The letters E, N, and T in ENT clinic represent our ears, nose, and throat, but an ENT clinic does not only take care of conditions that are restricted to these three body parts, they can also treat disorders and illnesses that affect related organs like the upper respiratory system.
For the most part, an ENT practitioner can also be known as a head and neck specialist. This is because this type of doctor’s expertise is concentrated on parts of the human anatomy that are located on the head and neck, mainly the nose, sinuses, ears, the larynx or voice box, the throat, and pretty much all the external and internal aspects of our neck.
More often than not, we don’t pay much attention to the signs and symptoms of illnesses that we experience in the body organs that were previously mentioned, this is probably because these organs are likely to be affected by common sicknesses such as cough and colds, sicknesses that are often seen as minor conditions that could eventually work themselves out.
But little do we know that this practice of ignoring “minor” indicators like throat irritation, cough, and colds, is really very unhealthy, and not to mention, dangerous. This is because these things that we’re experiencing could be tell-tale signs of a much more critical condition, the type of condition that will only get worse if not treated immediately.
A fairly real example of which would be the emergence of an abnormal growth or lump in one’s neck, this lump may or might not be painful and it could simply signify a minor inflammation and irritation. It could also be a sign of a more serious illness like hypothyroidism (an abnormality of the thyroid gland leading to the insufficient production of thyroid hormones), hyperthyroidism (the overactivity of the thyroid gland that results in the increased production of thyroid hormones), as well as throat tumor or cancer. In such conditions, it would be best to seek advice from a thyroid lumps specialist immediately.
That is why similar to any other part of our anatomy, we must pay close attention to the upper respiratory tract, neck, and all other related organs, and never fail to report symptoms to our doctors even when they seem insignificant.