Voice changes in puberty

January 10th, 2018 by admin in Voice Clinic Comments Off on Voice changes in puberty

Until the onset of puberty, the voice boxes of males and females are the same and their voices sound the same. With the onset of puberty, several changes take place. The voice boxes of males become bigger from front to back; the angle of the Adam’s apple becomes narrower in males, so the Adam’s apple […]

Deterioration in the sense of smell

December 20th, 2017 by admin in Nose Clinic Comments Off on Deterioration in the sense of smell

Deterioration in the sense of smell has a significant impact on the quality of your life. Smell and taste are linked. So if you can’t smell, it affects your sense of taste. If after a viral illness, you notice that your sense of smell is diminished, there is a narrow window of opportunity to try […]

Vocal Nodules

December 14th, 2017 by admin in Throat Clinic, Voice Clinic Comments Off on Vocal Nodules

Vocal nodules are the most common cause of hoarseness in children, and a very common cause of hoarseness in adults. Nodules develop in the vocal cords with inappropriate voice use, usually associated with shouting or screaming. These little nodules are like calluses on your hands. They are benign and if the inappropriate vocal use is […]

Neck Masses in Adults

December 6th, 2017 by admin in Head and Neck Cancer Comments Off on Neck Masses in Adults

Neck masses are common in adults. But often the underlying cause is not easily identifiable. Most of the neck masses in children are due to infections; but most neck lumps that appear in adults and don’t go away within 3 weeks are neoplasms. Malignant neoplasm far exceeds any other cause of neck lumps in adults. […]

Sensation of a Lump in Throat

November 14th, 2017 by admin in Throat Clinic Comments Off on Sensation of a Lump in Throat

Sensation of a lump low down in the throat is quite a common presentation. Understandably individuals who experience this for days and weeks become very concerned about something sinister going on. To put this in perspective the most common cause of this is spasm of the muscle of the top of your swallowing tube called […]

Hoarseness in the elderly

November 8th, 2017 by admin in Throat Clinic, Voice Clinic Comments Off on Hoarseness in the elderly

As we get less young, we lose muscle tone all over our body including our voice box. Our vocal cords which when we are younger are taut, become somewhat bowed. This is associated with several features including hoarseness of voice, inability to project and vocal fatigue or tiredness when speaking for long periods of time. […]

Facial Pain

October 25th, 2017 by admin in Nose Clinic Comments Off on Facial Pain

Many people think that facial pain and sinusitis are synonymous, or are the same thing. They are not. If we take a large group of people, less than 1/5 of the people with facial pain are suffering from acute sinusitis. Acute sinusitis is a condition cause by infection in sinuses. This often follows viral upper […]

Runny Nose in Children

October 19th, 2017 by admin in Nose Clinic, Paediatric Otolaryngology Comments Off on Runny Nose in Children

Most runny nose in childhood is due to one of the two things – most commonly allergic rhinitis, occasionally persisting blockage at the back of the nose due to big adenoid tissue. Children with big adenoids tend to have a chronic mouth open posture at rest. The discharge from their nose tends to be more […]

Sleep Disorder Breathing in Children

October 12th, 2017 by admin in Paediatric Otolaryngology, Sleep Clinic Comments Off on Sleep Disorder Breathing in Children

Enlarged tonsils and adenoids are the most common cause of obstructive sleep apnea in children. Remember that obstructive sleep apnea is not a clinical diagnosis, but is made on a result of sleep study. Sleep study can differentiate between certain conditions, which appear to be the same, but are very different in terms of their […]

Outer Ear Infections

October 4th, 2017 by admin in Ear Clinic Comments Off on Outer Ear Infections

Summer is coming. We are all looking forward to the beach and swimming. This is the season that we are more likely to get outer ear infections. Outer ear infections or otitis externa are usually caused when people swim in water with high bacteria counts and there is some minor injury in the ear canal […]