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By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
May 25, 2022
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Allergies  

Should you turn to an otolaryngologist for allergy treatment?

Sneezing, itchy eyes, and nasal congestion are common symptoms of allergies. Our Oak Lawn, Lemont, and Orland Park, IL, otolaryngologists are here to provide you with the diagnosis and treatment plan you need to breathe easier when you are dealing with allergy problems. Here’s what you should know about allergies,

What is an allergy?

An allergy is when your body’s immune system interprets a harmless substance as a foreign invader, resulting in symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and a stuffy or runny nose. Most allergies are a nuisance but relatively harmless; however, an allergy can be severe and even life-threatening in some rare cases.

What are common allergens?

While someone can develop an allergy to just about anything, certain substances are more likely to cause allergies than others. Common allergies include,

  • Pollen
  • Hay fever
  • Dust mite (the most common allergy)
  • Mold
  • Pet dander
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Food
  • Latex
  • Medication

What is involved in allergy testing?

Our ENT doctor can quickly diagnose your allergy with a simple skin test, which shows how your immune system responds to certain allergens if you are dealing with symptoms. We will also discuss your personal and family medical history and your environment and lifestyle to determine whether you may have allergies.

How are allergies treated?

Medication is usually the most common and simplest way to ease allergy symptoms. Your doctor will discuss the type of medication that will work best for you, depending on the kind of symptoms you are experiencing. If your allergy is mild, then simple over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants, nasal sprays, and eye drops may be all you need. If symptoms don’t respond to over-the-counter medications, an allergy specialist will be able to prescribe a stronger antihistamine. Those with severe allergies may benefit from immunotherapy or allergy shots.

Whether you are having trouble getting some of your allergy symptoms under control or aren’t sure whether you are dealing with allergies, our Oak Lawn, Lemont, and Orland Park, IL, ENT team can provide you with the treatment you need. Century Ear, Nose and Throat – Head and Neck Surgery is also proud to serve the New Lenox and Evergreen Park, IL, areas. Call us at (708) 460-0007.

By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
February 02, 2022
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Smell   Taste   Olfactory Training  
Smell and TasteOne of the telltale signs of Covid-19 has been a loss of smell and taste; unfortunately, some people are reporting that this symptom lingers for weeks or even months after recovering. So, is there something you can do to get your smell and taste back? Is it necessary to see an ENT for follow-up care if this problem doesn’t go away?

Retrain Your Nose

Yes, there is such a thing as olfactory training (aka smell training) and you can do it yourself from the comfort of your own home. Of course, if you have any questions you should contact your ENT doctor. During smell training, grab four strong essential oil scents such as mint, vanilla, citrus, and eucalyptus. You can also use ground coffee if you’d like. Sniff each scent for 20 seconds, and repeat this training at least three times a day. For best results, do this as soon as possible after losing your sense of smell and taste. The sooner you start, the better!

Preventing Olfactory Dysfunction

While retraining the senses is possible after Covid-19, the best way to prevent this from happening in the first place is to get vaccinated against Covid-19. If you do experience these symptoms, the next best thing is to immediately start olfactory training. If you aren’t sure how to do it or you’re not sure if you’re doing it effectively, speak with your doctor or ENT specialist.

When to See an ENT Doctor

Anyone who is experiencing olfactory dysfunction due to Covid-19 may feel that this symptom is impacting their wellbeing, social life, and quality of life. If you find that this is happening to you, you may wish to speak to a specialist who can provide you with some advice and tips for how to get your taste and smell back.

It’s important to note that most people who’ve had this symptom have fully recovered their smell and taste, but it can take months; however, early treatment may be key to recovering your tastebuds again quickly. So, seek treatment as soon as possible.

If you have questions or concerns about loss of taste or smell after recovering from Covid-19, don’t hesitate to speak with an ENT specialist who can provide you with answers and information to help you get your health back on track.
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
November 09, 2021
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Tonsillectomy  
Recovering From Your TonsillectomyBefore you or your child undergoes a tonsillectomy, you want to make sure you are prepared for the recovery process. We completely understand! Nothing is more important than knowing what to expect before, during, and after any type of procedure so there are no surprises. While your ENT doctor will provide you with detailed instructions regarding the recovery process, you may have questions or concerns about what to expect once you come home.

The Recovery Process

It typically takes about two weeks for both children and adults to make a full recovery after a tonsillectomy. You may feel tired and easily fatigued for the first few days after surgery. Other symptoms such as ear and throat pain are common and can last up to two weeks. If you find that your symptoms are getting worse or aren’t improving after 4-5 days, you should speak with your ENT doctor.

Get Pain Under Control

Pain management is an important topic for our patients undergoing a tonsillectomy, as the pain that proceeds from this surgery can be pretty intense in the very beginning. Your ENT doctor will provide you with a strong pain reliever to help ease discomfort during the first few days. You may switch to ibuprofen if your pain is starting to lessen; however, it’s important to avoid aspirin for at least two weeks after your tonsillectomy.
 
Stay Hydrated

It is very important that you stay hydrated and drink a lot of fluids. A good rule of thumb is to consume one cup of water an hour. If your urine is pale in color, this is a sign that you are drinking enough water. While you can eat what you want after your surgery, you may not feel very hungry at first. Don’t worry, your appetite will return after a couple of days.

Your Diet Post-Tonsillectomy

Most people worry about what they can and can’t eat post-surgery but the answer is, anything you want. You can’t hurt your throat by eating certain foods; however, you may want to ease back into your diet by starting with soft foods such as yogurt, rice, mashed potatoes, and ice pops.

Give Yourself Time to Rest

Most people will feel too fatigued to go about their normal activities. Most children will return to school within a week and resume full activities within two weeks. Most adults can return to work within 10 days after a tonsillectomy. You will want to rest as much as possible and avoid most activities for at least the first 48 hours after your surgery.

If you have any concerns about your upcoming tonsillectomy, or you have questions about your at-home instructions after you return home, know that your ENT doctor is always here to provide you with the answers, care, and support you need. Don’t hesitate to call with any questions or concerns you might have while you heal from your tonsillectomy.