Posts for: April, 2021
Could your child benefit from seeing an ENT doctor for treatment?
From ear infections to tonsillitis, there are many reasons why parents may bring their child in to visit our Orland Park, Evergreen Park, and New Lenox, IL, otolaryngology specialists at Century Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Surgery. After all, they specialize in providing pediatric ear, nose, and throat care to children and teens throughout Orland Park, Evergreen Park, and New Lenox, IL. While some symptoms may easily be treated by a pediatrician, how do you know when to bring your child in to see our otolaryngology specialist?
My child has an ear infection. Do they need to see a doctor?
Most parents aren’t sure whether an ear infection warrants immediate medical attention or whether they should hold off. Most minor ear infections will go away on their own; however, you should monitor your child’s infection over the next 1-2 days. If symptoms get worse, then give us a call; however, you should seek immediate treatment from our ENT team if,
- Your child has an ear infection and they are under six months old
- Your child has a high fever (over 102.2 degrees F)
- Your child is experiencing severe symptoms or signs of hearing loss
- Your child’s symptoms are getting worse
- Their symptoms last more than 2-3 days
Does my child need ear tubes?
If your child is getting regular ear infections, then it’s normal to weigh the pros and cons of getting ear tubes. Ear tubes are great for preventing future ear infections in your child, which also prevents them from taking antibiotics regularly; however, simply dealing with ear infections a couple of times a year doesn’t necessarily mean that your child needs ear tubes. You may want to consider ear tubes if ear infections are impacting your child’s hearing and there is a concern for developmental delays, or if your child is dealing with more than three ear infections in a six-month period.
When should I turn to a pediatric ENT doctor?
Most people assume that our team is only here to handle those chest coughs, runny noses, and ear infections; however, there are many reasons why families turn to our Orland Park, Evergreen Park, and New Lenox, IL, otolaryngology practice for care. We can prevent, diagnose, and treat a wide range of conditions, injuries, and issues including,
- Balance disorders
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Hearing impairments
- Head and neck cancer
- Swallowing disorders
- Facial deformities (e.g. cleft lip)
- Nasal deformities and obstructions
- Breathing challenges
- Thyroid disorders
- Sinus disorders
- Sleep disorders
- Head and neck injuries
- Vocal cord injuries
We can address any concerns or issues from the moment a baby is born and we can continue to provide care for them the rest of their lives. Want to learn more about the otolaryngology services we offer here in Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL? Need to schedule an appointment for your little one? If so, call Century Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Surgery at (708) 460-0007 today.
Find out what facial plastic surgery options we offer our patients in Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL.
Whether you are dealing with a crooked nose or a congenital condition such as a cleft lip, there are many reasons someone may be considering turning to our Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL, doctors for facial plastic surgery. Surgery can help to reconstruct and improve the structure, function, and shape of the face, head, and neck. If you’re unhappy with your appearance, here are some ways our surgeons can help.
Are you dealing with a crooked, misshapen, or hooked nose? Since it’s hard not to notice someone’s nose, you may feel embarrassed by your appearance or feel that your nose throws off the symmetry of your face. If so, you may be considering rhinoplasty, a surgery that alters the shape of the nose. Rhinoplasty can help restore proper proportions to the face by improving the contours and shape of the nose. It can even be used to correct large or upturned nostrils.
As we age, we begin to notice sagging skin. One of the places where it may be most visible is the brow line. If drooping and sagging brows are making you look tired or even angry, a simple brow lift can help to smooth away wrinkles around the area, raise the brows and help you look younger. A brow lift may also be performed in conjunction with blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) to help refresh the eye and brow areas.
Implants can be placed in the jaw, chin, or cheeks to help alter and improve the overall structure, shape, and contours of the face. These implants are made from biocompatible material to help augment these areas. If you have a poorly defined jaw, disproportionally small chin or you dream of having fuller cheeks, implants can help to craft these features and make them more distinct.
If you are noticing drooping or sagging eyelids you may be an ideal candidate for blepharoplasty. This eyelid surgery can be used to treat puffy and droopy eyelids, lower eyelids with excess wrinkles or skin, and even bags under the eyes. This procedure can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelid, or both. This can rejuvenate the eye area and help take years off your appearance.
If you want to discuss facial plastic surgery options with a qualified surgeon, we offer care to those living in and around Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL. To schedule a surgical consultation, call Century at (708) 460-0007.
Vertigo and dizziness are different
Vertigo makes you feel as if you are moving even though you are standing still. The room around you may spin. You may feel nauseous, or you may even vomit if the vertigo is severe. Dizziness, on the other hand, occurs when you simply feel off-balance or lightheaded. Vertigo truly makes you feel as if you are spinning.
Vertigo is typically the result of a health problem
Vertigo is usually a symptom of an underlying medical condition that impacts the function of the inner ear. How do we know that? Within our inner ears lie our vestibular system, which helps us stay oriented and balanced. Every day, an ENT doctor diagnoses and treats a variety of conditions and diseases that impact the vestibular system and cause vertigo. Some of the most common causes of vertigo include,
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
- Meniere’s disease
- Vestibular neuritis
- Head injuries
- Multiple sclerosis
There are many ways to treat vertigo
It’s important for an ENT doctor to first determine the cause of your vertigo before prescribing any medications or treatments. We need to treat the underlying cause effectively to get rid of your vertigo. Some of how we may treat your vertigo include,
- Medications: Antibiotics or steroids are prescribed to treat infections or inflammation, while other medications may help alleviate nausea and vomiting caused by the vertigo
- Vestibular rehabilitation: If you deal with chronic or recurring bouts of vertigo your ENT may recommend vestibular rehab to help retrain the vestibular system to be able to better recognize the spatial orientation
- Canalith repositioning maneuvers: This technique is most often used to treat benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and uses certain head movements to reposition calcium deposits within the canal of the inner ear