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By Beach Ear Nose & Throat PC
February 12, 2015
Category: ENT
Tags: Sinus  

A sinus infection can sometimes be resolved at home, but in other cases an Ear Nose Throat physician is needed to manage more advanced symptoms. Learn what to do if you have a disruptive sinus infection that won’t go away from the skilled Virginia Beach doctors at Beach Ear Nose & Throat PC.

What Is a Sinus Infection?
Your sinuses are the air-filled nasal cavities in your face that facilitate the passage of clean air through your passageways. When the Sinussinuses fill with fluid (usually after a bad head cold) they are susceptible to infection by bacteria—this type of infection is called sinusitis. The passages are blocked and make it more difficult for the body to get clean air. Sinus infections are also often caused by allergies that irritate the nasal passageways. 

Symptoms to Watch For
There are a few clear symptoms of sinus infection that differentiate it from the common cold and require the help of a physician at Beach Ear Nose & Throat in Virginia Beach. These include:

- Intense pressure around the nose and eyes
- Migraine headaches and/or fever
- Thick, yellow-colored secretions from the nose (mucus)
- Severe congestion

When these symptoms persist for an extended period of time, usually 10 or more days, it is diagnosed as a bacterial infection. It is acute if it happens once; chronic if it begins to happen frequently or lasts for months.

Sinus Infection Treatments
The most common treatment for sinusitis is antibiotic therapy. The antibiotics fight the bacteria that cause the infection and give your sinuses a chance to effectively clear up the unwanted fluids. In some cases, a surgery may be necessary to relieve pressure and blockages in the sinus cavities.

Schedule an ENT Visit Today
The physician team at Beach Ear Nose & Throat PC is committed to providing patients with expert, personal care. Each patient is treated as an individual with unique needs, whether you have a sinus infection, congestion or a similar condition requiring help from an ENT. Call the Virginia Beach office at (757) 464-9165 today or click the “Appointment Request” button to request a visit.

Ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors specialize in Otorhinolaryngology. These doctors treat patients of varying ages for anything from a child's perpetual ear infections to an adult's age-related hearing loss.

Hearing loss can be attributed to many things. Often, getting older is thought of as the main trigger, but there are many other factors Hearing Aidsthat could contribute to hearing loss.

Hearing loss can be due to three types of conditions:

Conductive hearing loss occurs because of middle ear problems. This can include problems with the middle ear, ear drum or the small bones surrounding those areas. Conductive hearing loss can be caused by things like ear infection, allergies, damaged or torn eardrum, benign tumors, impacted earwax, infection, fluid in the ear, or an abnormality in the outer or middle ear.

Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there are nerve-related problems in the inner ear. It can be caused by loud noise exposure, head trauma, virus or disease, aging, inner ear malformation, a hereditary disorder called Otosclerosis, tumors or autoimmune inner ear disease.

Mixed hearing loss is when the loss of hearing is attributed to both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, meaning that it could be any number of combinations of problems with any part of the ear.

Avoiding loud noises is one of the easiest ways to counter hearing loss. Using proper protective gear when encountering loud noises can also help to protect the ears.

Corticosteriods are often used in the treatment of sensorineural hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss, since it is usually caused by some kind of trauma, is normally helped by treating whatever the original trauma was. Hearing aids are used in both situations to help patients hear more clearly, especially in cases of mixed hearing loss.

Beach Ear Nose & Throat PC in Virginia Beach, VA pride themselves on evaluating every patient's needs on every single visit. Their open approach to treatment includes thoroughly discussing with each patient their needs and treatment plan. Visit www.beachent.net today to schedule an appointment.

By Beach Ear Nose & Throat PC
December 16, 2014
Category: sleep apnea
Tags: Untagged

Find out if your morning grogginess could be a result of this common sleep disorder.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that inflicts over 18 million Americans. The condition is characterized by a blockage in the airways that causes breathing to stop for short periods of time while asleep. Your Virginia Beach ENT shares some of the telltale signs that you may have sleep apnea:

Do you…

  • Experience excessive sleepiness during the day?
  • Do you snore loudly?
  • Wake up abruptly with shortness of breath?
  • Experience morning headaches?
  • Wake up to a dry mouth or sore throat?

If you’ve answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then you may have sleep apnea. So, when should you see your Virginia Beach ENT?

You should come into our office if your snoring is so loud it’s waking up others, if your shortness of breath wakes you up in the middle of the night or if your daytime sleepiness causes you to fall asleep during the day.

While you might not think snoring is a serious sign of a problem, snoring can often be an indicator of sleep apnea; however, not everyone who actually has sleep apnea will snore. When you come in for your visit let us know about any sleep symptoms you are experiencing.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Your treatment plan will depend upon the severity of your sleep apnea. For those with milder symptoms, we may recommend incorporating certain lifestyle changes such as smoking cessation or weight loss.

For those with more moderate to severe symptoms, there are a variety of different sleep apnea treatments that can help you sleep better. The most common is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. Before bedtime, a mask is placed over your nose to deliver air pressure that keeps your passages open and unobstructed while sleeping.

If we’ve exhausted all sleep apnea treatments and nothing has helped your symptoms, then we may consider surgery to remove tissue from your throat. This surgery is known as a uvulopalatopharngoplasty (UPPP) and it can help stop patients from snoring.

If you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea in Virginia Beach, call us today to schedule an appointment. The only way to properly diagnose your condition is through a medical exam. Your Virginia Beach ENT knows exactly how to treat your sleep apnea so you can wake up rested and refreshed.

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