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Chronic inflammation of the throat and larynx

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I am very concerned and I want to know what I should do to get the correct diagnosis and treatment. I live in Orlando, Florida. Do you recommend a great hospital that can test and treat me properly. I currently attend MD Anderson because I am a breast cancer survivor for 7 years and 4 months. Please advise me so that I can seek good medical treatment or direct my doctors to test for something in particular. I want to know why I have the dry white mouth for over six months, dry nose for four months,and the pressure in my head clicking in my ears when I swallow and the bad taste and odor when I blow through my nose when my mouth is closed. What advise do you have for me. Thanks.

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replied February 17th, 2009
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A5784

Current medical status: Have had a dry white mouth and tongue for over six months. Now for the past four month dry nose and pressure in head and in ears. when I blow through my nose with my mouth closed, I have a funny smell and odor in the back of my throat and my nose area. I also have had swollen lyphnodes in my neck under my jaw on both sides, funny feelings in my arms and legs, kind of numbness that goes and comes. I've had a PET Scan and it comes up no specific and now I'm having a biopsy next week. I want to be sure it's not an infection or parasite that is not be diagnosed.

According to the data you reported, you might be experiencing a chronic inflammation in the throat or larynx. Sometimes acute infection damages the tissue, and holes in the mucosa with connective tissue on the bottom might be formed. These so called crypts are an excellent place for bacteria to multiply. Whether the crypts are located on the tonsils or somewhere else in the throat, the infection might become chronic. The infection might have caused the enlarged lymph nodes as well. You might want to visit an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist for examination of the throat and larynx.

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