Dr Benke Knows Throat

Doctor, Explain Tonsils and Adenoids  – Tonsils and adenoids are on the body’s first line of defense—our immune system.

Swallowing Disorders  – Difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia) is common among all age groups, especially the elderly.

Doctor, Why Am I Hoarse?  – Hoarseness is a general term that describes abnormal voice changes. When hoarse, the voice may sound breathy, raspy, strained, or there may be changes in volume (loudness) or pitch (how high or low the voice is).

Salivary Glands  – The glands are found in and around your mouth and throat. We call the major salivary glands the parotid, submandibular, and sublingual glands.

Sore Throats  – Infections from viruses or bacteria are the main cause of sore throats and can make it difficult to talk and breathe.

Smell and Taste Disorders  – Smell and taste problems can have a big impact on our lives. Because these senses contribute substantially to our enjoyment of life, our desire to eat, and be social, smell and taste disorders can be serious.

Mouth Sores  – Oral lesions make it painful to eat and talk. Two of the most common recurrent oral lesions are fever blisters (also known as cold sores) and canker sores.

Thyroid Disorders and Surgery  – Your thyroid gland is one of the endocrine glands that makes hormones to regulate physiological functions in your body, like metabolism.

Fine Needle Aspiration  – Fine needle aspiration (FNA) is a technique that allows a biopsy of various bumps and lumps.