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How your throat doctors in Sun City West, AZ, can help with tonsillitis
Chronic sore throats can be upsetting to your child, and they can also be a sign of tonsillitis. If you think your child may be suffering from tonsillitis, it’s best to visit the experts, your ear, nose, and throat specialists. They can help your child feel better and give you peace of mind. The ENT specialists at Arizona ENT can help with tonsillitis and other ear, nose, and throat conditions. They have convenient office locations in Sun City West and Sun City, AZ.
Your child can develop tonsillitis after suffering viral or bacterial infections like strep throat. That’s why it’s important to use preventive measures to stay healthy. Teach your child to:
- Thoroughly wash and dry their hands several times each day
- Avoid sharing eating utensils, food, or beverages with others
- Cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing
- Use a new toothbrush after being ill, and discard the old toothbrush
Even with the best prevention, your child can still develop tonsillitis. When the tonsils become inflamed, your child may experience:
- Red, irritated, swollen tonsils
- A white coating on your child’s tonsils
- Chronic sore throat and bad breath
- Difficulty swallowing and hoarseness
- Swollen lymph nodes and a fever
Young children may also have a loss of appetite, stomach pain, and fussiness. If your child is showing any of the signs or symptoms listed above, it’s time to visit your ENT specialist. At Arizona ENT your throat doctor may recommend antibiotic medication to clear up any infection.
A common treatment for recurrent severe tonsillitis is to remove the tonsils, a procedure known as a tonsillectomy. The procedure is performed in an operating room and typically your child will go home on the same day. Your child will be given a sedative and placed under general anesthesia. Tonsil removal takes about 30 minutes, with recovery time taking between 1 to 4 hours.
If your child develops tonsillitis, don’t panic. Your ENT specialist can help. Just call your throat doctor at Arizona ENT, with offices in Sun City West and Sun City, AZ. Call today, and help your child feel better!
From outdoor allergies to asthma, there are many reasons why you or your child may be having trouble with your breathing. Breathing problems can be distressing and it’s important to understand when symptoms warrant seeing an otolaryngologist for a proper evaluation.
Common Causes of Breathing Problems
You may have trouble breathing if you are dealing with:
- Common cold
- Acute or chronic sinusitis
- Deviated septum
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Other upper respiratory infections (e.g. pneumonia)
While some conditions like the common cold will only cause mild and temporary symptoms, if you notice that your symptoms are serious, don’t respond to at-home care or are getting worse then it’s time to seek medical attention. After all, there are certain conditions such as sinusitis that can become chronic if not properly treated. An ENT doctor will know exactly what medications and treatments to offer to reduce sinus inflammation and to make breathing easier.
Chronic breathing problems, particularly those caused by allergies and asthma, may also be associated with:
- Chest tightness or congestion
- Nasal congestion
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Coughing that gets worse at night
- Shallow breathing
Asthma symptoms are usually detected early in childhood; however, it is still possible for adults to be diagnosed later in life (known as adult-onset asthma). If you or your child are experiencing difficulty breathing and tightness in the chest made worse by cold air, stress, or exercise it’s important that you see an ENT doctor right away. While asthma cannot be cured it can be properly managed with long-term medication. Leaving asthma untreated could be harmful to your health.
Testing and Diagnosis
When you come into the office an otolaryngologist will have you fill out detailed information about your family and personal medical history. Your doctor will also perform a physical exam. Pulmonary function tests are often used to test lung function in those suspected of having asthma. Of course, there are other breathing tests such as spirometry. Your doctor will also ask you questions about the symptoms you’ve been experiencing in order to rule out certain conditions or illnesses.
The treatment plan you receive will depend on the issue you are dealing with. For example, acute sinusitis can often be managed with over-the-counter nasal decongestants and antihistamines while chronic sinusitis may require more aggressive treatment such as prescription steroid sprays, oral corticosteroids, and endoscopic nasal surgery to remove the blockage or to repair the deviated septum. Your otolaryngologist can help you get your breathing problems under control.
Your sinuses help you breathe by providing moisture and filtration for your airway. However, these useful air-filled spaces in the skull may, unfortunately, become blocked and diseased, causing repeated infections and discomfort. At Arizona ENT in both Sun City and Sun City West, your team of board-certified otolaryngologists—Drs. Bassett, Hoffman, and Borgesen—listen carefully to sinus symptoms and use modern diagnostic techniques to determine if sinus surgery is warranted. Learn more here!
Symptoms of chronic sinus problems
You'd like to breathe better and have fewer headaches. Sinus infections (sinusitis) happen more frequently now, and you produce a lot of thick, green mucus. Does this sound like you? If so, you may be thinking, "what could help me feel better?"
At Arizona ENT in Sun City and Sun City West, your ear, nose, and throat physicians see many patients who ultimately require sinus surgery. Performed via endoscope using traditional techniques, or even handheld lasers, sinus surgeries remove bone, compress thick sinus tissue (nasal turbinates), and eliminate benign polyps.
Signs which tell your physician you need sinus surgery are:
- Endoscopic and CT scan evidence that the sinuses are blocked with excessive tissue or a deviated septum
- Repeated sinus infections
- Recurring headaches
- Changes in vocal quality
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Constant feeling of pressure across the forehead or cheeks
- Copious mucous production (thick and green)
Your treatment plan
The University of Michigan Health Systems maintains that proper evaluation and discussion of symptoms are key to determining candidacy for sinus surgery of any kind. Additionally, your doctor at Arizona ENT will want you to try some less invasive therapies first, before even considering surgery.
So, your customized treatment plan could include:
- Nasal irrigation with a Neti pot and sterile or distilled water
- Steroidal nasal sprays to reduce swelling
- Allergy testing and treatment
Rest assured that your ENT doctor will follow your symptoms meticulously and arrive at the best long term solution to keep those sinus passages as clear as possible.
Find out more
Don't suffer with sinus symptoms—trust in the care and expertise at Arizona ENT. We have offices in Sun City and Sun City West, one on West Meeker Boulevard and one on West Thunderbird Boulevard, both reachable at (623) 975-1660.
Do you have breathing problems such as wheezing, shortness of breath, a chronically stuffed nose, or throat tightness? If so, you should seek a consultation with your local ENT physician. These doctors have numerous ways to diagnose and treat your breathing problems associated with the nose and upper airway so you can function well and get on with your daily life.
The symptoms of breathing problems
Breathing problems associated with asthma, pneumonia, COPD, or bronchitis usually differ from those stemming from the nasal passages, larynx, or trachea. For respiratory difficulty associated with the lungs, patients see a pulmonary specialist. For the upper airway, people see an otolaryngologist.
What are the symptoms of upper airway breathing problems? You may experience some or all of the following:
- Wheezing which is noticeable to other people
- Persistent coughing
- Mouth breathing
- Voice hoarseness
- Fatigue to the extreme, particularly on exertion
- Throat tightness
- Constant nasal congestion and frequent nose blowing
What could be the cause?
According to Michigan Medicine, chronic or acute sinusitis (aka sinus infection) affects millions of people in the US. If left untreated, sinusitis leaves patients feeling fatigued due to the increased symptoms of coughing, congestion, and nose blowing.
Common causes for acute sinusitis include inflammation from allergies and exposure to viruses and bacteria from environmental pollution. Chronic sinusitis may stem from exposure to tobacco smoke, although it arises more commonly from nasal polyps, inflamed sinus turbinates, and deviated septums.
Diagnosing and treating breathing problems
As related to the upper airway, your ENT will ask you to describe your symptoms. Then, your nasal passages and sinuses will be examined with an endoscope, a thin, lighted tube which contains a small camera.
The otolaryngologist takes images of structures which could be obstructing your airway and causing your symptoms. Precise CT scanning gives the doctor more views of what's happening inside the air-filled cavities that we call sinuses.
Common treatments include steroidal sprays, oral steroids, antibiotics, allergy testing, pain treatment, and sinus surgery (a last resort option). Additionally, simple nasal irrigation with a Neti pot can flush out excess mucus, open passages, and reduce breathing difficulties.
Tackle your breathing problems
Your ENT doctor can help relieve your discomfort by listening to your symptoms, carefully performing a full assessment, and curating a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Make the call today!
Do you find yourself dealing with persistent sinus infections? Have nasal congestion and facial pressure become the norm? If so, then it’s time to turn to an otolaryngologist who can provide you with the relief that you need! While acute sinusitis is usually nothing to worry about and will go away fully after a few weeks of treatment, chronic sinusitis often needs a more proactive solution. If you have been battling a sinus infection for over 12 weeks and it’s not responding to treatment, then it’s time to consider other treatment options. Read on to learn more!
How to Treat Chronic Sinusitis
One of the ways to treat chronic nasal inflammation and blockages is through a simple endoscopic sinus procedure. Unlike traditional surgery, this procedure is minimally invasive and doesn’t require major incisions or removal of bone or tissue.
While this procedure isn’t necessary for patients dealing with acute bouts of sinusitis, if you are someone dealing with a true chronic form of sinusitis, then it might be time to consider endoscopic sinus surgery.
When you come in for a consultation, an ENT doctor will perform a physical exam and talk to you about your symptoms. Common symptoms of chronic sinusitis include,
- Nasal drainage
- Nasal obstruction and congestion
- Facial pressure or pain
- Post-nasal drip
- Frequent headaches
- Reduced smell or taste
Along with a physical exam, an otolaryngologist will insert an endoscope (a small tube with a camera) into the nostrils to look for drainage, blockages, or signs of infection or inflammation. Sometimes a CT scan is necessary to diagnose your infection.
When it comes to treating chronic sinusitis, your doctor will first turn to non-surgical treatment options like prescription steroids, antibiotics, nasal sprays, or allergy treatments (e.g. antihistamines).
If these treatments aren’t giving you the symptom relief that you need, then we will talk to you about whether minimally invasive sinus surgery is the right way to treat your chronic sinus symptoms.
How Minimally Invasive Sinus Surgery Works
During this procedure, an ENT specialist will insert an endoscope into the blocked or inflamed nostril and guide it gently through the sinuses. There are different methods involved in this type of sinus surgery. Sometimes at the end of the endoscope is a camera, which allows us to carefully remove enlarged tissue to improve breathing. Any pus or signs of infection are also drained out. Once this procedure is performed, certain medications are prescribed for long-term management.
Balloon sinuplasty has become another popular minimally invasive sinus procedure because it does not require any tissue removal. Instead of a camera at the end of the endoscope, there is a deflated balloon that is inflated once it’s placed into the blocked or inflamed nasal cavity. As the balloon is inflated, it opens up the blocked passageway so it can properly drain. Then the doctor will clean out the sinuses with a saline solution to remove any remaining pus or bacteria.
Give Us a Call!
Minimally invasive sinus surgery is extremely effective at treating chronic sinusitis. If you are dealing with this condition, then it’s time to talk to your otolaryngologist about whether this procedure is right for you.