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By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
February 07, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Canker Sores  

A canker sore is a painful ulcer that often develops within the mouth or tongue, but can also be found within the throat or on the lips. Canker sores should not be confused with cold sores (fever blisters), which are the result of a virus. There are several factors that can lead to canker sores, from spicy foods and vitamin deficiencies to stress or certain disorders.

While canker sores are benign and don’t require treatment, most of the time people are looking for ways to reduce canker sore pain until the sore heals on its own. There are two types of canker sores: simple and complex. Simple canker sores only appear a few times a year, usually lasting up to one or two weeks. Complex canker sores, on the other hand, aren’t as common and appear more frequently.

What causes canker sores?

While experts still don’t know what causes canker sores, we do know that there are certain things that can trigger the development of a sore. This includes:

  • Spicy foods
  • Acidic foods (e.g. lemons; tomatoes)
  • Nutritional deficiencies (e.g. zinc; vitamin B-12)
  • Minor injuries to the mouth (e.g. biting your cheek)
  • Food sensitivities
  • Stress
  • Hormonal changes
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Poor or weak immune system
  • Celiac disease
  • HIV/AIDS

When should I see a doctor?

It might be time to consult an ENT doctor if you are noticing:

  • Sores that last several weeks
  • Recurrent outbreaks
  • Pain that isn’t responding to at-home care
  • Severe pain that affects eating
  • Extremely large sores
  • Sores accompanied by a high fever

What are some ways to treat canker sores?

Most of the time canker sores do not require any treatment; however, if you are dealing with extremely large, painful or numerous sores then you may need to seek care from an ENT physician. Since canker sores will heal on their own, your doctor’s goal will be to help manage your pain through common treatment options such as:

  • Topical medications: Over-the-counter or prescription medications can be used to numb the pain or even speed up the healing process.
  • Oral rinses: To reduce inflammation or to numb the pain a doctor may prescribe a special mouth rinse.
  • Oral medications: If canker sores aren’t responsive to other treatment options, oral medications may be recommended. Such options include steroids.
  • Supplements: If your canker sores are the result of a nutritional deficiency then a doctor may recommend taking certain vitamins or supplements such as folic acid, vitamin B-12 or zinc.

If you are dealing with painful canker sores that you can’t seem to get under control then it’s time to turn to an ear, nose & throat specialist who can provide you with the answers you’re looking for.

By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
January 30, 2019
Category: None
Tags: Untagged

Allergies don’t have to dictate what you can and can’t do. Get them under control now!allergies

From visiting a friend’s house that is overrun with pets to just trying to enjoy the beautiful outdoors on a pollen-heavy day, there are so many reasons why your allergy symptoms might be acting up. Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery, your ENT in Orland Park, New Lenox, & Evergreen Park, IL, can tell you some of the most common allergy symptoms and what you can do to make life with allergies a bit easier on yourself.

Pinpoint Your Triggers

The next time your allergies flare up, make note of what’s around you or what activities you were doing (e.g. vacuuming; gardening). Write down any patterns you notice and discuss them with your Orland Park, Evergreen Park, Or New Lenox, IL otolaryngologist to figure out what could be to blame for your allergies. Knowing what triggers your symptoms will help you avoid them altogether.

Make Changes to Your Home

It’s always a great idea to chat with your ear, nose and throat doctor about how to reduce your allergy symptoms from the comfort of your own home. After all, your home should be a comfortable abode, not an allergy-riddled lair. If Fido has you sneezing, make sure he gets weekly baths and designate certain rooms as being pet-free (particularly bedrooms). Choose a HEPA-filter air conditioner that will filter out pollen and other outdoor allergens. Keep windows closed, particularly on windy days and make sure to keep all surfaces and furniture dusted and clean.

Consider Your Treatment Options

While you can certainly make a lot of lifestyle changes to improve your allergy symptoms, in most cases you may also require medication to help keep your allergies under control. You may find the proper relief through over-the-counter nasal sprays and other medications, while those with more moderate or serious allergy symptoms will want to turn to their ENT doctor to find out what prescription medication could control your allergies (or whether allergy shots are the best option).

Whether you have questions about managing your allergy symptoms or you want to find out what medication is right for you, give your ENT specialist a call today if your allergies are becoming difficult to tackle on your own. Finding the right allergy relief is just a phone call away.

By Century Ear Nose & Throat
September 26, 2018
Category: None
Tags: Untagged

Welcome to the Blog of Century Ear Nose & Throat and Audiology

Century Ear Nose & Throat and Audiology would like to welcome you to our blog. Here you will find informative and useful postings about otolaryngology and our practice.

At Century Ear Nose & Throat and Audiology we believe that educated patients are better prepared to make decisions regarding their health and wellbeing.  Our blog was designed to provide you with valuable ear, nose and throat information, the latest otolaryngology developments and health advice from our dedicated team. 

Century Ear Nose & Throat and Audiology hopes you find our blog to be a great resource for keeping up to date with proper otolaryngology care and treatments.

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