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By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
April 27, 2022
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: ENT Services   Pediatric ENT  

If your child is suffering from conditions of the ear, nose, or throat, Dr. Silvio Marra offers pediatric ENT services in Oak Lawn, Lemont, and Orland Park serving the Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL, areas.

What Is Pediatric ENT?

Pediatric ENT is a field of practice that focuses on addressing conditions involving a child’s ears, nose, and throats. This is a specialized field as children’s biological structures are different from adults. Therefore, pediatric ENT specialists must train specifically on how to address children’s systems.

How Can Pediatric ENT Services Help My Child?

Dr. Marra treats many pediatric ENT conditions. However, some of the most common include ear and hearing problems, speech issues, language difficulties, trouble in the nasal or sinus areas, breathing problems, and chronic infections of the tonsils.

Perhaps the most common conditions treated with pediatric ENT care are allergies and ear infections. However, children who tend to snore or have sleep conditions, such as sleep apnea, also benefit from Dr. Marra’s care.

The specific ways in which Dr. Marra can help your child will depend on their condition and any concerns you set forth. Many conditions can be treated with prescription medications, such as decongestants, antihistamines, and antibiotics. Some issues, such as hearing problems, might require the use of a device, like a hearing aid.

Surgery is also a possibility with some conditions. However, it will be saved as a last resort – only to be undertaken if other treatment options will not provide the desired results. Dr. Marra will discuss all potential treatment methods with you so that you can make an informed decision regarding your child’s health.

If your child is suffering from any problems in or around the ears, nose, or throat, it’s time to seek the help of pediatric ENT services. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Marra at (708) 460-0007. He is proud to provide these services to Oak Lawn, Lemont, and Orland Park serving the Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL, areas.

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.

By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
May 22, 2020
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Plastic Surgery  

Are you considering facial plastic surgery? Here at Century Ear Nose & Throat-Head & Neck Surgery in Evergreen Park, New Lenox, and Orland Park, IL, our seven otolaryngologists are highly experienced in both medical and cosmetic facial procedures—read on to learn more.

What is facial plastic surgery?

These in-office and in-hospital procedures address congenital and acquired facial defects of the nose, ear, lips, eyelids, and neck. Medical reconstructive procedures address unbalanced facial features, cleft lip or palate, birthmarks, and other problems people are born with. Also, they take care of acquired problems from auto accidents, burns, cancer, occupational accidents, and more.

Cosmetic procedures address detracting defects such as drooping eyelids, wrinkled/sagging skin, large/crooked noses, and more.

Do you qualify for facial plastic surgery?

Many Orland Park area people do. From children to teens and adults, patients desire better personal appearance, more self-confidence, and healthier overall function. At Century Ear Nose & Throat Head & Neck Surgery, our board-certified providers perform complete exams and sophisticated digital imaging to formulate each treatment plan.

As the patient, you should tell your physician your appearance goals. You'll learn what's realistically possible and what the surgery entails, including anesthesia and recovery.

Offered procedures

Our board-certified ENT doctors offer the following:

  • Blepharoplasty, to lift drooping eyelids
  • Liposuction, to remove excess fat from buttocks, thighs and other problem areas
  • Rhinoplasty, to correct defects in nasal cartilage, including shape and size
  • Facelift, or Rhytidectomy, to tighten and smooth aging skin
  • Chin, cheek, and lip implants
  • Eyebrow lift

Our staff also delivers non-surgical aesthetic treatments such as microdermabrasion, dermal fillers, and BOTOX injectables to limit scarring, brighten skin tone, and make lines and wrinkles less obvious.

Find out more

At Century Ear Nose & Throat Head & Neck Surgery, our professional team provides general and surgical ENT services for both adults and children. We look forward to seeing you for a facial plastic surgery consultation at one of our three offices. For the Evergreen Park, New Lenox or Orland Park, IL, locations, phone (708) 460-0007.

By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
April 01, 2020
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Nasal issues  

Congestion and other nasal issues can make you feel miserable and affect your ability to breathe easily. Here are five common nasal problems and discusses treatment options.

Allergic rhinitis

Your nose is particularly sensitive to the effects of allergens in the air. Exposure to pollens, grass, weed, or mold can trigger uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Frequent sneezing
  • Congestion that makes breathing more difficult
  • Runny nose
  • Pain and pressure in your sinuses
  • Itchy nose, eyes, ears, and throat
  • Watery eyes
  • Scratchy throat

Allergy medications or shots, prescription nasal sprays, decongestants, and antihistamines can help prevent or reduce your symptoms.

Non-allergic rhinitis

Non-allergic rhinitis isn't caused by airborne allergens, even though the symptoms are the same. Exposure to strong irritants, such as smoke, dust, pollution, and strong odors can cause the problem. Saline nasal spray can help wash away irritants, reducing your symptoms. Decongestants and prescription corticosteroid or antihistamine nasal sprays may also be helpful.

Nosebleeds

Nosebleeds happen to nearly everyone occasionally and are usually caused by dry nasal passages or a blow to the nose. Saline nasals sprays and water-based nasal gels help moisten your nasal passages. If your nosebleed is severe, it may be necessary to cauterize the blood vessel to stop the bleeding.

Deviated septum

Your septum is a layer of bone and cartilage that separates your nostrils. Very few people have perfectly proportional septums. Although many of us have deviated septums, in most cases the deviation is minor and doesn't affect breathing. If the deviation is severe, you may experience:

  • Congestion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Frequent sinus infections
  • Nosebleeds
  • Headaches
  • Postnasal drip
  • Snoring and sleep apnea

Nasal polyps

Nasal polyps are small growths that occur on the lining of your nose. Although they're usually benign, they can make it more difficult to breathe, cause runny noses and sinus pain, and increase your risk of sinus infections. Nasal corticosteroid strays can help shrink polyps, and antihistamines may be useful in reducing chronic nasal inflammation. If your polyps are large and other treatments haven't been unsuccessful, your ENT may recommend surgery.

Not sure what's causing your nasal issues? An ear, nose and throat doctor can diagnose the problem and offer treatments that will help you breathe easier. Call your ENT to schedule your appointment.

By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
February 27, 2020
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Breathing Problems  

Having trouble breathing or catching your breath can certainly be a cause for concern. While it’s normal to be out of breath after an intense workout there are times when symptoms such as chest tightness, persistent coughing, wheezing and trouble breathing appear and any of these symptoms are usually signs that something more serious is going on.

As you might imagine, most breathing problems are associated with lung or respiratory conditions. These are problems that an otolaryngologist can easily help you treat or manage. Common lung conditions that can affect breathing include:

Asthma: a chronic condition that affects millions and causes inflammation and airway constriction, which results in coughing, wheezing and chest tightness. Symptoms can range from mild to life threatening.

Pneumonia: an infection of the respiratory tract that causes inflammation and fluid buildup in the lungs. It’s important to see an otolaryngologist immediately for treatment, as untreated pneumonia could be dangerous (and also highly contagious). Symptoms of pneumonia include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Shallow breathing
  • Productive cough, often with yellow or green mucus
  • Chest pain that occurs when breathing deeply or coughing
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Sweating and fever
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): this is a group of chronic inflammatory lung diseases that cause airway obstructions within the lungs. The most common types of COPD are chronic bronchitis and emphysema, a condition that most often occurs in smokers. Common symptoms of COPD include:

  • Wheezing
  • Mucus production
  • Persistent cough
  • Trouble breathing
  • Chest tightness

This is a progressive condition that will make breathing even more difficult as the condition advances. It’s important to see an ENT doctor right away if you notice any symptoms of COPD. Early symptoms include exercise-induced rapid breathing, a persistent cough, and clearing your throat often (usually in the morning).

Lung cancer: this type of cancer develops anywhere in the lungs, allowing abnormal cells to multiply until a tumor forms. While many people who develop lung cancer are smokers, this form of cancer can also develop in those who have never smoked a day in their life. Early warning signs of lung cancer include:

  • Vocal changes
  • Hoarseness
  • Chronic cough
  • Bloody mucus when coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling weak
  • Unexpected weight loss

Since the early warning signs associated with lung cancer can also be caused by other respiratory conditions it is important to turn to an ear, nose, and throat doctor who will be able to perform the proper diagnostic tests to determine the cause of your symptoms.

If you are having trouble catching your breath it’s important that you find out why this is happening to you. Call your ENT doctor today for an evaluation.