Posts for: June, 2019
From outdoor allergies to asthma, there are many reasons why you or your child may be having trouble with your breathing. Breathing problems can be distressing and it’s important to understand when symptoms warrant seeing an otolaryngologist for a proper evaluation.
Common Causes of Breathing Problems
You may have trouble breathing if you are dealing with:
- Common cold
- Acute or chronic sinusitis
- Deviated septum
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Other upper respiratory infections (e.g. pneumonia)
While some conditions like the common cold will only cause mild and temporary symptoms, if you notice that your symptoms are serious, don’t respond to at-home care or are getting worse then it’s time to seek medical attention. After all, there are certain conditions such as sinusitis that can become chronic if not properly treated. An ENT doctor will know exactly what medications and treatments to offer to reduce sinus inflammation and to make breathing easier.
Chronic breathing problems, particularly those caused by allergies and asthma, may also be associated with:
- Chest tightness or congestion
- Nasal congestion
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Coughing that gets worse at night
- Shallow breathing
Asthma symptoms are usually detected early in childhood; however, it is still possible for adults to be diagnosed later in life (known as adult-onset asthma). If you or your child are experiencing difficulty breathing and tightness in the chest made worse by cold air, stress, or exercise it’s important that you see an ENT doctor right away. While asthma cannot be cured it can be properly managed with long-term medication. Leaving asthma untreated could be harmful to your health.
Testing and Diagnosis
When you come into the office an otolaryngologist will have you fill out detailed information about your family and personal medical history. Your doctor will also perform a physical exam. Pulmonary function tests are often used to test lung function in those suspected of having asthma. Of course, there are other breathing tests such as spirometry. Your doctor will also ask you questions about the symptoms you’ve been experiencing in order to rule out certain conditions or illnesses.
The treatment plan you receive will depend on the issue you are dealing with. For example, acute sinusitis can often be managed with over-the-counter nasal decongestants and antihistamines while chronic sinusitis may require more aggressive treatment such as prescription steroid sprays, oral corticosteroids, and endoscopic nasal surgery to remove the blockage or to repair the deviated septum. Your otolaryngologist can help you get your breathing problems under control.
Our faces express our emotions, show our personalities, and help us create first impressions in professional and social contexts. As a result, it's important to feel happy and confident with your facial appearance—something that isn't always possible with what Mother Nature has given you. Fortunately, here at Century Ear, Nose, and Throat in Orland Park, Evergreen Park, and New Lenox, IL, Dr. Curtis Walsh is a board-certified expert in facial plastic surgery who can help give you a look that you'll be proud to show off!
Reasons for facial plastic surgery
Facial plastic surgery in Orland Park modifies the skin and structures of the face, including the nose, eyes, mouth, chin, and ears. It ensures facial symmetry, improves functionality, balances musculature, repairs both congenital and acquired defects, and more.
Here at our offices in Orland Park, Evergreen Park, and New Lenox, we can fix your specific issue through a variety of procedures. For example, if you are frustrated with wrinkly or sagging skin, we can correct it through:
- BOTOX Cosmetic
- Laser wrinkle removal
- Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm
- Chemical peels
Others require more extensive examination, imaging, and evaluation by our board-certified physician. Commonly, people wish to change defects which they were born with or have acquired through illness, medical treatments, motor vehicle accidents, cancer, or another medical condition or trauma.
During a consultation, Dr. Walsh thoroughly reviews each patient's medical history in order to discuss options, the potential for change, and what the specific goals may be. At the end of this meeting, he recommends treatments—sometimes facial plastic surgery being one of them—to reach those goals.
Available facial plastic surgeries
There is a wide range of modern surgical techniques and procedures available at our offices, with many being minimally-invasive while others require significant downtime and recovery.
- Blepharoplasty (i.e. an eyelid lift)
- Rhinoplasty (i.e. a reduction and reshaping of the nasal cartilage)
- Scar revision (including acne and burn scars)
- Rhytidectomy (i.e. a full facelift)
- Repair of cleft lip or palate
- Correction of facial asymmetry
- Eyebrow lift
- Otoplasty (a reduction and reshaping of the ears)
- Revision of congenital abnormalities of the mouth and skull
You can look, feel, and function beautifully with the help of facial plastic surgery. Why not contact one of the three convenient locations of Century Ear, Nose and Throat to arrange a consultation? You'll leave knowing what procedure is right for you. Phone (708) 460-0007 today to reach our offices in Orland Park, Evergreen Park, and New Lenox, IL.