When children are hurting, their parents hurt, too. At Columbus Otolaryngology Clinic, we want to take the pain away. We work with both the child and parent to find the source of the problem and determine the best solution. Additionally, we have several general ENT procedures that can be used to treat both children and adults.
Tonsillitis: The tonsils are two pads of tissue in the back of the throat that help prevent infection. Tonsillitis occurs when the tonsils become inflamed, causing symptoms such as a sore throat, difficulty swallowing, fever or fatigue. While tonsillitis is most common in children ages 4 to 7, it can also occur in older children and adults.
If the infection is viral, it can be treated with bed rest, fluids and acetaminophen. If it is bacterial (called streptococcal tonsillitis), the patient likely will need an antibiotic to prevent complications. While removal of the tonsils used to be a common remedy for tonsillitis, doctors are more likely to treat it with antibiotics instead.
However, if a child experiences multiple episodes of tonsillitis or bacterial tonsillitis that does not respond to medication, they may need to have their tonsils removed in a tonsillectomy. The doctors at Columbus Otolaryngology Clinic perform tonsillectomies as an outpatient procedure at Columbus Community Hospital.
Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy: The adenoids are a collection of tissue located near the back of the throat. When adenoids become enlarged, they can become inflamed or block the flow of air through the throat, causing sleep apnea. This condition can also lead to ear infections. Your child may benefit from having a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy (removal of the adenoids) at the same time.
Chronic ear infections: Ear infections are a common problem for young children, and antibiotics are usually the best treatment. However, a child may need ear tubes surgically placed if they:
Ear tubes — tiny, hollow cylinders that are surgically inserted into the ears — prevent the buildup of fluid behind the eardrum. The doctors at Columbus Otolaryngology Clinic can perform most ear tube procedures (called bilateral myringotomy and ear tubes, or BMT) in the office for people ages 8 and older; younger children will need to undergo the procedure at the hospital.
Neck masses: A neck mass is an enlarged lump or bump in the neck that can occur in both children and adults. Neck masses in children are most commonly present from birth or due to infection, while neck masses in adults may be a sign of cancer.
While evaluating a neck mass, an ENT physician may put an endoscope (a lighted tube with an attached camera) through your nose to view your throat and voice box. They may also order a fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) to obtain a sample of tissue from your throat.
Some neck masses will resolve on their own over time, while others may require surgical removal.
Voice and throat issues: Both children and adults can experience problems with their larynx, or voice box. These problems can include laryngitis (swelling of the vocal cords), vocal cord polyps and various kinds of vocal cord infections. Our ENT physicians will work with you to determine the cause of voice or throat issues and the appropriate treatment.
We treat many other general and pediatric ENT problems at Columbus Otolaryngology Clinic. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, call our office at 402-562-4720.