Do you know someone who seems to deal with a stuffy nose all winter long? Is it you? Sometimes it seems like the winter months and a stuffed-up nose go hand-in-hand. Contrary to popular belief, cold weather itself doesn't cause a stuffy nose -- but rather, the conditions that come with cold weather often do. Here are a few reasons why you might have a stuffy nose this winter, and what you can do about it.
Commonly, sinusitis is acute. Acute sinusitis can be triggered by a cold or allergies, and it often goes away on its own. Its less-common relative, chronic sinusitis, can linger for months or longer and has symptoms that include loss of smell, congestion, and a runny nose. Patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis may wonder if there is a cure, and what treatments options are involved. Can it be treated or managed at home? Does it require surgery? Read on to learn more.
Post-nasal drip is a condition that people can often find confusing. What exactly is it? What causes it, and what are the best treatments? When should you talk to a doctor? Here are some things you may not have known about post-nasal drip.
Is your clogged ear just annoying, or might it be the symptom of another problem?
One of the trickier aspects of diagnosing this particular ear problem is the variety of reasons a patient may feel a clogged sensation in the ear. Common causes include colds, sinus infections, wax build-up, water in the ear, altitude changes, hearing loss, jaw problems, and more.
Loss of smell, or anosmia, is a condition that can range from nuisance to safety hazard. The loss of smell can affect the taste of food or appreciation of pleasant odors -- but a complete loss of smell could mean being less alert to dangerous situations, like fire or a gas leak. While rarely an indicator of a serious condition, loss of smell can impact quality of life.
A tonsillectomy is a common surgical procedure where enlarged or infected tonsils are removed. It's normal to feel anxious about your child undergoing this type of surgery, but there are steps you can take to make it easier for you both.
As parents, considering surgery for our children can be daunting. However, it is sometimes the best option. Such is the case when discussing tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for persistent infections or difficulty sleeping.
Sinusitis is a condition that causes inflammation and swelling of sinus lining. This can cause blockage of the openings and when they become blocked they can get infected. Sinusitis is a general term used to describe sinus inflammation due to a cold, allergy, or bacterial infection.
Choosing any sort of doctor for your child can be complicated. There are a lot of things to think about to make sure your child gets the best care available. The doctor’s credentials, the type of equipment and testing available in the office, and whether or not the doctor’s office has ready access to surgical facilities in the event a procedure is needed are all things parents should thoroughly understand. This holds true with choosing an ENT for your child.
Children tend to have more ear infections, adenoid and tonsil issues and sinus problems than adults, so a good ENT is crucial to your child’s health and well-being. Let’s take a look at some attributes you should think about when choosing your child’s ENT.