About nose disorders

Nasal complaints are one of the most common reasons why patients visit the family doctor as well as the ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist. Common nose conditions include:

  • Blocked nose

  • Runny nose

  • Nose bleeds

Many of these nasal conditions prove to be frustrating at the very least but can be a symptom of more serious health problems.

Although many nasal conditions can be treated by the family doctor, some of these need further evaluation by the ENT specialist with a nasal scope which can easily be done as an in-clinic procedure.

About voice disorders

Our voice is the primary means we use to interact with the people around us. It is essential in our professional, social and family relationships, and yet also something that we often take for granted.

For those of you who use your voice professionally, or who rely heavily on talking in the course of your work (e.g. vocalists, teachers, service professionals, coaches/trainers, healthcare professionals), it is even more essential to take good care of your voice.

Voice complaints include:

  • Roughness

  • Feeling that your voice is not as strong as it used to be

  • Tiring easily when talking for longer periods

These complaints are very common as we grow older, and there are various options such as therapy or small surgical procedures to improve these symptoms.

However, hoarseness may sometimes herald more sinister conditions such as throat cancer, especially when in patients with risk factors such as smoking.

For Oct, we have a special "Ask the Specialist" featuring two Associate Consultants from the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Dr Leong Zhou Hao and Dr Png Lu Hui.

Be sure to take this chance to ask them any question about nose and voice disorders.

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About Dr Leong Zhou Hao

​Dr Leong Zhou Hao is an Associate Consultant in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Singapore General Hospital. Dr. Leong received his undergraduate medical degree and his Masters of Medicine (Otorhinolaryngology) from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He then went on to complete his residency training in Otorhinolaryngology in Singapore, where he graduated top of his cohort at the Exit Examinations. His subspecialty interest is in the diagnosis and management of Voice and Swallowing disorders.

About Dr Png Lu Hui

Dr Png Lu Hui is an Associate Consultant in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Singapore General Hospital. He specialises in the evaluation and management of ear, nose and throat conditions.

He has a sub-specialty interest in Rhinology and the treatment of complex nasal conditions, including chronic sinusitis with nasal polyps as well as various nasal tumours. He is also a physician faculty member for the ENT Residency Programme, involved in the education of both ENT residents as well as medical students.

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