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By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
September 08, 2020
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Allergies  

It might be the most wonderful time of the year if it weren’t for your runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes. If you are an allergy sufferer then you may spend certain months of the year hiding inside longing to be outdoors. While minor allergies can be managed with home remedies and over-the-counter antihistamines, when these medications and DIY treatments just aren’t cutting it, it’s time to turn to our Evergreen Park, New Lenox, and Orland Park, IL ENT doctor for answers.

Who develops allergies?

Allergies can happen to anyone; however, we tend to see allergies first flare-up in childhood. These symptoms may disappear as your child gets older but appear again once they become adults. If your immediate family deals with allergies, chances are good that you’ll also deal with them at some point. Smoking, hormones and perfume may also trigger reactions in those with allergies.

Should I see an ENT doctor about my allergies?

If symptoms are mild perhaps you aren’t too bothered by them and can handle them on your own; however, there are countless individuals who battle months-long or even year-round allergies. If you feel like you’re always dealing with allergy symptoms then it’s time to see your otolaryngologist.

What can an ENT doctor do?

Instead of turning to a regular physician, an ENT doctor specializes in treating problems that affect the ears, nose and throat. This means that you’ll get more comprehensive care and treatment when you come into our office. Our Orland Park, IL, ENT doctors can provide a battery of allergy tests to confirm what type of allergies you have.

From there, we can offer a wide range of treatments depending on the type and severity of your allergies. We may prescribe stronger antihistamines, or recommend immunotherapy (aka: allergy shots) for those with more severe and persistent symptoms. There are a variety of medications on the market that can help you get your allergy or asthma symptoms under control. We will also provide you with lifestyle modifications to reduce allergen exposure.

Century Ear, Nose and Throat - Head and Neck Surgery has been providing allergy treatment to patients in Orland Park, New Lenox and Evergreen Park, IL, since 1960. If you are looking for professional allergy relief, or you want to find out what allergies you’re dealing with, give us a call at (708) 460-0007.

By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
September 02, 2020
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Tonsillectomy   Tonsillitis  
The tonsils are two small glands that are found in the back of the throat. They are our body’s first defenses against harmful bacteria and other foreign invaders; however, sometimes even the tonsils can become inflamed and infected. This condition is known as tonsillitis. While dealing with tonsillitis doesn’t require having your tonsils removed, your ENT doctor may recommend getting a tonsillectomy if:
  • You are dealing with seven or more tonsil infections in just one year
  • You have more than five tonsil infections a year for two years in a row
  • You have three infections per year for three years in a row
  • Your infected tonsils are not responding to antibiotics
  • You’re dealing with enlarged tonsils (this can also cause obstructive sleep apnea and issues with breathing while sleeping)
If you or your child are experiencing these symptoms, it’s important to speak with a qualified ENT doctor to find out whether it’s time to consider a tonsillectomy. For many adults, a tonsillectomy is recommended when sleep is affected by inflamed or enlarged tonsils.

What are the symptoms of tonsillitis?

Wondering if you or your child is dealing with a case of tonsillitis? It’s possible if these symptoms appear:
  • A severe sore throat
  • White or yellow patches on the throat and tonsils
  • Swollen, inflamed tonsils
  • Tender, swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pain or trouble swallowing
  • Fever
What should I expect from a tonsillectomy?

This procedure is performed in a hospital under general anesthesia, so you or your child will not be awake during the procedure; however, this is a minor procedure, so patients can go home the very same day. A tonsillectomy takes anywhere from 20 minutes to one hour and the area does not require stitches.

After a tonsillectomy, it is important to take ample time to rest and recover, which can take up to one week before returning to normal activities and up to two weeks before returning to physical activity. Your otolaryngologist will provide you with detailed recovery instructions to follow after your surgery.

If your child is dealing with persistent and severe tonsillitis, or if you’re dealing with obstructive sleep apnea, it’s important to consult with your ENT specialist to find out if you or your child’s tonsils need to be removed. Schedule an evaluation today.