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Laryngeal cancer caused by smoking - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have frontal sinusitus, ,i also keep getting throat infection on the left side, with inflammation and sometimes difficulty in swelling. i have stopped smoking, but it comems up when i smoke.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello Dr.
User :   last time i had 5 days of antibiotics and it went away. throat infection
Doctor :   so you have frontal sinusitis
User :   after two months, i smoked a few cigrettes, and the throat has started paining at the same location.
Doctor :   Plus
Doctor :   gets throat infection when you smoke
Doctor :   ok
User :   yes i have frontal sunisitus, which leads to deposition of fluid, in my head. and it flows down to my throat too..
Doctor :   Do you get sinusitis when you get throat infection?
User :   i have sinusitis permanently..
Doctor :   OK
User :   i use salt water, to get it out..
Doctor :   How old are you?
User :   34
Doctor :   So what are your major queries?
User :   i fear that why i have this throat infection.. i fear i should not have larynx cancer..
Doctor :   ok
User :   i feel there is something always felt at one spot in my throat, which gets infected when i smoked.. which i have left otherwise completely
Doctor :   Are you in fear of cancer larynx
User :   i read in google and thought of that..
User :   i have left smoking
User :   a few months back
Doctor :   What did you read?
User :   that repeated throat innfections, can be larynx cancer also..
User :   though it is my second time, but i am afraid..
Doctor :   That is myth!
Doctor :   Google has plenty of useful and useless info.
User :   please advice..
Doctor :   You have to be intelligent in reading and selecting the source of info.
Doctor :   For examples , If I type thorat cancer I get 1000 pages
User :   i know
Doctor :   But I read authentic sources like emdicine , medscapes, medical journals
Doctor :   I do not read peoples blogs
User :   should i undergo some test..
Doctor :   So What I am telling you... throat infection is different from throat cancer
Doctor :   Yes
User :   ok
Doctor :   You need Langyngoscopy
User :   do i have to visit a doctor for that
Doctor :   The ENT will pass a tube down your throat and look in monitor
Doctor :   He qill look at lower part of thraot and larynx
User :   ok
User :   the doctor did that last month, and gave me antibiotics for 5 days..
Doctor :   This though examination will clear your miind
User :   it got normal.
Doctor :   and of course find any thing abnormal
User :   now i smoke after 2 months again, and drink alcohol, i feel pain in the same spot in my throat.. as if it has come back..
Doctor :   While doing langoscopy if he finds any abnomal reas, he will biopsy it
Doctor :   So throat can be completely viewable and cancer in any part of throat can be viewable by examination
Doctor :   Did you tell me that you had laryngoscopy
User :   no, he put a mirror.. and saw it..
User :   pulled my toungue and inserted a mirror
Doctor :   Indirect laryngoscopy
Doctor :   This is Indirect laryngoscopy
User :   ok
Doctor :   That is usually enough for throat exam
Doctor :   There is is
Direct fiber-optic (flexible or rigid) laryngoscopy
Doctor :   Direct laryngoscopy lets your doctor see deeper into your throat with a fiber-optic scope. The scope is either flexible or rigid. Flexible scopes show the throat better and are more comfortable for you. Rigid scopes are often used in surgery.
Doctor :   An indirect or direct laryngoscopy helps a doctor: Doctor :   find the cause of voice problems, such as a breathy voice, hoarse voice, weak voice, or no voice.
Doctor :   Find the cause of throat and ear pain.
Doctor :   Find the cause for difficulty in swallowing, a feeling of a lump in the throat, or mucus with blood in it.
Doctor :   heck injuries to the throat, narrowing of the throat (strictures), or blockages in the airway.
User :   ok
User :   so you suggest laryngoscopy
User :   as that will bring out any doubt
Doctor :   so you better get the Direct fiber-optic (flexible or rigid) laryngoscopy in case if chronic throat pain
Doctor :   Yes
User :   should i have some medicine for the infection which i have now.. it is not chronic, only at one spot, and not chronic
Doctor :   sorry'But we need to confirm by direct examination
Doctor :   you are feeling that the infection in one place
User :   thats fine.
Doctor :   but where is the infection
User :   yes
User :   one place
Doctor :   Doctor has to decide
User :   throat, left side
Doctor :   Yes Sir,
Doctor :   But please consult ENT and get veified
User :   ok
User :   i will do that
User :   but as per your experience, it may not be cancer.. or only a scopy will tell
Doctor :   Objective evidence is imp in medicine
Doctor :   Without objective evidence I can tell it is cancer
Doctor :   Medicine is like detective science
User :   you can tell, or you cannot tell
Doctor :   saves lives from disease
Doctor :   Hello. I can not tell you it is cancer
User :   ok doc..
Doctor :   Just by symptoms I can not tell a cancer
User :   i got you
User :   your point
User :   thanks for your help
Doctor :   Did the discussion help resolve your questions?
User :   yes, it did..
User :   thanks
Doctor :   First step stop smoking to prevent cancer
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