Patient Education

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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Signs of Head and Neck Cancer
...You may also notice changes to your voice include chronic hoarseness...

What Could Be Causing Your Breathing Problems?
...You may experience some or all of the following: Wheezing which is noticeable to other people Persistent coughing Mouth breathing Voice hoarseness Fatigue to the extreme, particularly on exertion Throat tightness Constant nasal congestion and frequent nose blowing What could be the cause...

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...

Types of Breathing Problems
...Early warning signs of lung cancer include: Vocal changes Hoarseness Chronic cough Bloody mucus when coughing Shortness of breath Feeling weak Unexpected weight loss Since the early warning signs associated with lung cancer can also be caused by other respiratory conditions it is important to turn to an ear, nose, and throat doctor who will be able to perform the proper diagnostic tests to determine the cause of your symptoms...

What Could be Causing Your Sore Throat?
... If your sore throat is accompanied by vocal changes including hoarseness, trouble swallowing, or difficulty breathing, these issues require an immediate checkup from an ENT doctor, as they could be signs of a polyp, growth, or tumor on the throat or voice box...

Signs Of Throat Cancer
...Other signs of malignancy include: A continuing cough Hoarseness of voice Unexplained and significant weight loss Trouble swallowing easily (dysphagia) Pain in the jaw or ear White or red patches or sores in the mouth which do not heal Nose bleeds Headaches Swollen tissues anywhere in the head/neck area Numbness in the mouth and especially the tongue Continual nasal congestion Sadly, untreated throat cancer spreads to other parts of the body, including the lips, lungs, and bones...

Throat
...Tonsillitis, voice disorders, and even hoarseness all interfere with our ability to communicate...

Cancer
...Signs of cancer of the head and neck include changes in the skin, pain, prolonged hoarseness, and sudden loss of voice...

About Your Voice
... Voice problems occur with a change in the voice, often described as hoarseness, roughness, or a raspy quality...

Common Problems That Can Affect Your Voice
...The most common causes of hoarseness and vocal difficulties are outlined below...

Can the Medications I Take Harm My Voice
... Inflammation and hoarseness of the vocal cords Commonly prescribed inhaled steroid medications for asthma frequently cause hoarseness...

Nodules, Polyps, and Cysts
...As with vocal cord polyps and nodules, the size and location of vocal cord cysts affect the degree of disruption of vocal cord vibration and subsequently the severity of hoarseness or other voice problem...

Special Care for Occupational and Professional Voice Users
...Do not accept hoarseness as part of the job...

Tips for Healthy Voices
Voice problems usually are associated with hoarseness (also known as roughness), instability, or problems with voice endurance...

Vocal Cord Paralysis
... Voice changes: Hoarseness; breathy voice; extra effort on speaking; excessive air pressure required to produce usual conversational voice; and diplophonia (voice sounds like a gargle)...

Hoarseness: Insight into voice changes
Insight into voice changes What causes hoarseness...

Sore Throats
...Other important symptoms can include hoarseness, noisy breathing, a lump in the neck, unexplained weight loss, and/or spitting up blood in the saliva or phlegm...

Facial Sports Injuries
...Hoarseness or difficulty breathing after a blow to the neck are warning signs of a serious injury and the injured person should receive immediate medical attention...

Mouth Sores
...Other symptoms include a lump or mass that can be felt inside the mouth or neck; pain or difficulty in swallowing, speaking, or chewing; any wart-like mass; hoarseness that lasts for more than two weeks; or any numbness in the oral/facial region...

Post-Nasal Drip
...When the nerves and muscles in the mouth, throat, and food passage (esophagus) aren't interacting properly, overflow secretions can spill into the voice box (larynx) and breathing passages (trachea and bronchi), causing hoarseness, throat clearing, or coughing...

Facial Sports Injuries
...Hoarseness or difficulty breathing after a blow to the neck are warning signs of a serious injury and the injured person should receive immediate medical attention...

Head and Neck Cancer
...This is particularly serious if it is associated with difficulty in swallowing, hoarseness, or a lump in the neck...

Facial Sports Injuries
...Hoarseness or difficulty breathing after a blow to the neck are warning signs of a serious injury and the injured person should receive immediate medical attention...

Common Problems That Can Affect Your Voice
...The most common causes of hoarseness and vocal difficulties are outlined below...

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...