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When to See an ENT Doctor About Throat Health Problems

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You'll know when you've got a problem with your throat, because you can feel it, either constantly or when you swallow. It's something that happens to everyone at one point or another, and most of the time, all you'll need to do is be a little patient and wait for your throat health to improve. 

However, while most of the time, these things will resolve on their own, at others, you might need to seek professional help to overcome the issue. This is where an ENT doctor can be of assistance. Let’s take a look at some useful information about ENT doctors, and when to know when it's time to book an appointment with one. 

What an ENT doctor does

Let's begin by looking at what an ENT doctor does. Do you know what the ENT part stands for? It means ear, nose and throat, which are the parts of the body that this type of medical professional deals with. They are doctors that have been to medical school and then completed several years of specialty training in this field. 

If you have a problem with your ear, nose or throat, then your ENT will help you find the best possible treatment. 


An ENT doctor can help with various conditions related to the ear, including things like hearing loss, ear infections, tinnitus and conditions that affect your balance.


If you've got a problem in your sinuses, nasal cavity or just general nose issues, then they can help. It could be that you've noticed a change in your sense of smell or your ability to breathe. They can also help with certain conditions related to the physical appearance of the nose.


If you're having trouble swallowing, talking or eating, then it could be that you have a problem with your throat. An ENT doctor can diagnose throat conditions that produce these symptoms and help you to manage or treat them. 

When to see an ENT doctor 

There are many reasons why you might have an issue with your ear, nose or throat, but not all of these reasons will require medical treatment. It's when something unusual happens, or you're experiencing a problem for longer than normal. For instance, it wouldn't be recommended to contact an ENT doctor at the first sign of a sore throat, but if your throat is remaining sore for an extended period of time, then you should visit you ENT.

Some common reasons why people contact ENT doctors include:

  • Hearing loss: If you're experiencing a loss of hearing or you have ringing in your ears for longer than a few moments, then get in touch with you ENT. It may be that you need to be fitted with a hearing aid.
  • Sore throats: It's the severity and length of time of your throat pain that'll determine whether you should call your ENT, such as if you're struggling to drink water or if it's been present for more than a week. 
  • Ongoing nasal congestion: A blocked nose isn't uncommon, but if it's always there and there's no underlying cause, then get in touch with your ENT. 

If you’ve developed an ear, nose or throat issue and want professional guidance during your diagnosis and treatment process, consult an ENT doctor.