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By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
January 12, 2022
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Nasal Sprays  
Nasal SpraysEvery day, we breathe in ­­­between 100,000 and 1 million microorganisms, say scientists. While most won’t affect healthy individuals, many can cause respiratory infections. If you are dealing with nasal congestion and trouble breathing through your nose you may be wondering whether a nasal spray is right for you. Is it safe to use daily and what can it do for you? Learn more about nasal sprays and when you should turn to an ENT doctor to treat your nasal symptoms.

What are the types of nasal sprays?

Not all nasal sprays work the same way and it’s important to figure out which one is going to provide you with the most effective relief. There are:

Saline nasal sprays

If the air around you is cold and dry, which is common in winter, you may be dealing with irritated nasal tissue. If this is the case, a saline nasal spray can help rinse away mucus and drain the sinuses of bacteria and germs, which can reduce inflammation. If you find that your nose is more sensitive to over-the-counter saline nasal sprays, look for ones without preservatives.

If you regularly deal with thick, nasal congestion, saline nasal sprays can help to loosen and thin out mucus. It can also be used daily without rebound nasal congestion or harm to the nasal tissue. Of course, if you are concerned about any over-the-counter nasal sprays or medications you’re using, don’t hesitate to talk to your otolaryngologist.

Decongestant nasal sprays

While saline nasal sprays can be used regularly without issues, decongestant nasal sprays should not be used for more than three days. If used more often, you’re likely to deal with more congestion once you stop taking it than when you first started the medication. It’s important to use these sprays exactly as directed. If you abuse the product, as many people do, you may find yourself dealing with chronic nasal congestion, which may require a steroid spray to treat the problem.

So, when is it safe to use a decongestant nasal spray? If you are at the very beginning stages of a sinus infection or cold, a decongestant nasal spray can provide relief in the first couple of days. If you find that your nasal problems persist, then it’s a good idea to tell your ear, nose, and throat doctor.

If nasal sprays aren’t providing you with relief, or you find yourself using them daily, it’s important that you turn to an ENT doctor who can provide you with a more long-term and effective nasal spray or treatment that can help you breathe better and tackle your symptoms.
By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
December 29, 2021
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinus Surgery  

How sinus surgery from your ENT specialists in Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL, can help you

You need to be able to breathe easily, but if you suffer from sinus problems, breathing can be difficult. There are effective ways to treat sinus issues, and one of them is sinus surgery. If you are considering sinus surgery, you need to know the facts.

The ENT specialists at Century Ear, Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Surgery offer a wide range of ENT services including sinus surgery. They have several convenient office locations in Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL, to help you feel better.

These are just a few of the most frequently asked questions about sinus surgery:

What conditions can sinus surgery treat?

Sinus surgery can help you feel better if you have:

  • Chronic sinus headaches or sinusitis
  • Chronic sinus infections
  • Abnormal sinus growths
  • Nasal or sinus polyps
  • Fungal sinus disease
  • Structural problems in your sinuses
  • Obstructions in your sinuses

What are some of the benefits of sinus surgery?

Sinus surgery:

  • Is quick
  • Is more comfortable
  • Is less invasive
  • Requires minimal downtime
  • Is often performed on an outpatient basis

What types of sinus surgery are there?

Sinus surgery uses the latest tools and technology to help you breathe easier. These are just a few of the many sinus surgery procedures available:

Balloon sinuplasty, which uses a catheter with a balloon on the end; the catheter is inserted into your nostril and guided up into your sinus. When an obstruction is found, the balloon is inflated, which opens the blocked area. After treatment, the balloon is deflated, and the catheter is removed.

Endoscopic surgery, which uses a thin tube known as an endoscope; the endoscope is moved through your nasal passages and up into your sinus. The endoscope can remove sinus polyps, nasal polyps, and abnormal growths.

Open sinus surgery, which may be necessary for more serious sinus conditions like cancer of the sinuses, to correct structural issues, or to remove diseased tissue.

To find out more about the benefits of sinus surgery, talk with the experts. Call the ENT specialists at Century Ear, Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Surgery. You can reach them in their offices in Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL, by calling (708) 460-0007, so call today!

By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
December 10, 2021
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Nosebleeds  
NosebleedsWith the dry winter weather approaching, it’s normal for people to experience more nosebleeds; however, it’s also important to recognize what is causing your nosebleeds so you can take the appropriate measures to prevent them. While most nosebleeds aren’t a cause for concern, sometimes they may require turning to an ENT doctor for more specialized care.

Why do nosebleeds happen?

The two most common reasons for nosebleeds are picking at the skin, which leads to injury of the soft tissue in the nose and drying out of nasal tissue, which causes the tissue to crack and bleed. While these issues are unpleasant they are not typically something to worry about. Particularly dry environments can often dry out the nasal cavity and lead to nosebleeds, so you may notice them more often during the winter months.
Why do nosebleeds keep happening to me?

What if you are dealing with nosebleeds four or more times a week? If this is what you’re currently experiencing, then you’re dealing with recurring or chronic nosebleeds. This is typically a symptom of an underlying problem that warrants seeing an ENT doctor for an evaluation.

There are several reasons you may be dealing with chronic or persistent nosebleeds and it’s your otolaryngologist’s job to figure out what’s causing them. Through a physical examination of the nose and sinuses, your doctor may be able to figure out what’s going on. In some instances, imaging tests may be necessary to rule out or diagnose a condition or problem. Allergies are a common cause of recurring nosebleeds.

Nasal polyps or tumors in the sinuses can also cause nosebleeds. If you have a blood clotting disorder or you’re on blood thinners this is information that you will need to include in your medical history so that your doctor can determine the best way to reduce your risk for nosebleeds.

Don’t let recurring or severe nosebleeds impact your daily routine. An ENT doctor will be able to figure out what’s causing your nosebleeds and what you can do to prevent them from happening in the first place.
By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
November 29, 2021
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Hearing Loss  

If you're experiencing problems with your ears, you should have them checked by an ear, nose, and throat specialist (ENT) before the issues turn severe. If your symptoms result in hearing loss, an audiologist or an ENT in Orland Park, New Lenox, Evergreen Park IL can provide a broad range of services. Dr. Brian Farrell and his team at Century Ear, Nose and Throat can diagnose and treat any medical conditions causing your hearing loss.

What Is an ENT?

ENT is the abbreviation for an ear, nose, and throat specialist. Most ENTs are highly-qualified, highly-educated doctors who are also skilled surgeons. An ENT in Orland Park, New Lenox, Evergreen Park IL can diagnose, treat and perform surgical procedures on most problems related to your ears. Ear, nose, and throat specialists can also diagnose and treat any medical-related issue that may cause hearing loss.

What is an Audiologist?

An audiologist specializes in the maintenance of hearing loss. In many cases, audiologists are experts in the technology that can help restore hearing loss. However, they specialize in the auditory system and are generally unable to treat any medical issues that cause you to lose your hearing. If you're losing your hearing because of age or any non-medical-related problem, you may want to visit an audiologist to discuss your treatment options.

Advanced Medical Issues and Hearing Loss

Advanced medical problems, such as an ear infection, hypertension, diabetes, or other diseases, can cause temporary or even permanent hearing loss. Other issues like earwax build-up, swimmer's ear, and sinus infections are generally minor problems, but they can also lead to temporary or permanent hearing loss.

All of these issues should be diagnosed and treated by ENTs if you're experiencing any hearing loss. If you see an audiologist for any of these medical-related issues for hearing loss, you'll more than likely get a referral to an ENT.

Our team at Century Ear, Nose, and Throat hopes this helps you choose the right medical provider for your hearing concerns. Contact Dr. Farrell and his professional and friendly ENT staff in Orland Park, New Lenox, Evergreen Park IL at (708) 460-0007 if you want to learn more about what we do and how we can help with your hearing loss.

By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
November 22, 2021
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Allergies  

If you are dealing with symptoms of allergies, you may think you just need to see a local allergist. However, if the problem is more serious or if there is an underlying condition, you are better off seeing an ENT specialist. We understand the importance of your health here at Century Ear, Nose & Throat and have doctors ready to treat your symptoms as they relate to allergies in Orland Park, New Lenox, Evergreen Park IL.

An ENT Can Help You Find Relief

When you are constantly turning to over-the-counter treatments to only get no relief from your symptoms, you need professional guidance. While it is recommended to try OTC treatments first, as they are helpful for a little over half of the allergy sufferers, there comes a point in time when you need to see an ENT to try something different.

First, the ENT doctor will perform an allergy test to identify the source of your allergies. This will help in the development of the most appropriate treatment plan for allergies in Orland Park, New Lenox, Evergreen Park IL.

An ENT Can Reduce Your Risk of Future Sinus Issues

If you have been dealing with constant sinus problems, it is time to sit down with an ENT specialist to discuss the possibility of a serious ENT problem. Did you know that individuals who suffer from sinus infections and sinus pain on a regular basis are more at risk of developing future infections as well as a variety of problems with the sinuses?

An ENT Can Help Get Your Life Back on Track

More often than not, if you are dealing with allergies of any kind, those symptoms are affecting other areas of your life. For instance, you are probably finding it difficult to get a good night’s rest. This can roll over into your day, potentially keeping you from being productive at work because you are so fatigued from failing to sleep well the night before. Your allergy symptoms may also be keeping you from maintaining a regular exercise routine or eating a well-balanced diet. If your allergy symptoms are interfering with your daily life, an ENT doctor can offer treatment that will help you get your life back.

Allergies can be incredibly overwhelming, but don’t let the symptoms control everything about you and your life. For allergy testing and management, call Century Ear, Nose & Throat at 708-460-0007 to schedule an appointment with one of our ENT specialists who proudly serve the Orland Park, New Lenox, Evergreen Park IL areas for allergies.

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