Throat Treatments

Tonsils

The throat includes four groups of tonsils: Palatine, Lingual, Adenoids, and Nasopharyngeal. Their size is rated on a scale from 1 to 4, which helps determine when they reach a dangerous size and need to be removed.

Palatine

These are the tonsils at the back of the throat that most people think of when they think of tonsils. When they are infected or become too large, they can cause sleep apnea, snoring, difficulty swallowing and bedwetting.

Lingual

These tonsils are located at the back of the tongue, and when they get infected, which is rare, they can cause a lot of difficulty with breathing and swallowing.

Adenoids and Nasopharyngeal

Located in the back of the nose, these tonsils can cause difficulty breathing through the nose and are usually inflamed by sinus and ear infections.

Tonsillitis

Symptoms of Tonsillitis include:

  • Pain in the throat
  • Ear pain
  • Pain when opening jaw
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Halitosis/bad breath
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Deeper voice
  • Dehydration

Tonsillitis can cause ear and sinus infections, as well as problems in the cardiac valve, neck abscesses, and strep. Treatment involves antibiotics, flushing of the throat, and steroids. Our team will use a Xoran MiniScan to determine the best treatment for you.

For more information regarding any of our ENT treatments or for any questions regarding your symptoms, contact us at 651-888-7800.