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Matthew S. Broadhurst

Ear-Nose and Throat Doctor (ENT)

Dr. Matthew Broadhurst is an ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor, also known as an otolayngologist, practicing in Spring Hill, Queensland. Dr. Broadhurst specializes in diseases and disorders of the ear, nose and throat as well as other parts of the head and neck. Dr Broadhurst has a subspecialty practice in laryngeal surgery, voice restoration and snoring & sleep apnoea. As the first fellowship-trained laryngeal surgeon in Australia, Dr Broadhurst maintains the most up-to-date and innovative techniques and technologies to treat conditions of the larynx and throat.
12 years Experience
Matthew S. Broadhurst
  • Spring Hill, Queensland
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Accepting new patients

Can nasal sprays be addictive?

Sprays that contain decongestants in them like oxymetazoline sure can be. They are very potent agents that shrink the soft tissue in the nose, making it more open but should only READ MORE
Sprays that contain decongestants in them like oxymetazoline sure can be. They are very potent agents that shrink the soft tissue in the nose, making it more open but should only be used for 5 days at a time, then you need at least 2 days off them for the nose lining to recover.

Is there any remedy for swimmer’s ears?

Swimmer's ear comes from too much moisture and increasing pH in the ear canal. After swimming or during high humidity, you can use an alcohol/acid solution to keep the pH low and READ MORE
Swimmer's ear comes from too much moisture and increasing pH in the ear canal. After swimming or during high humidity, you can use an alcohol/acid solution to keep the pH low and the canal dry. This can minimize the chance of getting Swimmer's ear.

Is sinusitis a lifelong problem?

Sinusitis comes from swelling in the lining of the sinus out-flow tracts. The lining swells from allergies, infection, irritants in the air. Treating these with saline nasal washes, READ MORE
Sinusitis comes from swelling in the lining of the sinus out-flow tracts. The lining swells from allergies, infection, irritants in the air. Treating these with saline nasal washes, saline-steroid nasal washes, antihistamine-steroid sprays control most patients. If this is not helping enough, a CT scan can be done to see if surgery may be of benefit.

I feel like something is stuck in my throat. What should I do?

This is also called globus pharyngeus. Almost always it is from tightening of the cricopharyngeus muscle at the top of the food pipe (oesophagus). Silent reflux, also called laryngopharyngeal READ MORE
This is also called globus pharyngeus. Almost always it is from tightening of the cricopharyngeus muscle at the top of the food pipe (oesophagus). Silent reflux, also called laryngopharyngeal reflux is a common association. Treating this reflux can often help but an endoscopy done by an ENT surgeon in the office is also useful to make sure nothing else is going on.

In spite of antibiotics, my throat pain is persisting. What should I do?

Sometimes infection in the tonsil area persists despite antibiotics. An ENT surgeon can review this and decide if the tonsils may be better off coming out, or just shaved down READ MORE
Sometimes infection in the tonsil area persists despite antibiotics. An ENT surgeon can review this and decide if the tonsils may be better off coming out, or just shaved down with Coblation technology. The latter is about as effective but far less sore to recover from. Sometimes persisting throat pain is from non-infection such as laryngopharyngeal reflux of muscular pain around the voice box. Again, an ENT surgeon should review this to get the right diagnosis rather than giving more antibiotics.

Am I at a risk of throat cancer if I quit a smoking habit of 3 years?

Being a smoker or ex-smoker does increase your risk of developing throat or larynx cancer. Most patients who develop this have well over a decade of smoking a pack a day, so your READ MORE
Being a smoker or ex-smoker does increase your risk of developing throat or larynx cancer. Most patients who develop this have well over a decade of smoking a pack a day, so your risk is very little and not much higher than the general population.

Kindest regards,

Dr. Matthew S. Broadhurst, BMBS FRACS