Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)

Frequently Asked Questions

ent faq image 1We know you have questions. Here are a few common ones. Please contact us with any other questions you may have.

What causes sinus infections and how are they treated?

Sinus infection are often due to inflammation and obstruction of the sinus drainage pathways. Typical symptoms include facial pain and pressure, nasal obstruction, yellow or green nasal drainage, fatigue and fever. Treatment depends on the severity of the condition and can range from nasal decongestants and antibiotics to surgery for more chronic drainage problems.

Can snoring be corrected?

Snoring is a common problem that may occur alone or in combination with obstructive sleep apnea. Primary snoring is often caused by vibration of tissues within the oral pharynx (the uvula and palate). Nasal obstruction can also be another cause. Mild snoring can often be corrected through simple measures that include losing weight, sleeping on your side, or avoiding sedatives and alcohol. Surgery can also help to relieve any nasal obstruction. If sleep apnea is the cause, there are many advances in treatment being made.

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a common disorder. It can occur off and on and be mild or severe and is not related to an outside source. It can vary from a low roaring sensation to a high pitched type of sound. It may or may not be associated with hearing loss.

What are some common problems that can affect the voice?

There are several medical conditions that can lead to voice problems such as acute or chronic laryngitis or vocal cord lesions. If you become hoarse frequently or notice voice change for an extended period of time, please call us for a consultation.

How can I prevent dizziness?

While not all dizziness can be prevented, there are some things you can do that may help. They include:

  • Avoid rapid changes in position
  • Avoid rapid head motion (twisting or turning)
  • Eliminate or decrease use of alcohol, tobacco, salt or caffeine (these items can impair circulation)
  • Get plenty of fluids
  • Treat problems related to the ear, sinus or other respiratory infections.

If dizziness persists, call for a consultation. There are a variety of conditions that may be the root cause.

What is tonsillitis?

Viruses such as measles or herpes simplex typically cause tonsillitis which is a severe sore throat. It can often be treated with antibiotics. When the condition is chronic or recurrent, a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils is often recommended.

What causes an ear infection?

An ear infection is caused by improper drainage of fluid that collects behind the ear drum during a cold, allergy, or upper respiratory infection. Bacteria is often present and a buildup of bacteria can cause an earache, swelling and redness.


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