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By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
June 24, 2021
Category: Sinus Problems
Tags: Sinus   Sinus Problems   Surgery  

Sinuses serve a variety of purposes but their main role is to filter the air we breathe. Because of this, they are the most exposed to infections, also known as sinusitis. These can happen to just about anyone, but when they happen again and again we refer to this condition as chronic sinusitis. Although it can often be managed with medication and lifestyle changes, when sinusitis is chronic it can sometimes signify that the underlying problem may require a surgical solution. Only your ENT specialists can help to make that determination, so for more information reach out to your local experts of Century Ear, Nose, and Throat, Head and Neck Surgery, with offices in Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL.

Managing Sinusitis Symptoms

Mild sinusitis symptoms can generally be treated at home initially with plenty of rest to fight off the infection. Steam from a warm shower or a warm towel can be used to open and soothe the sinus passages. Over-the-counter decongestants and pain relievers can also be helpful, but for further relief, your doctor can prescribe medication and possibly antibiotics.

Sinusitis Surgery

It's when the above-mentioned methods have not proven effective that your doctor may recommend surgery. There are various surgical sinus treatments the aim of all of them, in essence, is to remove the blockage to provide you with relief. Balloon sinuplasty is the most minimally invasive of the surgical options, it involves the insertion of a balloon catheter that is slowly inflated to expand the sinus opening. With functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) your doctor removes affected tissue, and sometimes small pieces of bone to achieve the same goal, but with different circumstances. Similarly, procedures such as image-guided sinus surgery and the Caldwell-Luc procedure are typically advised for more severe cases.

Sinus Surgery in Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL

Not every case of sinusitis will require surgery, but severe and chronic conditions can often be best served by a surgical option. Your path to relief begins with a consultation, so schedule one today with the professionals of Century Ear, Nose, and Throat, Head and Neck Surgery in Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL, by dialing 708-460-0007.


By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
June 11, 2021
Category: ENT Conditions
 Itchy EarIf you are someone who swims regularly or lives in a warm climate, then you may be at an increased risk for developing a fungal infection in the ear that’s known as otomycosis. This fungal infection can impact one or both ears. Some signs that you could be dealing with otomycosis include itchy, flaky, swollen, and red skin of the ear. You may also experience ear drainage, fullness, or a loss of hearing. Discharge is incredibly common with fungal infections. If you notice these symptoms, it’s a good idea to see an ENT doctor.
 
How can you get otomycosis?

Your environment, your lifestyle, and your habits can play a role in whether you may be more at risk for developing otomycosis. As you know, fungus is everywhere, and it can be easy to pick up a fungal infection in warm or tropical climates. This is why your ENT doctor also sees a rise in fungal ear infections during the summer months.

If you swim in water that is contaminated, you could also leave with a fungal infection. Those with chronic health problems, eczema, or a weak immune system are at a much higher risk for developing otomycosis. If you develop itchy, red skin of the ear, or you notice changes in hearing or fullness in the ears, you must see a qualified ENT doctor as soon as possible. After all, fungal infections will not usually go away on their own without treatment.
 
How is a fungal ear infection treated?

First, we will need to examine the inside of your ear using an otoscope. We may also need to swab the area to determine whether the infection is bacterial or fungal. This is important as this will determine which medication will be most effective. We will also ask you questions regarding your symptoms, when they started, and your medical history.

Once we have determined that the ear infection is fungal, we will clean out the ears and then prescribe an antifungal medication. This medication may be in the form of a pill, ointment, or eardrops. While eardrops and ointment are more common treatment options, your otolaryngologist might prescribe an oral antifungal if you have a more severe or unresponsive fungal infection.
 
Since fungal ear infections have the ability to become chronic, you must turn to an ENT doctor right away to find out the best way to treat this infection.