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By Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates of Corpus Christi
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 Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates of Corpus Christi
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 Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates of Corpus Christi
June 27, 2022
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinus Headache  

How can you distinguish between a regular and a sinus-induced headache?

Sinus problems can be a real nuisance. While a stuffy nose, congestion and facial pressure may be part of the package, you may not realize that sinus problems could also be responsible for your headaches. If you are dealing with persistent or regular headaches, and you are also dealing with sinus issues, your headaches could be due to your sinuses. If this is the case, an ENT doctor can help you treat this common problem.

What causes a sinus headache?

When the nasal passages become congested, a sinus headache can start brewing. You may notice that you develop more sinus headaches during times of the year when your allergies flare up, or you may find that your headaches accompany a sinus infection. Along with allergies, other problems that could trigger a sinus headache include,

  • Nasal polyps
  • Deviated septum
  • Viral infections
  • Bacterial infections
  • Fungal infection (rare)

What are the signs of a sinus headache?

Along with inflamed sinuses, symptoms of a sinus headache are different from that of a tension headache. Signs of a sinus headache include,

  • Nasal congestion
  • Stuffy nose or runny nose
  • Lack of smell
  • Facial pressure often in the forehead
  • Facial pain that gets worse when leaning over
  • Yellow nasal discharge

How a sinus headache is treated will differ from migraines, so it’s essential to spot the differences. If you develop a severe headache accompanied by dizziness, sensitivity to light or sound, nausea, vomiting or auras, these are telltale signs that you’re dealing with a migraine and not a sinus headache.

How is a sinus headache treated?

While most sinus infections will resolve without treatment, an ENT doctor will be able to provide you with lifestyle changes, medication options and other remedies that could ease your headache and other symptoms until the infection resolves itself. Some ways to treat sinus headaches include,

  • Home remedies such as Neti Pot, saline irrigation, steam and a warm compress
  • Over-the-counter medications such as decongestants and pain medications
  • Prescription medications include antihistamines, decongestants and nasal steroids
  • Alternative treatment options such as essential oils, homeopathy, acupuncture and herbs

If headaches have become the norm, you may be surprised to discover that your sinuses are to blame. Of course, to get your headaches under control, you should also get your sinus problems under control. For that, you’ll want to turn to an otolaryngologist.

By Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates of Corpus Christi
June 10, 2022
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Hearing Loss  

Recognize the early warning signs of hearing loss.

Hearing loss is incredibly common—the NIH reports that one in eight people in the US over the age of 12 years old has some degree of hearing loss. While hearing loss is more common among older adults, this doesn’t mean hearing loss can’t occur in young children, teens, or adults. The key is detecting hearing loss early on so an otolaryngologist can treat the problem and also take measures to prevent hearing loss from getting worse.

Everyone Seems Like They’re Mumbling

You used to be able to understand what people were saying to you but these days it seems like everyone around you is mumbling. While some people are simply soft-spoken if you find yourself having trouble understanding what most people around you are saying this could be a sign that they aren’t mumbling, but rather, that you’re dealing with some degree of hearing loss.

You Say “Huh” A Lot

Along with noticing that people around you are suddenly mumbling a lot more, you may also find yourself saying “What?” or “Huh?” to people a lot. If having people repeat themselves has become commonplace this is another telltale sign of hearing loss.

You Don’t Follow Conversations

When you don’t fully understand what people are saying around you it’s often easier just to tune it all out. The problem is that many people with hearing loss, particularly seniors, feel the social withdrawal that comes with not being part of the conversation. If you also find that noisy settings such as a crowded restaurants make it even more difficult to understand people and conversations, you may want to see your audiologist for a hearing evaluation.

Phone Conversations are More Difficult

Nothing is better than getting to catch up with family and friends on the phone unless you’re dealing with hearing loss. Even mild hearing loss can make it difficult to understand what someone else is saying on the phone. If you find yourself working hard to hear what someone is saying on the phone (or if you have to turn the volume all the way up) you may want to schedule a hearing test with an ENT.

If you are noticing changes in your hearing, it’s important that you turn to an otolaryngologist right away to learn about the cause and degree of your hearing loss, and whether you could benefit from a hearing aid.

By Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates of Corpus Christi
May 24, 2022
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Hearing Aids  

Find out whether you might benefit from a hearing aid.

It might seem silly to ask yourself since it might seem obvious whether you need a hearing aid or not, but it’s not always as clear-cut as it seems. This is when it’s time to turn to an otolaryngologist who will be able to determine whether hearing aids are right for you. Here are some questions to ask yourself that may help you decide whether or not you might benefit from wearing a hearing aid:

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Does it sound like people around you mumble?
  • Do you have to turn the volume up on the TV or radio to hear it?
  • Do you need people to repeat themselves often?
  • Is it difficult to understand people on the phone?
  • Do you withdraw from the conversation, particularly in a group or noisy setting?
  • Do you find yourself reading lips or focusing on someone when they speak?

If you said “yes” to some of these questions, you could undoubtedly be dealing with hearing loss. One fairly common type of hearing loss is hearing people in a standard pitch but not being able to hear higher-pitched sounds.

How do hearing aids work?

Before getting a hearing aid, it’s important to note that unlike glasses, which can correct visual impairments, hearing aids cannot fully restore your hearing to normal; however, a hearing aid can amplify voices and sounds to make it easier to hear them. Wearing a hearing aid can make joining in and listening to everyday conversations easier. Some advanced features also offer fantastic technology to make communicating in a noisy setting easier. Some hearing aids can also be used to amplify high-pitched sounds.

Since there are so many different technologies, styles, and features when it comes to getting a hearing aid, it’s essential to turn to an ENT doctor who can not only assess your degree of hearing loss but also talk through the different hearing aids options for you based on your health, budget and lifestyle.