Ear Nose and Throat
If you have a persistent problem with your ears, nose or throat, you are likely to benefit from seeing an ENT specialist. These doctors deal with one of the widest range of health problems in medicine, ranging from hearing loss, allergies and tinnitus, through to swallowing difficulties, voice problems, head and neck lumps and nose reshaping (rhinoplasty). So, as well as being skilled physicians they are also trained surgeons.
Ear, nose and throat problems affect adults and children alike. While GPs can deal with many non-complicated ENT conditions, specialist care is sometimes needed when usual treatments haven’t worked as well as you would like.
Many people ignore persistent ear, nose and throat symptoms, mistakenly believing that nothing can be done. But symptoms such as a persistent cough, snoring or dizziness can be treated successfully with specialist intervention. The Medical Chambers Kensington has five ENT specialists who can offer expert advice and management for any ear, nose or throat problems.
Seeing an ENT specialist for ear problems
A wide range of ear problems can benefit from specialist advice, including persistent ear infections, loss of hearing, noises in the ear (tinnitus) and vertigo. Meniere’s disease, for example, is thought to result from swelling or a build-up of fluid in the inner ear, and causes unpleasant symptoms of vertigo with hearing loss that comes and goes, tinnitus and a sensation of fullness in the ear.
If you experience on-going problems with earache, ear discharge, hearing loss or balance problems, your GP may suggest an ENT referral.
Seeing an ENT specialist for nose problems
Nose problems can result from inflammation (rhinitis) causing annoying symptoms such as sneezing, congestion, itching and discharge which may run down the back of your throat. Our ENT specialists can determine whether you have an allergic or non-allergic rhinitis, identify any allergic triggers, and recommend a range of treatment options.
As the nasal and sinus linings are connected, inflammation of one usually accompanies the other. If not treated, your symptoms may progress to cause sinusitis with facial pain, feelings of pressure, thick secretions and a reduced ability to smell (anosmia).
Once your sinusitis has lasted for more than 12 weeks, it is diagnosed as chronic sinusitis. An ENT surgeon can inspect the inside of the nose to confirm signs of swelling and identify any nasal polyps or structural abnormalities such as a deviated nasal septum.
Seeing an ENT specialist for throat problems
ENT specialists can help if you have problems in the throat that cause snoring, or which affect your ability to speak, sing, eat or swallow.
Don’t ignore persistent hoarseness that lasts for longer than 3 weeks, for example. Over 2,000 new laryngeal cancers are diagnosed each year in the UK, and the most common symptom is persistent hoarseness, sometimes accompanied by throat pain.
Any unexplained lump in the neck or throat also needs investigation to find out the cause. Over 2,500 new cases of thyroid cancer are diagnosed each year in the UK, and these usually present as a nodule within the thyroid gland, or as general thyroid swelling. Put your mind to rest or start any necessary treatment started as soon as possible.
The team of ENT specialists at our clinic in London
We take a balanced approach to ear, nose and throat diagnosis and treatment. Whether you want a fast, simple treatment such as earwax removal or a surgical approach, our ENT specialists can help. Click on the links on the right for more information about some of the most common ear, nose and throat problems, or, please telephone 020 7244 4200 and we will be happy to answer your questions.