As 2012 comes to a close I thought it would be fitting to understand the history behind my speciality’s name why it has three different names. Otolaryngology is derived from the Greek terms oto, laryn, and ology. In Greek oto means ear, laryn means throat and ology means the study of a particular subject. So otolaryngology literally is the study of the ear and throat. Our ultra official speciality name is actually otorhinolaryngology with rhino meaning nose. Obviously otolaryngology is quite the tongue twister especially difficult to say if you have a sore throat or a sinus infection or any number of other ENT problems. Over the years otolaryngology became Ear, Nose and Throat and this became shorter still with ENT. So amaze your friends on New Year’s Eve with this important piece of trivia. Happy New Year to all! I hope 2013 brings you much health and joy.
There a multitude of reasons why you may have a sore throat. Viruses, bacteria, post-nasal drip, sinusitis and reflux can all cause sore throats so it is difficult for patients to diagnose themselves. Many of these problems present similarly with sore throat, fever and perhaps nasal congestion. As Otolaryngologists a.k.a E.N.T. physicians we can combine our expertise with the modern diagnostic tools to determine why you have a sore throat. You may be surprised to find out that antibiotics are not necessary but lifestyle changes and antacids may be your ticket to throat health!