Over 55,000 Americans develop head and neck cancer each year. Developing cancer is certainly scary, but your prognosis can be very good with early detection and diagnosis. The best way to detect head and neck cancer early is by looking out for specific symptoms that are often an indication of the presence of head and neck cancer. See a doctor right away if you do develop any of these symptoms.The doctors at Associated Otolaryngologists of Pennsylvania are your head and neck cancer specialists in Hershey and Camp Hill, PA.
Symptoms & Diagnosis
A variety of symptoms can be associated with several different types of head or neck cancer. If you develop any of the symptoms, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Early diagnosis of any cancer increases the chances of treatment success. Symptoms associated with head and neck cancer include:
- A persistent lump in the neck
- Changes to the voice that persist for more than two weeks
- The presence of blood in the saliva or phlegm
- Trouble swallowing or ear pain when swallowing
- A growth or swelling inside the mouth
- Changes in the skin on the face, forehead or ears
If you develop any of these symptoms, several medical tests are available for diagnosing your condition. The following tests can help the doctor determine if you have head or neck cancer.
- Head and neck exam
- CT scan
- MRI scan
- PET scan
- Barium Swallow
Regularly consuming alcohol or using tobacco products significantly increases your risk of developing cancer in the mouth, tongue, voice box or throat. This includes consumption of all types of alcoholic beverages, including wine, beer, mixed drinks and hard liquor; as well as all types of tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco. Cutting back on alcohol consumption and quitting the use of tobacco products can dramatically reduce your risk of developing head or neck cancer.
When head and neck cancer is detected early, treatment is highly effective and the odds of curing the cancer are high. Common approaches to treating head and neck cancer in Harrisburg include surgery to remove the cancer, as well as radiation and chemotherapy. Radiation prevents cancer from spreading beyond the initial area where it developed, while chemotherapy targets and attacks cancer cells that have spread throughout the body.
For diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancer in Hershey and Camp Hill, PA, schedule an appointment with the doctors at Associated Otolaryngologists of Pennsylvania. Call (717) 835-1900 for the Hershey office or (717) 763-7400 for the Camp Hill office.
Maybe the watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and post-nasal drip of seasonal allergies seem trivial to people with no allergies, but to the 17 percent of Americans (according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology) who exhibit those symptoms, the impact is significant. Are you in that 17 percent? If so, learn all you can and arm yourself with a treatment plan from the physicians at Associated Otolaryngologist of Pennsylvania. They treat allergy symptoms at Harrisburg, Hershey and Camp Hill, PA. Yes, you can navigate through your peak allergy season.
Just what is an allergy in Harrisburg?
This basic answer has a rather complex answer because allergies are complex. When a person has an allergy, the body reacts to the substance in a hypersensitive way. It releases histamines and other important body chemicals which activate the immune system.
Unfortunately, when someone has an allergy, the offending material isn't necessarily toxic. The body simply thinks it is and over-reacting to it. Allergens may be airborne (as is the case with smoke or pollen), something we eat or drink (peanuts, milk, wheat) or a substance that's touched (fabric softener, animal dander).
What are common allergens?
Dust mites and animal dander effect many allergy patients at Associated Otolaryngologist of Pennsylvania. Latex gloves, medications (antibiotics, for example), perfumes and food provoke histamine release as well. When left undetected and untreated, some individuals develop asthmatic reactions and even anaphylactic shock with its rapid and life-threatening symptoms of low blood pressure, hives, and more.
With seasonal allergies, what you react to comes and goes with the time of year. Summer is the season for insect and spider bites. And all kinds of plants release pollen in the spring, summer, and fall.
Common plant allergens come from grasses, trees, and flowers. As the wind blows, pollen becomes airborne, and the pollen count rises fast after a hard rain. Ragweed is the plant most people think of when they refer to their "hayfever" allergies, but people may react to other vegetation such as pine trees and mold spores.
What can you do?
Plainly said, why suffer? Your otolaryngologist can test for allergies in Harrisburg, Hershey or Camp Hill using blood tests or prick/scratch skin tests. These simple evaluations expose the patient to small amounts of allergens and allow the doctor to read the skin's reaction to them.
Depending on the results, we may suggest these strategies:
- Avoiding the allergen (wear a mask when cutting the grass or closing the windows on windy days)
- Taking medications such as decongestants and antihistamines
- Using allergy shots to gradually desensitize the individual from selected allergens
- Monitoring the pollen count during peak allergy season
Is your body overreacting?
Create a strategy to calm your seasonal allergies by contacting Associated Otolaryngologist of Pennsylvania. We serve individuals in Harrisburg and you can call either one of our convenient locations for an appointment. In Hershey, PA phone (717) 835-1900, and in Camp Hill, PA call (717) 763-7400.
Find out what might be behind your throbbing, nagging ear pain.
It’s amazing how quickly an earache can affect your daily activities. In fact, there are some people who deal with pretty frequent and severe earaches. If you are dealing with an earache, then it’s time to find out what could be to blame and when you should see our Hershey and Camp Hill, PA, otolaryngologists for proper care.
Causes of an Earache
While our Hershey and Camp Hill, PA, ENT doctor often sees more children suffering from earaches then adults, this doesn’t mean that adults can’t still face this same issue at some point during their lifetime. Sometimes an earwax blockage can lead to an earache (which is often accompanied by muffled hearing). An ear infection such as otitis externa (an infection of the outer ear) could also cause you pain and discomfort. In many cases, an infection is usually the culprit.
Other causes of an earache include:
- Sore throat
- A ruptured eardrum
- A sinus infection
- TMJ disorder
- Teeth grinding
As you can see, there are some problems that actually have nothing to do with the health of your ears but can cause ear pain. So, when should you visit us for care?
If you or your little one is dealing with an earache and also displaying any of these symptoms then it’s time to head into our office as soon as possible:
- A high fever
- Severe sore throat
- Severe pain or swelling of the ear
- Loss of hearing
- Drainage coming from the ear
- Pain lasting more than three days
In many cases, people can manage their earache symptoms by taking over-the-counter pain medications which can help reduce pain and swelling. Applying a cold or warm compress to the ear can also ease discomfort; however, if you think that your pain could be due to impacted earwax it’s important that you do not try to remove the earwax yourself, as you could cause damage or make the problem worse.
If in doubt, don’t hesitate to reach out to Associated Otolaryngologist of Pennsylvania in Hershey and Camp Hill, PA, to find out whether you need medical attention or whether your earache is something you can handle on your own. Call our office today!
Don’t let hearing loss prevent you from listening to those around you.
Most people think that if they experience hearing loss they will certainly realize it right away, but that isn’t always the case. In fact, you could suddenly find other people complaining about how loud you need to turn up the television or you may find it more difficult to understand someone in a crowded restaurant; fortunately, our Hershey and Camp Hill, PA, otolaryngologists are here for you if you think you might need a hearing aid.
First thing’s first; you may need to get an evaluation from our Hershey and Camp Hill ENT doctor to find out whether you actually need to a hearing aid or not. You may need to consider a hearing aid if:
- You feel like those around you are mumbling when they talk to you
- You often have to ask people to repeat themselves
- You find it difficult to follow and stay engaged in a group conversation
- You feel like you have to actually work to hear those around you
- You have to turn up the volume on the television or radio in order to hear it
- You find yourself becoming withdrawn from social engagements
- You have difficulty hearing people when talking to them on your phone
There are many instances in which you suddenly realize that your hearing might be to blame. Don’t become completely withdrawn and secluded from those around you. Turn to us for a complete hearing assessment. If we do determine that you have hearing loss you have options. The sooner you get evaluated the better, as it can take some time to get used to your new hearing aid.
There are many kinds of hearing aids from which to choose. They offer different styles and different features to cater to everyone’s needs, lifestyles and budgets. Whether you are dealing with minor or severe hearing loss, there is a hearing aid out there that is just right for you.
If you would like to get a hearing screening then call Associated Otolaryngologist of Pennsylvania in Hershey and Camp Hill, PA, today to find out if hearing loss is causing your problems.
Study on inner ear hair cells – Noted, and fairly close by, research institution Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has announced a research project aimed at regenerating inner ear hair cells.As we all know from reading the CDC article mentioned above, the inner ear has a series of nerve endings that float in the inner ear fluid.When sound energy strikes the inner ear fluid, the fluid sloshes around and forces the hair cells at the tips of these nerve endings to vibrate rhythmically.This hair cell motion then triggers nerve activity that eventually reaches the hearing centers in the brain and is interpreted as sound.In patients with hearing loss, either from noise damage, inherited factors, or other medical factors, these hair cells break and are rendered non-functional and cannot be replaced in humans.We are born with a set amount of these cells and our bodies are unable to spontaneously grow new ones.
Neuroscientists have been toiling for years in laboratories trying to re-grow these hair cells, and they feel they are getting close. Talk about exciting developments! If they can get this to work, then we may finally have the medical therapy for nerve related hearing loss that we have been hoping for.
Johns Hopkins is now looking for volunteers that meet certain criteria to undergo treatment with a single dose of a new nerve growth factor in an attempt to make inner ear hair cell regeneration a reality. Please visit the link below to see if you may be a candidate. No need to contact AOP. You can just contact Johns Hopkins directly. Believe me when I say that this could be BIG! http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02132130
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