Sleep apnea is a serious condition; many people aren’t even aware they have it. It is a disorder of breathing while sleeping. Breathing may become shallow or stop altogether only to start again noisily. People resort to uncomfortable sleep studies and devices in an effort to get relief. Many times your ENT can treat sleep apnea by restoring proper breathing.
The adenoids are amazing parts of the lymphatic system. During childhood they are busy bulking up and building up the immune system. Adenoids detect incoming bacteria and viruses and are the first line of defense when they show up. But, they can be too much of a good thing. Recurring infections can cause adenoids and tonsils to swell. The swelling
A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control shows that almost one-third of American adults don’t get enough sleep. If snoring or other breathing problems keep you or your partner awake at night, it might be time to visit an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist. Your ENT can determine the cause of the snoring and provide the solutions
The adenoids are part of the lymphatic system and play a role in the body’s ability to fight infection. They sit like little sentinels high in the throat behind the nose and soft palate. They monitor the air coming in for viruses and bacteria. When they detect them, the immune system swings into action. However, recurring infections can cause the
If your ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor has recommended you have septoplasty (septum surgery) to improve your nasal breathing, you may be worried about the pain and recovery process. While trepidation is normal before any procedure you should know there have been many advances in septum surgery. Recovery time is not long, the pain is more akin to discomfort,
Difficulty breathing through the nose is a pretty common problem treated by ENTs . Initial treatment may consist of decongestants, antihistamines or other medications to open air passages. Many times treating the underlying condition like chronic sinusitis or allergy is all that is necessary. Sometimes the problem is caused by the structure of the nasal passages. If the nasal obstruction
Most people with a deviated septum aren’t aware it exists because it doesn’t affect their breathing, their sleeping or their lifestyle. Other people aren’t so lucky. If your ENT has recommended that you have septum surgery it is to restore breathing, alleviate sleep apnea, or improve your upper respiratory health. While septum surgery (septoplasty) is a common surgical procedure for
If your child is having problems with throat or ear infections over and over again, it might be time to ditch the pediatrician and make a switch to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor . ENTs are medical professionals that specialize in diseases and conditions of the ears, nose and throat. Not only are they clinicians (office doctors) they
The arrival of cooler temperatures brings nosebleeds, dry nose and dry sinus syndromes. That’s because the heated forced air we use to keep us warm lowers the humidity in our homes. The drier air often leads to problems with nosebleeds, dried and irritated nasal passages and sinuses. It is recommended you use humidifiers to bring humidity levels up to the
The results of a study funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, was published in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery . The study may have been small, but the impact could be large. The Cost of Chronic Sinusitis If you suffer from chronic sinusitis , you know the toll it takes on your personal and professional life.