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Dr. Michael L. Walker believes that informed patients are better equipped to make decisions regarding their health and well being. For your personal use, he has created an extensive patient library covering an array of educational topics. Browse through these diagnoses and treatments to learn more about topics of interest to you. Or, for a more comprehensive search of his entire Web site, enter your term(s) in the search bar provided.

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From sore throats and earaches to sinusitis or hearing loss, Dr...

Sinusitis
... The following symptoms may indicate a sinus infection in your child: A "cold" lasting more than 10 to 14 days, sometimes with low-grade fever Thick yellow-green nasal drainage Post-nasal drip, sometimes leading to or exhibited as sore throat, cough, bad breath, nausea and/or vomiting A headache, usually not before age 6 Irritability or fatigue Swelling around the eyes If despite appropriate medical therapy these symptoms persist, care should be taken to seek an underlying cause...

What are Common Ear, Nose, and Throat Issues?
...While a sore throat may also be the result of a viral infection, if you are faced with a severe sore throat that doesn’t go away, it’s important that you visit an ENT doctor who can provide a proper diagnosis...

Treating Sore Throats
It started as a small itch, but now it’s completely bloomed into a sore throat...

What is a Tonsillectomy?
...You might have a sore throat after the procedure...

Sinus Infections
...You may also experience: Pain in your upper jaws or teeth, eyes, nose or forehead A yellowish-green discharge when you blow your nose Congestion caused from swelling in your sinuses Severe headaches and earaches A sore throat and persistent cough Sinus infections are most often viral, but they can also be bacterial or fungal...

Swallowing Disorders
... Along with trouble swallowing, those with swallowing disorders may also experience: Coughing after swallowing The sensation of food being stuck in the throat Choking Regurgitation Sore throat Hoarseness Chest discomfort If you experience persistent issues swallowing or if you also experience vomiting, regurgitation, or unexpected weight loss along with swallowing difficulties then it’s time to see an otolaryngologist...

Signs of Tonsillitis
... Symptoms of tonsillitis may include: A severe sore throat Trouble or pain with swallowing Hoarseness Earaches Headaches Fever Chills Persistent bad breath Swollen, tender lymph nodes of the neck and jaw Red, swollen tonsils White or yellow spots on the tonsils Symptoms of acute tonsillitis usually go away within 7-10 days; however, if symptoms keep coming back throughout the year then your child could very well be dealing with recurrent or chronic tonsillitis...

Throat
... About Your Voice Common Problems That Can Affect Your Voice Day Care and Ear, Nose, and Throat Effects of Medications on Voice Gastroesphageal Reflux (GERD) How Allergies Affect your Child's Ears, Nose, and Throat Keeping Your Voice Healthy Laryngeal (Voice Box) Cancer Laryngopharyngeal Reflux and Children Nodules, Polyps, and Cysts Pediatric GERD Pediatric Obesity and Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders Special Care for Occupational and Professional Voice Users Tips for Healthy Voices Tonsillectomy Procedures Tonsillitis Tonsils and Adenoids PostOp Vocal Cord Paralysis GERD and LPR Hoarseness How the Voice Works Secondhand Smoke Sore Throats Swallowing Disorders Tonsils and Adenoids

How Allergies Affect your Child's Ears, Nose, and Throat
... Sore throats: Allergies may lead to the formation of too much mucus which can make the nose run or drip down the back of the throat, leading to "post-nasal drip...

Tonsillectomy Procedures
...This procedure is recommended for chronic recurrent tonsillitis, chronic sore throats, severe halitosis, or airway obstruction caused by enlarged tonsils...

Tonsillitis
... Acute tonsillitis: Patients have a fever, sore throat, foul breath, dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), odynophagia (painful swallowing), and tender cervical lymph nodes...

Secondhand Smoke
...It also increases the number of children’s colds and sore throats...

Sore Throats
Insight into relief for a sore throat What causes a sore throat...

Tonsils and Adenoids
...Other symptoms are: Redder than normal tonsils A white or yellow coating on the tonsils A slight voice change due to swelling Sore throat, sometimes accompanied by ear pain...

How Allergies Affect your Child's Ears, Nose, and Throat
... Sore throats: The hay fever allergens may lead to the formation of too much mucus which can make the nose run or drip down the back of the throat, leading to "post-nasal drip...

Injection Snoreplasty
... Possible Side Effects of Injection Snoreplasty A residual sore throat or feeling that something is "stuck" in the back of the mouth may occur...

Laser Assisted Uvula Palatoplasty (LAUP)
...For the majority of those undergoing this procedure there will be swallowing pain similar to a severe sore throat...

Post-Nasal Drip
...Heartburn, indigestion, and sore throat are common symptoms...

Salivary Glands
...These lymph nodes are the structures in the upper neck that often become tender during a common sore throat...

Sinusitis
... The following symptoms may indicate a sinus infection in your child: A "cold" lasting more than 10 to 14 days, sometimes with low-grade fever Thick yellow-green nasal drainage Post-nasal drip, sometimes leading to or exhibited as sore throat, cough, bad breath, nausea and/or vomiting Headache, usually not before age 6 Irritability or fatigue Swelling around the eyes If despite appropriate medical therapy these symptoms persist, care should be taken to seek an underlying cause...

Tonsils and Adenoids
... Tell him/her to expect a sore throat after surgery...

How Allergies Affect your Child's Ears, Nose, and Throat
... Sore throats: The hay fever allergens may lead to the formation of too much mucus which can make the nose run or drip down the back of the throat, leading to "post-nasal drip...

Pediatric Sinusitis
... The following symptoms may indicate a sinus infection in your child: a "cold" lasting more than 10 to 14 days, sometimes with a low-grade fever thick yellow-green nasal drainage post-nasal drip, sometimes leading to or exhibited as sore throat, cough, bad breath, nausea and/or vomiting headache, usually in children age six or older irritability or fatigue swelling around the eyes Young children have immature immune systems and are more prone to infections of the nose, sinus, and ears, especially in the first several years of life...

Secondhand Smoke and Children
...It also increases the number of children's colds and sore throats...

Laryngeal (Voice Box) Cancer
... Signs and Symptoms of Laryngeal Cancer Signs and symptoms of laryngeal cancer include: progressive or persistent hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, persistent sore throat or pain with swallowing, difficulty breathing, pain in the ear, or a lump in the neck...