Ask a Ear, Nose Throat (ENT) Specialist: Dr Lim Keng Hua from Mount Elizabeth (Orchard) Hospital Singapore

Ask a Doctor ForumCategory: OtorhinolaryngologyAsk a Ear, Nose Throat (ENT) Specialist: Dr Lim Keng Hua from Mount Elizabeth (Orchard) Hospital Singapore
dr. Lim Keng Hua asked 11 months ago
I am Dr Lim Keng Hua, Ear Nose Throat Surgeon at Ear Nose Throat, Head And Neck Surgery, an ENT clinic based in Mount Elizabeth (Orchard) Hospital. I have special interest in nose and sinus diseases and allergies, with a subspecialty focus in rhinology and sinonasal allergy.

I have accumulated more than 18 years of clinical practice, and am well-versed in managing both adult and children ENT problems such as ear infections, hearing loss, voice disorders, snoring and sleep disorders, salivary gland disorders and thyroid swelling.

I was awarded a clinical rhinology fellowship award by the Ministry of Health to train in Europe to expand Singapore’s repertoire in the management of rhinology, endoscopic skull base surgery and sinonasal allergy, where I trained under world-renowned rhinologist Professor Wytske Fokkens and endoscopic skull base surgeon Professor Christos Georgalas.

During my tenure as a consultant at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, I started the allergy and immunotherapy service to manage difficult nasal allergies and smell disorders.

I was the lead ENT tutor and adjunct lecturer at Nanyang Technological University’s Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, a senior clinical lecturer at National University of Singapore’s Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, and a core faculty member in the National Healthcare Group ENT residency programme.

I have published in local and international journals and collaborated with several international centres like Beijing Tongren Hospital to improve the management of chronic rhinosinusitis. I also received a Singapore Clinician-Investigator Award for my work on allergic rhinitis at the 2011 Singapore Health & Biomedical Congress.

I am a member of the American Rhinologic Society, European Rhinologic Society, the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Society (Singapore) and the Asia-Pacific Society of Thyroid Surgery. I am also an executive member of the Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery of Singapore.

Learn more about Mount Elizabeth (Orchard) Hospital here: https://www.smarterhealth.my/hospital/mount-elizabeth-hospital-singapore/

Learn more about me here: https://www.smarterhealth.my/specialist-doctor/lim-keng-hua/

I am excited to be here to share/discuss ENT Health with everyone. Whether you’ve got questions about ENT disorders such as snoring, sinus problems, and nasal allergy, ask me anything!

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20 Answers
Noormadjid answered 11 months ago
Doctor, one of my ears is deaf. The doctor said the hearing aid won’t help and suggested having cochlear implants. Do I need to have a cochlear implant in both of my ears or just the one that is lack of hearing? Are there any risks of complications?
dr. Lim Keng Hua
replied 11 months ago

It will be good to know the cause of your deafness in one ear, Cochlear implant is indicated only in the deaf ear. Post implantation, you will need a period of rehabilitation to get use to the new sound from the implant.

Cochlear implant surgery is a big and complex surgery. There will definitely be some risk. The risk maybe broadly divided into those relating to the surgery itself and the implant. Please discuss with your doctor on the risk.

Tiurma answered 11 months ago
 Doctor, my throat hurts when I swallow my food. It feels like my neck is swollen. What treatment should I do? I drink a lot of water and take medicine for my sore throat, but it doesn’t get better.
dr. Lim Keng Hua
replied 10 months ago

It will be good to know your age, the duration of symptoms and whether you smoke. Is there any fever?
Most sore throat recovers within 1-2 weeks. If your sore throat is more than 2 weeks, I suggest having a check up by your doctor.

Pain on swallowing and swollen neck suggest an ongoing inflammatory process. You may have tonsillitis or pharyngitis with swollen lymph nodes. You will need a course of antibiotics. Please see your doctor immediately if you notice a definite swelling in the neck.

If you are a smoker, I suggest a ENT specialist consult if your sore throat is not better after a course of antibiotics.

It helps to have good hydration. Please continue to keep yourself well hydrated.

Karlin Tuda answered 10 months ago
It has been 4 months since my tonsils are swollen, both left and right. Drinking cold water makes me ache. I feel as though something is blocking my throat. What problem is this, Doc? I am a 46 year old female.
dr. Lim Keng Hua
replied 10 months ago

Considering your age and the duration of swollen tonsil, I suggest a consultation with your local doctor , if necessary an ENT specialist. You may need a biopsy of the tonsil to rule out a tumour.

David Rasul answered 10 months ago
My name is David Rasul, and I am 61 years old. 10 months ago, I saw several ENT specialists in Jakarta, but no one can diagnose the disease I am having. Then I went to Penang and after an MRI, the doctor said I had a benign tumor in my neck called INTRAMUSCULAR LIPOMA. Because the tumor didn’t disturb or affect me, I was advised to come back and do an MRI and CT scan in a year to see whether surgery is necessary. My question is, which ENT surgeon should I see and what procedures am I likely to undergo? How much will the procedures cost? Thank you.
dr. Lim Keng Hua
replied 10 months ago

Lipoma are generally benign and may not be removed. The indication to remove it depends on the size, location and symptom. Depending on the location of the lipoma, most ENT surgeons should be able to remove the lipoma. You will only need an excision biopsy of the lipoma if it can be separated from the muscle. Otherwise a cuff of the muscle may need to be resected. The exact surgery will depend on the location and size. Similarly, the fee will depend on the complexity of the case.

Sumardi answered 10 months ago
I have been living with sinusitis for a long time. I cannot stay in an air-conditioned room at all because I find it hard to breathe. I am 50 years old. Can I still resolve this, Doc?
dr. Lim Keng Hua
replied 10 months ago

If your symptom is blocked nose resulting in you finding it hard to breath, there is likely a cure to it. But, in view of the fact that you have been suffering from this for many years, it is important to find out the underlying cause. Nevertheless, no patient should be suffering from blocked nose for an extended period of time. It should be rectifiable. A nose scope is needed to evaluate.

Widyasari Kirana answered 10 months ago
I sneeze a lot in a dusty place. Is it normal or am I having a dust allergy? I can sneeze continuously up to 10 times, but without other symptoms.
dr. Lim Keng Hua
replied 10 months ago

Sneezing is a protective reflex to clear irritants or foreign particles from the nose. Hence we will sneeze even without hypersensitivity. However, if you sneeze excessively and repeatedly when exposed to the same item, you could have an allergy or hypersensitivity reaction to that particular item. You could also be sneezing because the dust is an irritant and you are sneezing to clear them.

If you have an allergy, besides sneezing, you would usually have other symptoms such as runny nose and nose block. I would suggest wearing a mask when in dusty places. Please consult your local doctor if sneezing continues.

Yohanes answered 10 months ago
Doctor, I am a 30 year old male. I have been experiencing a blocked nose for a long time and sometimes it makes it hard to breathe. In 2018, I went to see an ENT specialist because I suspected it was sinusitis. But the doctor said it was just narrowed nerves inside my nostrils. He said it was because I stopped doing my regular exercise (there was a time I routinely do some exercises).

The doctor suggested that I continue my exercise and only gave me antibiotics and saline liquid to clean my nostrils. But I don’t feel much improvement in my nose and my breathing. Although it is true that doing exercise helps me to breathe easily. Is it true that the problem is only about sensitive nerves inside my nostrils, Doctor? Or is it sinusitis? But I have never had a headache in a cold place like people with sinusitis usually do.

dr. Lim Keng Hua
replied 10 months ago

If you have no pain, foul smell nose discharge or fever, you probably don't have sinusitis. It sounded like you have narrowed nasal passage, It is common for exercise to relieve the nose block. But if you are experiencing nose block all the time, you will need a nose scope to determine the underlying cause. You may need surgery to relieve the obstruction.

Maria Lince answered 10 months ago
Doctor, what can I do to prevent and resolve crusting in the nose? Is there any alternative treatment besides medical treatment? Thank you
dr. Lim Keng Hua
replied 10 months ago

Use a saline nasal wash or rinse. You may apply vaseline ointment to hydrate the nose for a week. If persistent, please see your doctor to exclude an infection.

NELI answered 10 months ago
I have vertigo.
dr. Lim Keng Hua
replied 10 months ago

There are many causes of vertigo. If the vertigo is transient and resolved within a day, you may continue to monitor. If your vertigo is recurring or lasted more than a day, you need to see a doctor to determine the cause. The treatment depends on the underlying causes. If the origin of the vertigo is from the ear, usually 2 groups of medications are used. First group to control the acute symptoms i.e. vertigo, nausea or vomiting. Second group to improve the sense of balance.

If you are still not better, you may need to see a specialist. Sometimes, vestibular testing and rehabilitation therapy, blood test and even imaging may be needed to determine the cause.

Watiana answered 10 months ago
I am 50 years old. I experience headaches quite often, and stiff shoulders and pain in the ears. What is the best medicine?
dr. Lim Keng Hua
replied 10 months ago

For headaches and pain, the best medicine is pain killers. To remove the pain permanently, the root cause of the problem has to be identified. It is impossible to guess the cause from your description of symptoms. Headache could be due to the brain. Shoulder aches could be due to the cervical spine. The ear pain could be due to the ear or even the throat. These 3 symptoms may be related too. I strongly suggest a formal consultation with a doctor/specialist to workout the cause of your problem.

Dicky Febryan
replied 10 months ago

Dok saya ingin bertanya
Waktu saya membersihkan kotoran telinga saya,saya memasukkan air garam,den mengorek2 nya, setelah beberapa hari telinga saya mengalami sakit dan penurunan pendengaran serta telinga saya mengalami ada yg bergerak atau bergetar di dalamnya ketika mendengar suara yg agak keras

dr. Lim Keng Hua
replied 10 months ago

Air garam yang masuk kemungkinan tidak bisa keluar. Kelembapan di dalam telinga menyebabkan saluran telinga membengkak dan terasa sakit. Kemudian telinga tersumbat dan pendengaran menurun. Sensasi seolah ada yang bergerak di dalam telinga adalah karena adanya air yang tidak bisa keluar dari dalam telinga. Kemungkinan lain, kotoran telinga terdorong ke dalam dan menyentuh gendang telinga. Temui dokter agar cepat diobati. Jika tidak, Anda bisa terkena infeksi saluran telinga.

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