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By The Allergy ENT Team
September 23, 2022
Category: ENT Care
Tags: ENT Doctor  

Viruses, infections and conditions of the ears, nose, and throat can be complicated. That’s why it’s important to visit a specialist, known as an ENT doctor. ENT doctors are the experts you need.

ENT doctors go through additional specialized training beyond medical school. This additional training provides them with the expertise to help with ear, nose, throat, and sinus problems.

Sometimes an ear, nose, and throat problem will go away on its own, but not always. So, when should you see an ENT doctor?

If you have an ear, nose, throat, sinuses, head, or neck condition which has lasted longer than 7 to 10 days. You should also visit an ENT doctor if you have:

  • A fever that continues for more than 3 days
  • Pain in your ears, throat, nose, head, or neck which doesn’t go away
  • A discharge coming from your ears
  • A green or yellow discharge coming from your nose
  • Sinus pain and pressure that doesn’t go away

The signs and symptoms listed above could be a sign of a viral or bacterial infection. Your ENT doctor can diagnose the cause of the problem and administer treatment, so you feel better.

Viral and bacterial infections are just two reasons why you need to see an ENT doctor. There are many more, including if you suffer from:

  • Allergies
  • Hearing loss
  • Thyroid problems
  • Chronic sore throats
  • Snoring and sleep apnea
  • Swollen lymph nodes in your neck
  • Tinnitus, or ringing in your ears

Your ENT doctor offers a wide variety of services and treatments to help you stay healthy. You might visit an ENT doctor for:

  • Allergy testing and treatment
  • Balloon sinuplasty or sinus issues
  • Hearing aids or hearing loss

If you have problems breathing, difficulty swallowing, hearing issues, or pain in your ears, nose, throat, or sinuses, it’s time to visit your ENT doctor.

Your ENT doctor can help you breathe better, hear better, and live more comfortably, so call your ENT doctor today.

By The Allergy ENT Team
September 09, 2022
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Sinus Problems  

Sinus ProblemsDealing with sinus issues? Here’s what they could be and how to treat them.

From nasal congestion and a stuffy nose to facial pressure and postnasal drip, there are many warning signs that let you know that your sinuses are in trouble. So, what could be causing your angry, flared-up sinuses? Here are some of the top sinus offenders,

  • Allergies (e.g., hay fever)
  • An acute sinus infection
  • Nasal blockages
  • Deviated septum
  • Nasal polyps
  • Respiratory tract infections

Sinusitis, or a sinus infection, is the most common condition that an otolaryngologist sees and treats. In most cases, this infection is acute, meaning symptoms will go away within a couple of weeks. Many sinus infections appear after a cold or respiratory infection. If symptoms last more than 12 weeks and don’t respond to home care, these are signs that you could be dealing with acute sinusitis.

How Do I Know That I Have a Sinus Problem?

  • Sinus problems can leave you dealing with,
  • Facial pain and pressure
  • Sinus pain
  • A stuffy nose
  • Cough
  • Throat irritation and hoarseness
  • Postnasal drip

How Are Sinus Problems Treated?

If any of these symptoms last more than ten days, or if your symptoms return, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with your ENT doctor to find out what’s happening. If you are dealing with acute sinusitis, you may be able to find the relief you need through over-the-counter medications such as decongestants or antihistamines. Nasal sprays may also reduce inflammation of the passageways to make it easier to breathe.

Chronic sinusitis is treated a bit differently. Instead of over-the-counter medications, your ENT doctor may prescribe a prescription steroid nasal spray, antihistamine and decongestant. If you have nasal polyps, these medications can also provide relief.

What Happens if Sinus Problems Can’t Be Managed With Lifestyle and Medication?

If medications don’t manage your symptoms effectively, you may need to consider a procedure to treat the blockage. Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat chronic sinusitis. During this procedure, a catheter with a deflated balloon is inserted into the nasal cavity. The balloon is then inflated to help open up the inflamed cavity and drain the sinuses so you can breathe better.

Balloon sinuplasty is highly effective and can provide relief for up to two years. Whether you are considering balloon sinuplasty or traditional sinus surgery, an otolaryngologist would be happy to discuss your treatment options.

If you are dealing with persistent or recurring sinus problems, it’s time you turn to an ENT specialist who can help you get the answers and the treatment you’re looking for.

By The Allergy ENT Team
August 16, 2022
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Allergies   Allergy   ENT Doctor   Ent Specialist  

Should you turn to an otolaryngologist to treat your allergy symptoms?

Summertime can be glorious…for people who don’t have allergies; however, allergies can flare up this time of year, making that fun vacation or time outdoors miserable. If you find yourself hiding inside most of the year, this could signify that your allergies are uncontrolled and interfering with your life. Is it time to see an otolaryngologist for relief?

When Should I See An ENT Doctor?

If you find that your allergy symptoms are minor and controlled through over-the-counter remedies and home care, then you may not need to book an appointment with your ENT doctor immediately; however, you should turn to an ENT doctor if,

  • You are dealing with chronic sinusitis or nasal congestion
  • Your symptoms are severe
  • Over-the-counter medications, lifestyle changes and home care aren’t enough
  • Your symptoms last three months or more
  • Your allergies are interfering with sleep, work or your quality of life

How Does an ENT Specialist Treat Allergies?

If you deal with seasonal or mild allergies, you may find them only a minor nuisance, and it might not be worth scheduling an appointment with a doctor; however, if you find yourself battling allergies for several months a year and they aren’t responding to at-home care these are signs that it might be time to sit down with an ENT doctor to discuss other treatment options.

How Does an ENT Treat Allergies?

If you aren’t sure what is causing your allergy symptoms, allergy testing will provide the best insight. Once allergy testing is performed, we’ll know exactly what you’re allergic to so we can map out a treatment plan. Treatment options range depending on the severity and type of allergies you’re dealing with. Allergy treatment plans often include,

  • Lifestyle changes such as keeping windows and doors closed, using a HEPA air filter in the bedroom and other modifications to reduce your exposure to the allergen
  • Oral medications such as antihistamines and decongestants
  • Steroids or saline nasal sprays
  • Immunotherapy (allergy shots) for more severe and unresponsive symptoms

If you are dealing with allergy symptoms that are driving you mad with itchy, watery eyes, nasal congestion and fatigue, an ENT doctor may be the right specialist to turn to for relief.

By The Allergy ENT Team
August 08, 2022
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Sinusitis  

Is it a sinus infection, allergies or a cold?

It isn’t always easy to tell a sinus infection apart from other respiratory illnesses. Still, it’s essential to recognize the signs and symptoms, so you know what medical professional to turn to. Especially if you are dealing with persistent or severe sinus problems, you must turn to an ENT doctor, who specializes in treating acute and chronic infections and issues that impact the nose and sinuses. Want to learn more about sinusitis? You’ve come to the right place.

What Is Sinusitis?

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, sinus infections affect over 31 million Americans. Sinusitis causes swelling of the nasal passages, which can lead to difficulty breathing through the nose or even a complete nasal blockage (in more severe cases). Some people mistake their sinus infection for the common cold since many symptoms are the same.

What Are the Common Symptoms of a Sinus Infection?

Wondering if you could be dealing with sinusitis? Some of the warning signs include,

  • Nasal congestion
  • Green nasal discharge
  • Postnasal drip
  • Facial pain or fullness
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Referred pain in the upper teeth

What Causes Sinusitis?

In many cases, a bacterial infection is typically to blame. Of course, viruses and fungi can also cause sinus infections, particularly in those with compromised immune systems.

How Is Sinusitis Diagnosed?

Since distinguishing your symptoms from other conditions can be challenging, it’s always best to see one of our ENT doctors for a proper diagnosis. Treating your disease sooner can prevent health complications or symptoms from worsening.

How Is It Treated?

The cause of your sinusitis and whether you have an acute or chronic form will determine the type of treatment we recommend. In most cases, using an over-the-counter antihistamine or decongestant spray can reduce swelling within the sinuses to help improve drainage. Of course, these medications should only be used for a few days. If you aren’t finding relief after a few days, it’s time to talk to us.

For those with bacterial sinusitis, antibiotics are usually the best course of treatment. In some situations, a nasal steroid spray may be used to reduce swelling and inflammation of the tissue within the nasal passages.

If you are dealing with a sinus infection that isn’t going away or improving with rest and home care, you owe it to yourself to turn to an ENT doctor for treatment.

By The Allergy ENT Team
July 25, 2022
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Could your snoring be a sign that you have this common sleep disorder?

Dragging yourself out of bed in the morning. Walking like a zombie to the coffee pot. Pounding coffee to try to clear the brain fog. Falling asleep at your desk. Feeling easily annoyed with everyone around you. Finding out from your partner that you were snoring loudly, again. If this sounds like you, it might be time to visit an ENT doctor for a sleep apnea evaluation.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes pauses in breathing throughout the night due to tissue collapsing in the back of the throat, which blocks airflow. This limited airflow and oxygen to the brain can lead to various health problems over time, some of which can be dangerous if sleep apnea is left untreated. The National Sleep Foundation reports that as many as 85 percent of people with sleep apnea don’t even know they have it.

What Are the Warning Signs?

You could have sleep apnea if you are dealing with,

  • Loud, chronic snoring
  • Gasping for breath or choking sounds
  • Restless sleep
  • Morning headaches
  • Daytime fatigue despite getting enough sleep
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Brain fog
  • Falling asleep at your desk or behind the wheel
  • Needing a nap to get through the day
  • Increased irritability
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Depression

When Should I Turn to an Ent Doctor?

Most people seek an ENT doctor for an evaluation because their partner is complaining about their loud snoring, night after night. Of course, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, it’s worth turning to an ENT specialist for a proper evaluation to determine if you could have sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is diagnosed through a sleep study, which you may be able to complete from the comfort of home. If you suspect sleep apnea in yourself or someone you love, it’s vital that you schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?

CPAP therapy is still the standard way to treat obstructive sleep apnea, requiring the individual to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while sleeping. During the night, the mask pumps pressurized air into the airways to keep them open. CPAP much be worn every night.

Mild to moderate forms of obstructive sleep apnea may also be treated with a simple oral appliance to keep airways open while you sleep. This device may also benefit individuals who aren’t candidates for CPAP therapy.

While surgery can also be used to treat sleep apnea, before considering surgery, you may want to consider the newest sleep apnea treatment—a subdermal device that is placed directly under the skin and you turn on and control with a remote. You turn it on before going to bed, and the device will stimulate the muscles of the airways to keep them open.

If you suspect that you might have sleep apnea, you must turn to an ENT doctor who can perform the appropriate tests and provide you with an immediate diagnosis so you can get the treatment you need. You’ll be amazed at the relief you feel and how refreshed you can feel day in and day out when your sleep apnea is fully controlled.





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