under local anesthesia, a chemical such as sodium tetradecyl sulfate is injected into the soft palate to stiffen the palate and reduce vibrations.
Radiofrequency: This in-office procedure applies heat to the soft palate to stiffen it and reduce vibrations. Radiofrequency may require several sessions in order to get the results you need.
If large tonsils or adenoids are the root cause of your sleep problems or snoring, then they may need to be removed. This is often the most common way to treat these issues in children; however, it can still be a great treatment option for adults, as well. This procedure is a bit more invasive than the other ones above and is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia.
Did you know that nasal congestion could be a cause of snoring? Deviated septums, allergies, nasal polyps and other obstructions can all contribute. While some people find relief through steroidal sprays and other medications, sometimes the only way to really fix the problem is to fix these nasal abnormalities. Just like a tonsillectomy, most of these procedures are also performed outpatient under general anesthesia.
Don’t let a sleep disorder keep you from the precious sleep you need. Turn to your Irvine ear, nose & throat clinic for the unique, individualized care you need to finally get a good nights rest.
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