Posts for: May, 2018
Your ears are so important. What would you ever do without your sense of hearing and your balance--both major functions of your outer, middle, and inner ear structures? Your Sun City West and Sun City, AZ, ear doctors at Arizona ENT help you care for your hearing and balance. If something seems awry, they help diagnose and treat those disconcerting otolaryngology difficulties so you feel and function at your very best.
Your primary caregiver
Of course, that's your primary care physician. On an annual basis, your family doctor checks your vital signs, weight, and reflexes. He or she also looks checks your vision and does a basic assessment of your eyes, ears, and soft tissues of the mouth and back of the throat. Blood work checks metabolism, cholesterol, blood sugar, and other important measures of health.
If you see your physician with symptoms indicating a problem with your ears, you may be referred to your Sun City West and Sun City ear doctor at Arizona ENT. Our professional team of four board-certified otolaryngologists understands ear symptoms and how to diagnose and treat their causes.
Troublesome ear-related symptoms
Your Arizona ENT doctors can help you if you persistently exhibit these symptoms:
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Hearing loss
- Motion sickness
- Tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing sound in the ears)
- Ear pain
- Cerumen (wax) build-up
- Decreased hearing
- Drainage from the ear
- Facial pain
- Nausea and/or vomiting
A complete ear exam includes visual inspection of the outside of the ear (auricle), interior inspection of the canal and eardrum with a lighted otoscope and a tuning fork test, a rudimentary hearing exam. The doctors also conduct audiology examinations to understand the degree and kind of hearing loss, tympanoplasty procedures to repair eardrums, and placement of ventilating ear tubes for prevention of otitis media, or middle ear infection.
Patients frequently come to Arizona ENT with motion sickness, vertigo, or other balance-related ear symptoms, Your ENT doctor can prescribe in-office or at-home exercises which can correct balance issues.
Come see us
At Arizona ENT, we care for your ears, nose, and throat as if they were our very own. Our highly skilled otolaryngologists pay close attention to symptoms and work diligently to track down and treat their causes. Call us today for an individualized consultation in Sun City West and Sun City, AZ. For the West Meeker Boulevard office, phone (623) 975-1660. For the West Thunderbird location, call (623) 972-2951.
Nasal congestion, nasal blockages, facial pain, and pressure—these are all symptoms that arise when sinuses go rogue. Just like the rest of the body, these hollow cavities within the skull can also fall victim to a variety of conditions and problems. The most common sinus problems include:
Acute sinusitis (also known as a sinus infection)
Unfortunately, there are countless people around the world dealing with these problems, and these chronic sinus problems have even been linked to a higher rate of depression. This is why it’s so important to have an otolaryngologist by your side that can help you get to the bottom of your symptoms and improve how your sinuses feel and function.
Millions of Americans deal with acute sinus infections each year. While they can be a nuisance, they usually don’t cause much harm and will often just run their course without treatment. In the meantime, you can ease your symptoms by applying warm facial compresses, taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, staying hydrated and using nasal sprays, if necessary. Symptoms of acute sinusitis usually go away within one month.
Unfortunately, there are some people who deal with chronic sinusitis, in which symptoms last more than three months and don’t seem to respond to at-home care. When this happens it’s important that you seek medical care from a qualified ENT doctor who can provide you with more aggressive options for handling the infection.
In the past, the only treatment option for severe or chronic sinus infections was t surgery; however, now ENT doctors offer a minimally invasive treatment known as balloon sinuplasty, which is quick and easy to perform, doesn’t require any incisions or bone removal, and boasts a very fast recovery period. Balloon sinuplasty can be a great alternative to traditional sinus surgery.
A lot of people have a deviated septum but might not even realize it. If it isn’t giving you any problems then it’s not something to worry about; however, if you are dealing with severe or chronic nasal congestion, particularly on one side, this could definitely be alerting you to the fact that you have a deviated septum. Those with a deviated septum are also more likely to develop nosebleeds or recurring sinus infections. Surgery is often required to repair the septum.
Allergies are another common issue that people deal with, particularly during certain times of the year. If you find yourself fighting back sneezing and congestion rather frequently then you could be allergic to pollen, pet dander, or dust mites. Other allergy symptoms include:
Runny or stuffy nose
There are a variety of medications and lifestyle modifications that can keep your allergies in check. It’s important that you seek the care of an ENT specialist, as untreated allergy symptoms can often get worse.
Do you find that certain times of the year it’s difficult to go outdoors without developing watery itchy eyes or sneezing your head off? Does coming in contact with your friends’ pets leave you dealing with red itchy welts on your skin and a runny nose? If you said “yes” to these questions, you could very well be dealing with allergies.
While there isn’t a cure for allergies, there are many ways to treat this issue. If you aren’t finding relief through over-the-counter antihistamines, nasal sprays, and other allergy medications, it’s time to turn to an otolaryngologist for help. It’s important that you don’t just ignore your allergy symptoms, as they can often get worse if left untreated.
First and foremost, it’s important to figure out what is causing your allergy symptoms to flare-up. Everything from pollen, mold dust, dust mites, dander, and mildew could be causing your symptoms. The sooner you and your ENT doctor are able to get to the root of your flare-ups the easier it will be to treat your allergies.
While an otolaryngologist may choose to prescribe medication to help you better manage your symptoms, there are also a variety of lifestyle modifications you can incorporate into your daily routine to reduce flare-ups.
For starters, it’s important to reduce how often you come in contact with the offending allergen. This may require you to close your windows during the day, vacuum the carpets and furniture a few times a week, bathe your trusty pet regularly, use an air purifier with a HEPA filter in your bedroom, or place a protective covering over your mattress.
Even though some people may find relief from commercial allergy products, those dealing with persistent or moderate-to-severe allergies may require a more specific and stronger medication. There are a variety of prescription nasal sprays, eye drops, and other antihistamines that can reduce congestion, eye redness and itching, and other allergy complaints. Of course, if these lifestyle changes and medications aren’t enough to get your symptoms under control then your allergy specialist may discuss the pros and cons of getting allergy shots.
Don’t let allergies get the better of you. There are ways to get your allergies under control so they don’t control you. Don’t fight your allergy alone; turn to an ENT specialist for help.