What are the signs and symptoms of nasal polyps?
Nasal polyps are typically to blame for chronic inflammation and swelling of the nasal cavity. People with nasal polyps may not realize that they have them, but they may be more likely to deal with other problems such as chronic sinusitis.
Chronic sinusitis and other nasal issues are typically what bring people into our ENT practice in the first place. From there, we can run the appropriate diagnostic tests to see if you could be dealing with nasal polyps.
Other warning signs include:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Postnasal drip
- Decreased sense of smell
- Loss of smell or taste
- Referred pain in the upper teeth
- Facial pressure and pain
- Recurring nosebleeds
If you are dealing with nasal symptoms that last more than 10 days, then it’s a good idea to see your otolaryngologist to find out what’s going on. After all, these symptoms can also be caused by other respiratory conditions that may require treatment or special care, and it’s important to be able to determine what’s causing your symptoms so we know how to best treat them.
How are nasal polyps treated?
Medication is typically the first line of treatment for managing symptoms of nasal polyps. The most commonly prescribed medications include:
- Antileukotrienes to reduce inflammation
If you are battling symptoms of chronic sinusitis, you could actually be dealing with nasal polyps. Any sinus or nasal symptoms that last for weeks on end should be evaluated by an otolaryngologist.
Sinuses serve a variety of purposes but their main role is to filter the air we breathe. Because of this, they are the most exposed to infections, also known as sinusitis. These can happen to just about anyone, but when they happen again and again we refer to this condition as chronic sinusitis. Although it can often be managed with medication and lifestyle changes, when sinusitis is chronic it can sometimes signify that the underlying problem may require a surgical solution. Only your ENT specialists can help to make that determination, so for more information reach out to your local experts of Century Ear, Nose, and Throat, Head and Neck Surgery, with offices in Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL.
Managing Sinusitis Symptoms
Mild sinusitis symptoms can generally be treated at home initially with plenty of rest to fight off the infection. Steam from a warm shower or a warm towel can be used to open and soothe the sinus passages. Over-the-counter decongestants and pain relievers can also be helpful, but for further relief, your doctor can prescribe medication and possibly antibiotics.
It's when the above-mentioned methods have not proven effective that your doctor may recommend surgery. There are various surgical sinus treatments the aim of all of them, in essence, is to remove the blockage to provide you with relief. Balloon sinuplasty is the most minimally invasive of the surgical options, it involves the insertion of a balloon catheter that is slowly inflated to expand the sinus opening. With functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) your doctor removes affected tissue, and sometimes small pieces of bone to achieve the same goal, but with different circumstances. Similarly, procedures such as image-guided sinus surgery and the Caldwell-Luc procedure are typically advised for more severe cases.
Sinus Surgery in Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL
Not every case of sinusitis will require surgery, but severe and chronic conditions can often be best served by a surgical option. Your path to relief begins with a consultation, so schedule one today with the professionals of Century Ear, Nose, and Throat, Head and Neck Surgery in Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL, by dialing 708-460-0007.
Your environment, your lifestyle, and your habits can play a role in whether you may be more at risk for developing otomycosis. As you know, fungus is everywhere, and it can be easy to pick up a fungal infection in warm or tropical climates. This is why your ENT doctor also sees a rise in fungal ear infections during the summer months.
If you swim in water that is contaminated, you could also leave with a fungal infection. Those with chronic health problems, eczema, or a weak immune system are at a much higher risk for developing otomycosis. If you develop itchy, red skin of the ear, or you notice changes in hearing or fullness in the ears, you must see a qualified ENT doctor as soon as possible. After all, fungal infections will not usually go away on their own without treatment.
First, we will need to examine the inside of your ear using an otoscope. We may also need to swab the area to determine whether the infection is bacterial or fungal. This is important as this will determine which medication will be most effective. We will also ask you questions regarding your symptoms, when they started, and your medical history.
Once we have determined that the ear infection is fungal, we will clean out the ears and then prescribe an antifungal medication. This medication may be in the form of a pill, ointment, or eardrops. While eardrops and ointment are more common treatment options, your otolaryngologist might prescribe an oral antifungal if you have a more severe or unresponsive fungal infection.
Many people who deal with sinus infections swear by the Neti pot, a simple device that allows you to irrigate and clean out the sinuses with saline solution. It’s a great way to remove allergens, bacteria, and other germs from the nasal passages, which could be contributing to inflammation, swelling, and sinus pain. Since this is a non-medicinal and conservative treatment option, you can safely use this every day to help flush out your sinuses and reduce pain and pressure.
There are a lot of nasal sprays on the markets these days that help to reduce inflammation, improve congestion, and even prevent the sinuses from drying out. Some nasal sprays should not be used for more than three consecutive days, so make sure to always read the instructions before you start using any medication, even over-the-counter drugs. If you find that you need to use a nasal spray more regularly, then you’ll want to talk with your ENT doctor about a more long-term solution.
Did you know that around 75 percent of Americans are dehydrated? One of the best ways to flush out toxins and thin out mucus overall is to make sure that you are drinking enough water every day. It’s also best to limit or stay away from alcohol and caffeine, as these beverages can dehydrate you.
When you are dealing with any kind of illness, even something as minor as a sinus infection, you must be giving your body the rest it needs to recuperate. This means taking time to get the sleep you need so that your body’s immune system is strong enough to fight the infection. If you find yourself having trouble falling asleep due to sinus pain, you may want to try taking a warm, steamy shower and using your Neti pot before bedtime.
Could your child benefit from seeing an ENT doctor for treatment?
From ear infections to tonsillitis, there are many reasons why parents may bring their child in to visit our Orland Park, Evergreen Park, and New Lenox, IL, otolaryngology specialists at Century Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Surgery. After all, they specialize in providing pediatric ear, nose, and throat care to children and teens throughout Orland Park, Evergreen Park, and New Lenox, IL. While some symptoms may easily be treated by a pediatrician, how do you know when to bring your child in to see our otolaryngology specialist?
My child has an ear infection. Do they need to see a doctor?
Most parents aren’t sure whether an ear infection warrants immediate medical attention or whether they should hold off. Most minor ear infections will go away on their own; however, you should monitor your child’s infection over the next 1-2 days. If symptoms get worse, then give us a call; however, you should seek immediate treatment from our ENT team if,
- Your child has an ear infection and they are under six months old
- Your child has a high fever (over 102.2 degrees F)
- Your child is experiencing severe symptoms or signs of hearing loss
- Your child’s symptoms are getting worse
- Their symptoms last more than 2-3 days
Does my child need ear tubes?
If your child is getting regular ear infections, then it’s normal to weigh the pros and cons of getting ear tubes. Ear tubes are great for preventing future ear infections in your child, which also prevents them from taking antibiotics regularly; however, simply dealing with ear infections a couple of times a year doesn’t necessarily mean that your child needs ear tubes. You may want to consider ear tubes if ear infections are impacting your child’s hearing and there is a concern for developmental delays, or if your child is dealing with more than three ear infections in a six-month period.
When should I turn to a pediatric ENT doctor?
Most people assume that our team is only here to handle those chest coughs, runny noses, and ear infections; however, there are many reasons why families turn to our Orland Park, Evergreen Park, and New Lenox, IL, otolaryngology practice for care. We can prevent, diagnose, and treat a wide range of conditions, injuries, and issues including,
- Balance disorders
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Hearing impairments
- Head and neck cancer
- Swallowing disorders
- Facial deformities (e.g. cleft lip)
- Nasal deformities and obstructions
- Breathing challenges
- Thyroid disorders
- Sinus disorders
- Sleep disorders
- Head and neck injuries
- Vocal cord injuries
We can address any concerns or issues from the moment a baby is born and we can continue to provide care for them the rest of their lives. Want to learn more about the otolaryngology services we offer here in Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL? Need to schedule an appointment for your little one? If so, call Century Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Surgery at (708) 460-0007 today.
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