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Dr. Thomas Christopher Spalla, M.D.

Ear-Nose and Throat Doctor (ENT)

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I am experiencing a mild itching sensation inside my throat. Could it be a food allergy?

It is possible that you're suffering from an allergy. In these situations, when there is exposure to fruits, the mild itching in the throat that you're experiencing could be due READ MORE
It is possible that you're suffering from an allergy. In these situations, when there is exposure to fruits, the mild itching in the throat that you're experiencing could be due to an allergy to pollen residue left on the fruits and vegetables. There is a possibility that there could be a mild intrinsic allergy to one of the fruits themselves. Wash your fruits and vegetables thoroughly prior to eating them. If symptoms persist or become troublesome, I recommend that you see an allergist.

Can nasal sprays be addictive?

Over the counter nasal sprays with decongestants such as oxymetazoline are addictive. The nasal lining (mucosa), with continued use of these medications, will change over time READ MORE
Over the counter nasal sprays with decongestants such as oxymetazoline are addictive. The nasal lining (mucosa), with continued use of these medications, will change over time and require more and more of these types of medications in order to decongest the nose. This creates a vicious cycle which is difficult to break. I recommend your husband see an otolaryngologist to help break this cycle and find the underlying cause of his nasal congestions and a safer solution to relieve him of this issue.

How are boils inside the nose treated?

The boils inside your nose to which you are referring likely represents a condition called folliculitis which is a localized bacterial infection of the hairs inside the nostril READ MORE
The boils inside your nose to which you are referring likely represents a condition called folliculitis which is a localized bacterial infection of the hairs inside the nostril (nasal vestibule). To avoid them, do not pick or tweeze these hairs and avoid putting your fingers, or other objects, in your nose which may lead to contamination.

Apply warm compresses to the region initially followed by an antibiotic ointment. If the problem is not improving despite this, and certainly if the problem is worsening (increased swelling, redness, pain, or any drainage), make an appointment with an otolaryngologist as antibiotics or drainage may be warranted.

Histopathology report of tonsillectomy

The pathology report does not sound unusual to me. Salivary glands are found throughout the oral cavity and oropharynx. Perhaps there was a small amount attached to the tonsil READ MORE
The pathology report does not sound unusual to me. Salivary glands are found throughout the oral cavity and oropharynx. Perhaps there was a small amount attached to the tonsil specimen along the muscular folds which encase the tonsils.

Lump in cheekbone under eye

This is really difficult to say without seeing you or examining a radiologic study. If you can feel it, it's in the soft tissues of the face and not truly located within the cheekbone READ MORE
This is really difficult to say without seeing you or examining a radiologic study. If you can feel it, it's in the soft tissues of the face and not truly located within the cheekbone (zygoma). The lump could represent an accessory parotid (salivary) gland or even an intraparotid lymph node. Benign salivary gland tumors, cysts, and areas of scar in the gland from prior infections are also possibilities.

There is a watery secretion from my ears. What could it be?

This does sound like earwax known as cerumen. The glands can produce different viscosities of wax some of which can be more runny in some people. Remember not to clean your ear READ MORE
This does sound like earwax known as cerumen. The glands can produce different viscosities of wax some of which can be more runny in some people.
Remember not to clean your ear canals with cotton swabs and other implements to avoid traumatizing the canal which may result in an infection or may push the wax in further.

Can I have reduced taste sensation during a sinus infection?

Yes, this is a definite possibility. During a sinus infection, patients often experience a decrease or loss of sense of smell which, thankfully, fully recovers in most situations. READ MORE
Yes, this is a definite possibility. During a sinus infection, patients often experience a decrease or loss of sense of smell which, thankfully, fully recovers in most situations. During a decrease in sense of smell perception, patients often notice that the sense of taste is diminished as well. The nerves that allow a person to taste are distinctly different than the nerves of the sense of smell, however, and that is why the basic taste senses (sweet, salty, bitter, sour, umami) are preserved.

What is the process to confirm a cancerous lesion?

Cancer may be suspected based on history, physical examination, and radiologic studies. However, a cancer diagnosis requires some form of tissue sampling in order to solidify READ MORE
Cancer may be suspected based on history, physical examination, and radiologic studies. However, a cancer diagnosis requires some form of tissue sampling in order to solidify the diagnosis. Depending on the type and location of the lesion, many techniques are available to obtain the tissue in question.

Why is my tongue hurting and burning?

Tongue pain and burning can be a symptom of a yeast infection of the mouth, as you indicated, and at times the classic findings of white patches may not be apparent. There are READ MORE
Tongue pain and burning can be a symptom of a yeast infection of the mouth, as you indicated, and at times the classic findings of white patches may not be apparent. There are other viral and bacterial infections that can cause tongue pain and burning as well. Additionally, gastric reflux can result in these symptoms. There are some systemic diseases as well as nutritional deficiencies that could lead to this. Establishing the diagnosis will help guide the necessary treatment for each of these causes.

What are the symptoms of strep throat?

To give you a full explanation of the signs and symptoms, I copied a link from Wikipedia which illustrates that even with all the "classic" signs and symptoms of strep throat, READ MORE
To give you a full explanation of the signs and symptoms, I copied a link from Wikipedia which illustrates that even with all the "classic" signs and symptoms of strep throat, clinical criteria alone are only correct in diagnosis strep throat/tonsillitis 56% of the time.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centor_criteria

Can you get strep throat without tonsils?

Yes, this is certainly possible. Strep, a form of bacteria, can infect nearly any tissue in the body. The tonsils can act as a reservoir for infection, and their removal can READ MORE
Yes, this is certainly possible. Strep, a form of bacteria, can infect nearly any tissue in the body. The tonsils can act as a reservoir for infection, and their removal can help decrease the number and severity of throat infections. However, there is still plenty of lymphoid tissue within the throat that can become infected by this, and other, organism(s).