As the end of August draws near, back-to-school shopping is in full swing. Every Target, Walmart, and Office Depot is flooded with 1000s of parents and children all looking for the exact same items on their school-approved shopping list. After fighting your way through the hordes of family units, checking out at the understaffed front register, and trying your best to keep the kids supplies separated you head to your primary care doctor to check Physical Examinations off the mental list. However, even with a thorough Physical, there are some things only you may be able to catch when it comes to your child's ear, nose, and throat health. Here are 3 things to be aware of before sending your child back to school:
In many cases, ear pain is caused by an infection of the ear canal. But did you know some ear pain may not be connected to ear-related problems at all? Many of these problems require a physician's knowledge to distinguish one problem from another. But here are a few other causes of ear pain you may not know about.
Voice loss and hoarseness are common problems cared for in the otolaryngologist’s (ENT) office on a daily basis. The frequency of these complaints does seem to increase in the winter months. It’s likely that upper respiratory infections are playing a role in this seasonal increase.
What is chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS)? It is defined as 12 weeks of ongoing inflammation of the nose and sinuses. Symptomatic patients will present with nasal discharge or drainage, facial pain and pressure, nasal congestion or obstruction on examination or with a CT scan. CRS is not an infectious disease although acute sinusitis may be. Different causes of CRS have been investigated over the years. Despite much research, the jury is still out on what causes CRS. CRS is likely caused by a combination of contributing factors such as: